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Monday’s Blog: Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit

This is the first blog in our series on the Beatitudes Jesus taught in Matthew 5:3-12. This week we focus on verse 3, Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

I used to think that poor in spirit meant saddened and downcast. I thought it meant we were to feel lowly and down because we are sinners.

The amplified version explains the true meaning of poor in spirit: Blessed (happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous-with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the poor in spirit (the humble, who rate themselves insignificant), for theirs is the kingdom of heaven!

The poor in spirit are the humble. The humble are not downcast or saddened; they are filled with the joy of the Lord. The humble, those who rate themselves insignificant, seek to lift Christ up instead of lifting themselves up. The humble live to make Christ known, not to make themselves known.

I read a sign recently that said, “It’s better to be faithful than to be famous.” We are to strive to be faithful, not strive to be popular with the world.

I always wanted to be famous growing up. I battled with insecurity most of my life, so I thought being popular would help me overcome my insecurity. After I graduated high school I started pursuing a modeling career. My life dream was to see myself on the cover of a magazine. I wanted to be known.

I eventually got my ticket into modeling after landing an agent at a modeling conference. However, once reality hit me I realized I didn’t want to be a model and I backed out. Modeling didn’t make me satisfied. It didn’t take away my insecurity. In fact, it made me even more insecure. I was so driven by the desire to make a name for myself that I was blinded from my true desires.

Soon after, God got a hold of my heart and started working in me and humbling me. I started to see that God didn’t put me on this earth to make myself known. He put me here to make Christ known. I found that true happiness, and the confidence I desperately desired, was only attained through laying down my ego and pride and allowing Christ to be lifted up in me.

Now, my desire is not to see myself famous, but to make Christ famous. I want His Name to be known everywhere I go. I want to take every opportunity I have to share His glory with the world.

I had nothing to offer the world when I was striving to be famous. Being popular would have only fed my pride and insecurity and led to my downfall. That’s why we see so many celebrities fall. We were not meant to worship man, and we were not meant to be worshiped. We were called to worship only the Lord our God. He is the only One that is to be praised and lifted up.

Chuck Balsamo wrote in his book, Make Me A Legend, “Certainly you have noticed how fast today’s superstar burns up and then fades away. Everyone built on a poor foundation of twisted intentions and rotten character always ends with a humiliating collapse.

I’ve been talking to other authors lately. I’m finding that many struggle with promoting their books because they are afraid of promoting themselves. I’ve struggled with thinking that as well, but as I told them, God knows our hearts. He knows our motives behind the things that we do. He knows our true intentions. He knows when we are trying to promote ourselves instead of promoting His message.

My friend told me recently that she has been trying to pay attention to her motives. She said it’s amazing how much pride you find when you look at the motive behind everything you do. She shared an example when she fixed the copier at her work. When her boss asked her about the copier, she wanted to say, “I fixed it.” But knowing she would be praising herself, she humbly said “we fixed it” to include the others who worked on it. The boss replied “You mean, you fixed it!” knowing she was really the one who fixed it.

This is a great example of Proverbs 27:2: Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; someone else, and not your own lips.We don’t need to praise ourselves and lift ourselves up. We are to praise God and lift up the work He is doing through us. When we are humble, God will lift us up and recognize us. God’s favor will be on us everywhere we go when we walk humbly with Him. When we are humble, we won’t need to make ourselves known. God will make us known because His glory will be shining brightly upon us!

Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn. Lift up your eyes and look about you: All assemble and come to you; your sons come from afar, and your daughters are carried on the arm. Then you will look and be radiant, your heart will throb and swell with joy….

—Isaiah 60:1-5

 

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**Prayer for the week**

Heavenly Father,

We praise You that you share Your glory with us! Help us to walk humbly with You all the days of our lives. Help us to live each day making the most of every opportunity to share Jesus’ love with the world. Help us to lay down our worldly pursuits and our pride. And help us to humble ourselves, pick up our crosses, and follow You.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen!

