God’s desire is that His children are well provided for. It is a bad representation of His goodness if His children are living beneath His standard. The anointing of the Messiah, Jesus, is described in chapter 4 of Luke.

 Luke 4 

“The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the broken-hearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed;

Jesus was not just sent to preach good news to the poor in spirit, but to the poor. The word poor is ptōchos, which means the following,

1) reduced to beggary, begging, asking alms2) destitute of wealth, influence, position, honora) lowly, afflicted, destitute of the Christian virtues and eternal riches

2) destitute of wealth, influence, position, honor

a) lowly, afflicted, destitute of the Christian virtues and eternal riches

b) helpless, powerless to accomplish an end

c) poor, needy

3) lacking in anything

Poverty and lack of any kind is unacceptable for the believer. Jesus paid a high price for you to leave a life of beggarly elements and destitution; to make a way for us in life, to give us riches instead of poverty.

2 Cor 8:9 For you know the grace (favor) of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.

We have the same grace and favor that Jesus possessed in heavenly places. Hebrews calls it spiritual blessing in heavenly places. John says that we are now, as He is right now. With this kind of favor on our lives nothing is impossible if we believe and have a sincere heart.

2 Cor 9:9 As it is written, “He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.” 10 He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.

If our desire to be rich is to simply be rich, then our hearts are not aligned with the grace and favor of Jesus to make us rich. But if our heart is to reach the poor and to help the destitute then we will be enriched in every way.

To live a rich life we must change our relationship with money.

Ecc 10:19  Bread is made for laughter, and wine gladdens life, and money answers everything. 

What a statement, which most of us never meditate on. Bread is for laughter, wine is for a glad life. I would translate that for some of you reading. The word is for laughter and the presence is for gladness of life, but money answers everything. Answers is the hebrew word Anah, which is to answer, respond, testify, speak, shout. Money has something to say about everything that we do. Money dictates how most people spend their life. It tells us where to work, live, shop, vacation, go to church, how to get to church, and how generous we can be. The Lord’s favor to make you rich is so that He can be the one that tells you what to do and how to do it. Jesus answers everything if we live in His grace to be rich.

Prov 10:22 The blessing of the LORD makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it

If God has blessed us, then His blessing is working very hard to make us both spiritually and naturally rich. Sincerity of the heart is the cooperation needed to access those riches. If we truly love God and love people, there is not an amount of money that could come to us that would corrupt our sincerity. We will live without sorrow as we help others discover the good news. I recently preached this message at Citadel Church. Feel free to access the entire message as a video or audio file either through the links in this email or go to www.citadelchurch.com. Thank you for your partnership in the ministry of the Lord.

If God has blessed us, then His blessing is working very hard to make us both spiritually and naturally rich. Sincerity of the heart is the cooperation needed to access those riches. If we truly love God and love people, there is not an amount of money that could come to us that would corrupt our sincerity. We will live without sorrow as we help others discover the good news. I recently preached this message at Citadel Church. Feel free to access the entire message as a video or audio file either through the links in this email or go to www.citadelchurch.com. Thank you for your partnership in the ministry of the Lord.