Teaching: Fight against poverty
Scripture: 2 Kings.4:1-7
One day the widow of a member of the group of prophets came to Elisha and cried out, “My husband who served you is dead, and you know how he feared the Lord. But now a creditor has come, threatening to take my two sons as slaves.”
2 “What can I do to help you?” Elisha asked. “Tell me, what do you have in the house?”
“Nothing at all, except a flask of olive oil,” she replied.
3 And Elisha said, “Borrow as many empty jars as you can from your friends and neighbours. 4 Then go into your house with your sons and shut the door behind you. Pour olive oil from your flask into the jars, setting each one aside when it is filled.”
5 So she did as she was told. Her sons kept bringing jars to her, and she filled one after another. 6 Soon every container was full to the brim!
“Bring me another jar,” she said to one of her sons.
“There aren’t any more!” he told her. And then the olive oil stopped flowing.
7 When she told the man of God what had happened, he said to her, “Now sell the olive oil and pay your debts, and you and your sons can live on what is left over.”
We have got rich countries and poor countries. To be marked rich they use the average that a person spends in a day and how much they earn yearly on average. In poor countries a person spends a dollar or less in a day. Poverty can strike until it destroys a nation or a tribe.
Poor countries have a low lifespan. When a country is poor it is driven by frustration and people are out to pull each other down. When one is in poverty they can enter into denial and believe they are okay when they are not.
The burial societies in our churches more organized than any project we might be running. The poorer the country the more people pray. When the word is preached each controls emotions and how we act hence churches preach prosperity to move people from poverty.
We have always inherited poverty because 99% of people work to earn what they have instead of inheriting from our parents.
We inherited poverty and pass on the poverty to our children. The widow inherited debt from her husband to the point she almost lost her children as a result. What do you think your children can inherit from you? If you mention a house it is not success and neither an asset because success is a running business which will feed them whilst an asset is one that gives you more money.
When people mourn at funerals they do not mourn the dead but it’s the thought of the debt the deceased left. We need to give our children something they can start on and you should leave enough for your grandchildren. What you are doing now only benefits you not anyone else. Henry Ford died a long time ago but Generations after him are benefiting from his invention. If children had a choice on where to be born would you have any or they would flee your poverty? You need to think generational if you are employed and if you are doing that only then you are poor, when you die no one will inherit your Master’s Degree.
What makes us languish in poverty is lack of connections; if you do not have anyone who can give you money without expecting it back then you are poor. You need a person that can put unto your bosom.
You need to be a problem solver to be rich. Our biggest problem in Africa is diseases and you need to come up with solutions to make money. Write down the problems you see around you and solve them to make money. There are people out there with money but with no ideas to invest in hence you can present your ideas to them and change your destiny