Updated: Mar 10
It’s an odd phrase to hear how you can be blessed if you are poor in spirit, a scripture which seems to contradict itself. The easy-to-read version of the bible says Matthew 5:3 like this ‘Great blessings belong to those who know they are spiritually in need. God’s kingdom belongs to them.’ (ERV).
That explains things a little better. The Kingdom of God is full of opposites, and what this scripture indicates is that if you know there is room for improvement in your spiritual life, then God is far more accepting of the humility.
However, when we’re so puffed up in our self-importance, when we think we know it all and elevate ourselves to think we are on the same level as God is, then we’ll find He is further away than you could imagine. Approach God with humility, that’s when He comes, and you will be lifted up.
Quote Being full of our own self-importance does not impress God.
Prayer Father, show me the areas of my life where my ego is more important to me than my relationship with you, Amen.
Action Point This is a tough devotional, don’t be dismayed, learn from it and be willing to make changes if needed.
(ERV) Copyright © 2006 by Bible League International
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