Beatitudes–Poor In Spirit

The word blessed refers to the well-being of those who, because of their relationship to Christ and His Word, receive God’s kingdom, which includes His love, care, salvation and daily presence.

Poor In Spirit

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.–Matthew 5:3

The first requirement is to be “poor in spirit”. We must recognize that we are not spiritually self-sufficient; we need the Holy Spirit’s life, power and sustaining grace in order to inherit the kingdom of God.

Many times we think we can survive spiritually on our own. We think that our own abilities are sufficient to get us through all of our trials in life. We try to acquire wealth and positions to elevate ourselves in society’s eyes. In Luke 6:20 it says, “And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.” We need to remember that what we have here on earth is not going with us when our time on earth is done. After a few years after we leave this world, nobody will remember our wealth or our possessions. In Proverbs 16:19 we are told, “Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.”

For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.–Isaiah 57:15

God, who lives in “the high and holy place,” promises to dwell with those who have a “contrite and humble spirit.” Contrite refers to those who are brokenhearted because of their own sinfulness or the enemy’s oppression and who cry out to God for deliverance; “humble spirit” refers to those who are humble or bowed down by adversity. God responds to the cry of such people in order to revive them with the light and life of His presence.

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.–Isaiah 66:2

God is not impressed with the splendor of anything we build or construct for Him, but He does delight in a certain kind of person; those who are humble in spirit, who recognize their need for His continuing help and grace, and who seek to follow His Word with all their heart.

We need to remember that God does not need us, but we have to have Him. Without God we have nothing, with God we have everything we need.

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Being Humble is Not Easy

Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips. Proverbs 27:2

How many times to we find ourselves praising ourselves about something we did or something we can do? We love to tell people how great we are. In reality, we’re not that great, all of our abilities come from God. All of our opportunities come from God.

As men (or ladies) we need to be humble. Let other people talk of our accomplishments, but when that happens, don’t go around and tell people about what that person said, then it’s just as bad as you praising yourself. It’s hard, I know. Just the other day, someone at work made a nice compliment about me. What did I catch myself doing? Tell others what this person had said. We like ourselves a whole lot, an we want to tell people how great we are. Many times we sound like a fool. Most of the things we brag about are not nearly as great as we think they are.

Why should we be humble? Our role here is to glorify God, and if we’re always talking about ourselves and putting ourselves at the center of everything, then glorifying God is not happening. Being humble knows that we have many flaws and that our abilities come from God. Humbleness, is not beating ourselves up, saying how bad we are, but placing the praise where it truly belongs; and that’s with God.