THEME: MYSTERY OF POVERTY
Judges 6:15 NIV
“Pardon me, my Lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.”
-Poverty in Hebrew is written as resh which means to be deprived off something or someone, or a state of insufficiency or inferiority. Poverty start from the mind. Poverty is a mindset. It is important to note that poverty is not only associated with lack of money but also lack of ideas, wisdom, good health, spiritual enlightenment etc. People who have a poverty mindset exhibit a negative attitude. When Gideon was instructed by the angel of the Lord to go and save the Israelites from the hand of the Midianites, he did not see himself as anything before the Lord and his people. Gideon looked at this clan as the weakest and he was the least in his family, and exposed his inferiority complex. He did consider himself as any important even to make significant change in the society. People with a poverty mindset look at their limitations, past, upbringing, generational problems, and cannot associate themselves with wellness, prosperity and wealth, and do not think they are deserving. They have low self esteem. Those who have a poverty mindset are not faithful enough with little and therefore cannot be trusted with much. Those who have a poverty mindset have the ambition of becoming rich one day but most of them hate those who are rich already. It is completely ironical facet. God saw Gideon with the eyes of a great and powerful warrior able to do exploits but Gideon diminished his abilities. God is calling us to be renewed in the mind for we are more than victorious in Christ Jesus.
Dear Lord Jesus You are the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last. We thank You for enabling us to to see this new week in good health and peace. We thank You for the far that You have brought us and the far that You are taking us. We thank You for Your merciful love that You died on the cross for our sins. Thank You for loving us and for caring for us. Thank You for giving us all the spiritual blessings in Christ Jesus. You chose us in Yourself before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless. May You deliver us from every evil and wash us with Your precious blood. You predestined us for adoption to sonship through Christ Jesus accordance to You good pleasure and will. We are more than conquerors in You Christ Jesus. May You renew our minds that we may Your good, pleasing and perfect will. We need Your mercy and grace each day to strengthen us when we are weak, anxious and disillusioned. We are victorious in all things for You triumphed over us dear Jesus, may You help us to be strong in Your mighty power Jesus Christ. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us now and forever more. Amen
Further reading: Romans 12:2