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“Blessed are the poor in spirit” by George E Markakis, Pastor of Shalom Center Athens

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This is the English version of the original that was done in Greek.
Αυτή είναι η Αγγλική έκδοση του αρχικού μηνύματος που δόθηκε στα Ελληνικά στις 17/1/21. Υπάρχουν διαφορές μια και απευθύνονται σε διαφορετικό κοινό. Στην Ελληνική έκδοση δόθηκε ιδιαίτερο βάρος στο σχετικό προφητικό μήνυμα προς την Ελληνική Εκκλησία, ενώ η Αγγλική έκδοση είναι πιο πολύ διδασκαλία.
«Μακάριοι οι φτωχοί στο πνεύμα»-Σύντομη βιβλική διδασκαλία & προφητικός λόγος.

Matthew 5:1 And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. 2 Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying: 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

There are various ways we may interpret and apply these words of Jesus. In this message we shall focus on what it is to be “poor in spirit” in the sense that we acknowledge that we do not know all that we need to know about God. We regard ourselves as poor in the knowledge and understanding of God and His Kingdom.

That is when we do not behave as ones who know it all, nor do we regard ourselves as self-sufficient and all-knowing; we do not think of ourselves as “rich” in knowledge and understanding, but as lacking and being in need, as we position ourselves in the same place as a poor beggar who is helpless and begging for what he needs for his food and life. And it is a need that we cannot address in our own power; we regard ourselves as weak, helpless and needy.

It is a heart attitude to know there is nothing we can do, other than ask that what we need, be given to us. Being poor in spirit is the attitude of feeling dependent on what may be given to us as a gift.

A poor beggar never has a sense of independence and self-control; rather, the opposite. That is the attitude in which we draw near God to provide us with our daily “manna”; which is our daily portion of spiritual impartation of God’s truth, knowledge, wisdom, revelation, by which our spirit man becomes nourished and growing day by day.

This attitude becomes manifest in real life in two distinct ways:

– One is the direct, it’s in how we pray, study the Bible, and seek God’s Spirit to reveal to us God’s Truth.

– The other is indirect; it is the way we treat, and relate to, God’s messengers who speak on His behalf. Those are God’s earthly reflections, expressions, and manifestations by the Anointing.

Concerning the direct way in how we pray, study the Bible and seek God’s truth, some people rely on their own intellectual ability to interpret the Scriptures. They are happy to project their own ideas and personal values and culture, and are easy to ignore the Scriptures which do not fit in, or, find ways to explain them in their own way.

Clearly, such a person does not study the Bible to seek God and find the Truth; this person feels so rich, self-sufficient, has no need of anything to be given, for he/she knows it all and has all the answers.

This is the exact opposite of being poor in spirit, even though this person has an external appearance of being a devout believer who studies the Bible and is able to teach and explain everything (!)

Concerning the indirect way which is in how we honor the servants who speak on God’s behalf, we need to understand the truth of our heart’s attitude; if we are poor in spirit or not.

If we are poor in spirit, then, we are as those who feel helpless and yearning for what we need, to be given to us by God – yet – to be given (indirectly) through His anointed messengers, the preachers and the ministers of the Gospel. It is those people whom God has chosen, called, equipped, anointed and sent to edify the other believers and actively grow and advance the Kingdom of God.

We cannot see the invisible God, but we do see the people whom He sends to preach His word and minister on His behalf. We need such anointed servants of God as much as we need our own study of the Bible and seeking God’s Truth to be revealed to us; we need both in order to remain in balance and show humility in practice.

It takes humility to recognize that we are not all knowing and self-sufficient but that we need the wisdom that God imparts through His anointed servants who may see things in better light than ourselves.

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