INSIGHT FOR TODAY WITH CHUCK SWINDOLL.
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The Topic of Chuck Swindoll Daily Devotional 1st February 2023 is “A Promise for ”The Poor in Spirit””.
Scripture: Matthew 5:3
3 “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. (Matthew 5:3)
At first glance, Jesus’s reference to “the poor in spirit” seems to refer to those who have little or no money—people of poverty with zero financial security.
You’ll note He speaks of being “poor in spirit” (Matthew 5:3, emphasis added). This is an attitude of absolute, unvarnished humility. What an excellent way to describe the portrait of God’s servant! It is the portrait of one who sees himself or herself as spiritually bankrupt, deserving of nothing . . . who turns to almighty God in total trust.
This spirit of humility is very rare in our day of strong-willed, proud-peacock attitudes. The clinched fist has replaced the bowed head. The big mouth and the surly stare now dominate the scene once occupied by the quiet godliness of the “poor in spirit.” How self-righteous we have become! How confident in and of ourselves! And with that attitude, how desperately unhappy we are!
A special promise follows the trait of spiritual helplessness: “for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (5:3), says Jesus. The vital condition of receiving a part in the kingdom of heaven is that we acknowledge our spiritual poverty. The person with a servant’s heart—not unlike a child trusting completely in his or her parent’s provision—is promised a place in Christ’s kingdom.
The opposite attitude is clearly revealed in the Laodicean congregation, where Christ rebuked them with severe words. They were so proud, and they were blind to their own selfishness (read Revelation 3:15–17). Chances are good that there wasn’t a servant in the whole lot at Laodicea.
First and foremost in the life of an authentic servant of God is a deep, abiding dependency on the living Lord.
On the basis of that attitude, the kingdom of heaven is promised.
Today’s Insight is written by Chucks Swindoll. Chuck Swindoll has devoted his life to the accurate, practical teaching and application of God’s Word and His grace. Since 1988 he has served as the founder and senior pastor-teacher of Stonebriar Community Church in Texas, but his listening audience extends far beyond a local church body. The radio broadcast of this devotional program has aired for more than 35 years. Read more.
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