Okolona Christian Church
Blessed Life: Poor in Spirit
Andrew "Fitz" Fitzgibbon
January 14, 2024

Blessed Life: Poor in Spirit

January 14, 2024

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John 16:33 (NIV)
33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”


The Beatitudes = “BLESSINGS”

Matthew 5:1-3 (NIV)
1-3 Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them. He said: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.“

Other translations of verse 3:
Blessed are those who know their need of God.
Blessed are those who depend only on God.
Blessed are those who are starving to death spiritually.
Congratulations to the person who recognizes his spiritual bankruptcy, because he is open to the reign of God in his life.


Greek words for poor:
penes = nothing to spare
ptochos = nothing at all


Spiritual Piggy Bank (Sin vs Grace)

Romans 6:23a (NLT)
23a For the wages of sin is death…


Sin breaks the bank.


Romans 6:23 (NLT)
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.


Ephesians 2:8-9 (NLT)
God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.


God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense


Repentance: A desperate plea for rescue


These Kingdom attributes don’t describe we should …they describe we should .


The Beatitudes = Jesus’ Vision

Luke 18:9-14 (NLT)
Then Jesus told this story to some who had great confidence in their own righteousness and scorned everyone else: “Two men went to the Temple to pray. One was a Pharisee, and the other was a despised tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed this prayer: ‘I thank you, God, that I am not like other people—cheaters, sinners, adulterers. I’m certainly not like that tax collector! I fast twice a week, and I give you a tenth of my income.’ “But the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed. Instead, he beat his chest in sorrow, saying, ‘O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.’ I tell you, this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home justified before God. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”


Makarios = Congratulations 


A relationship with Jesus is the greatest we could ever receive.


Depending on God

Dependency on also means dependency on God’s .


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What is the ultimate display of dependence?  


Matthew 5:3 (NIV)
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.“


Choose on God


I believe, that Jesus is the King, the Son of the Living God, and I follow Him as my Leader, and my Rescuer.



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