by: Creflo Dollar
There is nothing humble or noble about being poor. In fact, poverty is a part of the curse that came upon mankind after Adam and Eve’s disobedience in the Garden of Eden. Ever since that point, man has had to toil in order to make it in life, and lack has been a reality. To make matters worse, there are people who actually believe that God uses poverty to teach people something, and that it is His will. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Poverty is not God’s will. He desires that we live full, abundant lives, with nothing missing, lacking, or broken. Getting an understanding of total life prosperity is critical.
Jesus came to this earth with a specific purpose—to redeem mankind from everything that fell under the curse. A curse is an empowerment to fail, and it never occurs independent of a specific cause. In the case of humanity, the curse of sin affected everyone and everything on the earth, including the quality of life that mankind was destined to live. Without Jesus, we would be doomed to a life of failure on earth and an eternity in hell after we die.
Fortunately, Jesus’ redemptive work on the cross of Calvary made provision for all who would receive Him as their Lord and Savior. This means where poverty once reigned, prosperity is now available for everyone who receives it by faith. Separation from God was the inevitable spiritual state of mankind prior to Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection, but through Him we have been brought back into fellowship with the Father. This means that everything He has belongs to us.
One of the major misconceptions people have about poverty is that it is limited to the financial realm. Webster’s Dictionary defines poverty as, “a chronic pressing need for money and material goods.” While poverty can be reflected in a shortage of finances and other material resources, its scope and impact isn’t limited to money by any means. The second definition, in Webster’s, paints the picture even further when it says, “inferior quality.” Poverty is just that—a substandard or inferior quality of life in any area.
A person can be poor or lacking in the area of health, relationships, or even where their emotions are concerned. There are so many areas into which poverty reaches its destructive claws that it becomes clear why Jesus said, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” Jesus came to eradicate the effects of poverty! His mission is to provide abundant life for those who will believe and receive it.
Abundant life is actually the very life force of God, operating in and through us, affecting everything we come in contact with. It is the blessing in us and on us that enables us to be free from the curse of poverty. Many times, people are in poverty in some area of their lives and don’t know there is a way out. By receiving Jesus Christ, obeying the Word of God, and meditating on this important truth about abundant living, prosperity can become a reality. I’m not just talking about having a lot of money in the bank, even though God does want us to prosper financially. I’m talking about a quality of life that is marked by an overflow of peace, health, wholeness, and provision.
In 3 John 2, the apostle Paul talks about desiring that people prosper in their spirit, soul, and body. This simply means that prosperity encompasses the physical, spiritual, and emotional realms. If someone has a lot of money but is depressed and lonely all the time, he or she is simply a poor person with a big bank account. Or, if you are physically healthy but have bad relationships with your family and loved ones, you are a poor person with good health. To be truly prosperous, we must embrace the idea of total life prosperity. This is the will of God for all mankind, not just a select few. Jesus came to set us free from the curse of poverty so that we may live the abundant life. It is through our faith in the Word of God that this truth will become a reality in our lives.
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