Sunday, March 05, 2006

Blessed are the Poor in Spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven

These are people who are humble and who do not think of themselves more highly than they ought. Jesus once said that whoever humbles himself as a little child would be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. In the book of Proverbs we read that a man's pride will bring him down, but a lowly spirit will bring him honor.

We should be filled with great joy whenever we find that we need God’s help. When we see that we are poor in spiritual things – such as pure thoughts, good ideas, a feeling of being loved and wanted-we have no place to turn except to God. Through our sincere prayers, we reach out of the darkness of our fears, for the light of God. We will then be able to see that God has already provided us with what we need. We just forgot He was there!

Some people do not look to God for help until everything and everyone has failed them. They suffer because they feel separated from God’s goodness. But we can all expect much joy when we pick ourselves up and return to the open arms of our Father. In this home, the kingdom of heaven, we are greatly loved and showered with blessings. We no longer feel poor in spirit.

The kingdom of heaven is a special place filled with the light of wisdom and Love, where all of God’s spiritual children get along with each other in perfect harmony. There is no evil there, no sadness, or sickness, or loneliness, or things to frighten us. God rewards us with this kingdom, when we prayerfully look to Him for all our needs. We find that heaven is within our own thinking! It is right here with us on earth, not a place far away in the sky. We can never be separated from the kingdom of heaven,as long as we accept the ideas that God gives to us. This is the wonderful reward promised to those who see they are “poor in spirit.”

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