Part 2 – Blessed/happy are the POOR IN SPIRIT
Questions: Is it easy for me to submit to Father God’s will in my life? Do I long for revival in my soul and spirit? Is it difficult for me to apologize to others?
Matt. 5:3 says, “Blessed/happy are the poor in spirit…” God blesses those who realize their need for Him.
The opposite of being “poor in spirit” are pride and dependence upon our own selfish motives and ambitions, not upon Christ’s purposes for us. James 4:6 states, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” James continues that when we draw near to God, in humility, realizing our deep need for Him, His salvation, His strength, then Satan flees from us.
God uplifts and promotes those who humbly show the Christ-like characteristics of humility. Jesus humbled Himself in obedience to the Father, to the agony of death on the cross, but rose again so that we can receive redemption, righteousness, and inner peace.
Father God, You dwell with, and revive the humble who come to You with sincere, contrite hearts. Please “create in me a pure heart, Oh God, and renew a steadfast, humble spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10) Amen
“True Christian love, shown either to God or men, is broken- hearted love, a humble joy…unspeakable and full of glory.” [Jonathan Edwards]