A simple definition of poverty is a lack of basic resources that leads to insecurity about the future. In her classic book, A Framework for Understanding Poverty, Dr. Ruby Payne lists 8 resources people in poverty lack. Resource #4 is a lack of spiritual resources.
Spiritual resources are what gives a person hope, value, and self-worth. Spiritual resources gives a person a sense of purpose and better days ahead. Believing there is a God who loves you and who has not forgotten about you and who will take care of you is a powerful resource. When you combine that belief with a fellowship of likeminded people of faith there is a sense of community keeps you going even in the most difficult of times. Without spiritual resources a person can lose hope and feel useless. In my opinion, spiritual resources are the most important resource a person can have. Even a wealthy person, without spirituality, is poor.