The series began here.
“Blessed for My sake,” is Jesus’ proclamation that we possess the favor of God, being marked by fullness before God. It isn’t “blessed shall be,” but “blessed are.”
The foundation of all the beatitudes begins with being poor in spirit. It is a deep and profound knowing that we have no spiritual assets to wave before God. There is a Greek word for “working poor,” but Jesus uses a different word… “truly poor.” In other words, it is the attitude of begging.
Poor in spirit is:
The blind beggar in Mark 10:47, crying out to Christ to have mercy on him.
The woman with the blood issue in Luke 8:43-48, who came in desperation to find the One who might heal her.
The father in Mark 9:24, who admits his poverty and cries out for Jesus to help him in his unbelief.
The ‘sinner’ woman in Luke 7:37-38, who sheds every tear and every penny she has on the feet of her only Savior.
The tax-collector in Luke 18:13, beating his chest and pleading for forgiveness.
The list goes on and on with examples of those stunned by God, recognizing their complete and utter brokenness, and coming to Him based on His mercy and not their merits. This is the attitude Jesus is speaking of here and it is a requirement.
"Not what I have, but what I have not, is the first point of contact, between my soul and God.”