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I often hear from Christians who state that if they were presently being blessed they would then submit to God.  Because life is too hard for them they find it hard to be poor in spirit.  I cannot find support for their complaint from Scripture.  In fact, the New Testament starts at the default station in life of being impoverished and without the material blessings of God.   So, when Christ commanded His disciples to be poor in spirit He was addressing men who had no jobs, no home, and no security.  They followed Christ everywhere and were supported by friends of Jesus’ ministry.  There were no perfect conditions for the disciples to operate from.  They only had Jesus.  When we look at Satan in the following passage note how good it was for him.  Much better than anything we could have here on earth…and yet he rebelled against God:

You had the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.  You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering: the ruby, the topaz and the diamond; the beryl, the onyx and the jasper; the lapis lazuli, the turquoise and the emerald; and the gold, the workmanship of your settings and sockets, was in you.  On the day you were created they were prepared.  You were the anointed cherub who covers, and I placed you there.  You were on the holy mountain of God; you walked in the midst of the stones of fire.  You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created until unrighteousness was found in you.   (Ezekiel 28:12-15, NASB)

Satan had it all before his fall.  He was perfect, full of wisdom, and beautiful.  He experienced the Garden of Eden in the pre-fall condition.  He shined as all precious stones beautifully arrayed as God’s creation.  It appears Satan was the worship leader in heaven – could you imagine that?  Maybe that is why secular music is such a big problem for people?  Satan was perfect in all his ways; everything was in his favor.  He had no worries and no issues…and yet he fell from heaven and took a third of the angels with him.  So the answer to submission, to be poor in spirit, is not just the blessing.  The answer to submission is to just submit.  Blessing will follow.  Not necessarily material blessings but most definitely heavenly blessing.  We cannot let circumstances in our lives dictate our decision, especially the decision to work on becoming what Christ called us to be – poor in spirit.

Meditate on the following passages from the Word of God and pray how you can apply them to your life:

But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.   (Matthew 6:33, Amplified)

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.  And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.  (James 1:2-4, NASB) 

In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being much more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.  (1 Peter 1:6-9, NASB) 

I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence.  In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]!  For I have overcome the world.  [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you]  (John 16:33, Amplified)

And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.  (Romans 5:3-5, NASB) 

Who will separate us from the love of Christ?  Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  Just as it is written, “For Your sake we are being put to death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”  But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  (Romans 8:35-39, NASB)

 

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