REVELATION: WHY THE POOR ARE RICH IN FAITH 2/19/09
Yesterday I heard a sermon recall this scripture:
John 9:8 AMP
When the neighbors and those who used to know him by
sight as a beggar saw him, they said, Is not this the
man who used to sit and beg?
The sermon was about something else entirely, but the
Holy Spirit quickened to me one tiny word. When
recalling the scripture, the speaker said that the
beggar was expecting a donation but instead got healed.
The word expecting leaped out (was
quickened) and the Holy Spirit reminded me of a
question I’d had.
When our Birthday or Christmas comes around, most of us
expect something. Why? Because we have been trained
to expect on those days. We need to have this same
expectation every day because the Lord’s promise is to
load us with benefits and daily bread. May the Lord
grant us the expectation to receive what we are needing
Many times I have I questioned why in scripture the Lord
honored the poor with promises and rebuked the rich.
This was a moment of revelation where the Lord connected
what I knew (which was my question) with what I did not
know, (the word expecting) and I suddenly received His
answer (the process of revelation). God took the lid
off my closed mind and uncovered the truth:
The poor are trained by reason of need, desperation or
habit to EXPECT TO RECEIVE. This is a very simple
concept, but true. The poor are used to searching to
find sources for their practical needs. Has God not
chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith?
(James 1:5) Why are they rich in faith? Because faith
is an expectation and they have been trained to seek God
until they receive!
Matt 7:7-12 NKJV
"Ask , and it will be given to you; seek, and you
will find; knock , and it will be opened to you. 8 For
everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and
to him who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or what man is
there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will
give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will he
give him a serpent? 11 If you then, being evil, know
how to give good gifts to your children, how much more
will your Father who is in heaven give good things to
those who ask Him!
Luke 6:20 NKJV
Blessed are you poor for yours is the kingdom of
Matt 5:3 NKJV
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the
kingdom of heaven.
Matt 19:21-26 NKJV
Jesus said to him, "If you want to be perfect, go,
sell what you have and give to the poor , and you will
have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me."
22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went
away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. Then
Jesus said to His disciples, "Assuredly, I say to you
that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of
heaven. 24 And again I say to you, it is easier for a
camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich
man to enter the kingdom of God." 25 When His disciples
heard it, they were greatly astonished, saying, "Who
then can be saved?" 26 But Jesus looked at them and
said to them, "With men this is impossible, but with God
all things are possible."
James 2:1-6 NKJV
My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus
Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality. 2 For if
there should come into your assembly a man with gold
rings, in fine apparel, and there should also come in a
poor man in filthy clothes, 3 and you pay attention to
the one wearing the fine clothes and say to him, "You
sit here in a good place," and say to the poor man, "You
stand there," or, "Sit here at my footstool," 4 have you
not shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges
with evil thoughts? 5 Listen, my beloved brethren: Has
God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in
faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to
those who love Him?
1 Cor 1:26-31 NKJV
For you see your calling, brethren, that not many
wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many
noble, are called. 27 But God has chosen the foolish
things of the world to put to shame the wise , and God
has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame
the things which are mighty; 28 and the base things of
the world and the things which are despised God has
chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to
nothing the things that are, 29 that no flesh should
glory in His presence. 30 But of Him you are in Christ
Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God — and
righteousness and sanctification and redemption — 31
that, as it is written, "He who glories, let him glory
in the LORD."
Rev 3:17-20 NKJV
Because you say, 'I am rich, have become wealthy, and
have need of nothing' — and do not know that you are
wretched, miserable, poor , blind, and naked — 18 I
counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire,
that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may
be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be
revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you
may see. 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten.
Therefore be zealous and repent.
Look at the mindset of these folks in the following
scripture. They continued to think of ways to receive
what they needed, even in a time of famine. They knew
they had to move in order to get their needs met. Even
in the worst circumstances, they still had expectation
and a glimmer of hope.
2 Kings 7:3-4 NLT
Now there were four men with leprosy sitting at the
entrance of the city gates. "Why should we sit here
waiting to die?" they asked each other. 4 "We will
starve if we stay here, and we will starve if we go back
into the city. So we might as well go out and surrender
to the Aramean army. If they let us live, so much the
better. But if they kill us, we would have died anyway."
This was so spectacular because the tiny hope of these 4
weak men compelled them to move beyond their present
circumstance. They ended up finding the bounty to feed
their entire city!