Redeemed from the curse of poverty

Galatians 3:13-14

Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

Poverty is a curse – not a blessing. The curse of poverty should come upon us all, Jews and Gentiles alike – because all of us have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23).

But Galatians 3:13 tells us that instead of the curse coming upon us, Jesus was made to be a curse for us.

Jesus didn’t go to the cross for Himself – He did it for us! The curse fell on Him instead of upon us. He bore the curse for us so we wouldn’t have to.

Jesus became our substitute and paid the debt for our sins through His death on the Cross. And God wrote it down as though we had paid the debt for sin ourselves! Now because of Jesus, we are free from the curse of the Law – and that includes the curse of poverty!

2 Corinthians 8:9

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.

Thank God we are not poor anymore. We are not beggars anymore. Jesus became poor for us. He became destitute on the cross for us, therefore, we are not destitute anymore, we are not reduced to extreme poverty anymore; we have been elevated to extreme prosperity.

Luke 16:19-25

The way you see yourself, is the way other people will see you. You have to see yourself as rich first before others will see you that way. How much money do you have to have in your bank account before you going to believe that you are rich? Being rich is not based on how much money you have in your account or what car you drive or what house you live in.

It’s based on what the Word says you are and have.

Revelation 2:9

I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are rich)….

God is saying, “I know you going through some tough times right now, some financial challenges but don’t you forget that you are rich.”

The Word of God emphatically teaches that poverty is a curse. And the Word of God emphatically teaches that Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, which includes the curse of poverty. He redeemed us from poverty so we wouldn’t have to live in poverty and lack in this life.

So we speak to lack and resist it. We speak to poverty and resist it. We don’t accept it because it’s not God’s will for our lives.

Matthew 6:33

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Jesus is talking about the material things of life being added to you, such as food to eat and clothes to wear. Notice, if you live for God, they will be added to you, not taken away from you.

Luke 6:38

Give and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.

If we give, it shall be given to us, not maybe given. Men will give into your bosom. God uses people to give to us. God is always the One who motivates people to give to us as we believe and obey His Word. Bring all your tithes into the storehouse. He will open up the windows of Heaven for you.

Abrahams Blessing

Let’s read Galatians 3:13-14 again.

Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

Under the New Covenant, Abraham’s blessing belongs to us! Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the Law so we wouldn’t have to live under the curse – but under the blessing.

Say, “I am not under the curse of the Law, but I am under the blessing of Abraham”.

3 John 2

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

You are only going to prosper to the degree that your soul prospers. It’s in direct correlation to it.

Deuteronomy 28:1-13

The blessing of Abraham that has come upon us gives us a full supply.

Philippians 4:19

And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Pastor Lester Holland