Diane Jurino is a Spirit-filled
Christian who resides in Erie, Pennsylvania. She is
the mother of three grown children, and four
grandchildren. Her professional background is in
Copywriting, Sales, Advertising, and Marketing. She
has developed and conducted custom training courses in
Human Relations, Communications, Personal and
Unless otherwise indicated, all
Scripture quotations in this volume are from the King
James Version of the Bible.
Isaiah 29:19 "The meek also shall
increase [their] joy in the LORD, and the poor among
men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel."
To those who minister to the poor,
God bless you and richly reward you for your love.
Psalm 12:5 "For the oppression of
the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I
arise, saith the LORD; I will set [him] in safety
[from him that] puffeth at him."
The Lord is truly saddened because
so many of His people suffer lack at a time when
others enjoy prosperity and even great wealth. His
greatest desire is to supply all of our needs in
abundance - both temporal and spiritual. Poverty is
appalling to God; He wants us to have more than
enough, so that we are always able to help supply the
needs of others.
The contrast between the "have and
have not nations" is striking and shocking. We cannot
even imagine how desperate some people in this world
are. But in this, the richest country in the world, we
see a socio-economic class all its own emerging - the
poorest of the poor. This is comprised of individuals
and families that live at below-poverty level. It is
growing at an exorbitant rate, and it shows no promise
Some may have never had enough to
meet their needs; they are born into poverty and
cannot seem to overcome it. Others have been cheated
out of their hard earned wages and property, and were
exploited and oppressed. Many have been bankrupted due
to loss of jobs or broken relationships, through no
fault of their own. Still others may have experienced
health problems and are unable to work either
temporarily or permanently.
Whatever the case, many are under a
curse of poverty that is difficult, but not impossible
to break. They need help to meet their immediate
needs, and wisdom to rise above their circumstances.
They require strong advocacy and encouragement to
overcome their poverty for all time. God will
intervene on their behalf and show Himself strong for
Luke 16:13 "No servant can serve
two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love
the other; or else he will hold to the one, and
despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon."
Many strive to serve God rather
than wealth, but they often succumb to temptation.
Once they experience a little success in their lives,
they forget God's way of doing things and they pursue
materialism. Before very long, they grow greedy and
desire the things of this world more than spiritual
gifts. Some end up consuming others in their desire to
acquire even more money and material possessions.
There has been great injustice done
to the poor and impoverished of this world by people
with misplaced values. Their needs are overlooked and
disregarded by the overly ambitious; they have been
used and abused by the powerful and the greedy. They
are often exploited and oppressed by individuals who
simply have no morals. They are victims of a
worldwide, corrupt economic system that puts money
first, and God and His people last.
This disparity between the poor and
the rich is centuries old, but will surely come to an
end. Jesus Christ is getting ready to usher in the
Kingdom of God on the earth, and very soon, there will
be no poor among us. He will level all playing fields,
and exercise righteous judgment of all men. The poor
will prosper and enjoy abundance, while those who took
advantage of others will be excluded and punished for
Isaiah 11:4 "But with righteousness
shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for
the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth
with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his
lips shall he slay the wicked."
Many who are first, will be last,
as the Lord judges both great and small, on the basis
of how much they showed love for others. He will
advocate for the restoration of the poor, and bring
swift judgment on those who oppress them. He will
encourage the rest of us, so that we help alleviate
the suffering of others through any means that we have
The poor have been oppressed for
far too long, and the Lord has seen it all. He is
convicting just men and women everywhere to minister
to their needs. Will we be found lacking in love for
those who are poor and needy, or will we rise to the
occasion and begin to help those less fortunate than
ourselves? We must decide to feed the multitude as
Christ Himself did, and demonstrate our love for
others by our very example.
Deuteronomy 15:11 "For the poor
shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command
thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy
brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land."
The middle class in this country is
quickly disappearing. People that used to have
moderate incomes and a decent standard of living, now
find themselves without work for extended periods in
time, and even lose their homes as a result. Entire
families are being destroyed for lack of financial
resources to support them. Economic recession and
depression are impacting even the most industrious and
thrifty among us, and there seems to be no relief in
Social service agencies cannot keep
up with the ever-increasing demand for services.
Drastically understaffed and under-funded, they are
disappearing at a time when they are needed the most.
The government cannot sustain the demand for financial
relief to the poor; the problem is too overwhelming
and broad in its scope. Our Social Security and
Welfare systems are failing, and a spirit of poverty
looms powerful and strong over us.
We must fight against poverty any
way that we can through spiritual warfare and acts of
charity. And while it is true that there will always
be poor among us, we are commanded of the Lord to
alleviate suffering with any and all resources that He
provides us. We should be loving and generous to all
who are in need and make every effort to compensate
them in their loss. We should advocate for their
rights and encourage them to rise above their
Deuteronomy 15:7 "If there be among
you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of
thy gates in thy land which the LORD thy God giveth
thee, thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut
thine hand from thy poor brother:"
The church remains the only avenue
of hope for the poor at this time, and we must rally
to their cause. There are many believers in our midst,
who suffer abject poverty, yet we overlook their
plight and carry on as usual in our churches. While we
may pity them in their plight, we do little if
anything to fulfill their needs. We have become like
the Laodicean church of the Book of Revelation and
lost our first love. This is a grievous sin against
the law of love that the Lord cannot overlook.
So too, there are many unbelievers
that have significant needs and we close our eyes and
hearts to them, as well. We fail to be a godly example
to the world - living testimonies to the love and
generosity of God Himself. We must rectify this
situation and serve as catalysts for change. The Lord
is adamant that we supply relief to those in need
through any means we have available. There should be
no poverty amongst us; there is sufficient wealth
available for all to share.
Isaiah 58:6-7 " Is this not the
fast that I have chosen? To loose the bands of
wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the
oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? [Is
it] not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou
bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when
thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that
thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?"
The law of love requires that we
put our faith into action. We cannot close our eyes
and our hearts to the poor around us; we must at least
attempt to minister to their needs. We cannot remain
silent when we see their oppression; we have to
advocate for their cause. We should also teach them
Kingdom principles for prosperity that will enable
them improve their individual circumstances in a
permanent and significant way.
The Lord will equip us to do every
good work that He assigns us, and we ought to be ready
and willing to embrace this challenge. He is speaking
to all of us right now, preparing us to be generous
and to show our love for those in need. He wants us to
feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and preach the good
news of the Kingdom of God to the poor. He wants all
captives of poverty set free to enjoy life in
abundance as He has promised us.
Deuteronomy 15:4 "Save when there
shall be no poor among you; for the LORD shall greatly
bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth
thee [for] an inheritance to possess it:"
It's time for the church to rise up
and feed the multitude as Jesus did. While it is true
that we should be giving them the "Bread of Life" in
the Word of God through preaching the gospel, we also
have to meet their temporal needs any way that we can.
We should never send them away empty handed, with just
our prayers and sympathy. That will not impact their
lives permanently and completely, nor does it satisfy
the requirements of the law of love.
We should assess the needs of those
who are suffering and come up with some creative
strategies for dealing with poverty at the grass roots
level. We can start soup kitchens, food banks and
clothing distribution centers. We could also conduct
fund-raisers that benefit the poor, and be shining
examples to our communities at large. We must begin to
offer day care and after school programs, provide
transportation services, and help the families who
want to work better themselves.
The church can pool its resources
of talent and offer financial budgeting classes and
career counseling for the undereducated. We could
provide assistance in locating safe, decent affordable
housing and offer home improvements for those who need
them. Time, energy and experience are all that are
necessary to provide instruction in practical life
skills such as menu planning, gardening, cooking,
sewing and knitting.
We each have something that we can
give or teach another who is less fortunate than
ourselves. We can encourage them to rise above their
circumstances and help them learn to take a powerful
stand against demonic spirits of poverty and lack that
hold them in bondage. We can teach them principles of
Kingdom prosperity, even before the Kingdom itself is
formally established, and watch them flourish in God's
way of doing things.
This is the land the Lord has given
us and we have the responsibility to see that it is
fruitful and prosperous. We are God's people, His very
own hands and feet on the earth. We have to take back
dominion over the earth and eradicate poverty for all
time. There should be none among us who suffer from
lack. We all have something to share with those in
need - money, time, talent, prayer and encouragement.
We must alleviate the suffering of the poor through
any available means and spread the good news of the
coming of the Kingdom of God by our very example.
Chapter 1 - Poverty and Lack
Proverbs 30:14 "[There is] a
generation, whose teeth [are as] swords, and their jaw
teeth [as] knives, to devour the poor from off the
earth, and the needy from [among] men."
Greed and oppression run rampant in
a world darkened with deceit and sin, as innocent
people are bound up in a curse of poverty and lack
through no fault of their own. The rich and powerful
treat them as chattel, and show no compassion or
regard for their needs. They are casualties of corrupt
political systems that keep them in permanent bondage,
with death as their only escape.
It staggers the imagination to
realize how severely impoverished many nations of the
world really are. There are millions of people who own
nothing; they have no external resources to meet their
needs. Their leaders may be greedy dictators, who are
involved with all sorts of graft, corruption and power
struggles. While they themselves may be prosperous,
their people suffer miserably and there is no one to
champion their cause.
These countries may have
experienced the ravages of war and genocide; many of
their inhabitants are refugees without permanent homes
of their own. They live in squalid conditions unfit
for human beings. They are ridden with disease,
deformity, and severely malnourished. Helpless and
hopeless, their daily challenge is to find enough safe
drinking water, food to eat or a place to sleep.
Survival is their only goal, and God is their only
Isaiah 49:26 "And I will feed them
that oppress thee with their own flesh; and they shall
be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine:
and all flesh shall know that I the LORD [am] thy
Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob."
Their governments are oblivious to
the suffering of the people. Medical services and
education may be non-existent. They wait day by day
for things to change, but their circumstances never
improve. Poverty is a curse to them that extends from
generation to generation. They desperately need relief
from the terrible degradation that has been inflicted
on them, and they need freedom from their greedy
The poor and afflicted need the
hope and confidence that only almighty God can bring
to their lives. Very soon, He will judge the nations
of the world to determine if they have been righteous
and loving towards their people. He will take
vengeance on all those who are corrupt and evil and
determined to devour the poor off the face of the
earth. Jesus Christ is returning to destroy the
ungodly and their evil, oppressive practices off the
face of the earth.
Poverty Threatens Us at Home
Even the poorest person in the
United States of America is wealthy, in comparison to
those who live in third world countries all over the
earth. But this country - once the most affluent in
the world - is quickly becoming dichotomized between
the very rich and the very poor, as well. There
doesn't seem to be a middle ground any longer, as the
socio-economic classes that we once knew have blurred
together and all but disappeared.
There is a vast disparity between
the resources of the upper socio-economic class and
the middle class and the poor. We are evolving into a
nation of "haves" and "have nots." The rich get
richer, and the poor get poorer. There is no
in-between, moderate standard of living anymore. Some
enjoy opulence and wealth, while others cannot even
put food on their tables. Some live in mansions, while
others live in temporary shelters with their entire
Ecclesiastes 5:8 "If thou seest the
oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of
judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the
matter: for [he that is] higher than the highest
regardeth; and [there be] higher than they."
The standard of living for most
Americans is dropping at an alarming rate. And no one
person or economic program can combat this insidious
problem quickly and effectively to prevent the
upcoming economic disaster that hangs over all of us.
Recession and depression are not just nebulous
possibilities, but very real threats to our people.
No economic stimulus will be the
panacea; no governmental bailout will provide for us.
There is no viable solution that exists in the world
financial system. We desperately need divine
intervention to correct this horrible imbalance, and
restore peace and prosperity to all mankind. We must
rely on almighty God to set matters straight in our
own country and all around the world.
Oppression of the Poor
Ezekiel 22:29 "The people of the
land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, and
have vexed the poor and needy: yea, they have
oppressed the stranger wrongfully."
Widespread oppression of the middle
class and the poor is on the rise. Exploitation has
become a way of life for many greedy individuals who
devour those less fortunate than themselves. They have
no God in their lives, and their morals are
non-existent. Their goal is to accumulate more wealth
with little or no regard to the human suffering that
they cause. They hoard their material possessions
while others do without their basic needs being met.
We have an influx of immigrants
from other countries that have come here in search of
the American dream - freedom and prosperity for all
men. Yet they are often disappointed in the reactions
that they encounter in their struggle to assimilate
within our society. They are rejected because they are
different, and our prejudice keeps them bound in as
much poverty and lack as they experienced before they
Isaiah 3:15 "What mean ye [that] ye
beat my people to pieces, and grind the faces of the
poor? saith the Lord GOD of hosts."
All sorts of scams and moneymaking
schemes have surfaced, that attempt to bilk others out
of their resources. They appear too good to be true,
yet many are still deceived. Con artists of all types
are devouring the naïve and innocent among us. Men
everywhere are covetous and ungrateful, and
opportunism with no regard to the consequences is on
the rise. Very few are able to keep their sense of
perspective with what is happening all around us.
It is extremely rare to find
someone who is comfortable and financially secure at
this juncture. The middle class is a thing of the
past, and there is an emergence of the very poor among
us, who live at standards well below poverty level.
These are the "poorest of the poor," and their plight
is desperate. However, there is a curse of poverty
that threatens to oppress all of us, and we need to
fight back individually and collectively as a people.
The Lord has seen it all, and is
sorely grieved that His people are experiencing
poverty and lack, with exploitation only adding to
their problems. It is not His will that any man should
suffer from poverty and lack, oppression or
exploitation. He can and will intervene in our affairs
if we will only cry out for His help. He has an answer
for every perplexity that we face.
There is no need for us to become
despondent or desperate. The Creator of the universe
will come to our aid. He will not continue to blink
the eye at what is happening all around us. He is ever
willing and able to generously supply all of our needs
in abundance. He has the wealth of the universe at His
disposal, and works through His people to minister to
the needs of the poor and disadvantaged among us.
Exploitation in the Workplace
Leviticus 25:17 "Ye shall not
therefore oppress one another; but thou shalt fear thy
God: for I [am] the LORD your God."
The "living wage" is dwindling as
moderately good paying jobs are eliminated due to
labor outsourcing, company down sizing or total
dissolution. Many of our large manufacturing companies
are closing their plants altogether and relocating in
other countries. They may want to remain American
owned and operated, but they must find ways to cut
down on expenses and stay soluble.
They often look for cheap labor
rates as a solution to their lack of profitability,
and these can be most easily found on foreign soil.
Instead of oppressing our people, they oppress those
in the countries where they relocate. They continue to
pay low wages with no benefits to their workers. It's
a never-ending vicious circle of greed and
exploitation of the poor, and the Lord will not bless
their efforts, nor prosper their businesses.
The job market itself has changed
and many find themselves under-educated for the new
technical positions that are emerging. They lack
vocational training and education, so they are on the
outside looking in. Many of these jobs eliminate
manual labor altogether, in favor of robotic
methodologies. Man is made to feel worthless and
obsolete as improved technology overrides human
importance in the interest of a higher bottom line.
Hosea 12:7 "[He is] a merchant, the
balances of deceit [are] in his hand: he loveth to
Employers are no longer
paternalistic as they struggle to keep their companies
in operation. They have relinquished their values in
favor of profitability. They overwork their employees,
and show little regard for their human needs. They
drastically cut their workforces, and compromise the
quality of the goods and services they produce. When
things don't improve regardless of their cost-cutting
practices, they often close their doors altogether
with no notice to their staffs.
Far too many of our people are laid
off, out of work or drastically underemployed. Some
are working two and three low paying part-time jobs
just to survive. They are burnt out and frustrated,
depressed and discouraged, and their plight only
worsens regardless of how they strategize. They simply
cannot make ends meet, no matter how hard they try.
They have reached a point of no return and they are
eager for relief of any kind. Survival has become an
end in and of itself.
The average gross income has
drastically dropped, together with our standard of
living. Our disposable incomes after taxes are meager
and insufficient to meet our needs. Unemployment is at
a record high, and job opportunities are scarce.