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12 comments on “Monday’s Blog: Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit

  1. Deborah H. Bateman on said:

    Amanda, thanks for sharing this post. We all need to be reminded to be humble and let the love of God shine through us. It is only with God’s favor on our lives that we can become anything through Him. May our desire always be to make Him known. Blessings, Deborah

  2. Amanda Beth on said:

    Hi Deborah:) Thanks for your comment. It’s something we always need to be reminded of. It’s so easy to fall into pride. But thank God, He always knows how to humble us. God bless you:)

  3. WOW! What a message. I need to continually empty myself of my self. Thank you for reminding me that my purpose is to glorify God and not myself. I used to have an ego as big as Iowa and loved to receive compliments from people for my accomplishments (which the Holy Spirit taught me later were really God’s accomplishments through me). My arms got very sore from patting myself on the back so much. Great message on one of my favorite sections of God’s Word. BTW your writing sounds as if you’ve been writing for years. What improvements you’ve made, and so quickly. Praise God for you, and I feel confident that I’ll see your name in print and on bookshelves all over the place some day. Have a blessed day in the Lord. Give my best regards to Jay as well.

  4. Amanda Beth on said:

    Wow, Steve! Thanks for the great comment. I love how you said that the Holy Spirit reminded you that they were really God’s accomplishments through you. That’s so true. Thank you for the compliment. I was just thinking about how I haven’t worked with you lately on my writing. I was thinking I was getting worse. It’s all God working through me. He sent me an amazing teacher, you! Thank you for all your help and support.
    God bless you and your family:)

  5. Dave Moore on said:

    Great reminder Amanda. It feels good to be thanked and appreciated but when that is our hearts desire we will always be disappointed. When Jesus is our hearts desire we will never be disappointed. Amen. Thank you my precious sister.

  6. Luther Wesley on said:

    But Amanda, it is hard to be humble when I am perfect in every way ( if you believe that here is my wife’s email ).

    We are to reflect the glory of Christ into this world and if we continually put ourselves in the way the results are less than desired. God can and does use imperfect vessels to accomplish His will, I just pray that this vessel humbles Himself continually before God has to chastise me for my pride.

    Soli Deo Gloria

  7. Amanda Beth on said:

    Hi Dave! I know it feels great when others thank us. And I don’t think it’s wrong to enjoy being appreciated. We are supposed to build each other up, but like you said ‘When that is our hearts desire we will always be disappointed.” Thanks for sharing that. God bless you my brother in Christ:)

  8. Amanda Beth on said:

    You are so funny, Luther! I think I’ll email her and ask her, lol! Thanks for your comment. I pray the same thing for myself. I would rather humble myself first than to be chastised:) God bless you:)

  9. Kerry Johnson on said:

    Thank you for this very applicable post about the Beattitudes. God really spoke to me through your words! I definitely need to examine my motives each day and empty myself of me, as one other commenter mentioned.

    One verse I pray often (I try to pray this daily) is John 3:30. “He must increase, but I must decrease.” I know I’ve nothing to offer this world if I’m full of myself, instead of being full of my Savior, and I ask the Holy Spirit to humble me to His plans, not my own.
    Thanks again! I hope you have a blessed week!
    Kerry

  10. Amanda Beth on said:

    Hi Kerry! Thanks for the great comment. That’s a great verse to pray often. Thanks for sharing it. He must increase and we must decrease!
    God bless you:)
    Amanda

  11. Debbie Patten on said:

    Hey Amanda, Your message was wonderful. I to always wanted to be liked and popular. I was so shy & insecure. Since becoming a Christian, the Lord has filled that desire in my life with boldness as I have praised Him, & testified to the mighty changes He has done in my life. Pride will try to sneak in if we are not careful. I love this scripture. Matthew 23:11-12. The greatest amoung you will be your servant, for whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. Thanks for loving Jesus.
    Debbie Patten/ heartswithoutknowledge.com

  12. Amanda Beth on said:

    Hi Debbie! It’s great to hear from you! Thanks for the comment. I am glad I’m not the only who battled with insecurity:) Thanks for sharing that scripture. I love that verse. When we are servants, we are greatest in God’s eyes.
    God bless you and your books:)
    Amanda

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