According to Strongs, poor in this verse means destitute of wealth, influence, position, honour, reduced to begging. That’s humble. No one wants to live that as a lifestyle, but it should be something we strive for as an attitude. It’ something I want – a spirit of humility. I am all too quick to give my opinion, to put my best side forward because I know I’ll look better for it. I’d rather be poor in spirit and live in true humility. That would actually help me be successful and fulfilled in my destiny and for God to shine and not me. And having the kingdom of heaven is something I can have now. It’s a great tradeoff – my annoying pride for God’s presence and His kingdom. Please God, help me be poor in spirit.
Something has been bothering me about our worship songs for some time. When I look back at the old hymns, I see such a difference from the worship songs that we sing today, and I don’t mean just style. The hymns spoke of God’s holiness, His grace, and magnificence. The catchy songs we sing today are about our response to His love and what we want Him to do in us. They are “me” directed not God directed. That bothers me. I don’t want to sing about myself, I want to praise Him. If the song is about my feelings or what I want, I feel like I’m robbing God of real praise. I love the songs that give Him total focus – complete praise, total worship. It’s not about me, it’s about Him. And I don’t want to sing “it’s not about me”, because it’s still about me. I want to cut straight to it’s all about Him. I can get lost in that, then He can be what He wants to be in me without me having to ask.
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. Deut 6:5. This is not a suggestion, this is a command. He is serious about this. He says the same thing in the following scriptures:
Over and over again, we are told to love the Lord with all our heart, our whole heart. He wants to be the center of our lives. I fear for the ones who give Him lip service or try to fit Him in where they can. They are likely to be the ones who will hear, “Depart from me. I never knew you.” That’s a terrifying thought.
The upside to loving Him totally and completely is blessing, grace, forgiveness, safety, life, and unstoppable love. If we throw ourselves into His arms, He will move heaven and earth to be what we need Him to be for us. But we are responsible to search ourselves and see, are we loving Him with our whole heart? What does that mean to you and are you doing it?
Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end. Is 9:7
I’m not sure what that means. I get that His peace can continue to grow through eternity because peace is an aspect of His nature that we will continue to explore and understand forever. But His government? His government is His kingdom. How will His kingdom continue to increase after He calls His bride home? We won’t be growing families in heaven like we do on earth, so it won’t increase that way. Will His kingdom increase throughout worlds without end? Are there other people that He will draw into His kingdom that we don’t know about? There’s so much that we can’t and won’t understand this side of eternity. I think He’s just teasing us with little snippets of heaven to make us want to know more. I definitely want to know more. His picture is so much bigger than mine and I want to see it all. Any thoughts?
And you will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. Jer. 29:13.
God is not after part-time supporters. He’s not interested in Sunday believers. He wants all your heart, everyday. It’s not enough to stumble over a blessing and think how nice the Lord is. He wants you searching for Him, reaching for Him, thirsty and hungry. He wants you to realize that you have a gaping God-size hole in your spirit that He wants to fill. But He will only do that when you go after Him tooth and claw. The violent take it by force. How much of your heart are you searching with? How much do you want Him? When you race after Him, fearless and determined, He will be found. You’ll run smack into Him. And it will be a collision of awesomeness. What ever you’re holding onto that keeps you from going after Him with everything you’ve got, throw it down now and reach up with both hands. Go after Him. Go!
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jer. 29:11. When God has thoughts about you, they are actually promises for your life. He’s planning a path for you to have a future and a hope. His thoughts are not wishful thinking, they are true. He’s not up in heaven looking at all your mistakes and keeping track of all your failures, He’s thinking of ways to draw you close to Him. He thinks the best things for you.
The scripture says He’s thinking thoughts toward you. Those thoughts are a moveable force, an energy wave that can cast aside all the plans of the enemy to change your circumstances for your good. His thoughts toward you are powerful promises to save you and bless you. Quiet your spirit and ask God what He’s thinking. What ever you hear will change your life.
May He grant you according to your heart’s desire, and fulfill all your purpose. Psalms 20:4
When I think about how wildly awesome God is, I love Him more. He wants to give me my heart’s desire. He wants to make my dreams come true. Not only does He want to guard and protect me, He wants me to be my perfect me. He wants me to fulfill my destiny, completely. He knows what’s important to me and He knows what will bless me. He knows what will help me grow and He knows all my favorite things. The closer I get to Him, the more He blesses me. He is my God, and He always will be.
Isaiah 9:6 calls Jesus Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. When people read that out loud, I always hear Wonderful Counselor, like He’s a really good counselor. But reading it with the comma is more fun. His name is Wonderful. Dear Wonderful, thank you for a great day. Be with me, Wonderful, I need some amazement in my life. It’s just a great name. And He would have the best business card:
Wonderful, Fun Technician
Contact: just pray
And it would have three-dimensional fireworks that shoot off of it. And if you carried that card with you everywhere, your life would be…wonderful. He’s just good at that. I’m so glad my God’s name is Wonderful. He’s the best.