Saturday, May 29, 2010

Poor In Spirit

It's a beautiful Saturday morning. The air is cool but the sun is warm and bright and those beautiful white clouds are floating across the blue sky. I sat out on my back patio with my current Bible study guide and soaked in God's presence. I needed this morning. I wish every morning could be like this.

In my brokenness, I have been lead to work on "meekness" in my life. This is a huge task for anyone I suppose but was something that spoke so loudly to me I had to take notice. God lead me to a Kay Arthur study "Lord, Only You Can Change Me". I love her work. This is an older study (1995, 2000 published dates) but so spiritually rich. Kay has that ability to draw you deep into the scripture and my soul has needed this for the repairing and mending of the devastation I recently journeyed through. Here is what I have learned and re-learned in today's reading...

To be poor in spirit is humility, yes, but it is so much more. It begins with a heart attitude. It begins with a brokenness for what what we are not coupled with a desire for what God intends for us to become. As Kay wrote...

"To be poor in spirit, then, is to realize what state you are in before God. It is to be actively conscious of your inability to walk with Him, please Him, or serve Him. To be poor in spirit is to abandon all pretense and to acknowledge your TOTAL dependence upon God for vindication from your sins. To be poor in spirit is to cry out with the apostle Paul, 'I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh' (Romans 7:18) is brokenness."

God created us, all of us-our body, our mind, and our spirit. As humans we tend to spend more time on our bodies (health & fitness) and our minds (psychological well-being). We know our spirit comes to life when we acknowledge Him in our life and it is fed on obedience and time spend in God's Word. But to live fully, we are to live daily in body, mind and spirit. There is completeness in life, satisfaction, and peace.

As humans, most of us struggle with this don't we? When the body is broken, whether by sin or by physical means, often our minds follows suit and becomes broken, being distorted in thinking or beliefs, and self-centered. And when you have a injured and imperfect body and mind, the spirit finds it difficult to function as God intended for it to. There a disconnect between the three when something goes wrong with just one of these. Dissatisfaction and dysfunction sets into our personal world.

So where does the healing come from? How do these three come together in unity, as God created them to?

One way is to live poor in spirit. This doesn't mean we walk around with our heads low, moping over our inability to get it right. We acknowledge it instead. We allow our imperfections and sins to break us for His good. Brokenness over our mistakes and weaknesses is a process of His sanctification. Brokenness over our self-reliance, our self-assurance, our unforgiveness, our pride, and our daily sins will open our eyes to realize the state we are in before God and enable us to take action. It opens us up to allow the spirit of God to rest on us.

But He said to me "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weakness so that the power of Christ may rest on me. That is why, for Christ sake, I will delight in weakness, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. ~ 2 Cor 12:9-10

So I ask you this you see your poverty of spirit? Do you awaken each morning and shake off any self-dependence, sin, or pride that you may have and allow a spirit of humility and repentance to seep in? Being poor in spirit should so overcome us that God and God alone controls our hearts, our minds, our actions, and our will.

May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.~1 Thes 5:23

My Holy God, You protect the simple-hearted and save the low (Ps 116: 6 NKJV). I am low. Return rest to my soul. Be bountiful once again in my life. Rescue me from this sinful flesh that so tightly grips me. Loosen its bond. I want to be your servant in body, mind, and spirit. In repentance I turn to You for dependence. In brokenness I surrender my pride, my sins, my self-justifications. Sanctify me. I am nothing without You. I want to live poor in spirit so much so that it overcomes me enough to control my thoughts, my actions, and my will. Make me willing to be made willing for You and You alone.~ Amen

Believing Him~Pamela


pixs are really wonderfull.... said...

ASTRA REED: Cool thoughts really!! amazing !!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Penetrating thoughts, Pam, springing forth from a heart that is content to let the Teacher teach. He's teaching you, even as he is teaching me. What a perfect fit with my earlier thoughts.



LisaShaw said...


I don't get to visit you often but I pray for you as the Holy Spirit brings you to mind...thank you for sharing the depths of your heart and the journey you are on. We all have a different journey but it's good to support each other along the path.

Remain encouraged in the LORD.

I recall a book I read of Kay's years ago that was titled: Lord change me. It was awesome. Unsure if that's the one you're referencing.

Bless you!