People are becoming desperate and they compromise
their principles; they often become lawless and the
crime rate is increasing. Fear and greed run rampant,
as people lose their sense of values and their
compassion for one another's needs. They are looking
for a quick fix that simply doesn't exist.
Deuteronomy 24:14 "Thou shalt not
oppress an hired servant [that is] poor and needy,
[whether he be] of thy brethren, or of thy strangers
that [are] in thy land within thy gates:"
Wealthy business men are consuming
their less fortunate employees by paying sub-standard
wages and offering no benefits. They bully their
workforce into submission, and destroy the unions that
used to protect them. They threaten company closing or
re-location if their employees object to their
non-paternalistic management methods. The average
wages have not been able to keep up with inflation,
while the company owners enjoy all the profits.
Labor unions are being abolished
because they challenge the unethical practices of big
businesses. This leaves the workers totally
unprotected from exploitation and injustice in the
workplace. We have a surplus of American workers that
have no employee health or retirement benefits
whatsoever. They are virtually unprotected from
personal calamity. So too, many are injured on the
job, and the company finds a way to terminate them
altogether, rather than compensate them for their
The Lord will champion the cause of
the exploited among us. Jesus Christ Himself will
destroy all evil in the wrath of His coming. He is
adamant to destroy the ungodly and all of their
ungodliness, the Bible tells us. He will eradicate all
attempts of the enemy to impoverish and oppress His
people. There will be no exploitation or lack in the
Kingdom of God. All who dwell there will enjoy
blessings and prosperity, while all those who practice
evil will be banished for all eternity.
Afflictions of the Poor
Psalm 22:24 "For he hath not
despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted;
neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he
cried unto him, he heard."
We now have a glut of single
parents who must rely on government funding and
services for the low-income in order to support their
children. If they work at all, they make subsistence
wages and cannot keep up with the demands of the
workplace for more highly skilled labor. They are
often willing to work, but unable to afford much
needed childcare, education or transportation costs.
Working is simply not profitable for them, and they
have little or no hope for the future.
Many seniors suffer from the
effects of malnutrition, disease, old age, and lack of
affordable medical care. They may have government
Medicare insurance, but they also have heavy medical
bills and insufficient resources to meet their
coinsurance requirements. They must often choose
between eating and seeking medical services. Many
cannot afford their prescription drugs, and suffer
from maladies of all sorts that remain untreated.
They may be relegated to losing
their homes in an effort just to make ends meet, yet
there is insufficient senior housing available to
absorb the growing need. They are left with few
options, if they do not have friend or relatives
willing to shelter them. They succumb to the evils of
old age and often end up in sub-standard nursing homes
as wards of the state.
People are losing their homes due
to foreclosure, and families are breaking up
housekeeping, with nowhere to go. There are many
homeless in this country that must take temporary
refuge in community shelters or with friends and
relatives. Some live in their vehicles, in tents or
under viaducts, almost as if they were refugees in
their own land. They break into vacant houses and are
forced to squat on property that is not theirs, just
to put a roof over their heads. They are
disenfranchised and disillusioned, with no hope in
sight for the future.
Proverbs 22:22 "Rob not the poor,
because he [is] poor: neither oppress the afflicted in
Much needed medical and dental
services are cost prohibitive to the very people that
need them the most. The poor often suffer from the
effects of stress and malnutrition and have medical
and dental problems as a result. Low-cost clinics are
quickly disappearing due to lack of funding, so they
are left without these necessary treatments.
The poor may be deprived of their
legal rights in one way or another, with no advocacy
available to them. Attorneys are simply raising their
rates to the point that they have become unaffordable
to the average person. Many are cheated and oppressed
with no one to advise them what is legally due them.
They become angry and frustrated and often take the
law in their own hands, which only compounds their
2Samuel 22:28 "And the afflicted
people thou wilt save: but thine eyes [are] upon the
haughty, [that] thou mayest bring [them] down."
Essential products and services
such as food, housing, clothing and public utilities,
are so outrageously priced that the average individual
is forced to either drastically cut back on them or do
without altogether. We all are experiencing lack in
one way or another, and an unusually high number of
individuals and entire families are taking refuge with
friends and relatives to pool their resources just to
Motor vehicles are expensive to
purchase and operate and costly to insure, relegating
many to public transportation that runs only in
limited geographic areas. Even so, mass transportation
is becoming cost-prohibitive to the poor, and they end
up walking the streets in pursuit of their needs, or
hitchhiking rides from those who do have vehicles.
Higher education is quickly
becoming a thing of the past as sources for student
loans, grants and scholarships are dwindling.
On-the-job-training is cost prohibitive in many
instances. Displaced workers who require education to
be re-employed simply cannot afford it. The job market
is highly competitive and only the strong seem to
We have a great many young people
dropping out of high school because they are
disillusioned with their prospects for the future.
Their employment possibilities are extremely limited
without high school diplomas. But all too often their
families rely on the meager wages that their
undereducated teenaged children earn at minimum wage
jobs, just to make ends meet for the entire family.
The Lord see this inequity and He
will not continue to disregard what is being done to
the poor among us. He has a plan in mind that will
lead us out of our despondency and despair for all
time. He will wreak vengeance on the enemies of His
people and level all playing fields so that the poor
among us are exalted, while the wicked are punished in
their iniquity for all eternity.
The Rich Get Richer
Proverbs 22:7 "The rich ruleth over
the poor, and the borrower [is] servant to the
Lenders are having a field day as
they issue credit with little or no scrutiny regarding
the borrower's ability to repay the debt. They aren't
looking for credit-worthy risks. They target young
people, in particular, who are easy prey to bad
spending habits. With interest rates at an average of
20% to 30% or more on credit cards, people are
financing everything from food and gasoline, to their
mortgage payments and utilities.
Unscrupulous lending companies
issue housing mortgages that appear to be affordable,
but have outrageous balloon payments that eventually
become due. The low cost government housing programs,
which were designed to help the poor acquire safe,
decent and affordable housing, have ended up consuming
them and their homes, and further sabotaging our
Many have little or no knowledge of
the overwhelming effect of compound interest rates,
and they are being destroyed by their borrowing
practices. Their standard of living never improves,
because they are charged exorbitant rates of interest,
yet they never get caught up on their principal
payments. And the products and services they purchase,
if not immediately consumed, only depreciate with the
using. The average person is using credit unwisely and
being entangled in its web.
Millions of Americans spend more
than they make and are over-extended in their
indebtedness. We have become a country that lives off
of credit debt in order to subsist. It's not so much
that people want a higher standard of living to which
they may be entitled. Credit spending is often simply
a matter of survival; it offers them a short-term
means to get the necessary goods and services to
sustain life. These are victims of the credit
industry's oppression, but it will stop. The Lord
Himself will restore "just weights and balances,"
fairness and equality on the earth.
Psalm 62:10 "Trust not in
oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches
increase, set not your heart [upon them]."
The rich do not even seem to
notice; they are intent on their own agendas. They may
be making their fortunes in big business or the sports
and entertainment industries. They could be medical or
legal professionals who charge excessive hourly rates
for their much-needed services. Some may even run
mega-churches and operate huge television ministries
and intimidate men into thinking that God wants and
needs their money.
Whatever the case, the wealthy
man's major focus is to gather even more wealth. Their
affluence is never sufficient to meet the needs of
their egos, and they devour one another in their
efforts to see who will be the richest and most
powerful among us. They are not concerned with the
methods they employ for making money, nor the human
suffering they cause in their efforts to increase
their net worth.
They are so caught up in themselves
and their greed that they fail to realize that there
is a just God who will wreak vengeance on their evil
ways. The Lord will not only punish oppression of all
types, but the Bible says that He will ultimately
redistribute the wealth of the wicked to the poor
among us. He is a just and fair God and His Kingdom
will level all playing fields when it is ushered in to
Power and Greed
Psalm 37:14 "The wicked have drawn
out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down
the poor and needy, [and] to slay such as be of
There is no doubt about it. We live
in an acquisitive society, where materialism is
glorified instead of God. Power and greed
always corrupt a people. We have become a nation of
thieves and robbers. We think nothing of treading
others under our feet, as we selfishly climb the
corporate ladders of success. We have little or no
regard for those less fortunate than ourselves, and
selfishly think only of our own needs.
We oppress the poor and devour the
young with glitzy advertising that tempts people to
over-spend and go into debt. We deify sports figures
and entertainers who have disproportionate incomes to
our very own. We glorify casino spending and home
shopping channels on television. We make it seem as
though we need the very latest electronic gadget and
name brand article of clothing just to survive. We
live for the hope of winning the lottery and glorify
the decadent world system rather than rely on God to
meet our needs.
Psalm 10:2 "The wicked in [his]
pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in
the devices that they have imagined."
The wicked contrive to exploit
those less fortunate, but they will be caught in their
own trap. Their scams and schemes will follow them
into eternity. The Lord hates persecution of all types
and He will defend the cause of the unfortunate
regardless of how it appears right now in the natural.
There is hope for the oppressed; the Lord has heard
their cry. He will intervene in a dramatic way to
correct this situation.
We live in a day when greed and
selfishness are the norm. This phenomenon is worldwide
and evidence that the hearts of men everywhere have
grown cold as was predicted. Love and generosity are
so rare that the Lord Himself must intercede and
mobilize His people in the church, before an entire
segment of the world's population is eradicated. We
will become a clearinghouse for the distribution of
goods and services in the days to come. Our love for
those who suffer among us will be a beacon of light in
a dark and troubled world.
No Permanent Solutions in the World
Psalm 119:122 "Be surety for thy
servant for good: let not the proud oppress me."
We abolish employee benefit
programs and force an aging workforce to retire before
they are financially able to sustain their life
styles. We charge such huge mark-ups on necessary
goods and services that we are making them
inaccessible to all but the very wealthy. Food and
fuel prices surge, and these basic commodities are out
of reach for many individuals who are among the
poorest of the poor.
The poor are disadvantaged,
disenchanted and disenfranchised. Many live in houses
that are awaiting sheriff sale or foreclosure, with no
utilities even hooked up. In many instances, entire
families are living under bridges, in tents or their
motor vehicles if they are fortunate to have them.
There are multitudes of children that would not eat
except for school lunch programs. It is unseemly that
this should occur in a country as wealthy as ours, and
surely our God sees it all.
The federal government is quickly
bankrupting in an effort to fund the military and the
rapidly depleting Social Security and Welfare
programs. Our politicians vote themselves huge pay
raises, yet fail to legislate minimum wages that keep
pace with inflation. Our government has the funds
necessary to bail out our large corporations and
financial institutions, but the average taxpayer goes
without and suffers alone in his plight.
There are always campaign promises
of tax cuts for the middle-class and the poor, but
everything from food to shelter is taxed upon tax in
many states. Federal income tax rates for the
middle-income individuals only seem to escalate, while
big businesses have tax shelters. Economic stimulus
checks such as those issued during the last
presidential administration are but a band-aid
approach to the threat of poverty that overshadows the
average American today. We desperately need a drastic
change or we will all be bankrupted.
Zephaniah 3:12 "I will also leave
in the midst of thee an afflicted and poor people, and
they shall trust in the name of the LORD."
Privately funded social service
agencies cannot keep up with the demand for relief to
the poor, as they are under-staffed and drastically
lacking in funds. They rely on contributions from a
rapidly disappearing middle-class workforce that has
generously sustained them in the past. However, with
income cuts so prevalent, charitable funds to aid the
poor and disadvantaged are also reduced.
Charities such as the United Way
and American Red Cross are compromised in their
ability to minister much-needed relief to the poor.
Charitable fund-raisers, once so well received and
successful in generating funds for worthy causes, are
now falling by the wayside.
With the dissolution of the middle
class, the poverty level in this country is dropping
to a new low. Where we used to have a class of
"nouveau rich" that experienced sudden wealth and were
able to raise their standards of living accordingly,
we now have the "nouveau poor" who have seemingly lost
everything almost overnight.
The poor are becoming too numerous
to count, and they are in drastic straits. So too, the
poorest of the poor - the homeless and destitute - are
ever increasing, as well. Their needs are seemingly
endless and oppressive. They require everything from
food and clothing to shelter. It's a never-ending,
downward economic spiral that has reached crisis
proportion, with no relief in sight. And ours is
supposedly the richest country in the world...
2Chronicles 7:14 "If my people,
which are called by my name, shall humble themselves,
and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked
ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive
their sin, and will heal their land."
It's time that we turn back to God
as a nation. We have all but eliminated His presence
in our daily lives, and without Him we are victims of
horrendous demonic attack. Spirits of poverty and
oppression threaten to overtake us. We must turn to
Him in sincere repentance, cry out for forgiveness and
mend our evil ways. We have to be walking in love for
Him and for one another, or we face the very real
possibility of financial annihilation and personal
We need to get back to basics in
all of our lives. We must repent of our pride and
arrogance, our stubborn independence and reliance on
the world system for doing things. It has miserably
failed and is consuming all in its path. We should cry
out to God to intervene in the affairs of men and
restore peace and order to our world through any
available means, and as soon as possible before we are
engulfed in more disaster.
We must rely on God and Him alone
to direct our paths and lead us into prosperity and
abundance. He will never leave us or forsake us. He
has simply waited for us to wear ourselves out in all
our struggling to be independent of Him and His way of
doing things. He will supply all of our needs for the
short-term and the long range. He has the answer to
every perplexity, and promises us that our lives will
improve as we approach the coming of His Kingdom to
Topics for Discussion
1. Describe the Life of the Poor in Third-World Countries.
2. Discuss the Erosion of the Middle Class.
3. What is Happening to the Poverty Level in This Country?
4. Contrast the Attitude of the Rich With the Poor.
5. Power and Greed
6. Solutions to Poverty
7. What is God's Plan for Our Future?
Chapter 2 - God is No Respecter of Persons
Acts 10:34-5 "Then Peter opened
[his] mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God
is no respecter of persons: But in every nation, he
that feareth him and worketh righteousness, is
accepted with him."
The Lord is not prejudiced - He is
no respecter of persons. We are all equally important
in His sight. He loves men, women and children, rich
and poor in every nation of the world. There are
righteous individuals from all socio-economic classes,
every tongue and race, who walk in love and peace with
their fellows. They are kind and generous, giving and
forgiving. These are they who please the Lord and do
His will; they will enter into His Kingdom as their
And there are those who are selfish
or even contrive to use and abuse others, rich and
poor alike. Perhaps they manipulate and control,
oppress and coerce their fellow man. They may exploit
everyone, irrespective of their status in life. These
are the ones that Jesus Christ will punish in His
coming wrath. He will not tolerate those who ignore
His law of love concerning others; He will not close
His eyes to the blatancy of their sin.
Regardless of our position in life,
we can opt to walk in love for the Lord and for one
another as He has directed us. We all have unique
needs that require satisfaction. While the poor may
need material help, the more affluent are often lonely
and lack companionship. They may need spiritual
guidance and the gospel to be preached to them. We can
care and share with all men as God leads us, with no
regard for their net worth.
Creator of All Men
1Samuel 2:7-8 "The LORD maketh
poor, and maketh rich: he bringeth low, and lifteth
up. He raiseth up the poor out of the
dust, [and] lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill,
to set [them] among princes, and to make them inherit
the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth
[are] the LORD'S, and he hath set the world upon
The Lord has created each of us for
a specific destiny. Some He exalts; others are
debased, but He is able to reverse our circumstances
in a heartbeat. In a short while, all playing fields
will be leveled, as Jesus Christ Himself renders fair
and equitable judgment and decides who is qualified
for entering into the all consuming prosperity of the
Kingdom of God on the earth. The first will be last
and the last will be first.
Christ alone is the righteous judge
of all men - both great and small. He sees the inner
heart of a man and judges us by how much we love
others and interact with them in our daily lives. Good
intentions will mean nothing; only those who actually
do the will of the Father will enter in to the
Kingdom. Many who are prosperous and exalted now, will
be brought low, and many who are poor and suffering
now, will be exalted.
