Culture to Kingdom

In prayer this morning the Holy Spirit had me bind the spirit of poverty and loose the spirit of generosity and He said, “Generosity is what breaks the spirit of poverty.” This prayer was not directed at any one person, but rather felt corporate for the body of Christ. The spirit of poverty has kept the body of Christ as ones that give their tithe, maybe, help others now and then, but for the most part have a spirit of poverty. Believers have a mindset that says, if it is in my possession it is mine, I worked for it, I deserve it, I get to do with it whatever I want. Much of this is cultural and not biblical, but it is reality. We can hear of someone struggling financially and do nothing about it. It is as though we think they got themselves into that mess they need to get themselves out of it. The Holy Spirit said, this is how the spirit of poverty thinks, acts, responds.

Then I open to Proverbs 11 to read as today is March 11th and verse 24 says, “The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller.” When the Holy Spirit says something to me in prayer and then echoes in the word right where I am reading for the day, I know it is something He is wanting to deal with in the body of Christ. The size of life is evidenced in the spirit from which we operate. If we have a spirit of poverty we live a small life no matter how much money, time, or possessions we have. If we have a spirit of generosity, we live a large life. When we look at our life, we can identify what spirit is in operation and if we don’t like what we see we can change it. If you are living small, give big and watch God expand your life in every way, if you are living big, keep giving, keep loving, keep manifesting, because it is evidence of a life of generosity.

What I see coming is a major shift from individuality to community. From cultural domination to kingdom manifestation. Acts 2:42-45 says, “They committed themselves to the teaching of the apostles, the life together, the common meal, and the prayers. Everyone around was in awe—all those wonders and signs done through the apostles! And all the believers lived in a wonderful harmony, holding everything in common. They sold whatever they owned and pooled their resources so that each person’s need was met.” This is not socialism this is the kingdom and this is where the body of Christ is going and how the body of Christ is about to go from a spirit of poverty to generosity. We are going from religion to the kingdom and it is going to be revolutionary.

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