Spiritually bankrupt? Good news!

You have heard it said:

Matthew 5:3 New International Version (NIV)

3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

But this verse is listed in different versions in interesting ways. For instance:

Matthew 5:3 New Living Translation (NLT)

3 “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.

Matthew 5:3 International Children’s Bible (ICB)

3 “Those people who know they have great spiritual needs are happy. The kingdom of heaven belongs to them.

When I read the NIV version, which is most familiar to me, I actually thought of people who were downcast. I wasn’t focusing on people who had spiritual poverty.

I like these two other versions for bringing this new insight to me. I can completely see how and why God would bless those of us who are aware that our spiritual needs are great and make us totally dependent upon Him.

God loves, loves, loves our dependence on Him. He is forever telling us to not lean on our own understanding, to not listen to fools, to trust Him, to seek Him in all our ways.

But if we are trying to be self-sufficient, or hastily asking others for their thoughts and opinions…if and when we think we’ve got this life down…we lose our NEED for the Creator, Sculptor, Guide, and ultimately our Saviour.

When we admit our spiritual needs, God gets exited because it gives Him the chance to fill them in all kinds of ways.

And that

is how we are blessed.

Until Next Time

Blessings, Kate


2 thoughts on “Spiritually bankrupt? Good news!

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  1. Wow. I wrote out a detailed reply and it is gone. That’s right in line with my needing to humble myself in light of horrendous news.
    I’ll be participating in Lent this year, I have much to surrender and this is recognized as a season to do just that.

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    1. Gregory, I have had that happen several times before and it can be disappointing. Sometimes I think it’s God humbling me. Sometimes I think it’s a computer glitch. And honestly, sometimes I think it’s the enemy stopping something needed from being said.
      So feel free when you have time to type it and share it again either here or on Spark People.
      And I am praying for you this season. May God richly show himself to you at this time.


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