THEME: MYSTERY OF POVERTY
2 Corinthians 8:9 NIV
“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.”
-Jesus emptied Himself through the mystery of incarnation and took the form of man. He was oppressed and afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth; when He was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, but yet still He did not open his mouth (Isaiah 53:7). He who knew no sin became Sin so that we may become the righteousness of God. By the shedding of His blood, Jesus has forgiven us our sins and has given us hope of life after death. By His stripes we have received healing, redemption, restoration and the power of the resurrected Christ lives in us. We are now more that conquerors in Christ Jesus and we are sitted with Christ in the heavenly places. What better wealth is there that this, that we have the most precious gift of salvation which assures us of eternal life.
Resh is the Hebrew word for poverty which means to be deprived off something, or a state of insufficiency or inferiority. We realize that poverty begins in the mind. It is an attitude where one views life with the eyes of failure. Some people among us do not look at the postive aspects of life which engage our faith, but they are exposed and predisposed to loose every battle before it begins. In Judges 6:15, we find Gideon who was called to lead the Israelites in battle considered himself as the least in his family and the weakest in his clan. Sometimes those who are poor look at their lineages and find no good. It is proper to trust in the Lord and His word, for He is the one who sends poverty and wealth, He humbles and exults. He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes and has them inherit a throne of honor (1 Samuel 2:7-8). Poverty is a mystery, as the devil comes to kill, steal and destroy. It is common to see various regious groups appeasing their gods for riches and wealth. The devil devours wealth, and the Lord instructs us to give our tithes and offerings, and He will bless us and protect our resources (Malachi 3:10-12). The Lord also instructs that we give to the poor unlike the rich man who neglected the needs of Lazarus and ended being eternally punished (Luke 16:19-31). Finally, we are called to work hard and the Lord will bless the work of our hands. Proverbs 20:13 says that, “Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare.” The Lord loves us and whatever He instructs us to do it is for our good and may His name be praised forever and ever.
Dear Precious Almighty Father we come before Your throne of mercy. We praise You and exalt You for all You have done unto us and for who You are. We praise You and worship You for You are greatly to be praised and highly exalted. Lord we thank You for You have been our faithful God. We thank You for You died on the cross for our redemption. We thank You for You have good plans for us and You have endowed us with so much more wealth and riches from Your bounty from everlasting to everlasting. Poverty is not our portion but all that we need and even more You have provided Ancient of Days. Lord You are able to do much more than we can ask or imagine for You have chosen us as Your children and predestined us for Your great calling even before we were formed in our mother’s womb. We therefore take confidence in You knowing that You hear us and answer us. Dear Lord most High. May You teach us how to make wealth and bless the works of our hands in Jesus Name. May You take away every sluggishness and laziness from us. May You make us as swift as a deer and prompt in all ways redeeming the time for the days are evil. We claim our wealth even from the hidden places as You have promised us in Your word. May You input Your divine ideas in us to make us as wise as serpents and and as innocent as doves. Lord we trust in You and we know You have called us for greatness in You. Thank You Lord for Your mercies and everlasting love upon our lives. May Your divine grace be sufficient for us for when we are weak then we are strong in You. We come against all devouring agents of the enemy that may want to consume our wealth. We pray that You will restore unto us all that the locust has eaten and destroyed. We pray that You will teach us Your principles and guide and direct our steps for You watch over the steps and way of the righteous. May You provide all that we need according to Your riches in glory. May You bless us Lord and keep us. May You make Your face to shine upon us and be gracious to us. May You lift up Your countenance upon us and give us peace. Amen
Further reading: Isaiah 61:1-2