(Nehemiah 9-11, Acts 4:1-22)
35 We obligate ourselves to bring the firstfruits of our ground and the firstfruits of all fruit of every tree, year by year, to the house of the Lord. (Nehemiah 10:35)
The spirit of poverty is always worried that there will not be enough. It thinks, it breathes, it functions from a place of lack. How does God break the spirit of poverty that has ruled over us and bring us into freedom in this area? He commands us to give. And not only give, He commands us to give our firstfruits.
There are people with thousands, even hundreds of thousands, even millions in the bank, who still walk in a poverty spirit. Being rich or poor is more about how we see ourselves in relation to God and the world around us than it is about money. Money, or lack of money, just exposes what we believe about God and His ability to provide for and sustain us.
How does God break us out of a poverty mentality? He commands us to give. Does God need our money? Of course not. Of course not! He commands us to give so that we can be free. As we give, we become like conduits. No longer stagnant ponds, we come into the promise of having living water flow in us and through us. This is freedom. To give without fear. To be able to obey with trust and joy. This is real life and real life in abundance.