Friday, January 26, 2018
Dear “Weeding” Ones:
I am just preparing to minister here in Dudley England at the Secret Place Conference. Before leaving the hotel, I received this amazing letter from Pam to share with all of you. Poverty is something we never want to agree with or allow to remain within our boundaries. Read her Garden Update and declare that no poverty weed will remain in your sphere of influence!
“Last month, I asked the garden crew to get started clearing the north side of the pond on the eight acres just south of the Israel Prayer Garden. You may recall Chuck’s vision of many years ago in which the Lord showed him a pond surrounded by retaining walls, walkways, and gardens. With that vision in mind, we have begun clearing the way for that concept to become reality. When we first purchased the Global Spheres Center in 2011, we ventured out on the south side to get a look at the land we would one day steward. Around the pond we discovered a plant that grows all over Texas in disturbed habitats, abandoned fields, and roadsides. I did some quick research, and was able to identify the plant as Roosevelt Weed. The Texas Native Plants Database has this to say about Roosevelt Weed:
“’Roosevelt Weed (Baccharis neglecta) is one of the first plants to invade abandoned fields, roadsides and disturbed habitats. It is extremely drought tolerant, accepting wet or dry sites, and can grow in soils high in salt. The historical references of its common names purportedly come from the fact that after the great Dust Bowl, it was planted as a fast and easy way to revegetate the severely damaged soil. But the qualities that made it useful then make it an increasing problem now. B. neglecta has become an aggressive invader of rangeland and disturbed sites from the Blackland Prairie to South Texas, and in other western states as well, so plant it—or any seep willow—intentionally only with great caution, if at all. They spread fast, quickly overtaking forage plants, and their deep roots use up a disproportionate amount of water. They are also very flammable. Once established they are very difficult to eradicate, since livestock avoid them and they produce seeds prolifically.’
“One interesting fact about this plant is its many common names, including New Deal Weed and Poverty Weed. Regardless of how attractive this plant can be when it is in bloom, Poverty Weed isn’t something we want growing on the land God has given us! The place this plant holds in our nation’s history is a lesson to us all: fast and easy methods of recovery rarely solve the root problem. In fact, those fast and easy fixes usually mean that future generations must do the hard work of finding and implementing God’s plan for recovery! So as you can see in the photo and video below, our team has been working diligently to remove all of this undesired vegetation from our property.”
What is Poverty and How Does It Take Root in our Lives?
Poverty is refusing to become what God has created and destined us to be and not believing that the Lord can branch us into the fullness of His plan. Poverty is not just experiencing lack but also the fear that we WILL lack. Poverty occurs when we conform our circumstances to the blueprint that the world has surrounded us with. Poverty occurs when the god of this world surrounds and influences us with only a world perspective, causing us to forget God’s ability in the midst of our circumstances. Poverty is the voice that says, “God is not able!”
The main cause for poverty in our lives is failure to harvest. When we do not gather the harvest, a poverty mentality is set against us. Many times, the enemy will wait until our harvest time to develop strategies of devastation against us. Like the Midianites who always stole the harvest from the Israelites (see Judges 6), the enemy has already devised a plan to eat up our assets and returns. We can plant. We can watch our crops grow. We can even have a time of harvest. But if we do not take our opportunity to gather and steward the harvest, a strategy of poverty will begin to develop against us. When we increase without developing the storehouses to contain what we have harvested, the enemy will gain access to our excess and to our future.
During this time of increase and expansion, we are declaring with every poverty weed we remove here that there is a new level of prosperity and harvest for you! Don’t be content or compromise with what may be choking out your increase. Now is your time to rise up and decree that any atmosphere of poverty encircling around you or your sphere of authority will be invaded with the atmosphere of blessing and glory from heaven! One of the ways to gain victory over poverty is through generosity and giving. If you would like to sow a seed towards overcoming poverty, you can donate online, by calling our office at 1-888-965-1099 or 1-940-382-7231, or by postal mailing your donation to Glory of Zion, PO Box 1601, Denton TX 76202.
Key Resources to Help You Uproot the Spirit of Poverty!
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