24 Reasons Why Being Poor in Spirit Makes You Rich September 25, 2013
By Julie Murphree, Julie’s Fresh Air
Jesus said that there is a kind of spiritual poverty we should seek. He said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3). What did He mean? According to Billy Graham it is Simply this: “We must be humble in our spirits. If you put the word “humble” in place of the word “poor,” you will understand what He meant.”
Graham further said, “In other words, when we come to God, we must realize our own sin and our spiritual emptiness and poverty. We must not be self-satisfied or proud in our hearts, thinking we don’t really need God. If we are, God cannot bless us. The Bible says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6).
“Pride can take all kinds of forms, but the worst is spiritual pride. Often the richer we are in things, the poorer we are in our hearts. Have you faced your own need of Christ? Do you realize that you are a sinner and need God’s forgiveness? Don’t let pride or anything else get in the way, but turn to Christ in humility and faith—and He will bless you and save you.”
I also personally thought that being poor in spirit makes you rich in so many other ways. Such as …
- I am blessed.
- I have true happisness
- I have a deep, personal sense that God is everything in my life.
- I am weak, therefore God gets to be strong in and through me.
- My life is far more exciting
- God’s glow can be upon me.
- God should be freer to operate through me, therefore he’ll do more through me.
- My life will be more joyful
- My life will be more fun and possibly adventurous in the right way.
- I am content.
- I avoid hendering God.
- I see God more clearly.
- I share my true happiness with others.
- I become a “real” disciple in Christ.
- I give more.
- I see God’s big picture.
- I receive more in the right way.
- I’m a tool of God’s.
- I’m more of a joy to be around.
- I weather storms better
- I no longer seek satisfaction in people and things.
- I am more peaceful.
- I am more like Jesus.
- People see Jesus; not me.