Many blessings await the righteous,
and the Lord will see to it that all our needs are
met. There will be no poverty and lack in the Kingdom
of God. There will be no oppression or exploitation of
any kind. There will be love and peace, prosperity and
joy for all Kingdom residents. There is a just
retribution coming for all men that will endure for
all eternity. The wicked will be punished and the
righteous will be blessed.
Proverbs 22:2 "The rich and poor
meet together: the LORD [is] the maker of them all."
There will be no superficial
divisions among us in the Kingdom of God. The Lord
loves all men equally. Both the rich and the poor will
enter in, as long as they have purged themselves of
all iniquity. However, nothing and no one that defiles
will be allowed to exist in the Kingdom. All evil will
be excluded and punished, as the righteous receive
their due rewards and blessings for all eternity.
Christ Himself will make certain that justice is not
compromised in any way.
There will be safety and security
for all in the Kingdom. There will be no jealousy or
envy, no greed or covetousness of any kind. There will
be no oppression or exploitation of one person over
another. All men will dwell in peace and unity,
fairness and equality. Poverty and lack will be
abolished for all time. Prosperity and blessings will
be available to all who dwell in the Kingdom of God.
Men will put on glorious,
resurrection bodies that are no longer ravaged by
death and disease. We will build habitations and dwell
together in love and joy for all eternity. We will
enjoy our families and be able to meet their needs
generously, so that none suffer lack. Our children and
our children's children will all experience abundance
and hope for the future. We will have glory and honor
instead of our former sorrow and shame.
The Lord Himself will come and take
up residence with us to ensure that our needs are
totally satisfied. He will anticipate all that we
require even before we ask Him. He is a loving and
generous God and He has the wealth of the universe
stored up for distribution to His people. There is no
good thing that we will lack in the presence of
It's Not About the Money
Proverbs 13:7 "There is that maketh
himself rich, yet [hath] nothing: [there is] that
maketh himself poor, yet [hath] great riches."
A man's worth is not determined by
what he has, but rather, by what he is in his heart.
There are many rich people that have nothing in life
with eternal value because of their greed, corruption
and selfishness. They lack brotherly love and
righteousness; they are often alone and lonely. They
will reap eternal judgment to include the loss of
their material wealth, if they refuse to change their
So too, there are many who lack the
world's goods, yet have the "true riches" because they
love God and others and share all that they do have.
They are loving and generous and always willing to
give of their material means, their time and talent.
They are kind and sociable; they surround themselves
with people, and never mistreat others. They are
deemed righteous before God because of their love for
The Bible tells us to seek first
the principles of the Kingdom of God, and all our
needs will be met, both in the present and for all
eternity. We should strive for spiritual gifts rather
than material things that only disappear and decay
with the using. We ought to walk in love and seek the
fellowship and friendship of others. We have to
develop our relationship with God Himself so that we
are never alone and lonely.
The Kingdom of God represents
righteousness, peace and joy for all men. It will be
total fairness and equality for all who enter into it.
It is characterized by unselfish love for God and for
others. It will not include selfishness, oppression or
exploitation of any kind. Choosing the Kingdom way of
life ensures that we will dwell in peace and
prosperity now in this world, as well as for all time.
Revelation 3:17-19 "Because thou
sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have
need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art
wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and
naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the
fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment,
that thou mayest be clothed, and [that] the shame of
thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes
with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and
chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent."
Complacency is a dangerous thing.
There are those who glory in their wealth, yet are
poor by God's standards. They store up their money for
selfish purposes, never caring or sharing with others.
They live and die to self, interested only in
accumulating more and more wealth. They have a surplus
of material possessions that they must ultimately
leave to others. They are blind to the truth and
spiritually bankrupt. They are wretched, miserable and
poor in the Lord's eyes.
There are others who have less
wealth but may be financially comfortable and secure.
They pride themselves in needing no one or anything.
They are self-sufficient instead of God-sufficient. If
they fail to help others who are in need, they too
will fail the test of the Lord's required love and
generosity. Their lukewarm, selfish attitudes will be
their downfall. Without love for the Lord and others
in their lives, they too will be miserable.
These are the truly poor of this
world. They will never know the eternal riches of the
Kingdom of God, because they will be disqualified from
entering in to it. The Lord is rebuking some of us; He
chastens those whom He loves. None of us lives or dies
without impacting the lives of others. It is His
desire that we cleanse ourselves of all unselfishness
and share what we have with those who are in need.
This is the true measure for determining if we walk in
uncompromised love for Him and for our fellow man.
Luke 12:15 "And he said unto them,
Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's
life consisteth not in the abundance of the things
which he possesseth."
The Kingdom of God is built on
righteousness - right thinking and right acting.
Everything we do must line up with the Word of God as
final authority. The Word says that we are to love,
and it also stipulates that we should act on that
love. Love demands that we share what we have with
others, regardless of who they are. We are to put
their needs on an even plane with our own, knowing
that by the grace of God we have ourselves been spared
a similar plight.
We must not be greedy and covetous
of material things that only rot away with the using.
None of these will determine our eternal worth. In
light of eternity, they mean nothing. We should be
quick to share all that we have. Empathy and
compassion demand that we help to supply others' basic
needs when they are lacking. Righteousness requires
that we treat others with fairness and equality, as we
ourselves would like to be treated.
Proverbs 28:6 "Better [is] the poor
that walketh in his uprightness, than [he that is]
perverse [in his] ways, though he [be] rich."
God will not stand for continued
oppression of the poor, nor will he put up with those
who ignore their plight. That makes us equally guilty
for their lack. He is sending His Son, Jesus Christ
back to the earth to destroy all the ungodly and their
ungodliness, and render just and righteous judgment -
to rich and poor alike, both believers and
There must be no more greedy
exploitation of the disadvantaged, nor should there be
a righteous man or woman who fails to stand in the
gap. We must take a strong stand for the plight of the
poor and suffering among us. We can each do something
to alleviate this problem. Even the smallest act of
charity will make a difference and impact lives. And
it will serve as an example to the unrighteous, as we
help to alleviate suffering in our midst.
James 2:1-8 "My brethren, have not
the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, [the Lord] of
glory, with respect of persons. For if there come unto
your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly
apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile
raiment; And ye have respect to him that weareth the
gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a
good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or
sit here under my footstool: Are ye not then partial
in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?
Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the
poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the
kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?
But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress
you, and draw you before the judgment seats? Do not
they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are
called? If ye fulfil the royal law according to the
scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself,
ye do well:"
The church is to judge all men with
right judgment, and welcome all into the fellowship of
believers. We must spread the gospel to whomever will
receive it, regardless of their material wealth. We
are to show no partiality towards others in our
fellowship, whether they be rich or poor. Christians
are not to be prejudiced with regard to people's
backgrounds or their socio-economic status. We should
be concerned with their spirits, not their net worth.
Regardless of our position in life,
the Lord judges each of us by how much we love Him,
and how well we walk in love with one another.
He is not overly concerned, as many would think, about
our ability to tithe and make offerings. Nor does He
care what we wear when we come to worship Him. He is
concerned about the inner man of the heart. He blesses
the poor in spirit, whether they are rich or poor in
the natural realm.
There will be no preferential
treatment in the Kingdom, as the Lord loves each of us
totally and impartially. All of our needs will be
satisfied on an even plane with our brothers' needs,
and we will be assured of fairness and equality. The
only ones who will be excluded from the Lord's
providence and His presence will be the unloving and
the greedy. No defilement of this sort will be
tolerated in the Kingdom of God. On the contrary, it
will be punished for all eternity.
Love Levels All Playing Fields
Matthew 20:16 "So the last shall be
first, and the first last: for many be called, but few
We will all have the same
opportunity to enter in to the Kingdom of God. Jesus
died for each of us, and His righteousness extends to
all who believe in Him and walk in faith. Whether rich
or poor in the world's goods, we each have to make the
all-important decision of laying all that we have
aside to follow in Christ's footsteps, and do the will
of his Father.
While it is important that we love
one another in spirit, it is equally important to love
in the flesh. Our love walk requires that we share
with those who have temporal or spiritual needs.
Walking in love demands no less of us, than that we
lay down our lives for one another. That means sharing
all that we have as a demonstration of our love for
Regardless of how much or how
little material wealth we have, Jesus Christ will
judge each of us by the same fair and equitable
standards. If we have loved others as we love
ourselves, we will be found suitable to enter the
Kingdom of God on this earth. If we have failed to do
the Lord's will and have been selfish, greedy or
oppressive in our treatment of others, we will be
eternally punished and excluded from His Kingdom.
There will be no artificial
barriers of any type that separate us in the Kingdom
of God. There will be no socio-economic classes that
segregate and divide us from one another. The Lord
Himself will dwell with men and anticipate all our
needs even before we ask Him. The wealth of the
universe will be freely supplied to all of us for our
equal use and enjoyment. We will experience peace and
prosperity, and the freedom to enjoy abundance
Topics for Discussion
1. God is No Respecter of Persons.
2. Who Are the Truly Rich?
3. Who Are the Truly Poor?
4. Kingdom Standards for Righteousness
5. Love Levels All Playing Fields.
6. Fairness and Equality in the Kingdom
Chapter 3 - The Lord Hears the Cry of the Poor
Psalm 40:17 "But I [am] poor and
needy; [yet] the Lord thinketh upon me: thou [art] my
help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God."
Many are so poor and distraught
that all they can do is cry out to God. They may have
tried everything in the natural to solve their
problems, yet nothing works. No matter what they do,
or how hard they try, they simply cannot get a
financial breakthrough. They may be under a true curse
of poverty and lack. While it may be painful and
uncomfortable for a season, that is actually a
wonderful place to be - it's called the "God space."
The Lord waits for us to wear
ourselves out, so that He can show Himself strong on
He wants to put an end to all our
worry and anxiety. We are not to be overly concerned
about the cares of this world. When God is all that we
have, God is all that we need. He intervenes on our
behalf according to His will, and slowly, but surely,
He lifts us up out of the misery of poverty and lack
to a safe place of abundance in Him.
The Bible tells us that the Lord
supplies all our needs. That includes all spiritual
and temporal requirements. No need is too great, nor
any situation too urgent. If we will seek first the
Kingdom of God, there is a solution to all our
perplexity and lack. The Bible says that all good
things will be added to us. God has an ample supply of
all that we require to sustain life readily available.
And His hand is not shortened in getting it to us just
when we need it the most.
Psalm 34:6 "This poor man cried,
and the LORD heard [him], and saved him out of all his
The Lord delights in our total
dependence on Him. He is ever ready to pour out both
comfort and material blessings to those who call on
Him. He will lift our spirits and encourage us to have
faith in Him. He will teach us to rise up and stand
our ground against every effort to oppress us. He will
never turn us away or permit us to leave Him empty
handed. God supplies all that we lack and He furnishes
our needs in abundance.
Whether we have spiritual or
material needs is irrelevant; the Lord supplies them
all. He wants us to prosper in every area of our
lives. He will meet our needs totally and completely.
While He may not respond when and how we think that He
should, He will supernaturally deliver all that we
require and prevent us from experiencing utter
disaster. He's a God that never sleeps or slumbers,
and He is on time, every time.
We Cry Out to God
Psalm 44:24 "Wherefore hidest thou
thy face, [and] forgettest our affliction and our
Sometimes it seems that the Lord
has hidden His face from us. We mistakenly think that
He is bringing judgment on us, or is impervious to our
pain. It appears the heavens have turned to brass and
that our prayers are not being heard. Our
circumstances suggest that things have not changed,
and will probably get worse, but nothing could be
further from the truth.
God loves us with an everlasting
love and will supply all our needs in abundance. We
must only cry out to Him in our desperation to see Him
rally to our cause; He will not fail us. He may have a
reason for delaying His response to our needs. It may
well be that He has an even better solution in mind
than the one that we have prayed for Him to supply. We
can become so focused on our problems that we forget
that the Lord has all the solutions to every
perplexity that we face.
We often feel alone and isolated in
our need, and mistakenly think that our situation and
circumstances are the only ones that matter. At times
like this, we should take a long look at those around
us, to see that others have things even worse than we
do. We can be eminently grateful for what little we do
have, and rely on the Lord to supply what we lack. He
will always do so in abundance.
Our God will supply all our needs
according to His riches in glory. He owns the cattle
on a thousand hills, the Bible tells us. All the
wealth of the universe is at His disposal, and He is
ever merciful and gracious to supply our needs. We
must cry out to Him in fervent prayer, believe that He
hears us, and wait expectantly for Him to intervene in
our affairs. He can and will punish all those who
oppress us, and relieve His people's suffering in
The Lord has an inexhaustible
supply of all good things stored up in readiness for
distribution to His people. He will always meet our
needs if we will be patient and positive in our
outlook. He delights in partnering with man in every
endeavor. He expects us to visualize prosperity in our
lives and help speak it into existence with positive
decrees. He can and will reverse our fortunes in a
minute, if we will wait on His providence.
Deuteronomy 26:7 "And when we cried
unto the LORD God of our fathers, the LORD heard our
voice, and looked on our affliction, and our labour,
and our oppression:"
There is a day coming when all the
ungodly and their ungodliness will be judged and
punished. The Lord will take vengeance on all the
enemies of His people. Jesus Christ is not returning
as a meek and mild Lamb this time. He will overturn
all the unrighteous schemes that oppress and exploit
the poor among us, and punish the wicked in their evil
ways. He Himself will restore prosperity to His people
and they will never again know want or lack.
Thank God that He has heard the cry
of all the poor and afflicted. He will intervene and
advocate for His people. He will not allow this
imbalance of greed and corruption to continue much
longer. Christ is coming back to banish all evil from
the face of the earth and to rule and reign in His
Kingdom. He will make certain that there is safety and
security for all who trust in Him.
The Lord will soon provide all our
needs abundantly, according to His promises, and He
will restore all that the enemy has stolen from us. We
will never experience the anguish of poverty and lack
ever again. God will anticipate our every need and be
quick to supply it for our pleasure and prosperity. We
will experience life to the fullest in the Kingdom of
God on the earth.
The Lord is a Righteous Judge
Psalm 35:10 "All my bones shall
say, LORD, who [is] like unto thee, which deliverest
the poor from him that is too strong for him, yea, the
poor and the needy from him that spoileth him?"
The Lord abhors oppression of the
poor. His eyes are not closed to their suffering. He
disdains any form of wickedness that would enslave
others and keep them in bondage. This is an egregious
offense in His eyes. He brings down the proud and
haughty who injure others; He destroys greed and
injustice of all types. And He intervenes from heaven
to set the captives free and put them on a straight
path of blessing.
People who use and abuse others to
make their fortunes do not impress the Lord. He
regards this as oppression, and He will judge these
individuals most stringently according to His law of
love. He will deliver the poor from all who would
exploit them and render righteous punishments for all
iniquity of this type. He will ultimately seize the
wealth and material goods of the greedy and
redistribute them to the poor, so that there are no
poor among us.
Psalm 72:4 "He shall judge the poor
of the people, he shall save the children of the
needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor."
The Lord Himself will judge and
defend the cause of the needy. He will deliver the
poor from those who exploit him, and keep him bound in
poverty and squalor. Jesus Christ will utter destroy
all the ungodly and their ungodliness from the face of
the earth at His return. He will judge the oppressors
and they will endure eternal punishment. He will
provide for the needs of the righteous for all
eternity, as we usher in the Kingdom of God on the
God is able to reverse our fortunes
right before our very eyes. He takes delight in making
a strong and dramatic point. The first will be last
and the last will be first. There are those who
currently enjoy all that life has to offer, yet remain
greedy and covetous in their dealings with others.
They will soon be on the outside looking in, as the
poor and disadvantaged take their place in God's
Kingdom for all eternity.
Isaiah 42:22 "But this [is] a
people robbed and spoiled; [they are] all of them
snared in holes, and they are hid in prison houses:
they are for a prey, and none delivereth; for a spoil,
and none saith, Restore."
The Lord is not pleased with
deceptive economic practices. It's a matter of unjust
weights and measures with Him. It is profligate
robbery of His people and He will not tolerate it any
longer. He's heard the cries of the poor and needy. He
pities them, because they are prey to the enemy. He
loves us unconditionally and will generously supply
all our needs according to His riches in glory, the
Bible tells us.
