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April 30, 2014

Barriers and Bridges

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

Matthew 5:3 (NIV)

Jesus is the bridge that connects us to God. Through the cross, Jesus bridges the gap that sin created separating sinful man from holy God. Still, for most of us, there are barriers in our lives that often prevent us from walking across that bridge. These barriers are a result of destructive hurts and habit patterns that are harmful to us and our relationships with God and others. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus offers eight liberating principles to destroy those barriers and build bridges of hope for restoration in our lives. What do you need restoration from? We’re all in the process of recovery because none of us are perfect. While some deal with addictive behavior patterns, others may be stuck in the rut of past failures, bitterness, fear, anxiety, guilt, anger or grief. The list goes on. What’s the remedy? The first Beatitude is the bedrock for healing. It’s the reason why Jesus began with it first. It’s the starting point for recovery whatever the barrier is in our lives. Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit …” When you’re poor, you’re financially broke but when you’re poor in spirit, you humbly admit your brokenness and powerlessness. This is the first step in restoration.

“I humbly admit my powerlessness to change myself and control everything. In my brokenness I humbly admit my need for God and others.”

Have you taken that step in your life? When you do it opens the windows of heaven for God to pour out His blessing in your life. “Blessed… are the poor in spirit.” What a description of a new quality of life! BLESS-ED! The Amplified Bible translates that word like this: “happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous—with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions.” That can be descriptive of your life when you take the first step. What are you waiting for? Take it today!