Saturday, April 6, 2013

Definition of Poverty

The family has a nice, warm home.  They have warm clothes and a comfortable bed to sleep in.  They are well fed.  Are they in poverty?  According to many people, they are and need more money so they can have more things.
Our definition of poverty is crazy.  We don't have poverty in America.  Even the homeless people can have a place to stay and food whenever they want.  The definition of poverty in America is if you don't have three wide screened televisions and can eat out three times a day.
Poverty in America is a poverty of moral values.  Poverty in America is families without fathers.  Poverty in America is the break down of the family and the "anything goes" mentality.  Poverty in America is the unwillingness to work and expecting others to take care of you.
God tells us if we have food and clothing we should be content.  I don't see any naked, starving people in America.  I see that in Africa but not in America.  We are a spoiled country and it is going to be the death of us unless we wake up and start being thankful.
God commands us over and over in the Bible to be thankful because when we stop being thankful, we fall into sin.  We need to appreciate all that we have been given and rejoice in the Lord ALWAYS for He promises to provide our needs for us.
When a young woman is looking for a husband, I tell her to look for two things: a man who has deep roots in Jesus {loves the Lord with all of his heart, soul, and mind} and works hard. These are the most important qualities in a husband.
You will not experience poverty then since you have a husband who will work hard and provide even if it means bagging groceries and a God who will provide you with everything you need.

But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
I Timothy 6:6-8