Day 3

Recognizing our God-Need

“Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:3).

In Matthew 5-7, Jesus is outlining how a citizen of His kingdom should live in this world. In chapter 5, verses 3-12 He outlines the essential character qualities that will mark us as Christ-followers.  The first of these qualities and the entry way into the other seven characteristics is being “poor in spirit.”

The word for “poor” in the original language speaks of abject poverty. The root means to cower or crouch as a beggar who is completely dependent on the gifts of others.

In the Old Testament, this word was normally used of a person who was acutely aware of his or her total dependency upon God which resulted in a deep, intense reliance upon Him.

When Jesus uses the word “poor”, we could interpret the verse: “Blessed is the man who has realized his own utter helplessness, and who has put his whole trust in God.”

Before you can receive Christ, you must realize that you have nothing with which to commend yourself. In Mark 8:36-37, Jesus says, “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul?”

The reason most people do not receive forgiveness is because they don’t think they need it.

We need God to save us from the consequences of our spiritual bankruptcy, not only when we become a Christian, but every day. We have a “God-need” to forgive us when we fail and to strengthen us to obey.

Application of God’s Truth

Bow your head and simply say to God, “I need you.”  Articulate every situation that comes to mind where you need Him and put it in His hands and ask Him for the wisdom to handle it.