The Poor in Spirit

Humble in Spirit

Jesus after being baptized and tempted by the devil began his ministry. 

He was a teacher. He gathered his disciples and taught them. Poor in spirit was one of the lessons he taught his followers.

Matthew 5:3, “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Poor in spirit does not mean to lack in spirit. It means lowliness and humility.

Psalm 51:17 says a broken spirit and a contrite heart is a sacrifice to God. Contriteness is humility. People with contrite heart are those who are quick to admit their guilt to God and seek pardon. It was the nature of David, who was loved by God for his contriteness (Psalm 51:3).

People with humility in spirit are not self-sufficient. They are people who admit their bankruptcy without GodThey live in total dependence on him. They are humble. 

Isaiah 57:15, “… I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.”

The high and holy place is seen in Psalm 91:1. It is the “secret place of the Most High”. It's the presence of God. Anyone with a contrite heart always carries God’s presence. Their lives are directed by God. They enjoy constant fellowship with God.

The benefits of having a humble spirit are many. First, they dwell  with God and bear his presence. Second, they are revived. A man humble in spirit will is revived by God. Humility touches the heart of God

Some people don't believe in grace. Some others struggle to have it, but the Bible stated that grace is for the humble, “… but giveth grace unto the humble” — James 4:6. That is the secret of having grace. Take a lowly place where you can express your humility to God and shun the battle for supremacy. 

The kingdom of God belongs to the poor in spirit and lowly in the heart. May God give us the grace to be humble. Amen!!!

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