At this point in time, He is
appealing to His church to rise up and advocate for
the cause of the impoverished and take a stand for
their restoration. We can intercede in prayer and do
spiritual warfare on their behalf. We can break off
their yokes of poverty and restore them to wholeness
in the Lord. We can comfort and encourage them, teach
them Kingdom principles of prosperity, and lead them
out of their misery by our godly example.
Christians can make our voices
heard as a strong special interest group and
governmental lobby. We can advocate for emergency
relief services. We can vote in legislators who are
willing to meet the grass roots needs of the poorest
people by developing programs that help them help
themselves. And we can take a strong stand for cuts in
tax rates for the middle income taxpayers who are
barely making ends meet as it is.
We can employ those less fortunate
if we own or manage a business. We can pay them living
wages with incentives for growth and advancement. We
can invest in their re-training and higher education.
We can help the poor find safe, decent and affordable
housing. We can minister to their physical needs for
food and clothing as best we can, and we can help
return to them what the enemy has taken from them over
the years. We can treat them fairly and generously as
we ourselves would be treated. But we must do
something, as it's become a matter of life and death
The Lord Delivers the Poor
Psalm 72:12 "For he shall deliver
the needy when he crieth; the poor also, and [him]
that hath no helper."
There is no need to ever feel
desperate or despondent. We are not alone in our
struggles. The Creator of the universe will not let us
down. He will intervene in our affairs if we ask Him.
The Lord hears our cries; we have
an ever loving and merciful God that fights on our
behalf. He is the source of all good things, and He
makes a way for His people in any dilemma. The Lord
often works behind the scenes to accomplish great
feats on our behalf.
He can miraculously supply our
need, or give us spiritual insight and revelation so
that we can discover solutions to our problems for
ourselves. He may arrange our contacts so that godly
people relieve our suffering. The most important thing
to remember is to call out to God in our desperate
need. That should always be our first step. He is ever
ready to hear our sorrowful complaints, and merciful
and kind to attend to all our needs.
So too, we must be ready and
willing to respond and obey His direction for our
lives. If He tells us to give up certain spending
habits, then He has a reason and a purpose for that.
Perhaps He will encourage us to pursue higher
education as part of His provision for us. Maybe we
need to be more effective stewards of what He has
already given us. It may be that He wants us to give
something away to receive in return.
Whatever the case, the Lord will
never lead us in paths that tend to destruction; He is
always ready to guide us into the fullness of Him and
His blessings. His commandments are never burdensome,
but are intended for our benefit. It is important that
we be willing to follow His direction for our lives if
we would be prosperous and successful. He wants to
bless us in every area and that requires us to be
loving and obedient.
Psalm 9:18 "For the needy shall not
alway be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall
[not] perish for ever."
The Lord will never leave us or
forsake us in our suffering, no matter how it may
appear in the natural. He is loving and merciful to
those in need. The only thing we must do is call out
to Him, and have the patience and faith that He will
manifest Himself to us. We should also thank Him in
advance for supplying all that we require to live
happy, prosperous lives. It is His heart-felt desire
to bless us with every good thing.
God often moves sovereignly on
behalf of those in need. He delights in showing
Himself strong on behalf of the oppressed. He may
supernaturally supply wealth and material resources
for our needs. Other times He may send someone to
assist us, or arrange circumstances that provide us
with an opportunity to solve our own problems. He
delights in partnering with man, and is ever ready to
lend His assistance.
The Lord even dispatches angels to
meet our needs. They comfort and minister to us in our
darkest hour. They lead and guide us to a safe place
in Him. So too, they come against all spirits of
poverty and oppression that would enslave us. We
should assist them in their efforts by learning to do
spiritual warfare of our own. We must bind every
effort of Satan that would rob us of our blessings,
and loose abundance and prosperity in our lives.
Job 5:15 "But he saveth the poor
from the sword, from their mouth, and from the hand of
Job brought disaster on himself
with his own negative thoughts and words. He gave the
enemy an open door and legal right of entry into his
life, through what he believed in his heart and spoke
out of his mouth. His worst fears ended up almost
consuming him, because he gave voice to them and
increased their power to destroy. Evil attacked him
and caused unnecessary suffering as a result. He was
ultimately restored, but suffered a great deal due to
his own negativity.
Guard Your Thoughts and Words
We must be cautious what we speak
over our own lives, and careful what we hear spoken
about us. We should not permit word curses to come on
us; we should never buy into negativity of any kind.
We have to be aware of the fact that we sometimes give
the enemy legal right of entry into our lives with our
own negative thoughts and words. We should never
obsess about our problems or discuss them in great
detail. They are temporary circumstances that can and
will be changed according the Lord's plans and
provision for us.
The Bible tells us that we will
have what we speak, and it is critical that everything
we say about our situations and circumstances lines up
with what the Word of God says about our lives. The
Word says that God will supply all our needs according
to His riches in glory. That includes every good thing
that we might require to be prosperous in all our
ways. If we have faith and speak it forth, our
circumstances will change for the better.
2Corinthians 4:13 "We having the
same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I
believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also
believe, and therefore speak;"
God's people are destroyed for
their lack of knowledge. The Lord will save us from
doing damage to our own lives, if we will line up our
thoughts and words with the Word of God. We must be
diligent to study God's Word and ready to make any
necessary changes that it encourages. We must believe
what He tells us, meditate on His promises, and speak
only what He says, to see positive results manifest in
We know that what we see and speak
will materialize, as long as it lines up with His will
for our lives. It is always God's will that we
prosper, and have an abundance to do every good work
that He assigns us. We should be very careful what we
think and speak over our situation and circumstances.
We must visualize positive outcomes, and speak words
of life over ourselves to see them manifest in the
natural realm. Our words hold the very same creative
power that God's own Word does.
Positive Decrees and Visualization
Job 22:28 "Thou shalt also decree a
thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the
light shall shine upon thy ways."
With words God created the entire
universe. We are created in His very own image and
likeness. There is both creative and destructive power
available to us through our own words. We should never
speak poverty and lack on ourselves. We must not say
that we are "broke," that we cannot afford something,
or focus on the fact that we are in debt. We should
never refer to ourselves as "homeless" or "jobless",
as that implies personal ownership of a temporary
condition that is causing us to suffer.
We should not dwell on or speak
about the problems that we face, no matter how tempted
we might be to succumb to that bad habit. That gives
them more power over us. We must, rather, speak the
solution. The Bible tells us to call those things,
which be not, as though they were already here. (See Romans 4:17)
We can speak what we want to see
come about in our lives, certain that what we decree
and declare will come to pass. The Lord Himself will
back up our positive decrees that line up with His
Word and His will.
Matthew 12:36-37 "But I say unto
you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they
shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For
by thy words, thou shalt be justified, and by thy
words thou shalt be condemned."
Our words will either justify us or
condemn us. We will be held accountable for everything
that we speak. We ought to declare blessings over our
lives even before they show up. We must say that we
are prospered and in health, and that all of our needs
are met. We have to decree every bill paid, every debt
cancelled and every need met. We know that all of
heaven backs up our words, because they line up with
the Lord's will for our lives.
So too, we can help our situations
to turn in our favor by visualizing positive outcomes
even before they manifest in the natural realm.
Entertainers and athletes use this power of
visualization continuously. They actually see the
expected outcome in their mind's eye. We can also put
good things, favorable images, in our minds and hearts
and expectantly await their manifestation.
Ephesians 3:20 "Now unto him that
is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we
ask or think, according to the power that worketh in
We can use the visual powers of the
Holy Spirit and generate an abundance of good for our
For example, if it's transportation
we lack, we can envision ourselves driving a nice car
If we need food or clothing, we can
see ourselves eating a decent meal or wearing nice
clothes. If we require housing, we ought to visualize
a safe, decent and affordable home. If we need and
want a good job, we should see ourselves actually
The possibilities are endless, and
limited only by our imagination. God is able to
deliver more than we could ever ask or think. But we
must cooperate with Him to see blessings manifest. We
must speak what He says and see what He sees.
Combining positive verbal decrees with positive mental
imaging will give us astounding results in our lives.
It will produce hope and confidence for the future,
and help to minimize our wait for good things to
actually materialize in the natural realm.
Praise God for His Goodness
Psalm 74:21 "O let not the
oppressed return ashamed: let the poor and needy
praise thy name."
Praise is commanded of us, and
vital to our spiritual, emotional and physical
well-being. Praise and thanksgiving build us up in our
spirit man, boost our morale, and keep us positively
focused on good things for our lives. They keep our
minds and bodies healthy as they stimulate our
hormones and immune systems to function normally.
Praise elevates us to the supernatural realm and
produces real joy and expectancy in our lives.
We should always praise and thank
God, even before we see the manifestations of His
kindness and mercy to us. He knows our needs even
before we ask, and He has a great plan for each of our
lives. His will is to prosper us, and He will not let
those who trust in Him become disappointed.
Maintaining an attitude of praise and thanksgiving
will help generate many blessings for us, and help to
minimize our waiting time until we see our
While it may be difficult to praise
God in the midst of suffering, poverty and lack, that
is the very time to begin praising Him. The Bible
tells us that we must often make a "sacrifice of
praise." It is impossible to praise the Lord and be
sad and depressed at the same time. Praise waters the
ground for our prayers to be heard and stimulates joy
in us. If we have positives attitudes, we are more
likely to attract positive outcomes for our situations
Confidence in the Lord's Provision
Psalm 140:12 "I know that the LORD
will maintain the cause of the afflicted, [and] the
right of the poor."
The Lord sent His very own Son,
Jesus Christ, so that all men might have life in
abundance to the overflow. The Bible tells us that we
have been removed from the curse, because Jesus was
made a curse for us. He took on all of our affliction
- to include poverty and oppression - so that we might
be made free. His victory over sin, death and the
grave restored us to right relationship with God, and
He has made us joint-heirs with Him to better promises
than we ever had before.
God will provide all our needs and
comfort us in all of our present suffering. He will
never leave us or forsake us. He has promised to be
with us until the end of the world as we know it. We
can have hope for the present and confidence for the
future, as He brings heaven to the earth, with all of
its blessings. He promises vengeance on all our
enemies and restoration of all that has been taken
from us. We will know only peace and prosperity in His
presence for all eternity.
Topics for Discussion
1. Contrast God-Dependence With Independence
2. How Does the Lord Judge The Cause of the Poor?
3. What is God's Definition of Righteousness?
4. How Can Our Thoughts and Words Hinder Prosperity?
5. Decrees, Visualization and Praise
6. Confidence in the Lord
Chapter 4 - Jesus Christ and the Poor
Luke 4:18 "The Spirit of the Lord
[is] upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach
the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the
brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives,
and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at
liberty them that are bruised,"
Jesus Christ was God made man. He
knew who He was and His eternal purpose. But He came
into this world and laid down His deity, choosing
rather to operate as a mere man. He was intimately
acquainted with all the aspects of the human
condition, and He took pity on all those who suffered
in any way, particularly the poor and disenfranchised.
The Lord walked in love and
compassion for everyone around Him. He set captives
free from enemy oppression of all types. Poverty is a
demonic spirit that attacks mercilessly and causes
fear, anxiety and depression to set in. It is all out
thievery at best, and it is not the Lord's will that
anyone suffer from poverty. He can and will set the
captives free with our help.
We are Christ's hands and feet on
the earth; He wants us to take His place in the lives
of the poor and contend with the enemy for their
release from poverty to abundance. We can and should
bind all spirits of poverty and oppression and pray
blessings into the lives of those who struggle with
lack. So too, we can share what material things we
have to provide them with temporary relief from their
suffering. Together with Christ, we will change lives
We should preach the Gospel of the
Kingdom to all men, especially the helpless poor among
us. They are desperate for hope and the Kingdom of God
is good news to them. It will set them free from
oppression and exploitation of all types. They will
receive the blessings of prosperity, with no sorrow
added for all eternity. They will experience peace in
their present circumstances and have confidence for
2Corinthians 8:9 "For ye know the
grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was
rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye
through his poverty might be rich."
Jesus took a strong stand on behalf
of the poor. He knew that they were in bondage and
broken-hearted. He knew that they had experienced only
disappointment and lack, and that they needed comfort
and hope for the future. He told them the good news of
the Kingdom - the poor will not always suffer. They
will have all of their needs met in abundance when the
Kingdom comes. The Lord Himself will take vengeance on
all their enemies.
Christ's victory over sin death and
the grave is our assurance that we will have life in
abundance as He has promised us. All the wealth of the
universe is at His disposal, and it is the Lord's
desire to give men all good things that they require
to lead happy, fulfilling lives even today. So too, He
promises total restitution in the Kingdom of God. He
will turn our captivity, and we will experience joy
and prosperity, safety and security for all eternity.
Luke 6:20 "And he lifted up his
eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed [be ye] poor:
for yours is the kingdom of God."
Christ said that He came so that we
might have life in abundance, to the overflow. We need
only receive these promises with gratitude, and begin
to act on them, to see them start manifesting in our
lives today. The Bible says that Jesus Christ is the
same yesterday, today and tomorrow. His promises are
good for all men in all times. We need only believe
and appropriate them for our lives to see miraculous
manifestations of His power and glory result.
We must remember that Jesus
operated under the anointing power of the Holy Spirit
and went about doing good to all. His very anointing
eliminated all of their burdens and destroyed the
yokes of bondage off their lives. He should be our
role model for righteousness in dealing with all those
less fortunate than ourselves. We are to help set the
captives of poverty and lack free from enemy
oppression, just as Christ did.
We are to preach the Gospel of the
Kingdom of God to the poor, take authority over the
spirit of poverty in their lives and ease their
temporal suffering any way that we are able. The very
anointing of Christ, operating in us and through us,
will help to destroy the yoke of poverty off men's
lives today. We are to be His hands on the earth,
distribution channels of His blessings. The poor will
have a renewed hope for the future, as poverty and
oppression become things of the past in their lives.
The Poor in Spirit
Matthew 5:3 "Blessed [are] the poor
in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
Jesus did not prefer one man over
another. He treated all men fairly and equitably. He
knew that there are righteous men and sinners among
the rich and poor alike. The only thing He encouraged
is that we would be "poor in spirit," humble and
teachable, and ever ready to share our worldly goods
and distribute to another's needs. He wanted us to
seek first His Kingdom, so that all material things
could be added to us, as well.
The Lord wants His followers today
to forsake all that they have in favor of following
Him into the Kingdom of God. He wants us to crucify
our flesh and perfect our love walk. He wants us to
treat others fairly and equitably. He wants us to lay
down the plans and purposes of our souls, forego all
earthly pleasures, and become meek and contrite of
heart. We are to be kind and generous to everyone we
meet, never failing to be charitable.
Christ Himself will judge and
reward us based on how well we measure up to the law
of love that He taught us to follow. He wants us
walking in unselfish love and righteousness at all
times. We must learn to do the will of the Father in
every area of our lives. We should seek His guidance
and direction in dealing with the poor. This is the
only way that we can be assured that we will enter the
Kingdom of God as it is ushered in on the earth.
Jesus' Law of Love
Mark 12:30-1 "And thou shalt love
the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy
soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy
strength: this [is] the first commandment. And the
second [is] like, [namely] this, Thou shalt love thy
neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment
greater than these."
Christ did not come to abolish the
Old Testament law, but rather, to fulfill it. He
summed up the Ten Commandments in just two
simple commands. We are to love the Lord with all our
heart, soul, mind and strength, and we are to love our
neighbor as we love ourselves. All of the original Ten
Commandments can be summed up in these two laws. And
when we obediently follow them, we are deemed
righteous in the Lord's sight.
These are not options or
suggestions; they are requirements. We will be judged
and rewarded according to how well we actually live
them out in our daily lives. We have no excuse for not
walking in the love and the light that Christ provides
for us. These are basic Christian principles, and not
open for dispute or discussion. They are mandatory and
compelling; they define who we are and distinguish us
as the very sons and daughters of God.
