Posted on April 18, 2021 in April, Daily Devotionals

Knowing JESUS Daily Devotional | April 18, 2021 | LESSONS FROM PSALMS | Blessed are the poor in the spirit

Blessed are the poor in spirit [ those who seek God for help at all times]: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. - Matthew 5:3

Blessed are the poor in spirit [ those who seek God for help at all times]: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. – Matthew 5:3

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

Dearly beloved brethren, we give all glory and honour to our loving Father in heaven, who gave us power of completion.

We began the expository study of Psalm 119, almost six months ago and God helped us to complete it. Glory and honor to Him forever.

He helped me to write and the blessed Holy Spirit helped you in particular to read. Glory to God. I pray He will bless us all abundantly in Jesus name.

Today by the grace of God, we begin the expository study of the greatest teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The sermon on the mount. Matthew chapter five to seven

The hearers of this sermon were unusually blessed and He will bless us too. See their response after the sermon.

Hearers.

Matthew 5:1 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: 5:2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,

Response

Matthew 7:28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: 7:29 For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

We begin today by God’s grace, the sermon on the mount.

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

Our Lord Jesus Christ, came to this world to bless humanity, especially, Bible believing believers like you. You shall be blessed in Jesus name.

Acts 3:25 Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed. 3:26 Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.

These blessings become absolutely necessary, because of the Bible in the old testament, ended with a curse.
See it.

Malachi 4:6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

Because of this, Jesus began His teachings with blessings. See it.

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

But then their is a paradox to these blessings. A lot of people inside and outside of the church, thought, people that have money, have possessions and in position of authority are blessed. Jesus said, no in the affirmative.

The only people that are blessed are those that have the eight Christian virtues that qualifies us to live with God in His kingdom.

We begin with the first Christian virtue. See it.

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

What does it mean to be poor in the spirit?

Being poor in the spirit, makes a person to realise, he or she is poverty stricken without, Christ Jesus our Lord and His redemptive works.

John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

Such a person has a gracious disposition of soul, by which he or she is emptied of self, in order to being filled with Jesus Christ and His blessings of Calvary.

See below what will characterise the lifestyle of such a person.

1. Teachable, ready to learn and meek and lowly in heart.

Matthew 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 11:30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

2. Broker spirit and contrite heart.

Psalms 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

Humble spirit and contrite heart.

Isaiah 57:15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; 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.

Poor in the spirit, contrite in heart and trembling at the word of God. He or she takes God’s unfailing unchanging eternal words as final in all things.

Isaiah 66:2 For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.

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

Beloved brethren, check yourself now. Are you like these?

These are character and virtues that shall qualify you to access God’s eternal kingdom

Because that is your goal. Receive grace to begin to have a disposition of the poor in the spirit that shall be blessed here and hereafter.

This shall be your portion in Jesus name.

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

See you at the top in Jesus name

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