KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 5:1 KJV “And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,”
Matthew 5:3 KJV” Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”. The Lord gave a teaching on the mountain. He taught about what has come to be known as the beatitudes or the be happy attitudes. These are again known as the Christian charter. These are principles for victorious living Everyone who lives by these principles will have a life of peace and happiness. The verse 3 says, those who are poor in spirit, to them belong the kingdom of God. To be poor in spirit is not referring to being physically, poor, that is lacking basic necessities of life. But to be humble at heart.
To be poor in spirit is to acknowledge your great lack of the things of the spirit and reach out to God for them. The following verse explains the point in verse three. Luke 1:53 KJV” He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away”. Who is the hungry? The man who comes to him knowing he has nothing and so longs to be satisfied. Such a man, who is poor in spirit, leaves with an abundance of blessings. The man who thinks he is rich is complacent in the presence of the Father. Such a person is self righteous. He does not come into the presence of the father with any sense of emptiness, but with self justification. Salvation by grace is only for those who acknowledge their emptiness and believe on the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus to save them. The one who counts on his efforts remains lost in his sins. The blessings of the kingdom are not given to him that thinks he is rich, and self sufficient.
God our Father is no respecter of persons, But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him. (Acts 10:34). Righteousness in the context of our discussion is to be poor in the Spirit. This explains why some people leave the prayer closet with an assurance of what they requested, whiles others, leave empty although they might be screaming as they prayed. The question is, what is the condition of your heart? Dear child of God, always come to the Father in prayer with a consciousness of God being your sufficiency. With this attitude you would always receive your heart desires.
Thank you, dear father. I am nothing without you. You are my sufficiency. I continually humble my life before you, that I may bear much fruit to your glory.
John 15:5 KJV” I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.:”
Luke 18:13 KJV. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner, I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.