SPIRITUAL POVERTY UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL
“And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, “The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here or, lo there! For behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” (Luke 17:20-21).
It is my strong belief that one should always be prepared for an interruption in one’s life. There are millions of people whose lives have been interrupted due to poverty. Those who are lacking resources to keep their bodies together. Also, not having the financial means to be considered a person of importance! But the most dangerous area of poverty is spiritual poverty. When all HELL breaks loose; and our house of worship is interrupted by persecution or a climatic disaster. What will you do when the word of God is not being preached? Can a Christian survive on “Name it and Claim it?” or “Touch Three People?” Although spiritual warfare is not in full bloom, I hope to steer Christians to make spiritual preparations for the dark and evil days ahead. So, take a short journey with me to review Spiritual Poverty Up Close and Personal.
Jesus tells us in Matthew 24 what to expect when the beginning of the end approaches. When greater evils manifest, it is proof that the end is near. Jesus uses the analogy of a woman going into labor when the birth pangs comes first as a warning that the baby is ready to enter the world. Well Church, a pure evil is on the way and a hardcore persecution of the Church is in progress. What preparations have you been taught in your house of worship, to stand against the wiles of the devil? Will you break forth in a praise dance? Or will you “Touch Three People?” or “Name it and Claim.?” What will you do when you can’t find a Holy Spirit filled Evangelist, Pastor, Teacher, Prophet or Apostle? Who will pour out the word of God to feed your spirit? Have you been storing the seeds of God’s word in your heart, so that you can feed from within your heart? The time has come for all Christians to take inventory of his/her heart to discover what is lacking for spiritual survival.
What do you have in your heart to feed upon when great persecution and darkness is all around you? Money will not do a thing for you because it is useless against the Prince of Darkness! The devil is a soul killer; and to fight him, you must be a spiritual soul-survivor, through the blood and the power of Jesus Christ. “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” (I Peter 5:9). Are you reading your Holy Bible daily? Are you confessing your sins before God daily? Are you acknowledging that Jehovah, the great I AM is the supreme ruler of your soul? Is Jesus Christ your Redeemer and Salvation? It takes time to prepare for war against principalities in high place, which tries to conquer your soul! “What meanest thou O sleeper? Arise call upon thy God, it so be that God will think upon us, that we persist not.” (Jonah 1:6).
The spiritual power to stand in the Great Persecution should be within your heart! The kingdom of God is within you! If the Spirit of the living God is not within you. Then Spiritual Poverty is your resource to fight the devil! You do not have adequate spiritual weapons to stand and fight a good fight of faith! It is impossible to sustain a worthy battle against the enemy without the whole armor of God. “Put on the whole armor of God, that ye make be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day and having done all to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace: Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching there unto with all perseverance and for all saints,” (Ephesians 6:11-18).
“Patty Cake” church is over! Saints are being slayed with political preaching and conservatism and intellectual preaching! Many are being led into the slaughter without any chance of survival. They have no biblical teaching to sustain them in the fight against the devil. I don’t give a flying cookie who defriend, unfriend or block me. I will tell the truth to steer souls from the ditch of deception! Don’t let anyone fool you Saints, the Church is going to go through the Great Persecution! Look at your family and tell me you don’t see turmoil and separation! Tolerating a wicked family member is not a family, it’s called separation! The Lord is separating and pruning, “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be of his household.” (Matthew 10:34-36). Read the Book of Revelation, chapters one through three please! One of the Seven Churches represents the SPIRITUAL CHARACTER of the church you are attending RIGHT NOW! Each of us belong to one of these churches, even if you have church in your home! I PROMISE YOU THIS IS TRUE! The physical churches are leaving God’s people destitute and starving and spiritually emaciated! Many Christians are unable to digest the word of God because their stomachs are too full of Sugar Honey Ice Tea preaching! It’s time to put in the Intravenous of Holiness and recover from the slop preaching to acquire worldly riches! It’s time for the Intravenous (IV) medication of God’s word, which is the solution to Spiritual Poverty. It is administered directly into the heart by the power of the Holy Spirit. This spiritual wonder will circulate from the crown of your head to the sole of your feet. Then you will be ready to stand in spiritual warfare!
In closing, if you don’t have a strong spiritually based church, I pray that you ask God to lead you a church with the CHARACTER of Philadelphia, as described in the Book of Revelation. Where you can start making spiritual preparations for your soul. Salvation is more that sitting around waiting to go to heaven. We have a battle to fight, and souls to minister to! Spiritual Poverty has been the death of many souls. They are perishing because they were not; and they are not spiritually prepared for a battle against the Prince of this world. Only through the blood and the spiritual power of Jesus Christ will you be ready for battle! Come to Jesus while you still have time!
For the record, this is written to encourage all saints to review their spiritual battle plan, and to put their war clothes on! God bless you and amen!
Written by Reverend Jessica L. Matthews, Missionary Pastor