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What it means to be poor in Spirit?

Jesus himself said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”. (Matthew 5:3)

Who are then the poor in Spirit?

The poor in Spirit are those who realise that their good works cannot send them to heaven but only the grace of God.

The poor in Spirit are those who know that keeping the law is nothing to boast of but rather is a thing to be humble about.

The poor in Spirit are those who know that they cannot save themselves but only the Lord God can.

The poor in Spirit are those who realise that all their riches of wisdom and knowledge are still inferior to the simplicity of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

The poor in Spirit are those who believe that this world has nothing lasting to offer them and look for life that is eternal in the Lord’s will.

The poor in Spirit are those who despise what is sinful and seek what is holy in their thoughts, words and actions.

The poor in Spirit avoid false and deceptive gains but seek the truth about the will of God for their life.

Uneasy truth : Religious masks will one day be removed!

Many are called, few are chosen

​”Many are called, few are chosen, but fewer still are faithful. These are the overcomers spoken of ten times in the book of Revelation. They are disciples of Jesus who have not only been accepted by God but who have been tested by Him through many circumstances and who have been approved by Him.” – Zac Poonen

The reason the world is not seeing Jesus 

​“The reason the world is not seeing Jesus is that Christian people are not filled with Jesus. They are satisfied with attending meetings weekly, reading the Bible occasionally, and praying sometimes. … It is an awful thing for me to see people who profess to be Christians lifeless, powerless, and in a place where their lives are so parallel to unbelievers’ lives that it is difficult to tell which place they are in, whether in the flesh or in the Spirit.” – Smith Wigglesworth

True

Instead of despairing about the leaders of your state, pray about them

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:1-4)

At times in the world there are leaders who are controversial by what they say and do, while others are a pain by what they do not say nor do. This affects they way of life of people in general. Also, a corrupt or proud king or ruler of the people’s can bring them much despair. However, those in Christ Jesus must not fall in the trap of useless anxiety nor foolish works that only disrupt society.

Instead we must pray in faith to the Lord God to improve the leaders of nation and state. We can also pray the unjust rulers are reigned in by the Lord and changed. You deserve the peace but how would you get it for your country if you don’t do what God expects you to?.

The Lord God is capable to granting wisdom, pray for wisdom in such cases. But do not despair. Remember the Lord God can change the course of nations by changing its leaders and circumstances.

20 Daniel answered and said: “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might. 21 He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding; 22 he reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with him. (Daniel 2:20-22)

 

Even if we have thousands of acts of great virtue to our credit

“Even if we have thousands of acts of great virtue to our credit, our confidence in being heard must be based on God’s mercy and His love for men. Even if we stand at the very summit of virtue, it is by mercy that we shall be saved.”

—St. John Chrysostom

Quick reminder: Help the poor and needy 

For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’ (Deuteronomy 15:11)

Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed. (Proverbs 19:17)

Jesus said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind,  and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.” (Luke 14: 12-14)

And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. (Matthew 22:37-39)

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. (James 1:27)

But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. (1 Timothy 5:8)

In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” (Acts 20:35)

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