John 15:9-13 "As the Father hath
loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love;
even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and
abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto
you, that my joy might remain in you, and [that] your
joy might be full. This is my commandment, That ye
love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love
hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life
for his friends.
Jesus loves us with an everlasting
love. He came to share the good news of the Kingdom of
God with us. He took on all our infirmities and
carried our diseases so that we would enjoy good
health and long life. He died so that we would have
eternal life - spiritually and temporally. We will
enjoy incorruptible, resurrection bodies in His
Kingdom that are not subject to death and disease; we
will live forever in the presence of the Lord Himself.
He delivered us from the curse of
the law, which included not only sin and iniquity, but
poverty and lack, pain and sorrow of all types. He
suffered in the flesh and was crucified in an
ignominious death, so that we would enjoy life in
abundance, and be made righteous again. He restored
our relationship with God and made us joint-heirs with
Him to all the promises of His Kingdom.
Christ reminds us that to abide in
His love, we must walk in love with others. That is
His commandment to us. While we may never be called to
give up our physical lives to demonstrate our love for
others, we should continually lay down or personal
goals and agendas to meet the needs of our fellows. If
another suffers lack, we should be quick to alleviate
their suffering. Our joy will be full as we walk in
love, and we will bring joy to God, as well.
That may require some sacrifice on
our parts. We may have to do without a few material
things ourselves, to see to it that others have their
basic needs met. We may have to share, when we feel
like coveting our possessions. We should be selfless
in our dealings with others, and treat them as we
ourselves would hope to be treated. We will be amply
rewarded for our generosity, as we demonstrate the
very love of God to all with whom we come in contact.
Giving to the Poor
Mark 10:21 "Then Jesus beholding
him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou
lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and
give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in
heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me."
The rich man that Jesus spoke to
here was very sad when he heard what Jesus said,
because he had tremendous wealth. He did not realize
that it is the Lord who makes us wealthy. And what the
Lord has done once for us, He can make happen again.
But first, we must be obedient. We must forsake all
material wealth to gain spiritual riches. We have to
give all to get all.
Jesus was compassionate to rich and
poor alike. He knew that it was difficult for the rich
to relinquish their worldly goods, in order to follow
Him. They often make idols out of their material
possessions, and find it difficult to part with them.
He wants us to use things and love people - not love
things and use people.
The affluent mistakenly think that
their money and their riches will buy them favor and
righteousness with God. They think that they can add
significance to their lives by having more money and
more material things. They feel that their station in
life requires opulence and indiscriminate spending.
But this is not the case. If we would follow Jesus, we
must rid ourselves of all material things that would
distract us, and walk obediently in love with one
We are specifically instructed here
to meet the needs of the poor, even if it requires
that we sell all our earthly possessions to do so. Our
material means signify nothing of any real importance.
In light of eternity, they have no intrinsic value. We
are to take on the burdens of others as if they were
our very own, and distribute according to their needs.
Then, and only then, will we reap eternal treasures
and find favor with God and men.
Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes
Matthew 14:15 "And when it was
evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a
desert place, and the time is now past; send the
multitude away, that they may go into the villages,
and buy themselves victuals. But Jesus said unto them,
They need not depart; give ye them to eat. And they
say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two
fishes. He said, Bring them hither to me. And he
commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and
took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking
up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the
loaves to [his] disciples, and the disciples to the
multitude. And they did all eat, and were filled: and
they took up of the fragments that remained twelve
baskets full. And they that had eaten were about five
thousand men, beside women and children."
Jesus was concerned about even the
most basic of human needs. He had compassion on the
multitude that He had preached to all day. He made
certain that they were fed the Word of God and
food for their bodies. He would not let His disciples
send the people away empty handed and hungry. He was
loving and merciful, practical and generous in His
dealings with all men.
He insisted that the people be fed
with whatever was available for distribution among
them. A young boy unselfishly gave up all that he had
- a few loaves of bread and fishes - so that others
might share in his meal. His surplus provided their
subsistence. Christ prayed to the Father and blessed
the food, and there was more than enough to meet their
needs plus plenty of leftovers.
Christ is a role model for how we
should meet the needs of one another on the human
level. We can minister to another's spiritual needs,
but we cannot neglect their temporal requirements
either. We should not be so spiritually minded that we
are of no earthly use. We must never turn them away
with their basic human needs unmet. This is the
fundamental standard of love required of us. And it is
up to us to make certain that we follow the Lord's
example at all times.
We must be practical and help to
alleviate the temporal requirements of those in need.
We should share of both our surplus and our substance.
We all have more than enough for ourselves. We walk in
heaven's blessing right here on the earth and do not
even realize it. We should share our money and
material possessions willingly and obediently. We have
time and talent that will also benefit others.
It is interesting to note that
Jesus worked only with the resources that were
available to Him. He blessed what He had available to
give to others, yet it was multiplied tremendously in
the distribution. Not only was there sufficient supply
for everyone's needs, but there was also more left
over than what He started with originally. God was at
work in the midst of His charity and made certain that
there were abundant resources available to meet the
needs of His people.
So too, the Lord will bless us
abundantly in our giving, if we will take the
initiative and start to sow into His Kingdom purposes.
We reap what we sow, and it is important to note that
the Lord will give us an inexhaustible supply of all
good things so that we might supply others in their
need. We must take the first step, and be willing and
obedient to give to others, so that we might always
have abundance for future giving.
Lend and Don't Borrow
Luke 6:35 "But love ye your
enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing
again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be
the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the
unthankful and [to] the evil."
Jesus knew that the poor would need
money and have to borrow. He instructed His followers
to lend, without expecting repayment. This may seem
hard and impractical, but it is the Lord who rewards
and repays us in many instances. We cannot serve the
Lord and money; we must put His will before the
balance in our checkbooks. He is our recompense, and
we will never know permanent loss in giving to others.
He will amply repay us for our generosity.
Although there is a strong sense of
entitlement in some poor people, and they may often
seem to be unthankful for what they receive, we are
still obligated to provide assistance where we can.
Their response should not determine our level of
charity. We should give as the Lord directs us,
because it is He who repays the debt. This sacrificial
giving is what singles us out as the very children of
God who emulate His kindness and mercy towards all.
While it is always right for us to
minister to the needy, we can also teach them Kingdom
principles so that they can meet their own needs. We
can teach them to be loving and obedient. We can tell
them about personal discipline and the benefits of
sowing and reaping. We can be examples of good
stewardship. We can encourage gratitude and
thankfulness. This is a significant role that the
church can assume in the days to come, and it will
prepare all of us for Kingdom living.
As economic hardship only increases
for all of us, the actual needs of the poor may become
so comprehensive, that we are unable to keep up with
them. But we can always teach them how to live
according to the Word and will of God. Armed with that
knowledge, they will be able to assume some of the
responsibility for meeting their own needs, according
to Kingdom principles for prosperity that never fail
for any of us.
Jesus' Kingdom Stand on Taking Care of the Poor
Matthew 25:34-46 "Then shall the
King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed
of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you
from the foundation of the world: For I was an
hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye
gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited
me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
Then shall the righteous answer
him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and
fed [thee]? or thirsty, and gave [thee] drink? When
saw we thee a stranger, and took [thee] in? or naked,
and clothed [thee]? Or when saw we thee sick, or in
prison, and came unto thee?
And the King shall answer and say
unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have
done [it] unto one of the least of these my brethren,
ye have done [it] unto me.
Then shall he say also unto them on
the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into
everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his
angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat:
I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a
stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed
me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
Then shall they also answer him,
saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst,
or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and
did not minister unto thee?
Then shall he answer them, saying,
Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did [it] not to
one of the least of these, ye did [it] not to me. And
these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but
the righteous into life eternal."
The Lord has granted the righteous
judgment of all men to His Son. Jesus was most
specific on His stand in dealing with the
disadvantaged of this world in this parable. He's told
us that not all will enter the Kingdom of God, but
only those who do the will of His Father.
It is His will and the Father's
will that we have a sincere love for others in need.
We are to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, heal the
sick and visit the imprisoned - just as if we were
doing these things for Jesus Himself. He will judge us
by that strict set of standards.
These are not just charitable
options we have. The law of love commands them of us.
Loving others and giving to their needs, is the Lord's
definition of righteousness in dealing with others. We
are accountable for the knowledge and the privileges
that we have. We are obligated to share all that we
have with others. We should not be guilty of sins of
Jesus says that there are eternal
rewards stored up for those who do good to the
disadvantaged, and eternal damnation for those who do
not. Only those who show love and generosity will be
rewarded, and actually enter the Kingdom of God on
this earth. It may not be easy for us to walk in love,
but it is that basic and simple if we hope to reap
eternal rewards for righteousness.
Topics for Discussion
1. The Anointing on Jesus For Dealing With the Poor
2. Describe what it means to be "Poor in Spirit."
3. Jesus' Law of Love
4. The Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes
5. Christ's Stand on Dealing With the Poor
6. Who will enter the Kingdom of God?
7. How does Christ want us to fulfill the law of love?
Chapter 5 - Love in Action
Proverbs 28:27 "He that giveth unto
the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes
shall have many a curse."
The universal law of sowing and
reaping always works. If we sow generously, we will
reap generously. If we sow sparingly, we reap
sparingly as well. The Lord even takes this law a step
further. He says that if we give to the poor, we will
never know lack ourselves. But if we do not minister
at all to the poor, we will have many curses.
This tells us that as individuals
and as a church, we face the possibility of curses for
our disobedience in responding to the needs of the
poor. While we are not told what form these curses
will take, we can assume that they will not be
pleasant, and may include poverty and lack for
ourselves. If we continue to remain disobedient and
ungenerous, we will face a fearsome judgment for our
lack of love for all eternity.
We should be most careful that we
are obedient to the Lord and generous to those in
need. We must respond willingly and ungrudgingly to
their lack of material things, and share generously of
our time and our talents. We should champion their
cause and defend their rights and privileges to all
that oppress and exploit them in their suffering.
The people of God are rapidly
approaching our finest hour - or our worst nightmare -
depending upon how we respond to the Lord's call in
dealing with poverty and lack. We should always walk
in unselfish, generous love with others. We will be
judged by our works in the flesh that evidence our
faith, and our rewards will be great as we in enter
into the Kingdom of God on the earth.
Delivering the Poor
Psalm 82:3-4 "Defend the poor and
fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.
Deliver the poor and needy: rid [them] out of the hand
of the wicked."
We enjoy radical blessings as God's
people; we have Kingdom prosperity even now, despite
the economics conditions of the world around us. We
dwell in the blessings of almighty God Himself. There
ought to be no poor among us; there is more than
sufficient wealth in the world for all to freely
share. We should be distribution centers for that
wealth in our daily walk. We all have something that
we should be ready and willing to share.
Most of us have all that we need
and more that we can share with others. Our surplus
can serve a valuable purpose in another's life. We can
also contribute from our very own substance - money,
food, clothing, shelter, transportation - no matter
how limited it may be. The Lord will see to it that it
will multiply exponentially in our very giving. He
will supernaturally supply all the resources we
require to minister aid to those in need, and bless us
richly in return for our generosity towards others.
We must advocate for those less
fortunate in our midst. We should deliver them from
oppression wherever possible. They may be unaware of
their rights and privileges, both in the natural realm
and spiritually speaking. We should help them find
low-cost legal help and credit counseling. We can
locate community services that provide housing
assistance and back-to-work incentives. We can make
them aware of government programs that provide relief
for their food requirements and medical needs.
They will also require spiritual
warfare done on their behalf, and must learn to
circumvent the attacks of the enemy on their own. They
must be taught how to bind poverty and lack and loose
blessings in their lives. They need to hear the Gospel
of the Kingdom and learn its principles for
prosperity. We should be ready and willing to teach
them how to survive and thrive in all their
The Lord expects great things of us
in the days to come. He has begun His righteous
judgment with the very household of God. We will be
found suitable or lacking based on the stance we take
with those less fortunate than ourselves. We can have
a passionate, generous love for the downtrodden among
us, or be found unrighteous and uncaring. The choice
is ours, but the ramifications are eternal in scope
for all concerned.
Jesus Christ will soon return to
overthrow all demonic and earthly kingdoms by
establishing the Kingdom of God on the earth. He will
destroy all poverty and lack in His wrath. He will
reverse the economic trends that have oppressed and
destroyed His people. He will punish all those who
have exploited others. There will be peace and
prosperity for all who enter the Kingdom of God. They
will enjoy safety and security for all eternity.
Pleading The Cause of the Poor
Proverb 31:9 "Open thy mouth, judge
righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and
As Christians, we can be a strong
and effective lobby for the poor, if we will only
choose to get involved with their cause. We should
share their burdens as if they were our very own. We
could take a more active role in politics at every
level of government. We can be in touch with our
legislators and insist that there be emergency
programs established to aid the homeless and the
unemployed regardless of their costs or level of
legislative priority. The needs of the poor are
comprehensive and urgent.
Our local, state and federal
governments must address the all-consuming needs of
the poorest of the poor, and allocate funds to
administer relief to them as soon as possible. We
should fight for the continuance of the Social
Security and State Welfare programs. We should
encourage back-to-work incentives of all types. We
cannot permit this problem of poverty to be ignored.
We can't allow bureaucratic bungling and frivolous
government spending to interfere.
We have to oppose outsourcing of
labor overseas, and encourage the purchase of American
made goods and services. We should champion the cause
of the under-employed, and fight to get the minimum
wage increased. We must advocate for the availability
of quality healthcare and education for all our
citizens, regardless of their income. The lack of
safe, decent and affordable housing for the poor needs
to be addressed quickly, since so many are homeless.
The church must be prepared to take
on the all important role of providing interim relief
until funds are allocated for sufficient governmental
disbursement to the poor. It is our God given role and
our moral responsibility to minister to others. It is
the very least that we should do for the increasing
number of poor among us.
If we fail to respond immediately
and appropriately, the Lord will be forced to find a
more obedient people elsewhere. His presence can and
will fade in our lives if we are deliberately
disobedient to His guidance and direction in dealing
with poverty and lack as social issues of critical
importance. He will not tolerate our lack of love and
charity when there is even one poor person in our
Faith With Works
James 2:14-17 "What [doth it]
profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith,
and have not works? can faith save him? If a brother
or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And
one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be [ye]
warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not
those things which are needful to the body; what [doth
it] profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is
dead, being alone."
While it is always important to
pray for and encourage those less fortunate among us,
that is not sufficient to meet all their needs. The
example of Christ in feeding the multitude teaches us
that we should never send them away empty handed. We
must make every effort to minister to their spiritual
and temporal requirements through any means
that we have available.
If they are hungry, we ought to
feed them; if they require clothing, we should cover
them. If they need housing or money or transportation,
we must do all that we can to provide them with homes,
cash and rides. If they require prayer and
encouragement, we should be ready and willing to
minister to their spiritual needs, as well. We should
teach them how to overcome demonic curses of poverty
and set them free from enemy oppression.
The scriptures are clear that faith
without works is no faith at all. We serve a great and
glorious God. He owns the cattle on a thousand hills,
the Bible tells us. All the wealth of the universe is
at His disposal. And, He is not stingy in distributing
to our needs. There is no reason that there should be
any needy among us, particularly if we live by Kingdom
principles of unlimited prosperity.
We ought to be distribution
channels for the Lord's wealth in our individual lives
and in all our churches. It is the Lord Himself who
causes us to prosper, and we have a serious
responsibility to share our prosperity with others. It
is the only way we can be assured of continued success
in every area of our lives ourselves, as well.
2Thessalonians 1:3 "We are bound to
thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet,
because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the
charity of every one of you all toward each other
The early church walked in total
love and unity with one another. They shared all
things in common and there were no disadvantaged among
them. As a result, the Lord was able to bless them
richly in His anointing power for performing
miraculous works. They preached with astounding
results and the church flourished, with new believers
added to their numbers daily.
We are to walk in faith and love as
a church today. We know by faith that the Lord
supplies all our needs in abundance, so that we can
share the overflow with others. Giving to others is a
living demonstration of our faith and our love of God.
