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Acceptable Poverty

Day 78
Verse of the day

Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 5:3

The Beatitudes, like Psalm 23, Psalm 91, The Lord’s Prayer and other such portions of scripture are popular for the fact that though written in simple language, they contain profound spiritual truths. Unfortunately, they seem to escape close study and application and other than the comfort they provide on a surface level, the gravity of their implication remains undiscovered.

What does it really mean to be poor in spirit?

The word translated “poor” in today’s text comes from a Greek root word characteristic of one who “crouches or cowers” or is “beggarly”. This is particularly interesting as it seems to be in conflict with what we are told about boldness and courage. We have been assured that we no longer have a spirit of fear but one of power (2 Timothy 1:7), nor have we been given a spirit of bondage again to fear but One of adoption (Romans 8:15). This means that we can resist spiritual oppression, and now belonging to God (as His children), we can approach Him without guilt or condemnation.

How then should we live poor in spirit?

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The spiritual poverty described in Matthew 5 means humility. We will never come to a point in our lives where we won’t need God’s help. True, no believer goes about saying, “I don’t need God.” but we can easily come to a place of denial we aren’t even aware of. We can become deceived into thinking we can make it on our own if we just keep doing the right things. Pray. Study. Fast. Be good to people. How hard could it be?

Acknowledging our deep need for God

It is one thing to realize how much we need God, it is another to admit it. We need not only to realize that we cannot live a life of worship (one that continually gives glory to God) without His help. No, we must not stop there- we must ask for Him to fill all our dry and empty places continually.

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Today’s Confession

Father, I thank You that You are more than enough for me. I know that even though I may come short in certain areas of my life, You are always with me to fill me with more of Yourself.

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