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BEYOND THE CLOUDS OF OUR PROBLEMS
THE POVERTY TRAP
If you are reading this article because of the disastrous situation of extreme poverty that you are in, I feel for you. I hope that God will soon deliver you from this terrible plight. Can a mere article on the internet provide any help? I think so. But before reading any further, would you go back to perhaps three articles in this website, called: "Beyond Your Problems There Is Hope"; "God's Incredible Promise"; and maybe even, "Feel like Ending It All?" After you have read this material and taken on board the advice there, I have some valuablet help for you.
It may come as a surprise to you to know that Jesus had some important things to say about poverty. You'll find it in the Bible in Matthew chapter 6 and verses 25 to 33 ( in part ) This is what He said:
"Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor for your body, what ye shall put on... for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you".
This is an amazing promise. If we believe in the name of Jesus, ( that is that He will save us from our sins), He will give us His righteousness (or goodness) as a gift. He will lead us to repent of our mistakes and as we confess them to Him, He will forgive us and give us His righteousness as a gift. AND THE PROMISE SAYS THAT IF WE SEEK HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS AND THE FURTHERANCE OF HIS KINGDOM, HE WILL SUPPLY OUR NEEDS!
Now I am sure that this may sound like strange advice when you are so poor. But its true! Jesus Himself said it
I want to show you another verse in the Bible, and then I want to tell you a story. Its in the book of Psalms, chapter 37, and verse 25. This is what it says:
"I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken nor his seed begging bread". That was written by David , when he was an old man.
Let me now tell you a story. I too, am an old man. Having lived through most of the Great Depression of the last century, I have had first-hand experience with extreme poverty. Everyone was poor. There was almost no work, and very little food. But never, never, did I or my siblings or my parents go hungry. Never, never, did we go without suitable clothes. Never did we go without shoes, (unless we chose to do so.) Always, always, our needs were supplied, sometimes in surprising or miraculous ways. But always, every day.
Always too, we as a family committed our lives to the care of a bountiful God who knew our needs. He never let us down.
I hope that you will find the same assurance and the supplying of every need. Re-read the articles mentioned at the beginning of this article and take the information there on board too.
This is not play stuff. God will really help you if you do what He says.
May God bless you.
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