Matthew 5:3 – Blessed are the poor in spirit

Psalm 144:15 says, “Happy are the people whose God is the Lord.” And this should be the character of a believer: blessedness, happiness, joy. The Lord wants people in his kingdom to enjoy real happiness.

The Lord’s Kingdom is not in the hereafter, but in the here and now!

Our attitudes become shaped by the world … that is, the world’s media: newspapers, books, magazines, television, radio, music and movies. All of these are relentlessly selling the world’s perspective and in the process corrupting our thinking.

The first step to happiness is being poor in spirit and realizing your spiritual poverty.

Blessings begin with this admission.

In this meditation, pray for the absence of pride, the absence of self-confidence, the absence of self-righteousness, the absence of self-assurance—the knowledge that we’re nothing before God. Empty ourselves of self in preparation for the infilling of God through the Holy Spirit.

The Reverend Deacon Nina Page
, Grace Church Milton.