It marks us as genuine, loving Christians and
exemplifies who we are to the world. We become living
testimonies of the Kingdom of God for all men to see
So too, we need never fear lack in
our own lives if we share with others. No good deed
goes unnoticed. We can afford to be extravagantly
generous. The more we give, the more we receive in
return from the Lord. He will supply all of our needs
and more, so that we always have sufficient supply for
all good works. We are His hands and feet on the
earth, and He is able to provide for the poor through
our generous intervention on their behalf.
Isaiah 58:6-8 "[Is] not this the
fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of
wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the
oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? [Is
it] not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou
bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when
thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that
thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? Then shall
thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health
shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness
shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be
The Lord is most specific about
what He considers righteousness in us. It is certainly
different from religion. He is not impressed with
pretended piety. He does not desire our prayer and
sacrificial fasting for the poor among us; God insists
on action that backs up our faith with love. He does
not want us to simply pity the poor; He wants us to
actually dig in and get our hands dirty in an effort
to help them. He wants us to help meet the basic human
needs of the disadvantaged, no matter what they are.
We are not to just sit back and
commiserate with the poor, or worse yet, assume that
they have brought misfortune on themselves. We are to
be actively involved in alleviating suffering of all
types. Faith without corresponding works is a dead
faith; we are to be proactive and unselfishly reach
out to others in their need. We are to take on their
burdens as if they were our very own, because, in
reality, they could very well end up being our plight
in the days to come.
The Lord expects us to get involved
with the poor, and to help break their yoke of poverty
off of them once and for all. We are to be merciful
and kind, and make every effort to alleviate their
suffering. We are to share money, food, clothing, jobs
and housing wherever possible. We can aid them with
transportation and childcare. We can teach them
practical life skills and encourage and uplift them to
rise above their present circumstances.
We can advocate for their rights
and restore their dignity to them. We can resist
oppression and exploitation of all types. We can do
spiritual warfare on their behalf, and teach them to
combat the enemy themselves. We can pray for them, and
teach them how to pray so that all their needs
are met. We must encourage them to trust in God for
the solutions to all their problems.
We should also educate them in
Kingdom principles for prosperity. We can explain the
law of sowing and reaping, encourage them to be
prudent stewards of what the Lord gives them, and
exhort them to have attitudes of gratitude for
everything they receive from God. We must exhort them
to be loving and obedient to the Lord. We must also
tell them the good news of the coming Kingdom, and
offer them hope and confidence for the future.
Getting Back to Basics
Hebrews 10:24 "And let us consider
one another to provoke unto love and to good works:"
It's time to reduce the problem of
poverty to its least common denominator. We must
assess the needs of the poorest of the poor in our
very own communities. If each family would reach out
to another family in need, we could make tremendous
strides in fighting abject poverty at a grass roots
level. We could demonstrate the very love of God to
our children so that they would also learn to walk in
generosity towards others.
Besides befriending another family
and encouraging them, we can help meet their material
needs as well. We could help feed and clothe our
adopted family or help them look for safe, decent and
affordable housing. We could offer transportation for
their important needs such as medical appointments,
job interviews or church services. We might provide
much needed childcare to help the parents return to
2Corinthians 8:14 "But by an
equality, [that] now at this time your abundance [may
be a supply] for their want, that their abundance also
may be [a supply] for your want: that there may be
Our churches can become
clearinghouses for suitable used clothing and
furniture that is donated by those with abundance, to
minister to the needs of those less fortunate in our
areas. We can canvas area food stores for surplus
food. We can set up food banks and distribution
centers to offer meals and/or groceries for the poor.
We can pool our resources and help repair sub-standard
housing to make it more livable for poor families.
We can help break the generational
curse of poverty through education of our young. We
all have church fellowship halls and Sunday school
areas that can serve double duty to house nursery, day
care and after school programs for those poor who want
to work, yet cannot afford suitable childcare. We can
teach these youngsters Kingdom prosperity principles
and help impact poverty for them at a young age.
2Corinthians 9:8 "And God [is] able
to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always
having all sufficiency in all [things], may abound to
every good work:"
We must learn to care for those who
suffer from poverty and lack. We can set up
instruction programs for individuals who are budget
challenged and financially over-extended. We can
implement career counseling and provide job applicant
services, such as resume writing and role-play for job
interviewing. We can teach people basic life skills -
how to talk, what to wear and how to behave in the
workplace - so that they can better themselves, and
increase in self-confidence and personal
The list goes on and on for what we
could be doing... We can offer training in
gardening, economical grocery shopping and meal
preparation. We can teach others how to cook, knit and
sew and do home improvements. None of these things
cost a lot of money to implement. We have seniors and
stay-at-home Moms in our churches that are all too
willing to volunteer their time to help others.
The rest of us can take a few hours
a week to donate our time based on our own individual
talents and experience, and teach basic life skills
and personal development. It simply becomes a matter
of our willingness to obey and serve the Lord in
ministering to the needs of the poor. There is some
way that we can all be involved in this effort, and we
all will be amply blessed for it.
Spiritual Needs for the Poor
And while we as a church body are
attending to the temporal needs of the poor and
disadvantaged in our community, our pastoral leaders
can be ministering to their spiritual needs for prayer
and intercession. We could schedule regular prayer
watch services that are dedicated to comforting and
encouraging those who suffer among us. We can lay
hands on them and do spiritual warfare on their
behalf. We can teach and empower them to defend
themselves against all spiritual oppression.
We should also be addressing their
basic needs for emotional rehabilitation; many have
been devastated in their losses and feel afraid, alone
and depressed. They may be angry and frustrated. They
require comfort and encouragement to give them a sense
of hope and confidence for the future. We can provide
direct counseling services or refer them to community
agencies that specialize in their needs.
While all the temporal needs of the
disadvantaged are being met, they will still have
ongoing spiritual requirements. We ought to invite
them into our churches and offer them membership in
our groups. We can offer a variety of bible studies
and Sunday sermons to prepare all of us for Kingdom
prosperity. We should arrange seminars and guest
speakers that will address the special needs and
circumstances of those in our congregations.
All of these things are good and
valid for our ministry to the poor, but we must also
remember to teach them love and fellowship with the
Lord and with one another. They may be wary and afraid
that others will take advantage of them. We will need
to be extra patient and encouraging, so that they
benefit from our friendship and imitate our positive
attitudes and simple life styles.
Philippians 4:19 "But my God shall
supply all your need according to his riches in glory
by Christ Jesus."
The church has a clear-cut mission
to minister to the poor. We are to love, not only in
thoughts and words, but in action as well. We should
share the good news of the Gospel with them so that
they learn to believe in God and rely on Him as their
source for all spiritual and material needs. The
Kingdom of God will prosper them, both spiritually and
The Lord Himself will supply the
resources, and we are to be good stewards of what He
gives us. We should distribute to the needs of those
less fortunate than ourselves in thought, word and
deed. We must be generous to offer our time, talent
and resources to alleviate all their suffering, and
set them free to walk in prosperity instead of lack.
We should always be prepared to
pray for and encourage the poor among us. We ought to
show deference and respect for them in their needs. We
must teach them how to prosper by Kingdom standards,
and we have to welcome them into our hearts, our homes
and our churches as equal brothers and sisters in
The Lord will confer a powerful
anointing on our efforts to minister to the suffering
poor among us. He will generously supply all the
capital and energy that we require to get the job
done. He has all the wealth of the universe available
to meet our needs and is ever loving and merciful in
its distribution. We should feel highly privileged to
serve our Creator in ministering to the poor.
The Wealth of the Wicked
Proverbs 13:22 "... and the wealth of
the sinner [is] laid up for the just."
There's a major economic shakeup
coming; the wealth of the wicked is being stored up
for release to the righteous. In the days to come, the
Lord will supernaturally effect a transfer in material
wealth to His people. He will funnel millions of
dollars through our fingers for distribution among us,
as the Kingdom of God is ushered in on the earth. But
we have to prove ourselves self-disciplined and
prepared for what He is about to do.
We should examine our motives and
realign our priorities. Will we use that money to
acquire more material things and seek pleasure? Will
we use it to build bigger and fancier churches and
training centers as monuments to men? Or will we meet
the needs of those less fortunate than ourselves,
demonstrating the love of God in a real and meaningful
way by providing tangible goods and services that they
The choice is up to us. We will be
found righteous if we deal mercifully with the needs
of the poor and disadvantaged. If we close our eyes to
their plight, then we are no better than those who use
and exploit them in the world system. The law of love
requires that we regard others' needs as important as
our own. It is a commandment to obey, not an option to
consider. We are obligated to relieve suffering
wherever and whenever we observe it.
Power Over Poverty
Job 20:10 "His children shall seek
to please the poor, and his hands shall restore their
Whenever any of us suffer, we all
suffer. Our neighbor's lack could some day be our very
own. We cannot afford to close our eyes to the needs
of the poor among us any longer. We must be willing
and obedient to meet all their needs for restoration
of what the enemy has stolen. This should be our goal
and our mission both as individuals and as a church in
the days ahead.
The Lord uses us in the restoration
process for the disadvantaged. He works in us and
through us to meet the needs of His children. We are
His hands on the earth, and we ought to be reaching
out to others in love, generosity and fairness.
Without our proactive involvement, the Lord may be
limited in what He can accomplish.
The heavens are His, but the earth
He has given to man. We have total dominion on the
earth; it is up to us to restore those who have been
oppressed by the evil and unbalanced world system. We
have divine power and authority over the spirits of
poverty and lack. We are to bind them, cast them out
of the earth and release divine blessings instead.
It is vital that we all get
involved, and hear from the Lord clearly as we
minister to the needs of His people. We must take a
stand in faith, and make it our goal to erase poverty
from the face of the earth for all time. We each have
a contribution to make, and together we can and will
supply the needs of the suffering among us.
Walk in the Light
Proverbs 29:7 "The righteous
considereth the cause of the poor: [but] the wicked
regardeth not to know [it]."
The righteous will shine with the
light of Christ in the days to come as they minister
to the needs of the suffering. The church must rise up
and say, "No more!" We have to take a stand for those
who cannot defend themselves because they are so
overwhelmed with what's happening in their lives. We
have to help rescue the disadvantaged from a myriad of
problems that plague them, and threaten their very
We cannot avoid confrontation with
those who exploit and destroy people in any way. We
must speak up and cry out for the plight of all the
suffering among us. We must defend their cause without
let-up, just as the Lord Himself would contend for
them. Nor can we turn our backs on the poorest of the
poor, who are emerging as a socio-economic class all
They require everything from food,
clothing, and shelter to medical care and legal
advocacy. They need transportation and job training in
order to be self-sustaining. They desperately need
encouragement and motivation to overcome all adversity
in their lives, and they will look to us as godly role
models and living testimonies of the Gospel of the
We must be in earnest prayer and
supplication on their behalf. We should teach them how
to do spiritual warfare and help them break
generational curses of poverty off their own lives. We
should instruct them in Kingdom principles of
prosperity and teach them to be loving and obedient,
how to sow and reap, be good stewards of what the Lord
gives them, and be grateful for everything that they
We must help to re-build their
self-esteem and human dignity, and combat their
tendency to self-pity and depression. We should help
them overcome their anger and frustration,
hopelessness and despair. They need our time and our
friendship, our godly example and our strength. This
is the very least that we should do to show them our
The Lord Himself will supply the
resources that we need to get the job done in its
entirety, so that there is no suffering in our midst.
He will supernaturally increase our ability to give so
that we are supplying others' needs in abundance. We
will be living testimonies to His power and glory on
the earth, and He will generously reward us for our
love and obedience to His plans and purposes.
Love in Action
Romans 12:10 "[Be] kindly
affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in
honour preferring one another;"
We should treat others as we
ourselves want to be treated. Their needs ought to be
as important to us as our very own. We should be
teaching practical Kingdom principles of prosperity to
all the poor and needy. We should be casting out
demons in their lives and getting them released from
spirits of poverty and iniquity of all types. We
should teach them how to defend themselves and rise
above all their circumstances.
However, poverty is not the only
source of suffering in the world today. We are
required to comfort all the afflicted among us if we
are to walk as Christ walked on the earth. We must be
laying hands on the sick and getting them healed. We
ought to be visiting hospitals and nursing homes and
ministering life to the dying. We must witness to
those who are imprisoned as Jesus encouraged us to do.
All of these acts demonstrate our
love in a real and significant way to others. They
represent faith in action. We have the privilege to
walk as Jesus Christ walked. And we have a
responsibility to display our love by our good deeds
to others whatever their needs might be - temporal or
spiritual. God's very own anointing power will fall on
each of us, if we walk in unselfish love and
obedience, and feed the multitude as Jesus Christ did.
The Lord Himself will be our
empowerment and our sure supply of all the resources
that we need to minister to others. We need never fear
that we will run out of time, money or material
possessions to share. We will be supernaturally
endowed with all good things, so that we have an
abundance to distribute in the Lord's Name.
Topics for Discussion
1. Faith and Works
2. Delivering and Defending the Poor
3. Basic Ideas to Help the Poor
4. Unlimited Resources
5. The Wealth of the Wicked
6. Power Over Poverty
7. Love in Action
Chapter 6 - Feeding the Multitude
1John 4:7-21 "Beloved, let us love
one another: for love is of God; and every one that
loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth
not knoweth not God; for God is love.
In this was manifested the love of
God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten
Son into the world, that we might live through him.
Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he
loved us, and sent his Son [to be] the propitiation
for our sins.
Beloved, if God so loved us, we
ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God
at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in
us, and his love is perfected in us. Hereby know we
that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath
given us of his Spirit.
And we have seen and do testify
that the Father sent the Son [to be] the Saviour of
the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the
Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.
And we have known and believed the
love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that
dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have
boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so
are we in this world.
There is no fear in love; but
perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath
torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
We Love Him, Because He First Loved Us
1John 4:20-21 "If a man say, I love
God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that
loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he
love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment
have we from him, That he who loveth God love his
Everyone that loves is born of God
and is in close relationship with Him. God is love,
and He insists that we love one another because He
first loved us. Whoever confesses that Jesus is Lord
and Savior has God in him and deliberately and
purposefully walks in love with others, until he
reaches full spiritual maturity in the Lord. There is
no fear or torment in love, because we know that we
will have a good reward for all our efforts.
The scriptures are loaded with
references to brotherly love. Love is not an option;
it is a command from the Lord. We are to follow in
Jesus Christ's footsteps and do the things that He did
when He walked the earth. Not only did He feed men the
Bread of Life in the Gospel of the Kingdom, but He
also ministered to their temporal needs.
Jesus Christ was love in action. He
dwelt in God and God dwelt in Him. Jesus fed the
multitude; He healed the sick; He set the captives
free and He advocated constantly for the needs of the
poor. We are to do likewise, if we would love as He
did and continually dwell in His presence. We are to
show love and charity to our brothers and sisters
however and wherever we can.
We should not withhold anything
good from those in need. We can minister to their
spiritual and temporal requirements just as Jesus did
when He walked the earth. The Lord Himself will
empower us to do good to others and provide all the
resources that we require to be both loving and
generous in meeting their needs.
Charity From a Pure Heart
1Timothy 1:5 "Now the end of the
commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and [of] a
good conscience, and [of] faith unfeigned:"
The purpose of the law of love is
that we would have pure and generous hearts - hearts
after God's very own. We should never love others
grudgingly or simply out of obligation, but rather as
a spontaneous outpouring of our love for God Himself.
We must be caring and merciful towards them, just as
He is merciful to us in our time of need. It is a
privilege and a responsibility to serve God and
others. It shows our love and our personal integrity
to obey His Word.
We should not ever minister to
others so that we look good, appear important or feel
superior to them. We must not have proud and haughty
spirits that look down on others less fortunate than
ourselves. We should remember that their plight could
be our own. It is only by the grace of God that we
have been spared poverty and affliction.
The Lord is not mocked; He knows if
our charity comes from the heart or if it is done to
impress others. He hates hypocrisy; He is not
impressed with pious attitudes and pretentious
charity. He desires pure and ungenerous giving, not
theatrical showmanship. He desires truth in our inward
parts, and always wants us to be genuine and sincere.
