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Matthew 5:3 NIV Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Reading this in our culture does not make any sense. There is nothing happy about being poor? So what does Jesus mean to be poor in spirit?
It signifies a beggar, one in total poverty, totally dependent on others for help.
We have bombarded from childhood messages of being self-sufficient, self-reliant, independent. If not careful this seeps into our core, we may have conditioned ourself with the notion ...I don't need anyone. I’m Ok. I’m consistent. I can handle it. I’m fine.
And the reality is ...we are not fine. We are not ok. We are human.
Here are a few verses that describe our human-ness.
Our Mind - Jeremiah 17:9 ERV Nothing can hide its evil as well as the human mind. It can be very sick, and no one really understands it
Our Cravings - 1 John 2:16 For everything in the world-the cravings of sinful man lust of his eyes, and the boasting of what he does comes not from the Father but from the world.
Our Nature - Luke 11:13 If you then, although you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him. Kingdom of God operates on a 100% God reliant & God dependent system.
There is nothing in us or about us that is sufficient to keep us from our human-ness.
Jesus turns our world upside down and invites us to look with wonder and beauty of His nature.