Poor in Spirit

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

To be poor means poverty of the most miserable kind. Vines Dictionary notes literally to be poor as a beggar, to be destitute, to crouch or to cringe. This is the picture of those who realize before God that they are nothing. The person who is poor in spirit approaches the Lord for forgiveness in repentance and humility, realizing that he has no right to what he asks for and that he has done nothing to deserve it. If you look at the opposite of poor in the spirit they are people so arrogant and full of themselves that there is no room in them for God to reign. John 8:33 tells us of people who are prideful because of nationality, race or lineage. Yet what they don’t realize their bondage was to sin. Luke 12: 16-21 tells us of being prideful because of possessions. Luke 18: 10-12 tells us of being prideful because of good deeds. But Proverbs 16:18 says Pride goeth before destruction and an haughty spirit before a fall. The bible is full of examples of people who were poor in the spirit. Luke 7:1-7 A centurion humbles himself before Christ. Luke 7:36-50 A sinful woman anoints the feet of Jesus. Luke 18: 13-14 A publican cries out for mercy. You can tell people who are poor in spirit by their actions, 1) their attitudes toward sins; they recognize they need a Savior in their life and humble themselves to accept Christ as their savior 2) their attitude towards the sinner. (2 Timothy 2:24-26). The poor in spirit love the sinner so much, not the sin but the sinner, instructing them, with gentleness and meekness. The poor in spirit become a friend, show people love, gain people’s trust. 3) their attitude toward our brothers and sisters.(Matthew 20:25-28). We should always be looking for a way to better one another. Human nature is to belittle or make fun of, to make yourself look better. But the poor in spirit are always looking out for the welfare of others. 4) Their attitude towards God. (James 4:6-10). We are to submit our lives unto God. All of it. Purifying our hearts, drawing nigh unto Him. If we wish to be a part of the kingdom of God, we must be poor in the spirit. We must realize because we were born in sin we are totally dependant upon God for His forgiveness, mercy, grace and love to make us complete and fulfilled. And based upon this we must be willing to change the way we live for the better.

The blessed ones who possess the Kingdom are they who hane repudiated every external thing and have rooted from their hearts all sense of possessing. These are the poor in spirit.                   A.W. Tozer  The Pursuit of God


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