Being Poor

What comes to mind for you when you hear the words, being poor in spirit? When Jesus said blessed are the poor (πτωχός ptōchos), the concept He posited is that of being humble. Our Lord was not saying to His Bride, I want you to be so impoverished that you will go out looking for something to make you feel better, or to fill your time. That concept would imply that would be a harlot. That is certainly not what God expects from His Bride. Listen to Ephesians 5:27~He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault. (NLT)

When Jesus said blessed are the poor in spirit, what He simply meant is this: We must be humble in our spirits. If we put the word humble in place of the word poor, we discover a better handhold for us to grasp. For how much humility does it take to admit that we need help? One of

the things we must be giving-up is our pride, as we humbly ask for help. 

In other words, when we come to God, we must realize that the sin in our lives is our own sin. That we are spiritually empty and in desperate poverty. We must not be self-satisfied, attempting to position ourselves in an attempt to vindicate our choices, for this is proud in our hearts, thinking we don’t really need God. If we are attempting to live this way, then God cannot bless us. Listen as James reminds us in James 4:6~ But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” (NIV) 

To be poor in spirit is to recognize our need for God. To discern that what we are lacking is a relationship that is freeing us, and not binding us. To be poor is to be in a position of need that begs humility as we ask for God’s help. Taking the position of humility we find freedom, we find peace, we find joy in our soul because we have asked of God and what He gives, is freedom. Freedom to enjoy, freedom of proximity, whereby we may enter with holy boldness before the throne of grace. (Hebrews 4:16) In God’s presence, with Him sitting on the throne of our hearts, we discover the freedom to revel in the love of the one who formed us. 

All too often, we go out seeking the repairman when what we need to be doing is seeking the Creator. It was God who formed and fashioned our lives. Psalm 139:16~You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. (NLT) When we give up on our way and accept God’s plan for our lives (Jeremiah 29:11-13), we find freedom from possessing all things, yet we possess everything in Jesus Christ. 

So are you Giving-Up, or are you giving up? Don’t take the road of apathy and just go through life allowing the days to fan past like pages in a book. Instead, give-up by surrendering your whole life to God. Take a few moments to let the Lord have everything. If you are like most people there is a small corner closet that needs to be given to the Lord. So, go ahead and ask Him to help you let go.

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