A Godly Spirit of Poverty and Lack by Gary Ellis

A spirit or attitude of poverty or lack is a hindrance – in fact – a thief in the lives and experience of God’s sons and daughters!

Having said that, there is a Godly spirit of poverty and lack.  Poverty of the God kind is an important part of Heaven’s Kingdom culture.  Godly poverty holds great value.

Jesus said in one of His most famous teachings, “Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.” (Matt. 5:3)

The Greek word used here means poor as a street beggar.  But here is what it does NOT mean, “to be proud of your own humility.”

Jesus also said, “”I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:5)

Here’s the bottom line:

  • Without the life of Christ activated and active in, through, and as me…I have as much value as the beggar in the street. 
  • With the life of Christ activated and active in me, I can do ALL things.  That’s rich beyond belief!

The practical point is to focus and nurture our attention on the life, power, and wealth we have in daily vital union WITH him. Sometimes, in the process of our mind being renewed we get discouraged at our weakness.

As this sense of reality tries to overcome you, be quick to agree with it.  Be quick to affirm that you are poor as a beggar and empty in your natural efforts.

However, there’s a higher reality.  He delights in adding His super to our natural.  With Him nothing is impossible even when you don’t understand how it’s possible…how it’s going to work out. 

Distrust your own natural ability.  Put the weight on His ability that’s working in you.

His strength is made perfect in our weakness.




  • “Poverty is no sign of godliness, and wealth is no sign of wickedness. God wants us to have wealth with godliness. Prosperity is simply having what we need to do what God wants us to do.” – Adrian Rogers

    People like Adrian Rogers look for ways to promote worldly wealth and love of money using God’s scripture. And it is something that should be exposed to the fullest if we are to get the Truth to many eyes. 

    I know from my own experience that finding God removes the hunger for wealth and self happiness. If this does not occur, then God was never there in the first place. It is entirely possible to believe you have God in your life when you do not. And we see many times throughout the Bible where the word “fools” is used. 

    Many “fools” seek God without actually sacrificing anything and surrendering to His way of living. How can a person know humility and be wealthy? It isn’t possible. Any rich man who is truly humbled will give up his wealth because the desire for it will vanish. He will no longer see any value in wealth other than to give it to the needy. Jesus proved it.

    Poverty isn’t a way to Godliness. It is a SIGN of it. Because those who find their way under His wing will see no worth in seeking self happiness. So, hardship WILL make it’s way into one’s life with poverty. But a lot of inner value will come from that. Someone who lives for others can bear the pains of poverty. At the very least, there are far less worldly distractions to sway their spiritual focus. 

    I have met plenty of self proclaimed Christians who attend church whole heartedly every Sunday. And they truly do believe they are saved. They thank God for every ounce of wealth that fall into their lap. Fools they are. No better than the celebrity that thanks God for the  Academy Award. I call it the popular church “god”. The one that gives free salvation regardless of how one lives their life. But explain to me why Revelation tells us that very few will make it to Heaven, and many fools will seek it but never find?