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Fortunate [Blessed] are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. [1]

Matthew 5:3

When there is less of what we want and more of what God wants, that is a good thing. It is not about us. That is hard for us to wrap our brains around some days. We have lots of resources at our fingertips. Who needs God when you have a credit card?

Getting to the end of our rope and seeing it is not about us makes us more than happy. We are blessed.

God has a goal for us. God has plan.

  • It is a surprisingly good rule of thumb that we need more of God.
  • When we allow Him to rule, we are more than happy.
  • We are fortunate and blessed.

To be poor in spirit means to be humble, to have a correct estimate of oneself. It does not mean to be “poor spirited” and have no backbone at all! “Poor in spirit” is the opposite of the world’s attitudes of self-praise and self-assertion.

It is not a false humility that says, “I am not worth anything, I can’t do anything!” It is honesty with ourselves: we know ourselves, accept ourselves, and try to be ourselves to the glory of God.