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October 02: Dominion over Poverty

2 Corinthians 8:9

“For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.

3 John 1: 2

“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”

Poverty is a plague. It is an enemy of God’s original intent or will for man. Poverty is the enemy’s idea to thwart God’s plan. In the beginning, God did not intend for man to live a not enough or just enough life. He intended for us to live the more than enough life; He designed for us to live in the overflow. God is a God of plenty and increase; He is the God of blessings, not of curses. Blessings cause increase, but curses bring about reduction. The blessing of the Lord makes rich, and adds no sorrow or decrease to us. The account of Genesis reveals very clearly how that God created the heaven and the earth, and made man in His image and after His likeness. The Word tells us that God planted a garden east of Eden and placed man there. Man had everything He needed for food and comfort. There was no lack in the Garden of Eden until sin came into the world. When Adam and Eve transgressed the Word of the Lord, they were evicted from the garden, and lack was the result. Evidently, lack was not a part of God’s plan for man; if it was, it would have manifested before the fall of man. The fact that it manifested after the fall, in the transgression, is proof that it is alien to God’s plan for man.

Our opening Scripture tells us that the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ was made manifest in His substitutionary work for us at Calvary when He took our place of poverty that we might take His place of prosperity. The Word tells us that though He was rich, yet for our sakes He became poor that we through His poverty might be rich. If poverty was God’s will for us, He would not have sent His Son Jesus Christ to give us His prosperity in exchange for our poverty. Therefore, we have the guts to resist lack, and not only resist it, but also exercise dominion over it. Grace has empowered us to live above lack, owing to the substitutionary work of the Lord Jesus on the Cross of Calvary. You can live above lack because of what the Lord Jesus has done for you, and you will by faith in Him and all He’s done for you. Refuse to put up with poverty. Refuse to make a case for poverty in your life. Refuse to give any justification to what the Lord died to set you free from. Be bold to stand against every thought, word or experience of lack in your life, in Jesus’ Name!

 

My Solid Front (Confession): In the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I declare that I have dominion over poverty in Christ Jesus. I have received an inheritance of prosperity and abundance in Christ, and I walk in and enjoy my inheritance in Him to the full. Amen.

Further Meditation: Psalms 35:27; Acts 20:32

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