THE SPIRIT OF POVERTY
The poverty spirit has one agenda: to pull you down and convince you that you’re a failure.
The Bible teaches about poverty and its effects on people. To write or speak
about a spirit of poverty does not fall into the arena of prosperity teaching. A
spirit of poverty has nothing to do with how much anyone owns, what they eat or
wear. A spirit of poverty can oppress, and not infrequently does, wealthy people.
Many people below the “poverty level” are not oppressed by this spirit. It has
nothing to do with wealth or lack of it. It is related to greed and fear of loss.
A poverty spirit is a paradigm or viewpoint through which you see your life. It’s similar to wearing glasses and viewing the world through the “perspective” of the lenses perched on your nose.
The lens of a poverty spirit distorts and colors what we’re seeing until we begin to look at our lives through lack, decrease, or limitation. The poverty spirit crops up in different ways. Many people think there’s a limited amount of money in the world, but I would say that’s a poverty spirit, because money isn’t actually real. Sure, we use money and nations publish currencies, but at its root, money is the idea of value—and value has no limit. When we’re peering through the lens of poverty, we start to think we can win only if someone else loses. If I win, you lose. If I lose, you win. This is called a zero-sum gain.
Merely recognizing the poverty spirit in our lives is not enough. We need to remove it like a weed and plant in its place the spirit of truth, which comes from God’s Word.
Read the Bible carefully. Collect verses and deposit them deep in your heart in the very place where a paradigm of lack used to exist. Here are a few biblical examples of the truth about who you are as a beloved child of God:
- You are more than enough.
- God deeply loves you.
- All things are possible in Christ Jesus.
We get to operate according to the truth of God and not according to the lies of a poverty spirit.
Seek the Holy Spirit’s guidance and ask Him how you can build a habit of identifying and removing lies in your thinking.