Saturday, August 20, 2011

Poor in Spirit

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

When I think of this scripture, I immediately think of two things:

1)    Our dependency upon God
2)    What is our ultimate goal in life?

Many of us would verbalize that we are poor in spirit, that we not only need, but we depend on God.  And many of us would say that our goal in life is to “make it to Heaven” or “walk in the Kingdom”.
Well let’s look at this scripture from another perspective…..

Jesus on many occasions said, “The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand”.  Well what is the Kingdom of Heaven?  What does it mean when Jesus said that it is, “at hand”?  The Kingdom of Heaven is the spiritual realm of God and “at hand” means that it’s here!  So the spiritual realm of God is here!  God’s presence is here! God’s power, ability, anointing, is here!  God and everything He represents is here!  So as in the scripture Matthew 4:17 says:

“From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, “Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Jesus was saying, “I have brought substance with me, the Holy Spirit of my Father is present, I have changed time to eternity, the law of Heaven has overcome the law of this earthly realm! 
This is how healings took place, relationships were restored and provisions were made.  Remember Jesus feeding the five thousand men and then the women and children as well?  If Jesus chose to operate in the realm of the earth only, He would be fishing for a pretty long time in order to feed at least five thousand men, and then don’t forget the women and babies.  And who’s gonna travel all the way back into town for at least five thousand loaves of bread?  And who would have it available?  And how long would it take before all of this was prepared to perfection in order to feed these hungry people?  You get the point!  It’s so much easier to work in the realm of the spirit!  So Jesus took two fishes, five loaves of bread, and chose to operate in the realm of the spirit of God.  He blessed the food and God miraculously multiplied the substance given and everyone was satisfied.  And God gave in abundance in so that twelve baskets were left over. Does it say anywhere about them starting with twelve baskets?  Hmm, something else to ponder!

So then there is the lifestyle of being “poor in spirit”.  If you are poor, for the most part, you are in need of some things.  You are totally dependent upon another to meet your need because you have shown that you’re in a place of where you cannot provide that substance yourself and the only way you are able to receive what you need from the source that can provide it is to be in the position or state of being that says, “I need what you have”.

The Father has everything we need.  We cannot provide for ourselves in our own power.  But we can allow the power of God to work through us to make provision.  And the provision of the Father always supplies more that what we ask for!

What an amazing Father we serve!  Be encouraged!

Tyvee B

Matthew 5:3; Matthew 4:17; Ecclesiastes 5:19

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