DOMINION OVER THE SPIRIT OF POVERTY

 Nobody invites poverty voluntarily but many people keep voting for poverty on a daily basis inadvertently. We need to have more information on this spirit to enable us deal with it adequately and terminate its operation in our lives. Some people may want to quarrel with the word‘spirit’ being used with regards to poverty; they might ask ‘is poverty also a spirit?’ If you really want to understand the nature of things, then, I will say ‘yes’. There are spirits that are inherent in the nature of things; things don’t just exist. The spirit behind any matter is the force that is driving that issue, it is its sustenance; it is the power behind the issue. If you deal with the issue on the surface without dealing with the spirit, it is only a matter of time before the issue resurfaces.

 The worst thing you can do for a poor man is to give him money; this is the least you can do for him. The best thing you can do for a person with the spirit of poverty is to bind the spirit and release the person from the grip of that terrible spirit. If you give the person money after you have successfully cast out the spirit of poverty,then that person will be able to utilize the money judiciously. This is one of the reasons why a lot of people get frustrated when they try to help others. If you don’t deal with the spirit behind a problem, that problem cannot be solved. At best, you will only be dealing with it superficially because the spirit controls the physical. The spirit is the power that animates the action.

 Poverty connotes so many things. A simple definition of poverty is – a state of having little or no material possession. This, however, is a very simplistic and narrow definition because poverty is not limited to material things alone. There are other dimensions of poverty; there is poverty of the pocket, there is poverty of the mind, there is poverty of the spirit. Poverty connotes lack, penury, scarcity,hardship and dwindling resources. When resources are dwindling and capacity to consume is enlarged, then the spirit of poverty is already in operation. When people begin to sell valuable assets in order to meet immediate needs, the spirit of poverty is in operation. If there is anything that no one should hand over or transmit down, it is the spirit of poverty.  Ensure that it ends with you (at your level). U nderstand that poverty is not a blessing,rather, it is one of the products of the curse that came as a result of the fall of man in the Garden of Eden. Some people rationalize poverty by equating poverty with piety; they believe that there is a relationship between poverty and holiness. This is not true. Any one who buys into this fallacy is already inviting dangerous spirits to him or herself. You need to hate this spirit in order to be able to terminate it.

 According to Deut. 28:15-17, the curse of poverty was to come upon even God’s children if they disobeyed him. “But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not harken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day;that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee: cursed shalt thou be in the city, and cursed shalt thou be in the field.Cursed shalt be thy basket and thy store”. This curse is not supposed to come on anyone. However, even when God wants his children to have the best because he is loving, kind, good and has the ability to make it happen, he has given man a free will. He told man -listen, every decision you take has a price, so the moment you choose to disobey, you are automatically opening yourself up to the consequences of disobedience.

TO BE CONTINUED.