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Topic: Poor (10/25/04)
By george elerick
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A week later the doorbell rings and in step 4 men in their mid-20's who reluctantly make themselves at home in their victim's house. They didn't know why they were there, they just knew he wanted them there. "I forgive you! I love you all, and I want you to know something. I couldn't do this on my own strength, in fact, I am not doing this on my own strength! God is helping me. He can and will help you, only if you ask, only if you believe. Close your eyes all of you, imagine a place you have never seen, but as you get closer to this unimaginary place, you feel most at home and most at ease when you are near there, that is God. That is the one who created you all more than what you have been living. There are second chances and you all have it, just take it and try it out. It will be worth it."
That evening 3 men walked away citizens of Heaven.
The grand paradox where up is down, and down is up, and 1st is last and last is first, being poor means knowing you have no answers and your humility isn't based on your goodness, it is based upon grace alone. Being poor in spirit means relying on the things of God and realizing you do need Him more than yourself. It is a healing and invigorating knowing that everybody is on their way home!!