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.

Gary