Monday, December 12, 2016

POOR IN SPIRIT

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Luke 5:32[NET]
32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."


Dare was born in a Christian home. He was a very disciplined ‘righteous’ fellow. The problem was that Dare didn’t have a personal relationship with the Lord. He was not yet born again because he had never asked the Lord to come and be his Lord and savior. Because there was no evident bogus sin in his life, he assumed he was already righteous before God and didn’t acknowledge he needed a savior. He was not living under the dominion of the Lord Jesus.

That was the case with the Pharisees and scribes that rejected Christ. They were the teachers of the Law and were blameless according to the law as they understood it.

Jesus couldn’t minister to them because they were already righteous in their own eyes.

Did you notice that the gospel is preached to the poor (see Luke 4:18)? The poverty here depicts those who realize and see their need for God. They have understood how spiritually impoverished they are without God. They are the poor in spirit, and theirs is the kingdom of heaven (see Mat 5:3).

People who do not see the righteousness of God do not understand how bankrupt they are regarding righteousness. God's will is that our lives radiate this righteousness that is not a product of law but a result of grace (divine empowerment) and [our knowledge of the] truth.

As you go into today, ask the Lord to empower you to walk in the divine nature and project the beauty of His holiness. It is time to stop depending on your own understanding and start looking unto Jesus for empowerment to be Holy.

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-Pas SD Abraham

YBP: Song of Solomon 1-2
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