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 Blessed are the poor in spirit -brooks


[b]Blessed are the poor in spirit[/b]

(Thomas Brooks, "A Cabinet of Choice Jewels" 1669)

"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the
kingdom of heaven." Matthew 5:3

"Blessed are the poor in spirit;" that is--the broken and
humble in heart, who has no high thoughts or conceits of
himself--but is lowly in his own eyes, like a young child.

"Blessed are the poor in spirit;" that is--he who has no lofty
or puffed up spirit. The poor in spirit are those who are lowly,
being truly conscious of their own unworthiness. None are
poor in spirit--but the humble.

"Blessed are the poor in spirit;" that is--blessed are those
whose spirits are brought into such a humble gracious
frame, as willingly, quietly, and contentedly to lie down
in a poor low condition--when it is the pleasure of the
Lord to bring them into such a condition.

"Blessed are the poor in spirit;" that is--blessed are those
who are truly and sincerely sensible of their spiritual
needs, poverty, and misery. They see an utter inability
and insufficiency in themselves, and in all other creatures
--to deliver them out of their sinful and miserable estate.
They see nothing in themselves upon which they dare
venture their everlasting estates--and therefore fly to the
free, rich, sovereign, and glorious grace of God in Christ,
as to their sure and only sanctuary!

They see their need of God's free grace to pardon them.

They see their need of Christ's righteousness to clothe them.

They see their need of the Spirit of Christ to purge, change,
and sanctify them.

They see their need of more heavenly wisdom to counsel them.

They see their need of more . . .
of the power of God--to support them,
of the goodness of God--to supply them,
of the mercy of God--to comfort them,
of the presence of God--to refresh them,
of the patience of God--to bear with them, etc.

They see their need of greater measures of faith
--to conquer their fears.

They see their need of greater measures of wisdom--
to walk holily, harmlessly, blamelessly, and exemplary
in the midst of temptations, snares, and dangers.

They see their need of greater measures of patience
--to bear their burdens without fretting or fainting.

They see their need of greater measures of zeal
and courage--to bear up bravely against all sorts
of opposition, both from within and from without.

They see their need of greater measures of love
--to cleave to the Lamb, and to follow the Lamb
wherever He goes.

They see their need of living in a continual dependence
upon God and Christ--for fresh influences, incomes, and
supplies of grace, of comfort, of strength--by which they
may be enabled . . .
to live for God,
to walk with God,
to glorify God,
to bring forth fruit to God,
to withstand all temptations which
tend to lead the heart away from God.

"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the
kingdom of heaven." Matthew 5:3


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 Re: Blessed are the poor in spirit -brooks

Good stuff. One thing that God has shown me recently about being poor in Spirit is that it is possessing the attitude by which one comes to God saying, "Father, I can offer you nothing, for you created the heavens and the earth, and all that is within. You own the cattle on a thousand hills. What therefore can I give you that you don't already have?" If we can only get this attitude, then gone are the days we come to God and say, "See God what a good boy or good girl I have been this week... bless me!"

And therefore, the weeks that go by where we are not such a good boy or good girl, we can have assurance that so long as we come to Him, He will receive us. So often though, we think because we haven't measured up, therefore, we cannot come to Him until we do. But if such is our attitude, then we will never measure up, and likewise, never be able to come to Him.

For all that come to Him, He will by no means cast away. Therefore, let us boldly approach the throne of grace whereby we can receive grace and mercy in a time of need. For it is by grace and not of works.


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 Re: Blessed are the poor in spirit -brooks

Amen Brother Gordon! Amen!


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 Re: Blessed are the poor in spirit -brooks

Have read this post, but also printed it out to take time to go over it and absorb all it is saying.

It's not just a devotional, it's a challenge.

I see it as such.

When you see your life is lacking in God's graces, you do not ignore it, that would be like ignoring God's word.

And, unfortunately, you see on some threads that people lack some of God's graces.

Sorry, but I can't help but notice!

But all is not lost, we have God on our side.

God bless.

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 Re: Blessed are the poor in spirit -brooks

Thanks for this brother Greg.

God Almighty, in gentleness and tenderness I ask that You beat down and smash to peices everything in me that says [b]I[/b]. And which is cross or contrary to Your good and perfect will. My heart is rotten. Your heart is pure. I have been the king of my soulish kingdom. You are the King of kings yet meek and lowly of heart.


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