"Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."

What does it mean to be poor in spirit? Does it mean the spirit of God does not dwell within you? Or, perhaps you are just not a spiritual person? Maybe it means you don't feel the spirit of God moving in your life like others claim to!

I believe to be poor in spirit is to have emptied yourself from your own lustful, prideful spirit. Only by doing that can we be filled with the spirit of God and only by being filled with His spirit can we enter into the kingdom of heaven.


LUKE 15:17-20
"And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him."


The prodigal son in Luke was so full of himself his father's house couldn't contain him. He asked for his inheritance and left home to make a life on his own. Only when he was completely broke and eating with the swine did he realize his poverty and that by returning to his father's house he could again be rich. But when he returned home, he no longer had anything of his own. Everything now belonged to his father. He could live there and be filled and taken care of but he had nothing of his own. He had been welcomed home poor and destitute; just as he was. That is just how God does us. He is waiting with open arms to take us into His Kingdom but we have to come to Him empty of ourselves and willing to be filled with His spirit. Once we enter His Kingdom, we have nothing of our own. Everything we have is on loan from Him. But that's alright because He is our Father and since we are going to live with Him forever, that makes us rich!



MATTHEW 25:24-29
"Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strowed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strowed: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.

What are you doing with your spirit? What are you doing with the resources God has placed inside you? When you empty yourself of your own spirit, you also empty yourself of your own will. God gives each of us certain talents and abilities and when we return home to Him, He expects us to use these abilities to further His Kingdom. I'm sure when the prodigal son returned home his life wasn't one big party. He was expected to do his share of work in his father's house. God expects us to use what He blesses us with. Don't bury your talents if you want to be rich in the Fahter's Kingdom!




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