I know what you’re thinking. “Poverty is a spirit?” To be honest, everything we see in the physical realm comes from the spiritual realm. There are blessings and curses that can be found in every society. One of those curses is poverty. For example, a neighborhood could be cursed or doomed for poverty. Same with a family tree. Lucky for us, God has provided us a way to combat curses with blessings.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who suffer from this spirit. Because of their constant shortages, people become fear-ladened and open the door for many other demons. It can lead to arguments, hopelessness, and depression. Wealthy people aren’t safe from this demon either.

There are many people who have a lot of money but are still controlled by the fear of losing their money. They may be inspired by this fear to withhold blessings from others and stop tithing.

“Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.”

– 1 Timothy 6:17

All scriptures are taken from NKJV unless otherwise marked.

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Ways To Combat The Spirit Of Poverty

Just like with any other spirit, the Lord has given us ways to get rid of the spirit of poverty. Let’s take a look at these ways.

Obey The Lord With A Good Mental Attitude

Whenever the Lord tells us to not do something it’s for our own benefit. God is God and our obedience doesn’t affect His life- it affects ours. Therefore, we must understand that obeying God ultimately brings blessings into our lives.

The Lord tells us to tithe 10% of our income. Usually, this would go to a local church. However, there have been times the Lord has told me to do other things with it, such as buy groceries to give to families or bless the homeless. Either way, this money should be used for God’s purposes and helps us to remember that all money belongs to God.

Be Generous

Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.

– Luke 6:38

There’s a law in the Bible that can be found true all throughout the earth. It goes, “Whatever you sow, so shall you reap.” Secular people call it karma or good fortune, but we know that God sees all and returns every deed and action proportionately.

God calls us to be generous and to take care of those in need. This should be done with a good attitude and good intentions. We shouldn’t feel compelled or forced. God loves a cheerful giver.

We need to give. It’s in our DNA. We are made in the image of God and God is the biggest giver there is. After all, He gave His only begotten Son for believers and nonbelievers alike. Therefore, when we do not give we end up causing harm to ourself and our life.

The Bible tells us that when we give to the poor, we lend to God and He will repay us (Proverbs 19:17). Knowing this, there’s no good reason to not be generous. It’s the best way to bring blessings into our lives.

Trust God

Throughout all of history, there’s one thing that’s never-changing- God’s faithfulness. God is worthy to be trusted and will never fail His people. No matter what your current situation looks like, God will always provide.

One of the best ways to combat poverty and the fear that comes along with it is to remember all the great things God has previously done for you. Do you remember a time that it felt like God wasn’t answering your prayers? When it seemed like your whole world was crashing around you and you didn’t know a way out? But God ended up making a way, didn’t He? He always makes a way for His people.

Don’t let the enemy steal your joy in Christ because of your current circumstances. Praise God even when you can’t see the way out.

Have Hope

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

– 1 Peter 1:3-5

Unlike the people of the world, we should have hope. That’s because our hope is in a person and not material items. That’s why we should have a great mental attitude during our life on earth. We know that God will get us through our present trials and to a better tomorrow. We also know that if God decides to keep us in our suffering state that we have a wonderful life in eternity to look forward to.

Plus, Jesus told us that we will suffer like He did if we decide to follow Him (Luke 9:23). He specifically tells us that if we want to be His disciple that we would have to pick up our own cross and bear it. Therefore, sufferings should be a surprise to us, but neither should our deliverance. God is with us every step of the way.

Always Give God The Credit

“While the word was still in the king’s mouth, a voice fell from heaven: “King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken: the kingdom has departed from you!”

– Daniel 4:31

Many people doom themselves for failure by taking credit for the things that God has done. Always give God the credit and glory He deserves. As we read in the scripture above, God took the kingdom away from Nebuchadnezzar. The reason for that is because the king decided to take credit for all the accomplishments God allowed him to achieve.

God punished him in other ways, too. The moral of the story is to never take the spotlight from the Lord. Our money is not really ours. Everything belongs to God and every good gift is from the Father of Lights (James 1:17). Honor God with your spending.

Have Faith In His Provision

Unfortunately, there are many people who confess to believing in God and still live in fear. They fear that they won’t be able to make ends meet. While I understand that feeling and have compassion for those suffering, we must always stand on the promises of God.

“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

– Philippians 4:19 emphasis added

God promises us over and over in the Bible that He will provide for our needs. He is called the good shepherd and considers us His flock. (John 10:11) He has always provided for us up until this point. There’s no reason to believe He will abandon us now.

“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

“So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”

– Matthew 6:25-33


Although the spirit of poverty affects a lot of people, there are ways to combat it. These ways include:

  • Obey the Lord with a good mental attitude
  • Be generous
  • Trust God
  • Have hope
  • Always give the glory to God

You can break the generational curse of poverty over your family by doing these things and admitting out loud that you will have a mindset of growth and abundance instead of lack. Don’t allow the enemy to have any more space in your mind and kick him out today! Stand on the Word of God and His promises and replace fear with faith.

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