Blessed are the Poor in Spirit

Have you ever had a bad day, and it seemed like no matter how hard you tried to act like a Christian, your flesh won.  I’m talking about a day when everything came against you.  Yesterday was my day.  What I mean by this is that everywhere I went, people were driving crazy.  They were cutting me off, blowing at me, yelling at me through the window.  Satan was working hard against me.

I was out with my mother and daughter shopping, when I seen a car on fire.  I slowed to look at the car, and all of the sudden, this lady was blowing at me for slowing down.  Keep in mind, I’m in a shopping center.  I’m not on a major road and she starts blowing her horn and yelling at me through the window. She was down a lane and wanted to turn out of the lane but I must have drove too slow for her.

Then I drive closer to my house and I am ready to take a left turn into a car wash.  While I am waiting on car after car to pass so I can turn in, 3 cars turn into the turn lane facing me.  I look to my right to see where they were turning and nothing.  I knew they were going to turn at the redlight half a mile back, but instead of watching where they were going, they turn in front of me, before they realize I am facing another direction than them,  so they whip back out into traffic and go around me.  Then a guy from from the car wash gets tired of waiting on me to turn in (from a main street), he tried to pull out in front of me.  I see him edging out closer and closer like he was going to pull out, even though car after car is coming.  Finally I had enough.  I blew at him, waved my hand at him and said “Nope, don’t try it.”  So I guess through all the road rage,  my flesh won that day.

Some days are easy, but some days it is hard to let my spiritual side take over.  While we are in the flesh, we cannot truly master God’s love or his holiness, because the flesh is leading, not the spirit.   So I read this post today about: Matthew 5:1: Blessed are the poor in Spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.

So I wanted to share this post with you, It is pretty amazing how she is able to break down this scripture so well.  The following post comes from: Short Sweet & Simple


To grasp how Jesus uses “poor” in this beatitude, we must picture a person who finds himself in poverty. One who recognizes his poverty takes the necessary steps to be poor no longer. God wants His children to have this recognition of poverty regarding true spiritual things, and possess the drive to seek their enrichment from Him.

 

What is poverty of spirit?

In his commentary, The Sermon on the Mount, Emmett Fox provides a practical description of what “poor in spirit” means:

To be poor in spirit means to have emptied yourself of all desire to exercise personal self-will, and, what is just as important, to have renounced all preconceived opinions in the whole-hearted search for God. It means to be willing to set aside your present habits of thought, your present views and prejudices, your present way of life if necessary; to discard, in fact, anything and everything that can stand in the way of you finding God.

Application Today

The Laodicean church (Revelations 3:14-22) gives a clear example of the attitude that we are not supposed to portray. The Laodiceans considered themselves to have need of nothing. Meaning that they believed that they have already reached the place where God wants them. They probably measured their salvation based on what they had and the works that they have done, and therefore totally misread their spiritual condition.

This is a deceptive attitude, which needs to be traded with the attitude of being poor in Spirit, whereby we allow prayer and studying of God’s word to shed light on us and illuminate the blind-spots in our lives and all the areas where the Holy Spirit needs to work on so that we become closer to the likeness of Jesus.

Poverty of spirit is a fruit not produced in the natural man, but a work of God’s Holy Spirit in the minds of those He has called and is converting. In the conversation with Nicodemus, Jesus gives more insight of this particular attribute, when he states in John 3:3 that no one can see the Kingdom of God, unless they are born again.  Being born again is the beginning stage of all believers. It speaks of being teachable, of unlearning your own, re-learning and growing in the spiritual values of the Kingdom. This speaks to the character of being poor in spirit.

The blessing for the Poor in Spirit

The Lord Jesus said: “theirs is the kingdom of heaven”

I believe that the promise of the kingdom of heaven signifies the rich access to God and the abundant and fulfilling spiritual life in Him. A relationship with God whereby we see Him working out His promises in our lives.  This blessing also signifies the manifestation of the authority of the rulership of Jesus Christ in and through us. Because, through the attitude of Poverty in Spirit, God can easily steer our lives for His purpose, His glory and for our good. As He moves our lives in such a way He will touch the hearts of others.

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About Tracy K

I am a born again believer who has taught Sunday School, Women's Meetings and written blogs and books for the purpose of the ministry. My sole purpose is to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. I believe Jesus, the son of God, died on a cross for the sins of the whole world. I believe he arose after three days and now sits on the right side of God in Heaven. I believe Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation. Without Jesus, there is no remissions of sins:
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