Matthew 5:3 (ESV): "3 "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."

Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days, he has spoken to us by his Son (Heb 1:1-2).

After Jesus called His disciples to Himself He gave the most extraordinary sermon ever given. The Sermon on the Mount begins with eight Beatitudes, derived from the Latin form of "blessed are" which means "oh how happy". First, blessed are those who are poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of God. Jesus proclaims the most important of truths upfront. One cannot obtain true salvation apart from a total abandonment of self. We must be poor in spirit, utterly bankrupt of self or any kind of work if we ever desire to inherit the Kingdom. Nothing else will do!

When we are poor in spirit we are poised for blessing because we recognize that we have nothing to offer the Lord but our filthy rags (Isa 64:6). It's only then that we can receive His grace and mercy. This is not to be a one-time attitude but a continual one. The closer you get to Jesus the more bankrupt you will become. Press in and become that much poorer in spirit that you depend on nothing else but the blood of Jesus to obtain the Kingdom, amen?

Father, thank You for revealing our desperate need for Jesus. May we continue to rely on Him alone for our entrance into the Kingdom and every good work. We surrender to You in Jesus' name, amen.