Matthew 5:3 ¶ "Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
If I do not accept my total poverty of spirit I am trapped in an endless cycle of self-righteous obedience ending in despair. Exhibiting Christ’s instructions for my life are not nearly as important as my hunger and willingness to humbly listen. If I am more concerned with information concerning the acts of Jesus than knowing the person of Jesus; I may miss the eternal purpose of Jesus. The acknowledgement of my spiritual weakness is far more important than the abundance of my understanding. If I disregard my dependence upon the Holy Spirit I have misplaced my desire to know Christ. Knowing God is not the confidence in our imperfect understanding; it is the awareness of our mortal limitations – it is the acknowledgement and devotion to our Lord’s sovereignty and willing to allow him to do through me as He wills. The moment I see myself as helpful or necessary I am beginning to abandon the servant heart He desires in me – it is not the exercise of my talent that pleases God – it is the acknowledgment of my spiritual need that brings His greatest pleasure and purpose to my life.
Read through the Bible in one year – Mar. 9/Mk. 11:19-33; Deut. 8-10