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Spiritual Poverty

Are you poor? Do you live paycheck to paycheck? Do you wish you had more money to afford the things you’d like to buy? You’re probably not alone. You may not be living high on the hog and, in fact, you may feel like you’re living underneath it. Jesus, in the Sermon on the Mount, talked about a different kind of poverty. He said:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. – Matthew 5:3 (NIV)

Those who realize that they are spiritually poor will receive the Kingdom of Heaven, Jesus said. When you realize that you’re living paycheck to paycheck of grace, you’re on the right track. When you understand that you’re spiritually bankrupt, you understand that there’s nothing good in you that God should desire. God doesn’t need you or anything from you, but He wants you. He wants to have a relationship with you by grace through faith in Jesus. It all starts when you realize that your spiritual bank account is running on empty and that your need of Him is greater than anything else.

The Blessing Of Generosity

God’s Word has much to say about being generous. God blesses us so that we can be a blessing to others. Solomon says that when we share our blessings with the poor, we receive even more in the way of blessings. He says:

The generous will themselves be blessed,
    for they share their food with the poor. – Proverbs 22:9 (NIV)

Rather than pointing fingers at the poor and being generous in insults, let’s be generous with our blessings. Some will say that poor people are ignorant or lazy. That’s not necessarily true. What about the poor who are exploited by tyrannical governments? What about the poor who lose their jobs because of greed? What about the poor who are victims of an economic downturn? Not every poor person is poor because of bad choices. And even if they are, who are we to judge? Let’s make the choice to be generous and invite God’s blessings into our lives.

Showing Kindness To The Poor

One of the biggest political debates of our time, among many, is what to do with the poor and poverty-stricken. What do we do with people who are less fortunate or who have fallen on hard times? Solomon said that we should be kind to them and for a very good reason. He wrote:

Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord,
    and he will reward them for what they have done. – Proverbs 19:17 (NIV)

Do you show contempt for the poor or do you want to show them kindness? Let’s face it, many of us are closer to being poor than we want to be. If you were to be laid off or if you were to lose your job, you’d be living in the poor house in a matter of months, if not weeks.  So why would we ever show contempt for the poor? Let’s find ways to be kind to them and to give them a hand up. We who have been blessed must recognize that God has been good and generous toward us.  So let’s be generous with our blessings knowing that God will bless us even more when we do.

Don’t Be Lazy

Solomon warned against laziness in Proverbs 6. He wrote:

How long will you lie there, you sluggard?
    When will you get up from your sleep?

10 A little sleep, a little slumber,
    a little folding of the hands to rest—

11 and poverty will come on you like a thief
    and scarcity like an armed man. – Proverbs 6:9-11 (NIV)

Proverbs aren’t necessarily guarantees, but rather they are general principles for life. One of the themes of the book is that laziness leads to poverty. If you won’t work, you won’t be able to feed yourself or provide for your family.
We were created to work and to find fulfillment in our work. We find our ultimate fulfillment in a relationship with our Creator. Even He worked when He created the Heavens and the Earth and all that is around us. There was a time to rest and we do need to rest, but we also need to work hard when it is time to work. Whether you work inside or outside the home, do your best to work hard today and may poverty be far from you.

Rags To Riches

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana.  This message is based on Luke 16:19-31 and is about the parable of the rich man and Lazarus.  The audio quality is a bit lacking due to a software update to Windows 10.


Just What I Need

My favorite passage in Proverbs is found in chapter 30. Agur wrote:

Keep falsehood and lies far from me;
    give me neither poverty nor riches,
but give me only my daily bread.

Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you
    and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’
Or I may become poor and steal,
and so dishonor the name of my God. – Proverbs 30:8-9 (NIV)

He asked the Lord for his daily bread, nothing more and nothing less. He knew that money is a source of sin. He would either become self-reliant or he would resort to robbery. There is so much wisdom in praying for daily bread. Jesus told us to do so in the Lord’s Prayer. Instead of worrying about tomorrow, we need to focus on trusting God today. Let Him provide for what you need and let us be satisfied in Him.

Blessing The Poor With Your Wealth

The link to the latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana.  This message is based on James 5:1-6.

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