Are we playing games with poverty?

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By Tiffany Deluccia >>>

When will you rise from your sleep?
A little sleep, a little slumber,
A little folding of the hands to sleep—
So shall your poverty come on you like a prowler,
And your need like an armed man. Proverbs 6:9-11

Poverty takes many forms. There’s the poverty that creates physical lack and instability and sabotages your hope for the future. But there’s also poverty of spirit, poverty of dreams, poverty of mind. Lack of discipline can create poverty of all types. When we are sluggish, when we prioritize “down time” above what God designed for us, when we fail to plan ahead or simply fail to work diligently, we give poverty an open door.

And poverty mindsets are hard to break.

Poverty isn’t just a money thing; it’s a state of being physically, emotionally, relationally and spiritually. People here and everywhere can thrive even with little money because poverty isn’t in their hearts and doesn’t control their behavior.

– Is your health impoverished? >> Have you failed to train?

– Is your dream impoverished? >> Are you starving it with a lack of action?

– Is your mind impoverished? >> Have you stopped learning in an arena of life?

– Do you have relationships that are impoverished? >> Have you quit diligently pursuing the ones you love?

It comes like a prowler; it sneaks up on you like an armed man. We fight it with diligence, with discipline and with doing today what we know is right. We fight it when we allow the life of God to thrive in us.

If God offers us His life, individually, gloriously, and we scrape by on secondhand experiences and a list of rules, we choose spiritual poverty. Picture it this way: We were offered an open-air cottage overlooking a shimmering coastline, where salt breezes wake us each morning and waves crash to call us to arise and live. But we choose a government high-rise in a gray city, where the posted rules shut us down as the cinderblock walls close us in.

A poverty mindset makes choices that maintain the status quo. A poverty mindset can’t dream. A poverty mindset is enslaved by fear.

God always calls us further into the wonder of the wild, where He will bless us with the blessings only He can give. But to follow, we must first believe He is truly able to change our reality. We must then take action to back up our faith.

What is the antithesis of poverty? Abundant life. And that’s what Jesus said He came to bring to the world.
Photo Credit: Justin Beckley via Compfight cc

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