The Kingdom of Heaven is for the Poor in Spirit
Categories: Sermon on the Mount, Weekly Service
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- An Unshakeable Life:
- The only thing that will matter in the end is whether you obeyed what you heard (Matthew 7:13-27).
- The Old Covenant pertained to the kingdom of Israel (I Samuel 10:25) and contained earthly promises and blessings. Jesus came to inaugurate the New Covenant pertaining to the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 4:17) and containing spiritual promises and blessings.
- Very few Christians are truly interested in the kingdom of heaven, because they still primarily seek earthly promises and blessings.
- The Kingdom of Heaven:
- The kingdom of heaven is ruled by a King (Colossians 1:13); it’s not a democratic republic. Once your life is transferred to the kingdom of heaven, you no longer have a say in making decisions in your life; all decisions are made only by the King.
- The kingdom of heaven is not for the future (“in heaven”), but is here and now on earth (Luke 16:16).
- The kingdom of heaven is an inner spiritual kingdom (Luke 17:20-21).
- The kingdom of heaven is not in the words you say, but in the power in your life (I Corinthians 4:20).
- The kingdom of heaven is righteousness, peace, joy in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17).
- The kingdom of heaven is hated by all earthly kingdoms, including religious kingdoms. That is why the Pharisees crucified Jesus!
- The kingdom of this world will make you more worldly. The kingdom of earth will make you more earthly. The kingdom of heaven will make you more heavenly. This happens day by day, year by year. Test yourself to see which kingdom you are part of, by which you have become more like in 2013.
- When we wish someone to “have a blessed day”, what we really should mean is, “May you have a day in which you are poor in spirit and Jesus is on the throne in your life” (Matthew 5:3).
- Poor in Spirit:
- The poor in spirit are always in need (Proverbs 8:34). One who is not poor in spirit doesn’t have time for God’s Word and for prayer, because he feels like he can go on through his day without dependence on God.
- The poor in spirit never compare themselves with others’ faults. They always seek to go down, and that’s why they are God’s dwelling place (Isaiah 66:1-2). You can never look down on others, when you’re at the bottom. How much of God’s Spirit you get in 2014 will be determined by how low you go in humility.
- The poor in spirit are always compassionate toward others (Matthew 9:12-13).
- The poor in spirit never make demands on others (Matthew 21:31,43).
- The poor in spirit never take pride in their obedience to God (Luke 17:7-10).
- “Holiness without brokenness will make you a legalist!” (Zac Poonen)
- “Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.” (C.S. Lewis).
- You will think of yourself less when you think of God more. After all that Job knew and had heard about God, it was only after he saw God that He became poor in spirit (Job 42:5-6).