Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 5:2–3

The biblical definition of happiness, or blessedness, is different than our culture’s definition. If we were to rewrite the Beatitudes for the 21st century, they would be vastly different than what we find in Matthew 5. Modern beatitudes would sound something like this:

Blessed are the beautiful, for they shall be admired.
Blessed are the wealthy, for they have it all.
Blessed are the popular, for they shall be loved
Blessed are the famous, for they shall be followed.

But Jesus started the Beatitudes with a bombshell:
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3).

Some have falsely interpreted this verse to say, “Blessed are the poor,” but that is not what Jesus said. In fact, the Bible does not commend poverty Nor does it condemn wealth. It has nothing to do with your bank account.

Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit. . . .” In the original language Hebrew, the word “poor” is from a verb that means “to shrink, cower, or cringe,” as beggars often did in that day. This is speaking of a person who is destitute and completely dependent on others for help. So Jesus was speaking of those who esteem themselves as they really are before God: lost, hopeless, and helpless.

Apart from Jesus Christ, everyone is spiritually destitute—or poor in spirit—regardless of their education, wealth, accomplishments, or even religious knowledge. To be poor in spirit means to acknowledge your spiritual bankruptcy, to acknowledge that you are in need of God.

I can’t tell you enough about the times I feel spiritually empty and emotionally tired. Sad from the troubles of the outside world and tired from the fights you have along the way. Oh, what a battle. I know we all have gone through or still are going through some pretty tough times right now. As my good sister told me today, “Jonathan, Don’t give up and don’t give it, Don’t let him win!” And she meant it to…

I know the only way I have come to truly find God is to acknowledge to myself that I am nothing without Him and the only way for me to succeed is to forget who I am and follow the Lord. I mean who am I? Who are you? Who are we compared to the holy of holies? Nothing but, humble and faithful servants our our God.

Humble yourselfs, open your hearts to the Lord and let Him in and allow Him to guide your day.

As we part are ways today, remember: The Lord has His time for what is going on right now, the Lord has His plan for it, and you know what “it” is so, be faithful and overcome and fight for it! You can pray until your eyes bleed and your hands fall off, the Lord will provide the path, you have to walk it.

 Brother Jonathan 

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