Here we go. Grab your Bible and notebook (if you want) and read Matthew 5:1-12. For nine days we are going to be looking at these verses, and everyday I want you to re-read through each of these 12 verses. If your Bible has heading, you will notice that this section is titled “The Beatitudes.”
- Since we just read through all the beatitudes, in your journal I want you to write down what you think the word “beatitudes” means. Use context clues. Come up with the best definition you can on your own. (do this before you continue reading)
The beatitudes center on one word that each beatitude shares…blessings.
Each one of these beatitudes focuses on helping to teach us how to live where we can experience the greatest amounts of joy. I don’t know about you, but things tend to make sense when there is joy involved. This is why I see it’s pretty important to spend some time on each one.
v. 3. “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
Journal some thoughts on these two questions:
- what do you think “poor in spirit” mean?
- what is good about being poor in spirit…how can that bring us joy?
What do poor people need the most. HOPE! Being “poor in spirit” is directly related to our relationship with God. When we are “poor in spirit” we recognize that we are in need of God. As we start off every week at Emerge “we are just a group of jacked up people coming to stand before a holy God,” we are jacked up because of our sin. We can not deal with sin on our own to make us better. Only God can deal with our sin. These verses show God’s love for us even in our sin!
God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. – Romans 5:8
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. – 1 John 1:9
When we are poor in spirit we know that we need God! We need the blood of Jesus to forgive our sins. We need God to show us how to choose right. We need God to be our strength because we are not strong enough on our own. When we recognize that we are poor in spirit, it starts to move us out of the center of our lives and places Jesus at the center.
**Monday: We will look at v. 4