Matthew 5:3 - HUMILITY

Matthew 5:3: HUMILITY

Matthew 5:3 (NLT) God blesses those who are poor and realize 
their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. 


The kingdom of God with its tangible blessings for its citizens 
is already here, but not yet in its fullness. After all, to be 
blessed is to have a relationship with God, who both satisfies our soul 
in the midst of whatever we're experiencing in the present and 
promises future and eternal rewards. Are you presently enjoying the 
blessings that come from a personal relationship with the King? [Being 
Still With God Every Day by Henry Blackaby re Mat. 5:3] 



Beatitudes (1-12). We enter the kingdom through the new birth 
(John 3:1-16), but we enjoy the kingdom by living for those things 
that please God the most (6:33). The world (and worldly believers) 
would disagree with Christ's description of a blessed (happy) person, 
but the description is true just the same. God majors on character, 
and so should we. [Chapter by Chapter Bible Commentary by Warren 

   The Bible presents many paradoxes that challenge our human 
way of thinking. We think of the poor as possessing very little, yet 
Jesus said the riches of heaven belong to the poor in spirit. 
Self-reliance robs us of Gods good gifts.  
   Jesus insisted that in order to follow Him we must deny self. 
As long as we rely on our own resources, we will never place our 
trust in Him. As we acknowledge the poverty of our souls, we realize 
how desperately we need a Savior. Jesus declared: Repent! For the 
kingdom of heaven is near (Mt 4:17). God has so much to give the one 
who recognizes his need and will call upon Jesus!  
   Jesus said it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of 
a needle than it is for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God. 
He had just encountered the rich ruler, who valued his possessions 
so much that he could not give them up to follow Jesus (Lu 
18:18"24). Jesus later encountered Zaccheus, a wealthy, notorious sinner 
(Lu 19:1"10). Despite Zaccheuss material wealth, he recognized 
his spiritual poverty and found salvation. Jesus taught the 
disciples that true wealth is found in a relationship with God. Those who 
realize their inherent spiritual poverty apart from God will trust in 
Him, and He will enrich their lives immeasurably. Do not allow your 
resources, wisdom, talent, or abilities to prevent you from trusting the 
One who can bring you abundant life. [Experiencing God Day by Day by 
Henry and Richard Blackaby re Mat. 5:3] 


Blessed. Each beatitude tells how to be blessed. Blessed 
means more than happiness. It implies the fortunate or enviable state 
of those who are in Gods kingdom. The Beatitudes dont promise 
laughter, pleasure, or earthly prosperity. To Jesus, blessed means 
the experience of hope and joy, independent of outward 
circumstances. To find hope and joy, the deepest form of happiness, follow 
Jesus no matter what the cost. [Life Application SB] 

Poor. a word indicating deep poverty. Here it refers to those 
who are in dire spiritual poverty and sense keenly their need of the 
things the kingdom of heaven has to offer. Those who do not feel their 
spiritual need, who think themselves rich, and increased with goods 
and in need of nothing, are, in the sight of Heaven, 
wretched, and miserable, and poor (Rev. 3:17). None but the poor in 
spirit will ever enter the kingdom of divine grace; all others feel no 
need of heavens riches, and decline its blessings There is no 
room in the kingdom of heaven for the proud, the self-satisfied, the 
self-righteous. Christ bids the poor in heart to exchange their poverty for the 
riches of His grace. [SDA Commentary] 


How to develop this attitude: James 4:7-10 [Life Application SB]

James 4:7-10 (NLT2) So humble yourselves before God. Resist the 
devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come 
close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for 
your loyalty is divided between God and the world. Let there be tears 
for what you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let 
there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. Humble 
yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor. 

   It's a common biblical theme: God loves and blesses humility. 
"These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and 
contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word" (Isaiah 66:2, NIV). "And 
what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy 
and to walk humbly with your God (Micah 6:8, NIV). Though the 
Lord is great, he cares for the humble (Psalm 138:6). The quotes 
could go on and on. Jesus didn't open up a new theme; He emphasized an 
old one. 
   That's because the Kingdom is eternal. The character of the 
Kingdom doesn't change over time because it reflects the unchanging 
character of the King. If He has ever honored humility, He always will. 
It's His nature to do so. 
   When Jesus blesses the poor in spirit, that's essentially 
what He is blessing. It's a true humility - not self-deprecating 
behavior but a deep sense of need and an understanding of where the human 
heart stands in relation to God. If we are poor inspirit, we will 
realize how desperately we need divine help for everything. We may 
approach His throne boldly, but we won't approach Him arrogantly. We will 
always be in awe of the privilege we've been given, aware of the grace 
and mercy that sustain us, and willing to comply with whatever He 
asks of us. A spiritually poor heart is not presumptuous, 
complaining, or entitled. It's forever grateful. 
   Jesus offers happiness to such hearts. The King "opposes the 
proud but gives grace to the humble" (1 Peter 5:5). If you take Him 
for granted, feel entitled to His benefits, or condescend to others, 
you won't fit the culture of His Kingdom very well. But if you are 
selfless, deferential, and servant-hearted, you will experience the 
support of God Himself. That may take time - it's a test of character to 
watch others push you down while you're waiting for God to lift you up 
- but His promise is certain. Those who know their deepest needs 
will find Him meeting them. [The One Year Heaven On Earth Devotional 
by Chris Tiegreen] 