We cannot fool our God or His
people. They know when we are engaged in acts of
charity for show, or out of pure and loving hearts. So
too, we must never have condescending attitudes
towards the poor. Our gifts are warmly and thankfully
received if we have sincere motives to love and serve
others. We become living examples of the Lord's very
own love and generosity when we have the right
attitude and motive in our giving.
1Peter 4:8 "And above all things
have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity
shall cover the multitude of sins."
The early church members shared
everything in common, so that there were no needy
among them. This love and unity prompted the Lord to
bestow great favor on them. Their numbers were
increased dramatically. There was a powerful anointing
on them for performing miraculous healings, signs and
wonders for the benefit of all the people. The actual
power and glory of God demonstrated itself through
their unfeigned love and unity.
Christians today are supposed to be
known by their unpretentious love for one another, as
well. It earmarks as the very sons and daughters of
almighty God. While this is true, we should also be
known for our love of the poor and disadvantaged in
the world. Whether they are believers or unbelievers
is irrelevant. We are obligated to be impartial in our
love and concern for others, and minister to their
Love is the greatest commandment,
and obedience to it will cause the Lord to overlook a
great deal of our flaws. We should love others on
purpose from pure hearts, not simply because we are
told to do so. We must demonstrate the very love and
mercy that God has shown us, to all those around us.
Love provides a sin covering; our sin-guilt is erased
in our generous giving to those in need.
The Lord looks on the man of the
heart, not outward appearances. He inherently knows
whether or not we have love for our fellow man. He
will be kind and merciful to us in our needs if we
show love and compassion to others. He will
reciprocate with generosity towards us, if we will
endeavor to meet the needs of the afflicted among us.
Prosperity With a Purpose
1Thessalonians 3:12 "And the Lord
make you to increase and abound in love one toward
another, and toward all [men], even as we [do] toward
We should pray for the Lord to
prosper us, not for the sake of gaining wealth to use
for our own selfish needs, but so that we can be a
blessing to others. He has promised us abundance so
that we would have sufficiency for all good works.
However, the more we have, the more is expected of us.
We are expected to be a clearinghouse for the Lord's
wealth, distribution channels for others' needs. We
are not to hoard what He gives us; we are supposed to
share our blessings.
While we may not have a great deal
ourselves, there is still something that each of us
can give to another in need - our time and our
attention. We should pray for and encourage one
another. We must visit the sick and the poor in their
affliction, and lay hands on them, so that the Lord
can provide them with healing. We can set captives
free of enemy oppression. We should bear one another's
burdens and share each other's joys as we have been
taught to do in God's Word.
So too, material wealth should be
shared among us, so that all might prosper. Our needs
will always be met in abundance as we give to those
less fortunate than ourselves. We can never out give
God. He has the wealth of the universe at His
disposal. He will shower us with bountiful blessings
of all types, if we are willing and generous to give
to those in need.
As we pour out our money, time and
talents for others, the Lord will provide us with a
never-ending supply of all good things in our own
lives. He is able to do "exceeding abundantly" more
than we could ever ask or think, the Bible tells us.
And He has sufficient supply of all good things stored
up for this very purpose.
We should prepare ourselves for
Kingdom living even before the Kingdom of God comes to
the earth. There will be no socio-economic classes
that divide us, no greed or oppression, no hoarding or
exploitation in the Kingdom. We will all enjoy wealth
and prosperity, as the Lord supplies all our needs in
abundance. Every person's requirements will be met
fairly and equitably, with more than enough to satisfy
all of us.
1John 3:16-18 "Hereby perceive we
the love [of God], because he laid down his life for
us: and we ought to lay down [our] lives for the
brethren. But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth
his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels [of
compassion] from him, how dwelleth the love of God in
him? My little children, let us not love in word,
neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth."
The Lord loves us and sent His very
own Son so that we might have life and enjoy it
abundantly, to the overflow. Jesus Christ laid down
His life to redeem us from the curse, and so that all
of our needs would be met. As a result of His
sacrifice, we have everything we require to lead
happy, prosperous lives. We can share all that He has
given us with others in their need.
Our surplus becomes their substance
in many cases; our giving supplies their lack. Loving
and sharing with others ensures that the Lord will
supply all that we need in our own lives. It's wise
for us to learn to share with others now, because we
will be living by Kingdom standards for all eternity.
All men will be treated fairly and equitably. We will
all enjoy peace and prosperity in the Kingdom of God.
None of us will be given preferential treatment.
Loving others is an expression of
our love for God Himself. It is faith in action, and
it greatly pleases God. Love increases exponentially
as well. We set a positive example for others when we
give generously and willingly of ourselves. That
motivates them to follow our lead, so that all men's
needs are met in abundance. We all receive freely and
we should give freely, as well.
We are to literally give our lives
for each other by sharing our time, talents and
worldly goods. The more we sow into others' lives, the
more we will reap in return for future giving. Feeding
the multitude assures us that our needs will always be
met, both spiritually and temporally. The Lord is
obligated to make good on His promises to us if we
walk in continuous love and righteousness.
So too, the law of love becomes
automatic for us, as we continue to practice it on a
regular basis by sharing with others in their need. We
will have a huge reward for our generosity for all
eternity. We will dwell in the very presence of our
God who will supply all our needs. He will shower us
with His very own honor and glory and boast of us to
Love for One Another
Romans 13:8 "Owe no man any thing,
but to love one another: for he that loveth another
hath fulfilled the law."
We should live modest lives,
content with what we have. The Lord would have us lend
to others and not borrow. He knows the dangers we face
in credit spending, and He wants to spare us this
difficulty. We should always strive to be debt-free;
that will eliminate fear, anxiety and oppression in
our lives. That is a Kingdom principle. We are to owe
no man anything, except to love him.
While it is no sin to be wealthy,
it becomes more difficult to serve the Lord if
material things get in the way. Covetousness is a form
of idolatry and it interferes with our relationship
with God and with others. We cannot enjoy what
possessions we have in good conscience, if our
neighbor suffers lack in any area of his life.
It is far better to share than to
suffer guilt and recrimination in hoarding our
material goods. None of them matter in the light of
eternity anyway. In fact, selfishness and materialism
are sins against the Lord's law of love. We should
repent and choose to walk in love and generosity for
others by sharing all that we have with them - time,
talent and material resources.
We should be teaching the poor the
Kingdom principles of prosperity and meeting their
physical needs as best we can. We owe it to each other
to see that nothing is missing or broken in any of our
lives. Love in action fulfills the law's requirements,
and keeps us in right standing with the Lord and in
strong fellowship with our neighbors.
Galatians 5:22-25 "But the fruit of
the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering,
gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance:
against such there is no law. And they that are
Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections
and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk
in the Spirit."
If we are mature Christians that
walk in love, we will want to minister to others'
spiritual needs, as we would have them do to us. We
should lay down our own personal agendas in favor of
the Lord's plan and purpose for our lives. He desires
that we walk in love after the lead of the Holy
Spirit. That signifies that we are mature and striving
for holiness and perfection.
The fruit of the Spirit are gifts
to us, which we receive from the Lord for our benefit
and that of others. They are meant to be acquired,
developed and shared in our Christian walk, just as
our material possessions are given to us to be shared
for the common good. When we walk in the Spirit, the
spiritual fruit manifest themselves in our dealings
For example, we ought to show love,
patience and gentleness in dealing with the poor; many
are emotionally broken and spiritually wounded. They
could be angry and bitter at what's been done to them
or resentful for what has been taken from them. They
may even appear ungrateful at times, regardless of how
generous we are to them. All of these emotions are
normal and can be expected when a person suffers from
We will need to exercise faith,
longsuffering and goodness in our interactions with
those who suffer. We should overlook offense of any
kind, and minister to their spiritual needs with
prayer and encouragement. We have to remind them that
the promises of God include prosperity for all
men, even as their souls - their minds, wills and
emotions - prosper.
We should encourage the suffering
poor to seek the Lord for revelation regarding how
they can change their circumstances permanently. He
has the solution to every problem that they face. We
should encourage them in the faith, preach the gospel
if they are unbelievers, and see that they are
baptized. We should encourage them to adopt Kingdom
principles for prosperity in their lives, and be
living examples of what we preach and teach.
Feeding the Multitude
We've discussed several suggestions
for how individuals, families and churches can "feed
the multitude" in their various needs. Many of these
are both practical and easily implemented on a grass
roots level. If we focus our thoughts and energy,
combine our talents and pool our resources, we can
come up with a myriad of solutions to the problems of
poverty among us.
We should begin with our own
families and neighborhoods in dealing with the poor.
Then if resources and time permit us, we can broaden
our bases and reach out to those in other areas and
the entire country at large. Charity is a great
witnessing tool and earmarks us as the very children
of God. It will attract many to the gospel message of
Jesus Christ and His Kingdom, and help us to usher in
the end-time harvest of souls.
Who else is included in this
"multitude" that we should reach?
The Kingdom of God will not be
reserved for just those in our close circles, but
rather, will include the faithful from all over the
earth. Every man, woman and child on the face of this
planet that has a need is our brother and sister.
While we cannot minister to everyone's needs
personally, we can support our church mission projects
that appeal to us to meet the needs of the poor
Since love knows no boundaries or
limits, we should reach out to those in need until we
envelop the entire earth with the love of the Lord. We
can and must pray that poverty is eradicated off the
face of the planet. We ought to do spiritual warfare
against the spirits of poverty, oppression and
exploitation that go hand in hand. We should loose
blessings of prosperity and abundance for all men.
Good always overcomes evil, and we will succeed!
Ephesians 3:20 "Now unto him that
is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we
ask or think, according to the power that worketh in
We are able to make a significant
difference in the lives of others. We can give freely
and generously of our material means. We are able to
destroy all strongholds of poverty that exist in this
world. Through our prayer and spiritual warfare, the
captives of poverty and oppression will be set free.
The Lord would have us share the Gospel of the Kingdom
with the poor, and help give them hope and confidence
for the future as Jesus did.
God empowers us to do all good
things, just as He empowered Jesus Christ to do good.
He will equip us to do all His work and supply us with
unlimited resources to meet the needs of others. The
anointing power of God Himself will be on us to
minister to those in need. All we need to do is be
willing and obedient; we are the church of the first
born, Jesus Christ, on the earth and we can do all
things through Him.
We can impact the entire earth with
our love and generosity; we can help usher in the
Kingdom of God in all its power and glory by simply
loving others as we love ourselves. It doesn't take
much for us to be sympathetic and compassionate
towards others. It will come naturally to us if we
walk in love, and we will show ourselves to be
children of the living God, worthy of blessings and
rewards for all eternity.
Judgment is Coming
Psalm 112:9 "He hath dispersed, he
hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for
ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour."
We are entering into a period of
judgment for the household of God. This can be our
finest hour or our worst nightmare, depending upon our
love and obedience. Our rewards and sanctions await
us. The Lord is not particularly pleased with all our
tureen dinners, rummage sales, car washes and bingo
games. He is not necessarily present in our building
While these activities may seem
harmless in and of themselves, they are less than what
He expects from our time and talents. Unless they are
fund-raisers for the benefit of others, they do not
serve a valid Kingdom purpose. They do not impact
lives or eternal destinies. We should be good stewards
of our time and energy, as well as our material
wealth, and share generously with others through any
mean that we have available.
The Lord is not fooled by our
so-called self-righteousness. He hates hypocritical,
religious activities that serve no practical purpose.
He is not content that we simply think of the poor and
pray for them, nor is He impressed by our occasional
contribution to a missions project as evidence that we
consider the plight of the poor. He expects some
unified action on their behalf, as evidence of the law
of love in practice.
To those whom much is given, much
is expected. We have awesome privileges and serious
responsibilities to others. The church shares in all
the Lord's bountiful treasures and is expected to
distribute to the needs of all those who require help,
whether they are believers or unbelievers. We are not
to bask in our good intentions; they serve no valid
purpose. Our charitable actions are what count, and
they have eternal ramifications for our lives and
those of others.
A Line in the Sand
1Thessalonians 4:12 "That ye may
walk honestly toward them that are without, and [that]
ye may have lack of nothing."
We all face the very real
eventuality of eternal judgment. We will be judged
righteously with all fairness and equity, but not only
by our faith. We will be rewarded or punished
according to our works in the flesh, as well. The time
has come for God's people to stand up for what they
believe in their hearts. It's time for us to put our
faith into action. The Lord has drawn a line in the
sand that no man can cross without eternal
We should examine our consciences
and question our motives. We must be certain that we
have been obedient to provide for those who are in
need. Our eternal destinies are dependent upon our
actions towards others. We should be confident that we
have been fair and generous in our dealings with the
poor, and have not failed to withhold any good thing
Will we be found qualified to enter
into the Kingdom of God on this earth, or will we be
forever banished because we failed to do the will of
God, as it concerns the suffering poor and
disadvantaged? The choice is up to us. We have had
sufficient warning to know where the Lord stands on
this critical issue. The day of reckoning is rapidly
approaching, and we are being scrutinized as never
Topics for Discussion
1. John 4:7-21
2. Charity From a Pure Heart
3. Prosperity With a Purpose
4. Feeding the Multitude
5. Ideas for Ministering to the Poor
6. Exceeding Abundantly
7. Judgment for Righteousness
Chapter 7 - Kingdom Prosperity
Ecclesiastes 5:19 "Every man also
to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath
given him power to eat thereof, and to take his
portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this [is] the
gift of God."
It is not the Lord's desire that
any of us should suffer lack and want for any good
thing in life. The Lord has given us the power to get
wealth and enjoy the works of our hands. It is His
express will that His children walk in abundance,
enjoying every good gift now, even before His
Kingdom is established on the earth. That is His
promise to us, and it is readily available to all who
seek His face and call on His name.
The Lord has unlimited wealth and
resources at His disposal, and it is His desire to
shower us with blessings of all types. However, we are
to be spiritually wealthy as well as temporally
wealthy. We are to have our souls - our minds, wills
and emotions - prosper and be in health, even as
financial prosperity is released to us. We must be
walking in righteousness and striving for spiritual
maturity, holiness and perfection.
We must lay down our souls'
ambitions and our personal agendas, and realign our
lives with the Word of God. We ought to purge
ourselves of all selfishness and walk in love and
generosity with our brothers and sisters. We should
have life styles that reflect temperance, discipline
and self-control. We should be content with what we
have and grateful for all our blessings.
Prosperity is God's gift to us, and
He delights in seeing us enjoy what He has provided.
The only thing He asks of us in return is that we
share what we have with others in need. We have
discussed the basic principles of the law of love and
we know that we are required to give of our surplus as
well as our substance to others in need. This sharing
ensures continued prosperity in our own lives, and
will make us eligible to enter the Kingdom of God for
Blessings for Obedience
Deuteronomy 28:2 "And all these
blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if
thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy
The Lord not only wants our
temporal needs met in the Kingdom of God, but He will
address every situation and circumstance right here
and now, if we will permit Him access to our lives.
While He cautions us not to be overly concerned about
the cares of the world, He wants every one of us to
abound in wealth, so that we have sufficiency to share
with others in their need. He wants to give us
blessings to the overflow, so that there are no poor
In order to do this, He must be
certain that we can be entrusted with great wealth.
There are certain obligations that come with
prosperity, and the Lord wants us prepared for them.
If we were given all the wealth of the universe before
we are ready for it, we could damage ourselves and
others through our pride and selfishness or waste it
away in frivolous spending. The Lord prefers that we
be dependent on Him for everything in our lives, to
include material blessings.
There is no doubt that the Lord
wants all His children wealthy beyond measure. He
wants us to enjoy life under all circumstances. He
wants us to rely on Him for every good thing in our
lives, and acknowledge Him as our source. There are
conditions to our achieving prosperity and maintaining
it, however. We must be obedient to the Lord's
direction and purpose for our lives; we must seek His
voice above all others.
