Lowly Spirit

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“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
    for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
    for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
    for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
    for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
    for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:3-10).

The beatitude, a divine paradox, in conclusion exhort three traits that lead to eternal promise; poor in spirit, pure in heart and those who are persecuted for righteousness sake. Humility and longsuffering are two virtues that connect us directly to the power of Christ and eternity, yet they’re often overlooked responses when modern day believers are exposed to adversity.

Humility is defined as a modest or low view of one’s own importance while longsuffering can be described as having or showing patience in spite of trouble, especially those caused by other people.

Oftentimes, we want to blame our insufficiency in controlling our own temperament on the negligence in someone else, or outside influences uttering words like: because they… since you did… if they hadn’t… well, if you/they stopped.. she/he should… it was… However, the bible says in Romans 14:12, “each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.” We will be accountable for ourselves: our behavior, our words, our actions, even our thoughts.

In this overwhelming, emotionally unstable culture, consumed with arrogance, pride and disrespect also known as “do me”, “speak my mind”, and “clap backs” mentality,  many people have no personal accountability with their own behavior or, simply being humble (lowly in spirit), let alone loving. Such negative behavior is not only counterproductive but also completely opposite to the Fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness gentleness and self-control. You cannot say that you’re of God when you do not carry the fruit of God. We must continually examine ourselves.

Never forget, eternal inheritance is not based on how well we know God, the time we spend reading our bible, our ability to quote scripture, or how often we attend church. Eternity is based on well Jesus knows us AND competing the will of the Father – submitting to what Jesus has commanded both scripturally and provisionally ( Romans 10:9, Luke 10:27, John 14:6, Matthew 7:21). Eternity is based on His grace and our deeds. That is why we called to be doers of the word and not hearers only (James 1:22). 

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven…

Blessed are the pure in heart,
    for they will see God…

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”

Beloved, don’t allow unchecked emotions to separate you from eternity. No one is worth your salvation! With meekness, continue to seek and depend on the Word of the Lord, in Him only do we have strength, in Him we can met the standard.

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith.

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, Loving and Faithful Savior. O Jesus, remind us continually of the behaviors to abide in Your presence. Redirect our path from eternal judgment, oh LORD we depend on and love You!

“Everyone has a divine purpose; my hope is through the Power of God, youme-new walk boldly in yours!” ~ With Love, Minister Angela

Remember, God loves you! Trust Him!

 

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