Breaking the Curse of Poverty

“The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender”(Proverbs 22:7).

Poverty is generational and a system that is handed down from one generation to the next. The concept of inter generational wealth relates to wealthy parents handing down wealth to future generations in order to retain wealth in their families. We could say that this concept is a biblical one as Solomon said, “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous” (Proverbs 13:22). It is Solomon who also said that the person who borrows is a slave to the lender and the rich rules over the poor. For a very long time, the concept of wealth was not a comfortable subject among Christians. The idea was that humility was synonymous with being poor and that a rich person was ungodly.

The bible says, “And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail, and you shall only go up and not down, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, being careful to do them” (Deuteronomy 28:13). This was included among the blessings of obedience along with being blessed in all areas of our lives. The opposite of the blessing is the curse which I believe includes poverty and lack. So why do so many Christians struggle with debt and poverty? I believe that this is the result of ignorance and a poverty mindset.

“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he”(Proverbs 23:7). Chances are if we grew up around poverty and lack, then our minds are trained to think within the confines of poverty. It takes a mind transplant and a shift in our thinking to think ourselves into a place of wealth. Jesus took upon himself every aspect of our lives that was anchored in the curse and redeemed us at Calvary. “by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross” (Colossians 2:14). Jesus became sin so that we could become righteousness and he became poor so that we through him can become rich.

As we seek God, his kingdom and righteousness, then everything that we need will be added to us. We have to ask God to change our ways of thinking that keep us trapped in poverty. God is also concerned about our finances and he does not want us to live in debt and be stressed out and anxious. He wants us to have more than enough to meet our own needs and be able to give to others. Remember that it is more blessed to give than to receive and God shall supply all our needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Acts 20:35; Philippians 4:18).

A.P.-Y.

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