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Topic: Poor (10/25/04)

TITLE: Are Your Poor
By mary wolf


Destitute and needy were two words listed in a Thesaurus for the word poor. Wow, that describes anyone without Christ.
Broken and submissive were a couple of others. Until those become part of your demeanor, you are probably not ready to accept him as your Lord.
Bad things happen to people many times as a tool used to bring someone to the point of submission. God tells us we need a broken and contrite heart.
God is always seeking us, because he loves us. He often allows circumstances in our lives to bring us to him. God is good and wants us to come to him because he loved us first. When we harden our heart, He allows us to live with the choices we make. One thing Satan gets pleasure in, is blinding us from Gods’ goodness. When we blame God for our wrong choices, we end up in confusion, making a mess of our lives. For us to become poor in spirit, He will allow us to continue to make those choices, until we turn our lives over to him. Then and only then can he bless us, defeating the temptations we endured. Even after we become Christians, pride and forgetfulness often pull us away from that first love. He must get our attention.
Children, who have grown up in this world never having had material goods do not miss them, if there is love in the home. Deep within our soul is a hunger to be loved. Parents were Gods plan to fulfill that for Children. Because of sin we have a sinful nature and fail to always fulfill that need but even the best parents can not meet that soul searching need for God. A time will come in each one’s life to search the inward longing for a relationship with God.
Sadly, some turn to other things, money, drugs, alcohol, sex, and religion, to try to fulfill that longing. That is the very depths of the meaning of poor. Never knowing that God is waiting to give you the love that will satisfy that longing.
His love for you was so great it cost Him his only begotten son. Giving you a life that is exceedingly abundantly above every thing you could ever dream, an eternal relationship with him is the richest one could ever be.
When we pour out our wants and desires, allowing Him to fill us with His will, Our life becomes more successful, peaceful, and fulfilling than any life we could build ourselves.
Adults will ask children, “ What do you want to be when you grow up?”
Parents tell children their plans, for what they want them to be.
As Christians parents, we should train our children to ask God what His plan for their life. How to stay in the center of God will, for their life is the greatest preparation we could give them.
Perhaps, God would have them to become a doctor, lawyer, president, or ditch digger. What ever He has given them the ability to do, His plan will make them rich beyond any earthly desire we could have for them.
Self-centered goals for life are the most miserable, unproductive ones. While you may succeed for a time, when life ends, how will you take any of that with you?
Money, fame, and self-gratification will leave you very poor in spirit.
May God be the center of your life and give you all the riches of eternal glory. He promises,
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for they shall see God.

Member Comments
Member Date
Sheila Lockhart11/01/04
Praise God! We are on the same page! It is not a physical state of being, but a spiritual one. Good work!
Mitzi Busby11/02/04
Good job, Mary. Keep writing and God Bless.