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THE BE (BLESSED) ATTITUDES: “POOR IN SPIRIT”

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“You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you, there is more of God and His Life.”

That’s the Message Bible modern rendition of, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:3)

But how on earth could this apparent oxymoron be true? At first glance, it doesn’t sound too blessed to be at the end of your rope, does it? The answer has to be found in the meaning of “poor in spirit.”

When you feel you’re at the end, when you are fresh out of ideas and of resources, when you desperately cry out, “Help!” – that is actually a GREAT place to be. It’s at a time like this that you are most aware that if God doesn’t come through, you’re sunk. Your arrogance, self-sufficiency, and pride have gone by the wayside. You realize there is nothing you can do to face your life situation on your own. At a time like this in your life, you humbly KNOW the secret of walking in success every day – total and utter dependence on God.

The “poor in spirit” also recognize that their own religious antics to get God’s attention and earn His favor are fruitless. All of our own “do, do, doing” will not secure an honored position in God’s view. Only those tasks He not only ordains and calls us to, but actually does through us by the Spirit will last. All our other valiant rule-keeping and even extremely diligent actions come to nothing except exhaustion. We burn out because we are working hard at what we were never designed to do – to “make it happen” on our own. The Godly rest that comes from knowing that it is in Him, we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28) – what a blessing!

So now the fog is clearing on this wonderful divine enigma. The blessing of being at the end of YOUR rope? Indeed!

Now let’s re-read the passage in the Amplified Bible, soaking in its rich meaning for each of us:

“Blessed (happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous, with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of their outward condition) are the poor in spirit (the humble, who rate themselves insufficient), for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.” And, oh, by the way, the Kingdom of heaven means a lot more than just “going to heaven when you die.” According to Romans 14:17, it’s that “life-joy” now: “The Kingdom of God is righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.” Sure sounds blessed to me!

Lord, please help me learn to live in humility, refusing to depend on myself and always knowing that my only hope is in You. Holy Spirit, please keep reminding me of this. I don’t want to require dire circumstances to bring me to this success-producing state of total dependence on You. I receive now the humility that comes from being at the end of my rope as a blessing from you. You are in control, not me! 


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