Lessons For My Children
My children usually come to me having three types of poverty that I must address in my messages frequently.
Material Poverty – Hunger, no clothes, no medical care and general lack of basic material needs.
Social (emotional) Poverty – No loving relationships and people who pour into their lives, many lack mother and father and other significant relationships. This includes psychological needs and feelings. Many deal with the fear, stress, and insecurity of being poor. You may say these people have social and psychological poverty. This type of poverty is worse than material poverty.
Spiritual Poverty – Many come to me without any knowledge of God. This is the worst type of poverty because it has eternal consequences beyond this world.
Because of this, the words God will give us for these children will serve people all over the world. Some will have all the money they will ever need but be spiritually poor or even socially poor. They may have company around them that doesn’t love them for who they are but are after their money and material things. Others are spiritually poor but okay in other areas.
See Isaiah 61 below.
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Isaiah 61, NLT
Good News for the Oppressed
61 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me,
for the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted
and to proclaim that captives will be released
and prisoners will be freed.[a]
2 He has sent me to tell those who mourn
that the time of the Lord’s favor has come,[b]
and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies.
3 To all who mourn in Israel,[c]
he will give a crown of beauty for ashes,
a joyous blessing instead of mourning,
festive praise instead of despair.
In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks
that the Lord has planted for his own glory.
4 They will rebuild the ancient ruins,
repairing cities destroyed long ago.
They will revive them,
though they have been deserted for many generations.
5 Foreigners will be your servants.
They will feed your flocks
and plow your fields
and tend your vineyards.
6 You will be called priests of the Lord,
ministers of our God.
You will feed on the treasures of the nations
and boast in their riches.
7 Instead of shame and dishonor,
you will enjoy a double share of honor.
You will possess a double portion of prosperity in your land,
and everlasting joy will be yours.
8 “For I, the Lord, love justice.
I hate robbery and wrongdoing.
I will faithfully reward my people for their suffering
and make an everlasting covenant with them.
9 Their descendants will be recognized
and honored among the nations.
Everyone will realize that they are a people
the Lord has blessed.”
10 I am overwhelmed with joy in the Lord my God!
For he has dressed me with the clothing of salvation
and draped me in a robe of righteousness.
I am like a bridegroom in his wedding suit
or a bride with her jewels.
11 The Sovereign Lord will show his justice to the nations of the world.
Everyone will praise him!
His righteousness will be like a garden in early spring,
with plants springing up everywhere.