As we continue through the beatitudes, the Holy Spirit is challenging us all to evaluate and reflect on who we are in Christ and what it means to follow Him. From being humble to seeking righteousness, we are on a journey of faith.
A new school week begins tomorrow (or for some a new work week). Take a minute to look around and notice where God is working and join in through His empowering. If you see one mourning, mourn with them and provide comfort. If you find yourself taking on pride that is not from Him, repent and change the attitude. If you notice you are not being as gentle as Christ Himself, ask Him to help you to reflect Him.
Our Father is waiting to pour His spirit of power over us and in us so that we can be the salt and light to the earth, one that is longing for hope and redemption. Let this be a week that we are all workers in the vineyard reaping the harvest of God.
Matthew 5:3 states that the poor in spirit are blessed, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. The opening words of Christ's Sermon on the Mount challenge us to reflect upon our "spirituality." Are we humble? Can the Lord correct and direct us? Or are we more like the Pharisees who thought they were super-spiritual individuals and had a hard time accepting and living Christ's words?
Being poor in spirit doesn't mean we are weak in spirit, but rather we understand our need and dependence upon God the Father, Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We can receive His guidance and correction. No matter if we are new in our walk with Christ or we have been following Him for years, we should strive to respond with an attitude of reverence. It is because of HIM that we are able to have a relationship with our Father. May we all grow this week as the Holy Spirit works within us.
This Wednesday, May 4, we will begin our new series "Blessed are the..." Christ's words in the opening of His sermon on the mount challenge believers to examine themselves through prayer and accountability. We are anticipating the Holy Spirit to move among us, in us, and through us. Join us for fellowship, worship, and discussion!