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Devotional - week of July 30, 2006


poor in spirit

 

          “Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”  Matthew 5:3

 

Jesus began His Sermon on the Mount with these words. His statement “theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven” must mean “these are the ones who receive the full benefit of being a child of the Kingdom.”

 

Christians who have an ongoing sense of being poor in spirit never feel as if they have arrived spiritually. They never get beyond their need of growing in faith. They constantly sense a need for spiritual growth in their lives.

 

The Apostle Paul is a classic example of one who was poor in spirit. Late in his life he wrote:

 

This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.  1 Timothy 1:16

 

Paul did not write “I was chief of sinners.” He wrote “I am chief of sinners.” He never got beyond his sense of spiritual poverty—or his sense of need for change, or need for more truth, or need for continuing portions of the grace of God.

 

We come to a sad realization when we compare what we are experiencing in our daily lives to what the New Testament teaches about all that Jesus made available to us as a result of His crucifixion, burial and resurrection.

 

His crucifixion, burial and resurrection provide grace for entering the Kingdom of God and grace for daily living in the Kingdom.

 

A believer who finally confesses, “I am sick of myself” is probably in his most healthy spiritual state since he received Jesus as his Lord and Savior. He is poor in spirit and he is ready to give up the faith he has in himself. He is ready to turn to God and ask Him to provide all that he has always needed and now desires.

 

The only way a believer continues to receive all that God has for him is by continuing to experience God’s grace. When we continually realize our spiritual poverty, we will continue to receive God’s grace.

 

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.