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The American Spirit, Issue #008, Why is poverty is sometimes thought of as a blessing.
January 26, 2016

Poverty is a blessing from God? So how do you get this blessing? What’s the real truth about poverty and prosperity? Which is the blessing?

Which is the curse?

You can find the answer to that question in Deuteronomy 28. Beginning with verse 15, let’s read what God has to say there: "But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee: [Now notice here God is about to list curses, not blessings.] Cursed shalt thou be in the city, and cursed shalt thou be in the field. Cursed shall be thy basket and thy store. [This verse is dealing specifically with finances.

In today’s terms, you wouldn’t be too far off if you were to put it this way: Cursed shall be thy checking account and thy savings account.] Cursed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy land, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep....Thine ox shall be slain before thine eyes, and thou shalt not eat thereof: thine ass shall be violently taken away from before thy face [or, thy car shall be repossessed right in front of thine eyes], and shall not be restored to thee: thy sheep shall be given unto thine enemies, and thou shalt have none to rescue them (verses 15-17, 31).

What God has just described here is poverty. And He has called it a curse.

If you’ll look over those verses again, you’ll see God is actually very clear about that fact. Yet, even so, some people still cling to their religious ideas. “Oh yes, brother, poverty is a curse,” they’ll say, “but it can also be a blessing in disguise because God often uses it to teach His people spiritual lessons. Don’t you agree?” No, I don’t.

According to the Word of God, there’s just one purpose for the curse. You can find it in Deuteronomy 28:20. There, the scripture says, “[There shall come] upon thee cursing, vexation, and rebuke, in all that thou settest thine hand unto for to do, until thou be destroyed, and until thou perish quickly....”

The curse is meant to destroy. Not to teach people a lesson. Not to make them more spiritual. But to destroy them. Proverbs 10:15 confirms that. There King Solomon (one of the richest men who ever lived) says, “...The destruction of the poor is their poverty.” Poverty destroys! When you look at the pictures of African babies with bloated stomachs and flies buzzing around their eyes, it’s easy to see there’s nothing noble about that. It’s obviously the work of Satan. But what we often fail to realize is this: It’s just as much the work of the devil when someone in your own town or in your church goes without groceries or falls behind on his rent.

Regardless of how intense the lack is, the nature of poverty remains the same. It is, and will always be, a curse. Proverbs 6:9-11 sheds even more light on the devilish nature of poverty. It says: How long will you sleep, O sluggard? When will you arise out of your sleep? Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to lie down and sleep; So will your poverty come as a robber or one who travels... and your want as an armed man... (The Amplified Bible). In that verse, poverty is described as a robber who travels about. There’s someone else the Bible describes in much that same way. Do you recall who it is?

Satan himself.

In 1 Peter 5:8, the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Peter warns us to “ vigilant and cautious at all times, for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour” (The Amplified Bible).

Is it any wonder that Satan has gone to such great lengths to convince God’s people poverty is a blessing in disguise? Poverty is his creation! If he can con believers into passively accepting it as a “gift” from God, he can steal them blind and they won’t do one thing to stop him!

So don’t buy into his lies. Get your thinking in line with the Word of God. Poverty is—absolutely and always—a curse. Remember, "greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world".


Luis Castillo

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