“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matt 5:3

A truly humble person is so poor in spirit that they trust God for everything and know that apart from Him they can do nothing.(Jn 15:5) Humility enables them to achieve greater things because they know God can achieve great things through them.  They trust God so much that God can use them to do things that defy common sense and display the mighty power of God for all the world to see.  When Christ called us to live a life being “poor in the spirit” he was not talking  about us being self-condeming or depressed but to realize our own spiritual poverty apart from Him. God wants us to see the infinite abundance that is available to those who seize the Kingdom of Heaven through a life of humility. (Matt 11:12)

The key to accessing the kingdom of heaven on earth is realizing our own deficiency and need for God. When we live a life of total dependence on the Lord then a door of infinite supply is opened up as we access heaven’s resources. When we access the abundance of heaven then God can allow our life to become a miracle, sign and wonder. He can do things through us that otherwise would be utterly impossible. A life totally yielded to God and walking in true humility becomes an ocean wave of heaven crashing into earth.

False humility tries to masquerade itself as a person that is “poor in spirit” but is actually blatantly prideful and independent from God. False humility breeds a fear to step out and do anything that requires great faith and courage. It can also help steward a persons apathy and laziness that can sometimes appear as humility.  Jesus is not calling us to beat ourselves up on a daily basis but to simply see that we really are bankrupt apart from him. False humility is rooted in pride and is focused on self. Someone who is poor in spirit is focused on God and the abundance of heavenly provision.

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”  Eph 2:10

God wants to shift our perspective and help see that he truly desires to establish his kingdom through our lives. He wants us to become aware of the amazing destiny that he has for each one of us. Each one of us was designed for a life of good works that would be even greater than what we read in the gospel accounts of Jesus. In Christ, he is calling us to do even greater works. (Jn 14:12) As we live a life of total dependence on God we can begin to step out in faith and take risk. The greatest risk takers in the Kingdom of God are those who are the most poor in spirit. People with true humility realize that God can do great things through them, not because of who they are but because they know how great He is.

Is there something God has called you to do that will require you to be totally dependent on him if you were to step out in faith and pursue it?

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