Beatitudes: 8 attitudes Jesus highlights to increase our experience of his blessing in our lives.

Key to happiness: 1. HUMILITY

VS 3 Blessed are the poor in spirit because theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

As we recognise that we need help, from God and other people, we are positioned to walk in all that God has for us.  We are positioned to receive salvation, healing and deliverance.

  1. How does this beatitude challenge ‘self-reliance’?
  2. How does being wealthy, potentially create extra challenges with this attitude?

See James 2:5,6 ‘Listen to me, dear brothers and sisters. Hasn’t God chosen the poor in this world to be rich in faith? Aren’t they the ones who will inherit the Kingdom he promised to those who love him? But you dishonor the poor! Isn’t it the rich who oppress you and drag you into court? ‘

Wealth is not a bad thing, having resource is a great thing, but you need to be aware of the trap set when we carry an arrogant, independent or prideful spirit.

Application/response: (‘Look out’ – what is your response to these verses)

Ask God, ‘Is there an area of my life where I cohabit with:

–           pride

–           arrogance

–           Self- reliance

–           independence

–           self-righteousness

Repent of these attitudes.

Take up humility and ask for help, both from God and those you trust.

Choose how you are to apply these verses this week.