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Live Like A King

Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe | June 15, 1975

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In the first Beatitude from the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says to be “poor in spirit.” But what does that mean? Pastor Wiersbe explains that being poor in spirit means to know yourself and your limitations; you accept yourself and be yourself to the glory of God.

Transcripts for Dr. Wiersbe's sermons are forthcoming. Below is an outline of his message.

Everything in the Beatitudes is contrary to what the world thinks.

If you’re thinking like a man, you aren’t thinking like God.

Four questions to help us understand the first beatitude: blessed are the poor in spirit.

  • What does it mean to be poor in spirit?
    • Being poor in spirit does not mean poor spirited or without enthusiasm or self-esteem.
    • We are important because we are made in the image of God and share in the identity of Christ.
    • Tearing ourselves down in false humility is really pride.
    • Being poor in spirit means to know yourself, accept yourself, and be yourself to the glory of God.
    • The person who is truly humble knows his limitations and his gifts.
    • Accepting who we are means constant growing in Christ.
    • Pride always brings out the worst in us, while humility brings out the best.
  • How can we tell if we are poor in spirit?
    • Poorness in spirit is found in our attitude.
    • What is your attitude toward other people, circumstances, possessions, yourself, and God?
    • A person who is poor in spirit has nothing to defend and nothing to lose.
    • We can’t control other people or our circumstances, but we have all that we need in Jesus.
    • The poor in spirit don’t need God to do things their way.
  • What is the blessing of being poor in spirit?
    • Being poor in spirit makes us more like God.
    • Being poor in spirit makes kings out of us.
    • God made us to reign over the Earth, but sin made us slaves.
    • When we live for ourselves, we are constantly worried about what we want and what other people think.
    • God does not entrust His blessings to those who are slaves to sin and pride. He entrusts them to kings.
    • We show our kingship by controlling ourselves when it would be easy to hurt someone.
    • Being a king means authority, liberty, and sufficiency.
  • How do we cultivate being poor in spirit?
    • The goodness of God leads us to repentance, not the badness of man.
    • We cultivate poorness in spirit by realizing how good God is.
    • We cultivate poorness in spirit by living in the presence of the Lord through prayer, the Word, and worship.
    • Let God share the glory in your heart, and always be conscious of His blessings.

In Christ we are everything and have everything.

The sin of pride has done more damage in churches than any other sin.

Let God cultivate a spirit of submission in us for His glory.

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