The above verse is from the Sermon on the Mount, also called “The Beatitudes” or “Be Attitudes.” At this time, enormous crowds were following Jesus—he was the talk of the town. His disciples, who were his closest associates, were tempted to feel important, proud, and arrogant. Being with Jesus gave them the opportunity to receive money and power. But, before speaking to the crowd, Jesus pulled his disciples aside and warned them of temptations they would inevitably have to face. These beatitudes were a code of ethics for the disciples and for us.
In Greek the word blessed is translated as happy, spiritually prosperous, with life-joy and God’s favor, regardless of their outward conditions. Being poor in spirit means that we know we need God to strengthen us. In essence, we’ll feel joy, peace, (the blessing) when we stop struggling with our issues and let God’s handle them (poor in spirit). Being “poor in spirit” is a good thing because it means that you acknowledge your need for God’s help and strength—you’re a spiritual person.
When things are going well, we neglect our spiritual lives. In times of trial, we struggle all by ourselves. Like the disciples, we are arrogant and feel we don’t need God’s help. On a scale of 1-10, 1 being low and 10 being high, how do you measure your need for God’s strength? Have you experienced the blessing of His strength?
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Lord, I know I need your strength and I’m ready to be blessed.