TEXT: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3).
Poor: Lack, blind and naked, Empty or inadequacy, Lacking sufficient to live a standard considered comfortable or normal in a society, of a low or inferior standard or quality. Poor in Spirit: means to be Consciousness of our spiritual inadequacy, lack or emptiness
Main Message: The New Formula (blessing through Poverty)
In Matthew 5:3 Jesus listing out characters/attitude of the Children of the Kingdom, Stated we are blessed when we are poor in the spirit, be Consciousness of our spiritual inadequacy, lack or emptine– God is with the Humble and contrite
Type of Poverty (Classes of people in relation to poverty of the spirit)
|Poor||Poor||2 worshipper (Luke 16:9-14)|
|Poor||Rich||The centurion (Luke 7:6)|
|Rich (Pride)||Rich||Laodicea church (Rev 3:17)|
- Being poor materially does not of itself make a person blessed
- The opposite of the poor in spirit is pride and not rich or wealth because. God hates pride (Psalm 10:4, Pro 8:13, Pro. 16:18, 2 Tit 3:2, Rom 1:30)
In other words, we must realize our own sin and our spiritual emptiness and poverty. We must not be self-satisfied or proud in our hearts, thinking we don’t really need God.
4.Benefits of Poverty of the Spirit
- We have the assurance of the Kingdom of heaven.
- God glorify us. “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6),
- God will be with us. God is with the Humble and contrite in spirit. Isaiah 57:15
- Protect against spiritual pride by those who are struggling and offering sacrificial services.
5.Characteristics of spiritual poverty/attitude
- Spiritual Humility (Avoid Spiritual Pride)
- God seeking
- Disposition for spiritual uplifting
- Teachable spirit and Submission
6.List of poverty attitude and action that bless
- Humble opinion of ourselves before God and Man
- Being sensible that we are sinners
- Having no righteousness of our own
- Willingness to be saved only by the rich grace and mercy of God
- Willingness to be where God places us
- Bear whatever God lays on us
- Go wherever he bids us
- Ready to die when he commands
- Willingness to be in God’s hands, and to feel that we deserve no favor from him.
For us to have blessings from God, we therefore need to have a humble opinion of ourselves; we need to be consciousness that we are sinners, and have no righteousness of our own. We need to be willing to be saved only by the rich grace and mercy of God; we need to be willing to be where God places us, we need to bear whatever he lays on us, we need to go where he bids us, and to die when he commands; we need to be willing to be in his hands, and to always feel that we deserve no favor from him.
8.Other Biblical Examples of being Poor in Spirit
- Abraham: interceding with God for the city of Sodom (Gen. 18:27)
- Jacob: was in great fear at the news that his brother Esau was coming to meet him with 400 men, he cried to the Lord (Gen 32:1 0)
- Job: who had been defending himself of the charges that were being made by his friends, but was finally challenged by God (Job 40:4, 42:5-6)
- The Tax collector: honest confession (Luke 18:9-14)
- The Roman Centurion: when he heard that Jesus was coming to his house to heal his servant (Luke 7:6).
- The prodigal son: when he had finally come to himself and returned to his father’s house (Luke 15:19).
- The Laodicean Church: saying about themselves (Rev 3:17)