Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Word on Wednesday... (a day late)


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

I have always heard and read that God wants us to be happy and joyful. So, why does the kingdom of heaven belong to the poor in spirit? What does "poor in spirit" mean, anyway? It sounds so dreadful. Well, after studying it, I realize that to be poor in spirit means that you have an absence of self-assurance, self-reliance and pride. It is total repentance; turning from independence to complete dependence on God. To put it simply, it is admitting that you are a sinner. Before we can truly come to know Christ and receive His Holy Spirit, we have to realize what we are apart from God: nothing, destitute, a sinner, unable to please God... That's when we become poor in spirit- when we realize what we are without God- just as Paul said, "I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh" (Romans 7:18). I think so many of us get so caught up in works- doing "good", comparing ourselves to others- thinking, "Well, I'm much better than him/her. I've never done that." We think, 'I'm on this committee; I volunteer for this ministry; I go to church every Sunday and pray out loud, ect, ect.' My friends, those are only dangerous, self-righteous attitudes. We cannot forget that we are NOTHING apart from God- we have no chance of obtaining righteousness, God's mercy or the kingdom of heaven without first becoming "poor in spirit."

Lord, I pray that I will surrender all to You- all of my "good" works, self-righteous attitudes, pride, etc. If I ever forget who I am- what I am- apart from You, just knock me off my pedestal, break me, and remind me that the kingdom of heaven belongs to the poor in spirit. I know that I am only a sinner bound for Hell apart from You. It is only by You that I can please God, do good and strive for holiness - not what I do, but what You do through me. Help me to never forget that. Thank you for dwelling inside of me, cleansing me and washing away my sins. You are such an incredible, awesome, amazing God and I love you so much! Amen.

48 comments:

The Graves Gang said...

Your word on Wednesday's are always a blessing!

Are you going to be able to come to the PMS party I am having? I hope so!! It is going to be alot of fun!

Jessica said...

Great post! There are none of us that are holy from our works. We are all full of sin and deserve none of the blessings that God bestows on us. It is by His grace, and His alone! Love that post, Amy! : )

Leigh said...

Amen!

becky said...

Hey, just wondering where you have been. I am missing your posts! I keep on waiting for a Halloween post. I heard ya'll had some really cute costumes!

THE PIXLER'S said...
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THE PIXLER'S said...

Where are you? I have been blog stalking you forever now and hope everything is alright with you guys. I miss reading your posts.

Ashlie said...

Hey! I hope everything is ok with your family. You've just been busy right? Come out of hiding soon so we don't have to send out a search party!

Leigh said...

Should I worry? Where are you, girl???????? I miss you!

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