The welfare state is a form of government in which the state protects and promotes the economic and social well-being of the citizens, based upon the principles of equal opportunity, equitable distribution of wealth, and public responsibility for citizens unable to avail themselves of the minimal provisions for a good life. It is part of democratic or capitalistic form of government. The duty of the Government is to protect and provide for its citizens. The Government builds schools, roads, pays police. This help is for the benefit of all and not for private citizens. Child of God, no government will help you dream and sponsor your dream for a better life. That personal dream is given to you by God! It must be fulfilled by you, working hard, and with the help of God! As salvation is personal so the blessings of God are personal. The Government of any nation does not invest in personal dreams. That is the work of God!

The effects of being on welfare:
*Poverty is a cycle. It must be broken. If not, it will continue!
*Being on welfare is a trap. It affects the spirit negatively. The earlier you go back to work, the better!
*There is a connection between welfare dependency and psychological distress. Even being a short time on welfare has a long-time effect upon the recipients. For many years they feel poor, anxious and guilty. They blame themselves for their poverty; they have inferiority complexes, low self-esteem. This feelings affect the women more than the men!
*Being on a welfare status affects the children. The children too have low self-esteem. They are afraid to dream for a better life; they have less desire to go to school; they want to experience sex early; they want to marry early, be pregnant early (even out of wedlock). When the children are small, they do not know the difference. But when they are in middle school, they start comparing themselves with other children from homes where the parents work and have money and time to take the children to school or after school activities. That is when the inferiority complexes start. The parents who work take interests in their children. They help them to dream imaging a better future. They encourage their children by sponsoring their dreams. But in welfare homes, the parents discourage the children to dream because they cannot afford the money to sponsor. Dreams for a better life seem like a luxury they cannot afford.

The children who grow up in homes who depend on welfare are 3 times more likely to end on welfare themselves when they become adults. ‘Welfare attitude’ is addictive. Many of the children from homes depending of welfare end having low paid jobs, troubled by what is called ‘poverty mentality’. Living ‘from hand to mouth’ kills the creative spirit in the children. Even when they have money later, they still feel poor and ugly. May God help us!

My prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, we pray for mercy and wisdom from You. We ask for forgiveness for indulging in a poverty mentality, in a beggarly attitude. We ask for forgiveness for allowing doubt to dictate our destiny. We ask for the grace of a new beginning. We destroy the connection with the demonic negative mind sets! May we be free from demonic poverty and occult hopelessness. We break the comfort zone of just surviving. We ask for the blessing of living godly and abundantly! We bless our children. May their lives be better than ours! May their God given dreams come true! We plead the Blood of Jesus upon our lives, marriages and children! We shall not beg for bread! Our children shall not beg for bread to eat! God give us good business and the strength to work hard with our hands! Holy Spirit please come and take control! We vow to give You alone all the glory for the promised miraculous provision and prosperity! In Jesus’ name we pray, amen!

“I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging bread. He is ever merciful, and lends; And his descendants are blessed” (Ps 37:25, 26)


  1. riverlifepsalms1 says:

    I hear You Lord…

    During this journey there were things that I had to go through such as, termination from employment, divorce, foreclosure, eviction, homelessness, and being on food stamps. When these different situations came, I knew within my heart that I had to go through them, rather than being helped around them, so by the grace and strength of the Lord alone, I did.

    I remember hearing the Lord speak to me one day while I was still on food stamps saying, “cut the card up and cancel the aid, I’ll take care of your needs.” And since that day, He’s done just that. I know that I had to endure this because ministry will be birthed from it, the cycle will be broken, the trap will be exposed….

    “I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging bread. He is ever merciful, and lends; And his descendants are blessed” (Ps 37:25, 26)

  2. Silvia Lia Leigh, MD says:

    Dear Pastor, you are a blessing to me and to many. “Affliction shall not rise a second time” (Nah 1:9). Poverty is a journey not a destination. You have never been forsaken. Your children shall never beg for bread! It is well with your soul! I am waiting for the testimony that your sweetest dreams have come true! God will do it!

  3. riverlifepsalms1 says:

    Have Your way in all our lives Lord…

    While sitting on the sofa moments ago my mind fell upon this message and I felt a stirring in my heart from the Lord saying, this is one of the problems of many churches, they depend on the government to do ministry. “This shouldn’t be.” says the Lord, “the church should be a storehouse.”

    When needs arise, we should be able to take care of the needs, ALL OF THEM, whether spiritual, health wise, or financial. I firmly believe that the Lord is raising up a people, His chosen people, a royal priesthood, to walk in divine ministry, carrying out the great commission!!

    Thanking Abba for the ministry He’s bestowed upon you all, and for speaking through you on this platform!

    • Silvia Lia Leigh, MD says:

      May the vision for your life, your destiny in Christ as designed my the Holy Spirit, become a reality! Sing to the Lord a new song! God bless you Pastor!

  4. riverlifepsalms1 says:

    Have Your way in our lives Lord!! Be glorified in all that we say and do!! Join me in singing, and many blessings right back at you all!!!

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