Combating Spiritual poverty in your Christian walk
Dear Brother and Sisters in Christ,
Have you ever wandered if there is more to your Christian walk than what you are experiencing?
Well if you have, you are in good company. My personal quest for more of God started a long time ago and to be honest, I have not always been very diligent in seeking the Lord. All you have to do is half heartedly seek Jesus to come to a place of spiritual poverty.
What do I mean by that? Well think about that for a moment, God promises in his word that if we would diligently seek him, we will be found by him. He will reveal himself to us and we will know the fullness of who He is.
Matthew 7: 7-11
- 7. “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
- 8. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
- 9. “Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?
- 10. Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?
- 11. If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
Now my question remains, we go to church, we go through the motions, but there is little evidence of a life change in our lives, the promises of Jesus don’t seem to be showing up in great quantity in our lives, what is wrong and how can we rectify the problem?
The root cause of this is what I will call a severe case of spiritual poverty and indifference.
Christ came to the earth with the express purpose of saving mankind from the sins that brought death to them. He told us that he came to bring us life and in that new life we would be able to live fully with his blessings, both physical and spiritual.
He also told us that as Christians we have a spiritual enemy that comes to steal, kill and destroy us in any way that he can. But Christ promises to give us life, and that we would be able to live it to the full. So, why are we not living as abundantly as we should?
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
There are a few reasons for this kind of mediocre living.
- We have an enemy, known in the bible as Satan or the Devil, and his express purpose is to thwart what is best for us in our lives.
- What is best? Best is that we get to know our heavenly father!
- The enemy/Satan will try and sabotage our efforts to know God in a deeper way; he will do this in a variety of ways, like distractions, busyness, self centeredness, pride and arrogance, laziness, willful sins and a mechanical devotional time, if we have devotions at all.
- These are just a few ways that he uses to kill and destroy our walk with Jesus, our Savior.
- When this happens, we get apathetic about the word of God, and it no longer holds any appeal, we might even read it a little but it is out of obligation and not out of a great desire to know God.
- This breeds an atmosphere of spiritual bankruptcy and poverty
- As our spiritual lives are starved of the life giving words of Jesus Christ
- We are slowly dying and not even realizing it.
Proverbs is one of my favorite books of the bible as it has so many words of wisdom that we need to apply to our daily lives, and one of those tidbits of wisdom is that if you are lazy, you will reap a harvest of nothing. What I am saying is that if we are lazy in our efforts to come near to God, and we are lazy in our study of the word of God, his truth and our guide for knowing him, we will come to poverty.
- Poverty of Spirit,
- Proverbs 10:4 “Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth.”
I realize that this particular verse is talking about wealth but, the principle is the same, if you are lazy, you will become poor in your thinking, your finances and your spiritual well being. It affects every part of your life. But if you are diligent in how you approach your life, spiritually, financially, educationally, you will be become more prosperous in all of your dealings.
But, the great news is that on that flip side of laziness is diligence. If you diligently seek the Lord, he promises that he will most certainly bless your efforts. If you study the word of God, fill your mind with all the wonderful treasures that it contains, if you are diligent in being obedient to what you have learnt, you will be able to bear much fruit. God promised that if we stay connected to him, and walk humbly with him, he will give us His strength to do all that he has purposed for us to do.
The cost of indifference to the word of God is extremely high, it will cost you the joy of knowing Jesus Christ your Savior in a deeper way, it could even eventually cost you your salvation as your heart grows cold to God and His perfect will for your life, therefore causing you to reject Christ.
My friends, if you find that this is true in your life and you have a chronic case of spiritual poverty, I ask that you stop what you are doing right now and repent to God, He promises that if you repent he will forgive you of your sin.
I know that he wants to bring you into an abundant, refreshing, life altering life with Him. Run into his waiting arms today!
Yours in Christ
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