For so many of us, poverty seems like an unending cycle. We experience poverty
in our finances, our relationships, our careers, and even our thoughts. No matter how
hard we try to break the cycle, it seems like things just don’t work out, and life is
constantly a struggle!
The opposite of poverty is prosperity. Prosperity is not the same thing as material
wealth, although material wealth often accompanies it. Prosperity means experiencing
the fruit of the Spirit in all areas of our lives.
“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness and self-control.” – Galatians 5:22-23
When we have love in our relationships, peace in our finances, self-control in our eating
habits, joy in our work — then we are truly prosperous! Then we are living in the fullness
of life that Jesus promised for us in John 10:10.
So how do we get there?
First and foremost, the shift from poverty to prosperity requires us to be in
relationship with God. If you are willing to listen to and obey Him, he will instruct you and
lead you. He will make a way forward for you!
However, this doesn’t mean you don’t have to do anything…
The shift to prosperity will take some hard work. It will take some unlearning of old
patterns and beliefs. It will require courage to dream big and take action on those
dreams. And it will force you to step out of complacency and into your unique identity as
a child of God.
Below you will find 3 common beliefs that prevent people from moving from poverty to
prosperity. Each of these beliefs is a roadblock on the path to your destiny!
Are any of them preventing you from prosperity?
1. Money and success are bad.
The Bible has a lot to say about money, and most of us are familiar with the
saying: “money is the root of all evil.” As a result, many of us believe it’s wrong to
earn a lot of money or have success.
But the Bible doesn’t actually say that!
1 Timothy 6:10 says “the love of money is the root of all evil.” When we put money
before God, trusting in our wealth rather than God’s provision, then we have a
problem. We are making an idol of money.
When kept in its proper place, financial wealth can allow us to serve others and
complete our purpose on earth. Money itself is neither good nor bad. It’s simply a
resource that can be used for good or bad!
If you serve God, then your money can serve God too.
The Bible tells us that God provides exactly what we need. You should never feel
guilty about having enough money, and you should never feel guilty about being
successful. God wants to provide abundantly for you!
2. I’m a borrower, not a lender.
Many of us get stuck in a cycle of taking rather than giving. We constantly feel
like we don’t have enough, so we never give to others. Instead, we are forced to
But Proverbs 11:25 says: “A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes
others will himself be refreshed.”
Giving is an act of faith. When we give, we are choosing to trust that God
will always supply us with what we need. We are choosing to trust in God,
not in our savings account.
Choosing generosity with time, money, resources, relationships, etc. is an
incredible way to break the cycle of poverty!
From this day forward, be a lender!
3. God hasn’t blessed me.
Some of us believe God hasn’t blessed us. We feel cursed with failure after failure.
When we focus on what’s wrong, you’ll see what’s wrong. But if you choose to focus on
what’s good, you’ll see the good all around!
Get a pen and a piece of paper. Write out ten things you’re thankful for.
You woke up this morning! You are breathing! That’s worth more than a million dollars.
You wouldn’t trade your life for a million dollars, would you?
When you begin practicing gratitude — focusing on what you’re thankful for — you’ll
realize how much blessing is actually in your life already! Gratitude bolsters faith and
unlocks the floodgates of prosperity!
So look for the blessings in your life, and praise God for them today! Maybe you are
already more prosperous than you realize…
Having a mindset of wealth
As you challenge the above beliefs, you will find yourself shifting from a mindset of poverty to a
mindset of wealth. Remember, as Christians we are NOT called to do anything where there is
no profit. Instead, we are called to bear fruit in our lives.
In other words, we are called to have an R.O.I. (Return Of Investment) on our lives. So be
shrewd in advancing the kingdom!
Begin by shifting your mindset from poverty to prosperity.