We ran long last week, and will run long again this week. I’m trying to cram a lot into these two weeks before we move on to a new series.
It was my intention to begin a series today on Resurrection From the Dead, and walking and living in Resurrection Life, but I’m not quite finished yet with that writing. Thought I’d take a break for the next couple of weeks and discuss something that we’ve talked about throughout the years on a few occasions – the practical nature of discipleship, and how it differs from conventional teaching in the body of Christ today.
Integral to the Spirit of Poverty is the Spirit of Deception. It all began in the Garden of Eden. We were discussing the lie of tradition last week and how much tradition has contaminated religious thinking throughout the centuries.
We’ve been talking about the Law of Sowing and Reaping, and how it is so integral to the Law of Prosperity. As noted last week, it is the absolute antithesis of the Spirit of Poverty. Let’s see how far we can get in today’s discussion in understanding the poverty mindset and the spirit that drives it.
We wrapped up last week with the statement that Jesus wasn’t poor. In fact, Jesus had to be among the wealthiest individuals of that era. Consider how he began his life. At age two, when the magi came to visit him and pay honor and tribute to the “King of Kings,” they brought gold, frankincense and myrrh.
Last week’s discussion on poverty provoked a lot of thoughtful comments. Today’s sit-down ought to do more of the same. Let me begin today’s sharing with some personal experiences.
This is a topic that stirs a lot of folks. The Spirit of Poverty has so infected the body of Christ that all the symptoms of this spirit become accepted as the “norm” and the mindset of poverty literally rules a majority of Christians.
You’ll hear me say this again and again – not only in this series, but in many Coffee Breaks throughout the years. It is important to see and understand some of the principal causes behind poverty.