“Blessedare the poor in spirit” Matt 5:3
Whoare these poor in spirit? They are the ones who realize that before God, theyhave nothing to offer. Without God they bring nothing to the table. They have no hope for any future if God does not take their part.
InPs 51 David, (God’s favorite) in his prayer of repentance for his failing with Bathsheba, states, “A broken and a contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise.” (Ps 51:17 NASB)
InJames 4:6 the, James says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
Thepoor in spirit are those who see their need for redemption. Without this sense you will never get right with God. It is a wonderful thing to grow up in a Christian family. You have a chance to live a good life and never make thosehuge mistakes that hurt so badly, and cost so dearly. However, there is adanger of becoming familiar with the Holy, and missing the fact that you need asavior. This was my testimony. I was born and raised in a church setting forall my growing up years, but never got serious about God until at age 25 whenthe Holy Spirit opened my eyes to my own sin and my need for a savior. Itchanged my life. I was no longer a good enough to get by church kid. I was onset on fire for God.
“fortheirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
Thereis no other way into the kingdom of heaven save a broken and contrite heart.You cannot be born in, you cannot be raised in, and you cannot memorize enough scripture, or pray enough prayers. It is not even about believing the rightfacts about Jesus. You can believe that Jesus is the Son of God and still diein your sin. You can believe that He died on the cross for your sin and neverknow the life He offers. You can believe that He rose from the dead and stilldie and go to an eternal hell.
Untilyou see your own spiritual deadness, and take hold of Jesus as your Lord, Master, King and Boss you cannot enter into His kingdom. He is the only way. It is not about believing the right facts, or praying the magic words. It is about exchanging your life for His.
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