“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:3)
I have always thought that the manufacturer knows more about the product than anybody else! And the One who made us said that we will be blessed if we may be truly described as being “poor in spirit.” Now, if that’s the way you would like to turn out (I.e., blessed), then please read on.
There were two Greek words for “poor.” The more common of the two meant that one was so poor that he had to work just to maintain a living. But the word Jesus uses in the Beatitude means being poor— so poor that one must totally depend upon someone else for survival. The noun form of that word is translated “beggar” in Luke 16, describing Lazarus. Now the Lord applies that word to our spirits—we are to be poverty-stricken in spirit. But what, exactly, does that mean?
The idea the Lord wants us to grasp is one of absolute dependency upon God. That is simple humility, the antithesis of pride. The Lord doesn’t want us to depend upon ourselves; He desires us to give our lives to leaning on the everlasting arms.
That is exactly what James was inspired to promote:
(James 4:6-7, 10) “But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.“
According to the wise man, God hates pride in people. (Proverbs 6:16-17) “These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood”
To come to God, we must become totally dependent upon Him. That implies a recognition of our own powerlessness, and an acceptance of His all-powerful nature. The Lord said, “For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word. For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.”
King David wrote, “The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.” (Psalms 34:18)
Jesus Christ simply said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
What is your life characterized by? How does He see you?
“NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION:I WILL…..”
Like Paul, forget those things which
are behind and press forward
Like David, “Lift up mine eyes unto
the hills from whence cometh my help”
Like Abraham, trust implicitly
in my God
Like Enoch, walk in daily fellowship
with the Heavenly Father
(Genesis 5:24; Hebrews 11:5)
Like Job, be patient under