   Have you ever considered a setback as a blessing? First of 
all, setbacks aren't failures. They are the normal ups and downs of 
life. Second, God uses them to bring us to the end of our rope, the 
end of our own resources, so we learn to rely on his vast resources. 
Part of his design is for there to be less of us and more of him in 
our lives. John the Baptist said of Jesus, "He must become greater; 
I must become less" (John 3:30). 
   Surprisingly, when there is less of us and more of God, 
that's when we find ourselves most empowered to move forward. God says, 
"I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is 
contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to 
revive the heart of the contrite" (Isaiah 57:15). So when a setback 
brings us low but we turn to God in that place, he'll get us back on 
our feet and running the marathon with joy. 
   Setbacks can be blessings, because when there's less of us, 
there's more of God and his rule, and that's where our true joy lies. 
[The Daniel Plan 365-Day Devotional] 


   All was quiet in the eighteenth-floor corner office. My boss 
was out of town, and my normally hectic workday would be quite the 
opposite. Out of habit I filled his twin silver pitchers with coffee and 
water and then shook my head at the wasted effort. 
   I sat down in his massive leather armchair and looked out at 
the clouds over downtown Houston. I began to contemplate the many 
empty relationships I had built with family and friends, when God 
brought to mind the opening words of the Sermon on the Mount. That first 
beatitude had always left me wondering to whom Jesus was referring when he 
talked about "the poor in spirit:" 
   In that moment, God opened my eyes to the unseen realm. It 
was me. I was among the poorest of the poor, totally dependent on 
the King. I had been busy manipulating relationships from my own 
selfish motivations and judgmental attitudes, but the truth is that I 
have no power to change anyone. That is God's job. In that new-found 
humility, I yielded control to him and found myself a changed person. Now, 
years later, my relationships - the people God brings into my life - 
are a source of rich joy and even give me a taste of what it will be 
like in the Kingdom of Heaven. 
   Janell Price, a writer and editor, has retired from the 
communications industry and a flat megalopolis to live in rural hill country. 
[The One Year Bible Live Verse Devotional] 


   Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of 
heaven. So when you're acutely aware of your insufficiency - rejoice! 
This is what being poor in spirit is all about. The world applauds 
self-sufficiency, and bookstores abound with volumes designed to help you reach 
this goal. However, this is not the way of My kingdom. I want My 
children to recognize and rejoice in their utter dependence on Me.  
   You have been saved by grace, through faith. Both grace and 
faith are gifts! Your part is to be receptive and responsive to these 
glorious gifts. The best response is gratitude - a heart overflowing with 
thankfulness for all I have done. You are exceedingly blessed because the 
kingdom of heaven is yours. When the strain of living in this fallen 
world is getting you down, resist the temptation to feel sorry for 
yourself. Instead, say to yourself, "I am blessed and thankful - and on my 
way to Glory!" (Mat. 5:3; Eph. 2:8; 2Co. 9:15; Psa. 73:24) [Jesus 
Today by Sarah Young] 

Come to Me with your gaping emptiness, knowing that in Me you 
are complete. As you rest quietly in My Presence, My Light within 
you grows brighter and brighter. Facing the emptiness inside you is 
simply the prelude to being filled with My fullness. Therefore, rejoice 
on those days when you drag yourself out of bed, feeling sluggish 
and inadequate. Tell yourself that this is a perfect day to depend 
on Me in childlike trust. If you persevere in this dependence as 
you go through the day, you will discover at bedtime that Joy and 
Peace have become your companions. You may not realize at what point 
they joined you on your journey, but you will feel the beneficial 
effects of their presence. The perfect end to such a day is a doxology 
of gratitude. I am He from whom all blessings flow! [2 Cor. 4:6; 
Mat. 5:3, 6; Col. 2:9, 10; Psa. 150:6] [Jesus Calling by Sarah 

   I am ever so near you, hovering over your shoulder, reading 
every thought. People think that thoughts are fleeting and worthless, 
but yours are precious to Me. I smile when you think lovingly of Me. 
My Spirit, who lives within you, helps you to think My thoughts. As 
your thinking goes, so goes your entire being.  
   Let Me be your positive Focus. When you look to Me, knowing 
Me as God with you, you experience Joy. This is according to My 
ancient design, when I first crafted man. Modern man seeks his positive 
focus elsewhere: in sports, sensations, acquiring new possessions. 
Advertising capitalizes on the longing of people for a positive focus in 
their lives. I planted that longing in human souls, knowing that only 
I could fully satisfy it. Delight yourself in Me; let Me become 
the Desire of your heart. [Deu. 31:6; Pro. 4:23; Mat. 5:3] [Jesus 
Calling by Sarah Young] 


Jesus began his sermon with words that seem to contradict each 
other. But Gods way of living usually contradicts the worlds. If 
you want to live for God you must be ready to say and do what seems 
strange to the world. You must be willing to give when others take, to 
love when others hate, to help when others abuse. By giving up your 
own rights in order to serve others, you will one day receive 
everything God has in store for you. [Life Application SB] 




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