2 Corinthians 8:1-5 Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia; 2 How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality. 3 For to their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their power they were willing of themselves; 4 Praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints. 5 And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God.
The Apostle Paul used the example of the Macedonian churches as a testimony of how powerful the grace of God is to create properly motivated giving. Grace had impacted the hearts of the Macedonians to be willing to give beyond their ability, beyond their means, without thought of themselves. This was sacrificial giving and this type of giving confronts the heart attitudes of the culture which we live in that is full of greed, covetousness, debt, credit madness, and the accumulation of things.
There is often a spirit of poverty behind these attitudes. Poverty is not only a curse and a mindset (a way of thinking), but poverty can also be a spirit. It is really a manifestation of the spirit of fear (2 Timothy 1:7). It’s a spirit that’s characterized by a “fear of not having,” which causes you to clutch to what you have for fear of never getting more. A spirit poverty or “fear of not having,” is also manifested in covetousness which is a desire to have more and more and never being content; getting all you can and holding to all you get.
A poverty spirit or the spirit of fear working in the area of money can hinder, interrupt, and can even stop your service to God like it did the rich young ruler in Mark 10:17-23. The way you break the hold of that spirit is by acting against it with actions of giving. You can pray until you’re blue in the face, but it’ll never break the hold of this spirit until your FAITH gets INTO ACTION and GIVES. Grace can empower this kind of giving that breaks the hold of the spirit of poverty or the “fear of not having.”
Jesus not only bore our sin and sicknesses on the Cross but also the curse of poverty that we might have a full supply. Second Corinthians 8:9 tells us that, “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.” Whatever Jesus bore as our Substitute, we do not have to bear but have a basis for faith in His redeeming work for us. We can come out of poverty by faith in His grace and finished work of redemption.