The Most Dangerous Lie You Believe by Hope Seth
A starving hostage doesn’t need a better plan or strategy to find food. They need to be freed. Once free, they’ll find food!
Recently I recognized an area of my life that I kept planning and strategizing about but it just seemed to get worse. The real issue was believing a lie about myself. None of my strategizing and working harder could solve that. I needed truth.
The Source of Poverty
It began with a spiritual battle. Lucifer was proud and sought to be someone he was never created to be (see Ezekiel 28:17).
The assignment of a spirit of poverty is to deceive a person (or region) from living according to their true identity and thus keep them from accessing the provision connected to their purpose.
The Voice of Poverty
How can you tell if a spirit of poverty is operating in your life? Proverbs says that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. Here’s an example:
I went through a season where I was the most financially prosperous and at the same time my identity was being attacked. It began when I moved to a new area and took a promotion working in economic development. I began to deal with fear, judgment, comparison, limitation and rejection on a level I had never dealt with before. Usually through my own thoughts and the words of others. I felt like a failure in my assignments and in my relationships – as a wife, a mother, and in business. I would read social media posts about success and leadership and conclude this wasn’t me. I saw myself as deficient and lacking, not in physical resources, but within my very identity, in how I was made. The more I would try and ‘do’ to be successful, the more hopeless I became. I fought, cried and prayed. Mostly all I wanted to do was quit.
I also approached the relationships and situations around me with this same negative perspective. One day, after hours of speaking about the problems and limitations, I realized I was identifying every person, relationship and situation by what it was missing and wrong. My words became clues to the spirit governing my life. Criticism had become my voice of poverty. Now, not only was my own identity being attacked, but I was attacking others as well!
After three years of struggle, determined not to quit, I had a revelation. I was wrestling with a spirit of poverty, not just my own insecurity. I was being attacked in the very place of my assignment – economic development!
Like in The Wizard of Oz, I suddenly saw a force operating behind the screen of comparison, limitation, judgment
The Answer to Poverty
The spirit of poverty is not defined by the size of a bank account. It is a spirit that works to undermine our true identity.
It is easy to think the answer to poverty is better management, planning or strategy. The world will tell us the answer is more money, achieved through better education, harder work
True freedom is knowing who we are created to be and why. It is fully accessing the provision for our purpose. When we know who we truly are, and who our Father is, NOTHING is impossible.
What lie are you believing that is holding you back?
Give the lie to Jesus… “I give you the lie that…”
Ask Him what He wants to give you in exchange.
Now declare that truth over your life.
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Hope Seth carries a passion for personal and city transformation. She longs to see others connect with the heart of God and discover their identity through hearing His voice. Hope and her husband Micah live in Redding, California with their children