9 OCTOBER 2019
“Blessed are those who are destitute in spirit, because the kingdom from heaven belongs to them!Matthew 5:3 ISV
Word web defines destitute as a state of being poor enough to need help from others (dirt-poor or poverty stricken). To be destitute in the spirit is to consider yourself wanting in as far as holiness is concerned. Thus, to have a sense of understanding that only God can sanctify a person and to always have the willingness to seek God more and more for His intervention in one’s life.
Christianity is better when we just allow God to hold us and carry us from one step to the other. It is in fact what Christ is looking for when He says, ‘…People who are like these children can come into the Kingdom of Heaven.’ Matthew 19:14 Easy English. Just like children, God expects us to depend on Him on every single issue, and most importantly our spiritual life. We should be at a level where we always associate ourselves with God for fulfilment of our spiritual life because minus Him our spiritual life is destitute (dirt-poor). Being poor in the spirit (having an intense need to always be helped by God) is an indicator of maturity.
Brethren, self sufficiency and being so rich in the spirit so much so that we feel we can do things on our own are indicators that show that we have lost our way into God’s kingdom. The Bible says, therefore, whoever thinks he is standing securely should watch out so he doesn’t fall. 1 Corinthians 10:12 ISV. Chances are high that when a person feels so matured and rich in the spirit (not wanting God’s help), he/she develops pride which takes him/her away from God. The kingdom of God is not for the proud. This is why Christ gave the above statement as a foundation principle; always be at a point where you need God’s help to live an acceptable life before God. This principle guarantees our salvation (The kingdom of God).
We should not be self sufficient and rich in as far as the kingdom of God is concerned. Always remember that it’s by grace you have been saved through faith. This does not come from you; it is the gift of God. Ephesians 2:8. Our sufficiency is in God, and so we must depend on Him no matter how mature in the things of God we may think we are.
10 OCTOBER 2019
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4 KJV
The mourning being referred to here can be interpreted in various ways. But today we want to have an understanding that this means those who feel sorry and awful for the wrongs they did_. The Bible says that they will be comforted by God. Feeling sorry for one’s wrongs starts with accepting when the Holy Spirit convicts us of sin and then taking a step towards repentance. David understood this concept clearly when he said, “I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.” Psalms 51:3 KJV. It is then followed by crying out to God for forgiveness; and not just doing this as a duty, but meaning it. Jesus began his ministry by reading from Isaiah’s scroll in the synagogue. He read and confirmed that the Lord had anointed him to preach the gospel to the poor (they that trust in God) and to heal the broken-hearted (the mourning) Luke 4:18.
The Bible says “a broken spirit” and a “contrite heart” are offerings that most please God. Psalm 51:17. Cambridge Dictionary defines Contrite as feeling very sorry and guilty for something bad that you have done. So, we need a contrite heart that feels sorry when we sin and pushes us to make things right with God. When faced with the consequences of our sin and the suffering of living in a fallen world, we need not to harden our hearts and become cynical, but open them by crying out to God for help and comfort.