What is the first thing that comes to mind when I plant the word “Poverty” in your mind? The text book definition is: the state of being extremely poor; the state of being inferior in quality or insufficient in amount.”the poverty of her imagination“. I have added the synonyms of poverty at the end to ponder as well. Now notice by definition poor can be in many areas & ways in life including “poor in spirit“.
Now here this: We were not created nor meant to LIVE in poverty..on any level.” Like Fred K Price says in his sermon “The God that is More than Enough” poverty boils down to 3 Levels of Poverity: 1. Abject poverty – total Lack of all needs. 2. Scarcity: you have absolute necessities but, just barely. 3.) Unfulfilled desires – the inability to Live with your needs materially and spiritually fulfilled ( my words:both in the inner garden & outer). Poverty in Any form is Not the design of God. Poverty is a Lie of the Father of all Lies: Satan. God’s Word tells us in John 10:10 “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I (Yeshua, Jesus) am come that they might have Life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” And that is a Promise of Gods. So, now your choice, who do you choose to believe? What seeds (words) do you think you need plant within? And to have outer abundance what seeds do you believe you will need to plant to produce a fruitful abundant harvest?
All seeds needed are at your access, if you but seek them. (Gen. 1:29) They may be vision written on your heart or visions thru dreams calling your to “come and get them” Once you take that step to revive your garden with His Seeds you then have to Nurture and cultivate them…not just sit and talk about them or sit around waiting on someone to “do” your vision for you. Proverbs 23: 7 “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he” God gives you the seeds and will send helpers when you need it but you Must do your part Matthew 13 says it best for both your outer and inner garden :
Parable of the Farmer Scattering Seed
13 Later that same day Jesus left the house and sat beside the lake. 2 A large crowd soon gathered around him, so he got into a boat. Then he sat there and taught as the people stood on the shore. 3 He told many stories in the form of parables, such as this one:
“Listen! A farmer went out to plant some seeds. 4 As he scattered them across his field, some seeds fell on a footpath, and the birds came and ate them. 5 Other seeds fell on shallow soil with underlying rock. The seeds sprouted quickly because the soil was shallow. 6 But the plants soon wilted under the hot sun, and since they didn’t have deep roots, they died. 7 Other seeds fell among thorns that grew up and choked out the tender plants. 8 Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted! 9 Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.”10 His disciples came and asked him, “Why do you use parables when you talk to the people?”11 He replied, “You are permitted to understand the secrets[a] of the Kingdom of Heaven, but others are not. 12 To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them. 13 That is why I use these parables,
For they look, but they don’t really see.
They hear, but they don’t really listen or understand.
14 This fulfills the prophecy of Isaiah that says,
‘When you hear what I say,
you will not understand.
When you see what I do,
you will not comprehend.
15 For the hearts of these people are hardened,
and their ears cannot hear,
and they have closed their eyes—
so their eyes cannot see,
and their ears cannot hear,
and their hearts cannot understand,
and they cannot turn to me
and let me heal them.’[b]
16 “But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear. 17 I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, but they didn’t see it. And they longed to hear what you hear, but they didn’t hear it.
18 “Now listen to the explanation of the parable about the farmer planting seeds: 19 The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message about the Kingdom and don’t understand it. Then the evil one comes and snatches away the seed that was planted in their hearts. 20 The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy. 21 But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word. 22 The seed that fell among the thorns represents those who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life and the lure of wealth, so no fruit is produced. 23 The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”
Are you walking in Poverty? The Choice is Yours to dig in and snatch out those weeds and to rise above all levels of Poverty. Abundance is the will of God for Your LIFE and produces all things Love, Joy, Peace, Stuff, & so much more. So grab some seeds and let’s get to plantin’. P.S. Remember bad soil, with TLC , can be Restored and Reborn bearing an abundance of “good fruit” .
|synonyms:||penury, destitution, pauperism, pauperdom, beggary, indigence, pennilessness, impoverishment, neediness, need, hardship, impecuniousness