Friday, March 23, 2012

Poverty, Riches and God's Mercy Of His Blessings

Blessed To Be A Blessing!

By Abraham Israel

Many times in our life, we fail to understand that it is not just our outward action that pleases God but our motive behind it that really pleases Him. For example, there are many poor people in the land where we live. When we give to poor people, with what thinking are we giving to them? Are we thinking that we are better than a beggar because of our own ability and brilliant mind. In this case, if yes then our giving will not be pleasing in the sight of God. The Bible says that "The rich and the poor have this in common, the LORD is the maker of them all." (Prov 22:2). What does this mean really? We are created by God in different financial, social and cultural standings by a sovereign choice.

Ofcourse because of sin poverty came in to the world system of governance, orginally God did not design it for man but it came with the sin of our forefather Adam
(Rom 5:12). Many die of hunger and poverty in many places of the world. Yet at other places there is abundance which is available so much that they waste it lavisly. In short, there is a inequality among mankind that came as a curse to the sons of Adam because of sin.

The Lord's original will for all humankind is to make him enjoy His abundance of food on earth and live in the cool air conditioned setting of the Garden and be enjoyed by Him 
(Gen 2:15; Psa 35:27). The origin of poverty started in disobedience to God's command in the Eden Garden where Adam failed to keep the only command of God which came with many choices available to choose positively (Gen 2:16-17). Poverty is the mindset of lack and essentially first it starts in the mind before it manifests on the outside. When Adam sinned along with Eve, they were ashamed of themselves and wanted to cover themselves up in order to hide their nakeness which was previously covered by the glory of God's Presence in their mind (Gen 3:8). They wanted to hide themselves. They sewed fig leaves which get dried within a couple of days and because of fragility could easily be broken (Gen 3:7). Both Adam and Eve's eyes were opened to the reality of living in poverty ridden mindset without His Presence because of one disobedience.

Then the curse of poverty was pronounced over the earth by God when Adam failed to acknowledge his mistake but tried to point to his God given wife as the reason for his mistake
(Gen 3:17-19). In his wrath God remembered His mercy and cursed the ground and not Adam for the mistake that he commited (Hab 3:2). When God said, "In toil you shall eat of ...[the ground] all the days of your life" (Gen 3:17), poverty of inequality started because all are not designed to do the same thing in the same way (Isa 54:16; 28:23-26, 27-29). This poverty in humans began to increase as they started to make for themselves their own god through building a tower in Babylon (Gen 11:1-6). One more time a curse of disunity and a scattering brought more segregation of the skills of mankind and mutual sharing of knowlege ceased (Gen 11:7-9).

In another sense, God knew that mankind would make a mistake and therefore prepared and foreordained a way out of the chaos of poverty before the foundation of the world in Christ Jesus, and therefore He exhibited Jesus as a lamb without blemish of sin nature and spot of sinlessness
(1 Peter 1:19-20). Now we should understand that the problem of poverty which started with losing the Presence of God in the Garden of Eden has been restored through Jesus becoming poor as one among us humans and dying as a substitute on behalf of our sins before God (2 Cor 5:21). Thus He has lifted us up in to a zone of spiritual blessing and riches so that once again we can choose to be in untiy to serve the living God and enjoy Him (2 Cor 8:9; Eph 1:3; 2:10). Now because of Jesus restoring God's presence to be in us, with us and upon us forever unconditionally (John 14:17; Acts 1:8; Heb 13:5), we can choose to live in good conduct with great contentment and without covetousness (Heb 13:5-6; Php 4:11; 1 Tim 6:6). The Lord is ready to help you prosper in all the five areas of spirit, soul, body, finance and social relationship (Prov 10:22). But all of this prosperity starts with our spirit and then fills our soul and then it goes to manifest in all areas of our life (1 Thes 5:23-24; 3 John 1:2).

Now we should realize that God of all blessings wills that we should be blessed inorder to become a blessing
(2 Cor 9:8; Gen 12:2-3; Heb 6:7).

God has promised to help us more and more as we help the weak and the poor, He also has guaranteed to deliver us in the time of evil and trouble. A heavenly gurantee and insurance indeed!
(Psa 41:1).

Because there is inequaltiy in the world due to finance, when we are blessed by God in abundance, it is a chance given to us by God to show mercy to the poor people especially to the ministers of God and the bretheren in the household of faith
(Gal 6:10; James 2:14-18). We ought to delight in being a blessing in order to be blessed by God more and more (Psa 109:17).

The blessing of Abraham which is to be a blessing to the world has come upon us in Christ Jesus, so let us learn to be BLESSING to whomever God brings on our way
(Gal 3:14). Even if we just say, "God Bless You", a spiritual impartation of blessing will take place spiritually by our faith. When we bless others and pronounce blessing upon people, the blessing of God will come upon people in a tangibly supernatural way that they will become very happy to connect with us in the future (Jam 3:10). Never forget saints, it is God's Presence that makes us a blessing to others whom we meet (Psa 21:6). As we become more and more a carrier of God's glory, we will surely become a BLESSING TO THE WHOLE WORLD IN CHRIST JESUS.

If you are faithful in dispersing your God given blessing, you will abound with many blessings, but because of the influence of the evil heart you suddenly become hasty to become rich, soon punishment will come from God
(Prov 28:20).

If there is a poor brethren among the Household of Faith, God has commanded us to open our hands wide to him, and also warns us to be beware of closing our hands to him who is in need. God also gurantees that there will be always poor people present to show mercy to them. So wisely make use of the time and choice that God gives you to be a blessing and collect eternal reward in heaven for all of it
(Matt 19:20-21). You are commanded to give only when God has blessed you with something, that too willingly with a cheerful heart which the Lord loves (Deut 15:7-11; 2 Cor 9:7).

(Deut 15:10). What more you need saints? No matter what profession you are in, God is able to make you a BIG TIME BLESSING to people around the world. Believe the voice of the Lord and become blessed.

If you still want a promise and a challenging assurance, here is what God says to you,
"31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?" (Rom 8:31-32). You know the unchanging answer to this question, God will surely give you all things that you need inorder to be succesful in this life, how successful you have been with what God has given you will carry a reward in the after life for HIS GLORY! Rest in His assurance and start to believe His promises and live. Saved people are bound to prosper and be a blessing (Zec 8:13). Praise the Lord! That includes you my friend, work hard to believe and live the super abundant life on earth as God lives in heaven (Heb 4:1, 3, 11).

So as a Christian, it is our attitude towards money that matters to God and not the money itself. When we have a attitude to bless others, God not only blesses us but makes us a BLESSING TO MANY who are in need. BE BLESSED TO BE A BLESSING!


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