From the Beginning

A STORY OF "TIME" by Trevor Topsfield

Why Poverty?

Poverty is evidence of Satan’s inability to be like God, therefore poverty will exist as long as he rules of the world.

Jesus said and it is recorded in Matthew 26:11. “The poor you will always have with you.”  (NIV)

However it does not have to be like this for all of us;

James 4:2 explains to the 12 tribes of Israel that “You want something but you don’t get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God.” (NIV) As God’s people they should have been in a position to do this as they should have been in fellowship and on speaking terms with God, then he would have made sure they had whatever it was they asked for.

However James wrote this letter around 60A.D. with the Church filling the role that should have belonged to the Jews. The Jews are out of fellowship with God and through their pride they are doing things their way.

Individual Jews and Israel as a nation has lost much of its prosperity and in about 10 years the Romans will cause total devastation to Jerusalem when the 5th stage of discipline is administered.

Poverty is easily avoided; it is a simple matter of asking God for whatever is required. But before anyone can ask God they have to acknowledge his existence and then accept his authority, of course this is achieved through faith in Jesus Christ. For everyone who has rejected him as God, by this fact alone they cannot call on him for any assistance, because for them there is no God.

The root of the problem is that even though God has revealed his power and divine nature in the things he has created (Romans 1:19), many have failed to glorify or thank him. Rejecting God as God they have substituted images and concepts they understand from their limited experiences for the glory of the immortal God. (Romans 1:19-23) This then becomes their frame of reference and they trust in these for their existence.

Time has proven that looking inward for objects to worship of the things God has made, rather than the creator, is a futile exercise. Nothing God has created has the ability to achieve any satisfactory outcome as they are not designed to do so. (1 Corinthians 8:4)

I once saw a documentary in which the commentator said that a group of people he was visiting were very religious in their poverty. The question should be asked. Where are their gods and why are these gods doing nothing about the plight of their followers?

God is not wanting any should perish, but all come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). In fact he has left no doubt that we should change our minds concerning Jesus Christ.

In John 16:8 Jesus talks about a function of the Holy Spirit after he has gone; everyone has been warned, no-one has an excuse.

“When he is come, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin, righteousness and judgment.

(1) In regard to sin because men do not believe in me.

(2) In regard to righteousness, because I go to the Father where you can see me no longer.

(3) In regard to judgment because the prince of this world now stands condemned.” (NIV)

Regardless of who anyone is, everyone has been convicted of their sinfulness, but many will do nothing about it. They are aware of God, but they will not respond positively towards him.

They know that Jesus has gone to heaven and they too could go there if they had his righteousness, but they ignore salvation.

They understand that the ruler of the world is being judged, but they have decided to follow him even though he is doomed.

While there are many charities working extremely hard to help these people, the cause of their suffering must be addressed also.

If they were in a position to ask God for their daily bread and other essentials of life because of their salvation, God would have no hesitation in caring for them.

It would appear that God is often blamed for the terrible state of the world, but is not his responsibility. On the contrary, in the ongoing conflict being fought between God and Satan (who is the ruler of the world), God is demonstrating Satan’s inability to sustain the world and those who live in it for any length of time.

The problem for the unbelievers is that God will not lift a finger to help them out of their situation apart from salvation. The unbeliever’s plight is worsened by the fact that their poverty is a demonstration of Satan inability to maintain his kingdom, therefore an indication God is winning the battle waging between himself and Satan. This means that all those who are on the wrong side are doomed, both in time and eternity.

No guessing what my suggestion would be.

Trevor Topsfield



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