Inherited Fears III: The Fear of Poverty.

Inherited fears III: Fear of poverty

Another fear that we inherited and learned is the fear of poverty. In other words, the fear of not having enough money and resources to survive. The fear of not having a roof, of not having food, or clothes, or a vehicle, or rights, or freedom. The fear of being left with nothing in this cruel world that does not want people who do not add to them or who are not “important”. Because sadly there are people who determine the level of importance of others by how much money or influence, they have. Because of this fear, many people live accumulating money and things, which they could sometimes share with others, instead let them get damaged and wasted for fear of missing these things.

There is a television show called “Hoarders” that presents the life of people who cannot throw anything in the trash, they even keep dirty disposable diapers, and they do not want to get rid of those things that do not serve them and their house is dirty and uninhabitable but it makes them feel safe keeping those belongings. We can see in the world other kind of people who live accumulating real property, gold and other precious metals and stones, shares in the stock market, large savings accounts, and in the end, they die without enjoying what they accumulated, and kept so much. Sadly, when they die others who did not work it inherit such assets. I think there is nothing wrong with acquiring goods on earth and enjoying them, but when this becomes the most important thing for us, there comes the problem. Our importance as human beings is not based on our possessions. We are important for the simple fact of being creatures created in the image and likeness of God, and we are valuable on his eyes. Jesus knows that we all worry about many things at some point, and He spoke about that in the following passage.

“Do not lay-up treasures for yourselves here on earth, where moth and rust will harm them, and where thieves break in to steal them. Rather, lay-up treasures for yourselves in heaven where neither moth nor rust will harm you and where thieves cannot break in and steal them. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be.” The lamp of the body is the eyes. If you look at others with the desire to help them, your whole body will be filled with light. But if you look at them enviously with your eyes, then your whole body will be filled with darkness. If the only light you have is darkness, what horrible darkness you will have! “No one can serve two bosses at the same time. He will hate one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other.

You cannot serve God and riches at the same time[d]. “That is why I say to you: do not worry about the food and drink you need to live, nor about the clothes you are going to wear. Certainly, life is more than food and the body more than clothes. Look at the birds of the sky, they do not sow or reap nor do they keep anything in barns. However, their Father who is in heaven gives them food. Aren’t you worth much more than they? Which of you, no matter how much you worry, is going to add an hour to your life? “And why do they worry about clothes? Notice how the lilies of the field grow. They do not toil or spin to make their dress. However, I assure you that not even King Solomon in all his glory dressed like one of them. So, if God thus dresses everything that grows in the field, that today has life but tomorrow will be burned in an oven, with much more reason will he take care of you.

Do not be people of little faith! So don’t worry or say, “What are we going to eat?” or “What are we going to drink?” or “What clothes are we going to wear?” People who don’t know God try to get those things, but you have your Father in heaven who knows you need all of this. So, first seek the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and God will give you everything you need. Don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will bring its own worries. Every day has its own problems.” Matthew 6:19-34.

The above passage is very clear that the key to not being tormented by the fear of poverty is to first seek the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and then God will give us everything we need.

What solution do you offer for the fear of poverty?

Open your heart to Jesus Christ and he will set you free from this and every fear.

This is the day of salvation. Come to Christ today, and receive the gift of eternal life.

“I have told you all this so that, united with me, you may find peace. In the world they will have sufferings; but take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33. BLPH “So, first seek the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and God will give you everything you need.” Matthew 16:33. PDT

If you want to be free from the fear of poverty, say this prayer with me:

Heavenly Father, I ask your forgiveness for my sins, I repent with all my heart, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that he died for my sins and rose on the third day, and I ask that you receive me as your son and make me free from the fear of poverty and the habit of accumulating and believing that my importance comes from my possessions because you love me and accept me and my value comes from you and the price you paid for me on the cross. Make me a new creature and fill my life with you and your love, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

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