Kingdom Principles for Prosperity
There are certain Kingdom
principles we should all follow if we would have our
basic needs met, acquire wealth and prosper to the
point that we can share with others. These are
practical rules and guidelines and they must be
adhered to if we would be continuous distribution
centers of wealth. The Lord is most adamant that we
willingly obey His lead in all our affairs. He cannot
prosper us and give us more wealth if we are not
responsible for what He has already ministered to us.
Let's examine the following guidelines and try to
adopt them as our very own.
- We must be loving and obedient.
- We reap what we sow.
- We must be good stewards.
- We should not borrow.
- We should be thankful.
Love and Obedience
Philemon 1:21 "Having confidence in
thy obedience I wrote unto thee, knowing that thou
wilt also do more than I say."
We must obey the Lord's law of love
if we would enjoy prosperity in our own lives. This is
not a suggestion; it is a command. We are to love the
Lord with all our hearts, minds, souls, and strength,
and love our neighbor as we love ourselves. Christ
Himself gave us this commandment of love; it is not
open to discussion or subject to a vote. We either
love God and others or we will be punished for all
The Lord insists that we walk in
love with all men at all times, sharing whatever
resources we have available with others. Whether it is
money and material goods or time and talent is
irrelevant. Charity is not an option; it is a command
straight from the Lord. Whenever we see a brother or
sister in lack, we are obligated to respond in helping
them. We should do even more than what is required of
us, with willing and glad hearts. The Lord expects
great things from us. We have received generously from
Him, and He wants us to distribute that wealth to
If others need material
possessions, we are urged to supply these. Whether
it's food, clothing or shelter, we should help provide
what they require from what resources we may have
available. If they need money, jobs or transportation,
we should do our best to address these needs. We
should give money without expecting payment in return.
We can help prepare them for the workplace and refer
them to employers that are fair and just. We can offer
them rides or bus fare to meet all their appointment
If they have spiritual needs, we
should do our best to minister to them. If they
require prayer or encouragement, we must be quick and
ready to alleviate their need. If healing is an issue,
we have to lay hands on them and restore their health.
We ought to do spiritual warfare on their behalf and
cast demons of poverty, lack and oppression out of
their lives. We can set all the captives of poverty
and lack free by proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom
to them so that they have hope now and confidence in
Sowing and Reaping
2Corinthians 9:6 "But this I say,
He which soweth sparingly shall also reap sparingly;
and he which soweth bountifully, will also reap
Every harvest starts with the
planting of a single seed. If we hope to harvest
wealth and unlimited blessings in our own lives then
we must be generous in planting seeds of value with
others. No matter how little we have to start with, we
can share our material means, our time and our
talents. As we do so, we lay up an abundance of future
rewards for ourselves. We can never out give God, who
will freely supply all that we need in direct
proportion to our generosity in giving.
We can always take the time and
energy to encourage and lift each other up. Others
benefit from our kindness and compassion to their
needs. We can pray and intercede for all those who
suffer from poverty and lack until they get their
financial breakthroughs. We can spread our love and
material wealth in abundance, knowing that it will
bring us a bumper crop of prosperity in return. The
more we sow in righteousness, the more we reap now and
in the Kingdom of God.
Genesis 44:1 "And he commanded the
steward of his house, saying, Fill the men's sacks
[with] food, as much as they can carry, and put every
man's money in his sack's mouth."
We are to be good stewards of
whatever the Lord gives us. Material wealth is to be
shared with one another. Whether it is money or goods
and services that we provide, we should give freely
and generously. So too, we cannot expect to receive
more ourselves, when we do not take care of that which
is already provided to us. We need to become
responsible for every good gift that we receive from
We should be diligent to look after
our material possessions and preserve what we are
given. Our homes and vehicles require care and upkeep.
Our clothing needs to be washed and mended. Meals need
to be prepared that are both delicious and nutritious.
Nothing should be wasted or cast aside; there is
always someone who would benefit from our surplus.
If we are given monetary resources,
then we ought to be prudent in spending and in saving
or investing our wealth. We are always to be generous
in sharing it with others. We must meet all of our
financial obligations on a timely basis, and never
spend more than we have. This makes us good and
righteous stewards of the Lord's provision.
Lend and Not Borrow
Deuteronomy 15:6 "For the LORD thy
God blesseth thee, as he promised thee: and thou shalt
lend unto many nations, but thou shalt not borrow; and
thou shalt reign over many nations, but they shall not
reign over thee."
We are the head and not the tail,
above and not beneath. God's people are to lend to
others, but are to refrain from borrowing themselves.
Credit spending gets us into a number of problems that
are easily preventable. It subjects us to domination
and oppression by others. The Lord wants to spare us
this from this never-ending cycle. He wants us in
control of our spending habits, so that we need never
borrow to meet our needs. We are to live within our
means and be modest in our requirements.
We should be quick to share the
money we have and be content with what God gives us.
He supplies all our needs, not our greed. He is under
no obligation to shower us with luxury, though He
often does bless us beyond our expectations. He has
given to each of us according to His plan, so that we
might be distribution channels to the lives of others.
We must be prudent in overseeing the wealth that He
gives us, so that we will always have more than enough
to supply the needs of others.
Attitude of Gratitude
Psalm 100:4 "Enter into his gates
with thanksgiving, [and] into his courts with praise:
be thankful unto him, [and] bless his name."
We should always be grateful for
what the Lord provides in our lives, and express that
gratitude to Him enthusiastically and frequently. The
Lord loves to bless us, and He deserves all our thanks
and praise. He will continue to provide all that we
require, as long as we remain loving, grateful and
obedient to Him.
Praise and thanksgiving are a
natural outpouring of our love and gratitude to our
generous, loving Father. So too, we should be grateful
for what others do for us; people are motivated to
share generously when we show our appreciation to
them. We should always take the time to say, "thank
you," irrespective of what they actually do for us.
Their intentions are to bless us and we should bless
them in return.
Attitudes of gratitude are
necessary in all God's children, regardless of the
resources we have available. We should praise the Lord
in our lack as well as in our substance. We ought to
praise Him even before our material needs show up in
our lives. The Lord will never abandon us when we
praise Him and give Him all the glory in our lives. He
will amply reward us by showering us with His
blessings, now and in His coming Kingdom.
The Good News of the Kingdom
We should pray the Lord's Prayer as
Christ taught us in the Gospels. "Thy Kingdom come;
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven." (See
Luke 11) The Kingdom of God is coming to the earth
and we ought to be in earnest prayer and supplication
for its arrival on the scene quickly. It will solve
all the problems of poverty and lack, greed and
exploitation for all time. It will be a spiritual and
temporal paradise for all who enter into it.
The Lord has promised us that He
would personally meet all our needs in His Kingdom. We
should remind Him of His promise, and wait patiently
for it to manifest. No matter how urgent our
situations become, we have hope and confidence for the
future. We should thank God and continuously praise
Him for His mercy, love and generosity. We will dwell
with Him and with one another in righteousness, peace,
and joy for all eternity.
Romans 14:17 "For the kingdom of
God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and
peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost."
The Kingdom of God is a spiritual
kingdom that potentially exists in every believer, who
walks in its principles now. It is characterized by
righteousness, peace and joy. One day very soon, it
will be a temporal kingdom as well. Heaven itself will
come to the earth realm; the Lord Himself will take up
residence with His people.
God's Kingdom will swallow up all
earthly and demonic kingdoms and it will be a way of
life on the earth where godly principles and practices
are in force for all eternity. All who dwell there
will be richly blessed. Jesus Christ Himself will
return to rule and reign and make certain that Kingdom
principles of love and unity are enforced.
Only those who obey the Lord and do
His will are permitted to enter into the Kingdom of
God. There will be no poverty or oppression of any
kind; all men will be treated fairly and equitably.
All who dwell there will enjoy
peace and prosperity, safety and security, while those
who have been disobedient, will be excluded and
Who Will Enter the Kingdom?
Luke 13:29 "And they shall come
from the east, and [from] the west, and from the
north, and [from] the south, and shall sit down in the
kingdom of God."
The Kingdom of God will include
people from all nations, races, colors and religions -
rich and poor alike. No single group will have
exclusive membership. All who put off the corrupt
works of the flesh, walk in love and righteousness,
and do the will of the Father will enter in. Christ
has promised us that, and we can rely on Him to keep
No evil will be present in the
Kingdom of God. All those who have oppressed and
exploited others will be excluded. The unloving, the
power-hungry and the greedy will all endure eternal
punishment. God's people will be joint-heirs with
Jesus Christ to all the abundance that has been stored
up for them in the universe. We will all enjoy peace
and prosperity as never before.
Blessings in the Kingdom
Proverbs 10:22 "The blessing of the
LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with
The Lord will provide us with all
the blessings that the universe has to offer when we
enter into the Kingdom of God on this earth. He is not
stingy in supplying the needs of His people. We will
have all our needs amply met in the Kingdom for all
eternity. There will be only blessings and no curses.
The Lord Himself will anticipate our needs and wants
even before we ask Him. We will rejoice in His
presence, and praise and thank Him for His love to us.
There will be no downside to
Kingdom prosperity - no hooks or gimmicks to ensnare
us. No one will rob us of our substance any longer.
There will be no more inequity or exploitation of the
poor. We will all enjoy the work of our hands and be
able to generously supply the needs of our families.
Jesus Christ will make certain that there is justice
and equality for all residents, as He rules and reigns
as a righteous King for all eternity.
Restoration in the Kingdom
Psalm 104:24 "O LORD, how manifold
are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the
earth is full of thy riches."
All creation will be restored to
its original beauty and balance as the Kingdom of God
is ushered in. The earth will be lush and healthy once
again, and it will yield all good things for us to eat
and enjoy. The animal kingdom will be tamed and all
living creatures will dwell together in peace and
harmony. Nature will be subdued and regulated so that
there are no natural disasters any longer.
Life in the Kingdom will be as it
was in the Garden of Eden before Adam's fall, only
bigger and better. The entire planet will be a
paradise. Men will be struck with awesome joy and
wonder at all the riches that the earth has to offer
us in the Kingdom of God. We will enjoy the beauty and
bounty that it produces for us for all eternity.
The entire universe will rejoice as
the Lord takes up residence in His Kingdom with His
people. We will join with angels and men in giving Him
praise and glory, and He will respond by intimately
sharing all that He has - and all that He is - with
us. Generation upon generation will enjoy life in the
Kingdom and sing God's praises forever.
Prosperity in the Kingdom
1Samuel 25:6 "And thus shall ye say
to him that liveth [in prosperity], Peace [be] both to
thee, and peace [be] to thine house, and peace [be]
unto all that thou hast."
Nothing evil or defiling will be
present in the Kingdom of God. Jesus Christ Himself
will rule and reign there to ensure that. There will
be no partiality shown to anyone. Envy and strife will
not be present in our lives. There will be no more
poverty, oppression or exploitation. All will enjoy
the true riches of Kingdom prosperity, and share
equally in its blessings.
Our families will never go hungry
or be in want for anything again. We will labor to
build our own homes that no can take from us, and
enjoy what we have for all eternity. No one and
nothing will steal our joy and our blessings from us
ever again. We will all dwell in peace and unity and
every man will love his neighbor as he loves himself.
We will have all our spiritual and
temporal needs met in the Kingdom of God. We will know
the Lord intimately and share in His wisdom. We will
not have to struggle to earn a bare subsistence
living. We will have material things and property that
no one steals from us. All our needs will be met in
abundance. We will have safety and security for all
Job 36:11 "If they obey and serve
[him], they shall spend their days in prosperity, and
their years in pleasures."
If we are willing and obedient to
walk in love and share what we have with others now,
we will enjoy eternal rewards in the Kingdom of God.
Only those who are righteous and do the will of the
Father will dwell there. Nothing corrupt or defiling
will be present; all evil will be excluded and
punished. Only the righteous will dwell in God's
Kingdom and enjoy its blessings.
Poverty will be a thing of the
past. There will be no more oppression from a group of
people that have dominance over others. No one will be
greedy or power-hungry. None will exploit or take from
us ever again. All who dwell with the Lord in His
Kingdom will be on an even footing, and enjoy eternal
rewards of prosperity and abundant living. The Lord
Himself will supply all our needs even before we ask.
There will be no suffering among us
as we enter the Kingdom of God. The Lord has promised
us that He will blot away every tear, and take away
all our pain and sorrow. He will even purge our
memories of poverty and lack from us. We will seek the
Lord's pleasure and our own. He will make certain that
we spend our days in joy, peace and prosperity as He
dwells in our very presence. His Son, Jesus Christ,
will rule and reign to ensure that there is justice
and equity for all Kingdom residents for all eternity.
Joint-Heirs With Christ
Romans 8:17 "And if children, then
heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if
so be that we suffer with [him], that we may be also
We are sons and daughters of the
living God, the Creator of the universe. As such we
are also joint-heirs with Christ and seated with Him
in heavenly places. Since Jesus is seated at the right
hand of the Father, we are seated right up there with
Him. We have immediate access to the throne of grace,
so that we can pray and make our petitions known at
any time. And we know in confidence, that what we ask,
we will receive.
And while it may not yet appear
that we have inherited much of anything in our lives,
we will be amply rewarded for our present discomfort
and lack. We must know our rights and privileges as
heirs with Christ. We are entitled to have all of our
needs met in abundance; His victory over sin, death
and the grave ensured us that. We must take back what
the enemy has stolen from us, and demand full
restitution from him.
We should earnestly pray for our
needs and those of others to be met. We can be assured
that everything that we ask according to the will of
God will be granted to us. Justice requires payback
and the Lord will see that we are compensated for all
our pain and sorrow. He is ever generous and willing
to supply of our needs, and the only thing that He
asks in return, is that we be ready to share of our
substance with others.
Colossians 3:24 "Knowing that of
the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the
inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ."
As long as we have made Jesus
Christ the Lord of our lives, been baptized in His
Name, sanctified ourselves and repented of all known
sin, we can expect our eternal inheritance for
righteousness. If we have love for God and for one
another, there is nothing to prevent us from having
all of our needs met according to His promises to us.
We need only ask, to see all of heaven respond on our
behalf. The Lord always meets the needs of the
If we serve Jesus Christ, and walk
as He did on the earth, all of our needs will be met
now and for all eternity. We should be quick to share
the Gospel of the Kingdom and set all captives of
poverty and suffering free from enemy oppression. We
will be deemed good and faithful stewards of the
Lord's very own anointing power and divine authority,
as we minister to the poor and suffering in our midst.
Our reward will be great now and in the Kingdom of
The Consummation of All Things
Revelation 21:6-7 "And he said unto
me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning
and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of
the fountain of the water of life freely. He that
overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his
God, and he shall be my son."
The Lord expects us to overcome the
spirit of poverty that threatens all of us. He has
given us dominion over the earth and everything in it.
We have divine power and authority to defend ourselves
against all demonic attacks. He wants us to run the
enemy out of the arena, and eradicate the spirits of
poverty and oppression off the face of the entire
earth. We should loose peace, order and prosperity for
God has given us freely of all His
riches, so that we would have all of our needs met
even before the Kingdom of God is ushered in. We are
joint-heirs with His Son, Jesus Christ, to all the
wealth of the universe. All good things belong to us;
they are our spiritual birthright. He delights in
blessing us so that we can, in turn, be a blessing to
others. Righteousness has its rewards and its
responsibilities. We are to walk in the light and
overcome the world, the flesh and the devil.
The law of love obligates us to
share what we have, and care for others as we would
have them do to us. We are to be willing and obedient
to meet all of their spiritual and temporal needs. The
Lord Himself will supply the resources. But we must be
sincere and unfailing in our love and generosity
towards others. We can and should feed the multitude
just as Jesus Christ did, if we would inherit the
Kingdom of God for all eternity.
Matthew 25:34 "Then shall the King
say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of
my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from
the foundation of the world:"
Topics for Discussion
1. God's Views On Prosperity
2. Kingdom Principles For Prosperity
3. Sowing And Reaping
4. Attitudes Of Gratitude
5. Describe Life In The Kingdom Of God
6. Prosperity In The Kingdom
7. Joint Heirs With Christ
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