I’m going to rant a bit… I was working on some plans for ‘partnering with God for a Debt Free Home’ that complements the Triumph Over Money Program and upcoming Prosperity Project. I was reflecting on Romans 8:1, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus“. Initially I was thinking about how the concept of debt creates a sense of condemnation because in the church we have emphasized ‘no debt’ without considering the infinite possibilities God provides for us to earn income to support the plans and purposes He has for each us. I am very well aware of what the Word says about debt and I am also very well aware that debt is a way of life in our current money world – our society is credit based, not asset based!
This is all the more reason to develop knowledge and wisdom in this critical area. This requires knowledge of the Word and of the world and practical strategies to connect the 2! But,…if you act like you don’t have any debt, or you shy away from discussions about dealing with it efficiently, or assume an air of ‘I know all about what to do with debt’ the underlying message is really one of ‘fear of what other’s might think.
This obviously means the devil has an influence over your mind. The consequence of this is isolation, intimidation and an overall sense of ‘do-it-yourself’. These are behaviours that happen outside of God’s love and are the basis of a poverty spirit influencing your thinking, and therefore your results!
Here’s how you know for sure this mindset has taken root in your life: you are busy… busy, busy, busy doing things yourself. For example, someone calls you and it takes you a few days to return the call. When you do, your first words are ‘I’m sorry for taking so long to reply…’
Maybe the poverty of time shows up with pushing things aside from day-to-day or week-to-week. You know what I mean; phone calls, emails, paperwork, cleaning or fixing things, completing a task or project.
Seriously, if you had more money, you could pay someone to assist with your correspondence and attend to day-to-day activities. Instead, when tasks or communication is put off, it positions the enemy to bring guilt (condemnation) into your mind which spills over into your overall effectiveness as a witness for Christ.
When you feel guilty, or burdened with tasks, you begin to compensate so you don’t have to face the guilty reality. For many people they simply avoid doing certain activities or communicating with certain people because they don’t want to come face-to-face with they’re guilty conscience. Except, the message that is really being conveyed is one of lack of respect: for people who you’re not returning phone calls, emails or communicating with; or for the possessions, ideas and responsibilities God has given to you.
Poverty is perpetuated by self-centered thinking that is partnering with a condemning spirit and behaving in ways to preserve self. This sadly, simultaneously conveys disrespect. This is obviously not how God intends His people to be the light of the world!
Before I end my little ‘rant’, I have unfortunately found that many Christian leaders seem to be the most poverty-minded! Yes, I said it! Their hearts are so big, yet the enemy is working overtime to keep them from being as effective as they could be. I know; I’ve been there done that, bought too many t-shirts myself in this area! Do it yourself doesn’t overflow with blessings, it’s limited and …sigh…it’s prideful!
Unfortunately, leaders seem to have very little time or money to bring peace and joy to the people they interact with daily when they assume a mindset of ‘knowing what to do, or do it themselves’. This does not mean Christian leaders are prideful or disrespectful people – absolutely not! It means, as the Body of Christ, we have to remember who the enemy is and how much greater is He who is in us, than anything in the world (John 10:10). This means we need to recognize the enemy that brings a guilty conscience that spills over into that ‘I know what to do, I can do it myself’ kind of attitude. Instead, we need to “approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).
My prayer in all this is that eyes will see and ears will hear what the Spirit is saying at this time (Revelation 3:22) so the walls can come down and God’s people can connect to be strengthened, encouraged, and to receive ALL God has planned for those who love Him … good plans to overflow with His blessings so that ALL will praise His name (see Jeremiah 29 and 2 Corinthians 9)!
We need to connect! This means we need to recognize where we are disconnected! The devil wants God’s people to believe in their own limited resources (time, money, knowledge, etc.) which ultimately limits all of us as effective witnesses for Christ’s love for ALL people, and that’s just not cool…
“But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).