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October 29, 2013

Poor in Spirit

What does it mean to be poor in spirit? In Matthew 5:3 Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.” He’s not talking about financial poverty; He’s talking about spiritual poverty. He’s saying happy are those who recognize how spiritually bankrupt they are and know that they need God every moment of every day for every heartbeat and every breath. Those are the people who experience a sense of spiritual well-being. Being poor in spirit results in humility, unfortunately, humility is not very popular.

Pride is the opposite of humility and, not surprisingly, humility lifts stress. See, pride keeps us from acknowledging our limitations and admitting that we don’t control everything. Pride forces us to try to control our image, our problems, and other people who aren’t cooperating with our way of doing things. Pride is trying to change the circumstances around me rather than humbling myself to Gods way of doing things. Pride is self-exalting, not God exalting and it hinders our relationship with Him. This is why blessings and humility always go hand in hand.

“In his pride the wicked man does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God.” Psalm 10:4