Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
For sometime this verse was conceived to mean poor as in financial poorness, and as a result the meaning for sometime has been lost. Thanks to the Holy Spirit, God‘s gift to His people we are able to come into a relationship with God that we might learn the truth.
In the context of being poor according to God’s word has nothing to do with being financially poor, rather it is to be bankrupted spiritually and recognizing our need for God we call out for help.
Realizing this need we begin to seek a way out of the debt, and after many human efforts it becomes evident we are unable to escape the results of the debt which leads to death.
Thank God for Jesus, we can find redemption from this debt. God through His will and purpose has sent Christ to pay that debt, so that we might be free. Being poor in Spirit is a need to be strengthen, a need to be redeemed, and what is amazing about this verse is the end part which reads, ” for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”.
What does that means, how can the poor have access to the kingdom being in debt? for sometime this has been a mystery, but according to the Holy Spirit, what it means is to have help sent from above. To clarify, it means help is always available to those who are in need. The kingdom is ready and willing to help those who are spiritually bankrupted, it is the reason for which Christ came; and that is to set free those who are bond by the spirit of this world.
Psalm 34:6 This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him and saved him out of all his troubles.
Testimony of a Saint
1 I will extol the Lord at all times;
his praise will always be on my lips.
2 I will glory in the Lord;
let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
3 Glorify the Lord with me;
let us exalt his name together.
4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me;
he delivered me from all my fears.
5 Those who look to him are radiant;
their faces are never covered with shame.
6 This poor man called, and the Lord heard him;
he saved him out of all his troubles.
and he delivers them.
8 Taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
9 Fear the Lord, you his holy people,
for those who fear him lack nothing.
10 The lions may grow weak and hungry,
but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.
11 Come, my children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12 Whoever of you loves life
and desires to see many good days,
and your lips from telling lies.
14 Turn from evil and do good;
seek peace and pursue it.
and his ears are attentive to their cry;
16 but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
to blot out their name from the earth.
17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;
he delivers them from all their troubles.
18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
19 The righteous person may have many troubles,
but the Lord delivers him from them all;
20 he protects all his bones,
not one of them will be broken.
21 Evil will slay the wicked;
the foes of the righteous will be condemned.
22 The Lord will rescue his servants;
no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.