October 17, 2010

Day 17 – Spirit of poverty

Filed under: Finances — pearsey @ 8:28 pm

Day 17 – Many do not pursue a harvest because they have not yet tasted the pain of poverty.

The spirit of poverty is an enemy that needs to be overcome.  It is a spirit that will bring fear, torment, insecurity, strip people of their self worth, it will breed cynicism and anger, sorrow and lack.  But yet it we don’t despise that as an enemy of God, then we will not pursue the harvest that God has for us like we should.  We know Jesus came to bring life, we know he came to set the captives free – and that includes setting people free from poverty.

I’ve spent time in 3rd world and developing nations and there are always people there who are suffering the effects of poverty.  One example stands out.  In Laos, we were at a riverside restaurant eating some fish and a lady with her baby on her back, tattered clothes, a broken spirit and a plastic bag in hand came to us.  We had nearly finished eating and she motioned for us to put the skeleton of the fish in the bag.   We did so, knowing that the reality was that our scraps would be her evening, or only, meal for the day.

Poverty is a spirit that needs destroying and should provide us with the motivation needed to desire to see a harvest from God and set people free in the name of Jesus.

This is a summary, from chapter 17, 31 Reasons people do not receive their financial harvest, written by Mike Murdock.


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