Matthew 5:1-3 (NIV)
Now when He saw the crowds, He went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to Him,
and He began to teach them, saying:
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
I want to begin with the original Greek words and meanings.
Blessed – makarios (mak-ar’-ee-os): supremely blessed, fortunate, well off, happier
Spirit – pneuma (pnyoo’-mah): mental disposition, mind
Using the context clues given to me I assume that “poor” in this text means humble; modest according to the Webster’s dictionary. And humble means, not proud or arrogant, meek.
I really like the Amplified translation for The Sermon on the Mount, you will see me refer to it a lot. Let’s look at how this translation describes verse 3…
Blessed (happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the poor in spirit (the humble, who rate themselves insignificant), for theirs is the kingdom of heaven!
The bottom line is don’t ever assume that you have “arrived” or that you are something more than you are. Yes, you are a child of the King of Kings, and yes you have authority and power over ALL evil. However, you are NOTHING without God and His Generous and Abounding Mercy!
As soon as we start getting caught up in “ourselves” and our own abilities we are leaving God out of the equation and trying to be our own “mini versions” of God. We must NEVER forget that it is He Who has made us and NOT we our selves. We must NEVER forget that it is He who gives us every good thing, talent, and all prosperity. He is our Source and He is Who gives us everything.
The most wonderful part of just acknowledging what is already true, is that we are rewarded for it. God always has something wonderful for us when we are obedient. We will be supremely blessed and happier when we humble ourselves and give God ALL the glory!
Daddy God, may I never forget that I am NOTHING without You and Your Loving Mercy. May I always remember where I came from and where I would be without You. Help me to NEVER forget that I was bought with a very high price. And may I NEVER forget that ALL that I am and ALL that I have are because of You and You ALONE! In Jesus Mighty Name, Amen.
In His Love and Service,
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