Poor in Spirit

poor in spirit2“Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Mat 5:3 NKJ)

Some people think that being poor in spirit means that you’re weak and bankrupt.  To counteract this weak image, the Church promotes financial gain, ownership of possessions and power, making the message of the gospel hollow.  Being self-sufficient is not where you find the Lord.  Isaiah writes, “For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, With him who has a contrite and humble spirit, To revive the spirit of the humble, And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.” (Isa 57:15 NKJ)

King David showed humility when he said: “Who am I, O Lord GOD? And what is my house, that You have brought me this far? (2Sa 7:18 NKJ)  or Gideon who said, “O my Lord, how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.” (Jdg 6:15 NKJ)  Even Moses showed humility when he said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” The reality was that as a prince of Egypt Moses was trained and educated yet, he felt inadequate for the task that God had for him.(Exo 3:11 NKJ) Finally, Isaiah said: “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, (Isa 6:5 NKJ)

Poor in spirit means I can do nothing by myself, but I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Phi 4:13 NKJ)

About Terry Threadwell

Dr. Terry Threadwell has thirty five years ministry experience. Author, educator and Director of the Institute of Progressive Pentecostal Studies.
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