One writer defined “the spirit of poverty” as a “constant inability to focus on God’s ability and abundance; our faith being limited by our own background and status.” Since more of us than not have come from varying degrees of meager backgrounds, this may well be something for all of us to ponder. This spirit of poverty can cause us to view God as on our own level, restricted to our own limitations. It can affect our faith, depress our spirit, dampen our enthusiasm, and handicap our future.
A good example of this is found in Psalm 78:41 and 42. Israel limited the Holy One of Israel. They remembered not His provisions nor His deliverances. They settled down and accepted their surrounding rather than rising above them by focusing on God’s ability evidenced by what they knew He had done.
The word is sufficient in illustrations of God at work in all human circumstance. Therefore, by our faith in the Word, we have evidence that God is able to supply all our need according to His riches in glory (Philippians 4:19). We choose whether we will focus on our present situation or look higher to God’s ability to work in our situation. We make our own spiritual environment. Conscious, constant awareness of the greatness of our God produces a fertile environment for our faith to grow and produce.
We need to consciously cast off the “spirit of poverty” and willfully habit ourselves to magnify the Lord. He is able.