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9159642-digital-visualization-of-a-castle-in-the-sky Nothing is lacking in the Kingdom of God…none of it is out of our reach either, and yet many are the people who live in poverty?  How is that possible?  Why is it happening?  Whose “fault” is it?  How do we change it and be done with it, for good?  We can’t blame poverty solely on God, not when His Scriptures state such inferences as: “it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth” (Deuteronomy 8: 17-18), and “Yours, Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all.  Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things.  In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all” (1 Chronicles 29: 11-13).  Plus, “The blessing of the LORD brings wealth, without painful toil for it” (Proverbs 10: 22), and what said Jesus:  “The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows]” (John 10: 10), to name a few.  Moreover, let’s not forget the score of “wealthy” persons we read about in the Bible: Abraham, Barzillai, Solomon, Jehoshaphat, Hezekiah, Haman, Job, and even Jesus received gifts, one of which was Gold, the day that he was born.  So, what exactly is the problem with us today, that deplorable poverty clings to us like a leech?

You do not have, because you do not ask” (James 4: 2).  Add to that: “Truly I tell you, whoever says to this mountain, Be lifted up and thrown into the sea! and does not doubt at all in his heart but believes that what he says will take place, it will be done for him.  For this reason I am telling you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe (trust and be confident) that it is granted to you, and you will [get it]” (Mark 11: 23-24).

However, our hearts, besides not doubting at all, must also be in the right place when asking God for wealth.  Take note of this Scripture:  “Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?

God said to Solomon, ‘Since this is your heart’s desire and you have not asked for wealth, possessions or honor, nor for the death of your enemies, and since you have not asked for a long life but for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over whom I have made you king, therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given you.  And I will also give you wealth, possessions and honor, such as no king who was before you ever had and none after you will have.’” (2 Chronicles 1: 10-12)

I said all that to say this:  We have not because we ask not, in fact, the kingdom of God, where massive wealth abides, isn’t in some far off place in the sky; the kingdom of God is within, each one of us.  Except, we don’t even look there first!  Instead, we look to the Governments of this world out here, to do something about the bad economy, something about the disproportionate wealth, something to make us rich and to make us see our dreams and heart’s desire come true.  We look to each other, each one as limited as the next guy, to possibly bring us the wealth that we already may have since that is God’s offer.

Our mindsets have to change.  We complain and blame God for the deep poverty that we see everywhere and rising with each day, and yet, what are each of us, who is here to change the world, doing about the ugly situation?  Nothing, but misplacing our expectations, and overlooking that the thief comes only to kill, steal and destroy…precisely what we experience today!  In the end, I hope and pray that each of us Sees that deplorable poverty ends in 2012.

Happy New Year, friends!