- We must go beyond our current levels of celebration and religious ritual.
- We must go beyond our way of “poverty” thinking and enter into a “harvest-multiplication” thought mode! Poverty has a voice that says that God is not able.
- We must go beyond our debt mentality and know that the Lord can free us to accomplish His purposes.
The poverty spirit encircles you or your sphere of authority to create lack. No matter how much this spirit attempts to find a foothold in your life, this atmosphere can be invaded with the atmosphere of blessing and glory from heaven. Noah found favor in His eyes, and heaven and earth realigned during his day. We can find favor, and heaven can come into our atmosphere and defeat poverty. We can see His glory in our lives. Glory and wealth are synonymous.
The Body of Christ needs to see restoration in our provision! Restoration is always linked with multiplication. Debt and past financial defeats in our lives need to reverse. A spirit of poverty that has held our generational bloodlines in captivity, keeping us from the fullness of the prosperity that God has for us, must be broken. The Lord is breaking begging off His people. He is making us a people of faith. He will change the identity of His people from beggars to kings! Ask Him to reveal poverty now. See how poverty works in your life.
Prove Me Now!
The book of Malachi is one of the most incredible transitional books that we find in the Bible. When this book was written, the people of God had fallen into obsession. Obsession is where we excessively preoccupy our mind in an attempt to change something, but never really enter into the fruit of the change. We focus on one aspect of a many-sided paragon but never see the whole figure. Religious spirits cause us to do this. Some way or another, the people had a form of godliness but had lost the real understanding of God’s heart. I believe giving is the very heart of God. Giving is linked with worship, and we must recognize that the Son of Righteousness really cannot rise within us if we are not giving God His portion. If we are not doing this then we are not worshipping. We cannot come into our new portion if we rob Him of His portion (Mal. 3:8). God gave His best to us, so as we reciprocate and give thanks we must give our best to Him. I want to encourage you to break into a new dimension of giving. There are five distinct ways of giving that I discussed on Sunday.
- Firstfruits. Look at your lump and give the Lord the best portion you can give Him. Enter into the celebration of Rosh Chodesh.
- Tithes. Tithing was an instituted covenant practice in the Old Covenant. In the New Covenant, Yeshua Himself used the concept of tithing to show people where the treasure of their heart was. He addressed the Pharisees and said that tithing was the least they could do, and that they did it to the letter of the law. However, they were missing the greater portion of justice and goodness.
- Alms. We should all help those less fortunate than ourselves. This is the year of being a Good Samaritan. By giving alms, it insures you of receiving help if you are ever in need.
- Special and Memorial Offerings. I take every opportunity I can to give, remembering how the Lord has so brought me out of captivity and blessed me. There are often times when I hear someone speak, and I must give a special offering or memorial offering into the principles they are sharing, to thank God for doing that very thing in me.
- The final type of giving is what I want to encourage you to break into in your own life. Paul talks about Extravagant Giving. I remember when the Lord liberated my wife, Pam, and me to enter into this incredible way of life.