Charlotte's Hope Church
Blessed are the Poor in Spirit who Mourn
Matthew 5:1-4
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  • Hope Church Charlotte
    4100 Johnston Oehler Rd, Charlotte, NC 28269, USA
    Sunday 10:00 AM

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The World’s lack of faith in God is based upon the confidence that we are not broken, or weak, and that real joy and fulfillment in life are to be found in the pursuit of SELF-RELIANCE, SELF-CONFIDENCE, SELF-DETERMINATION, AND SELF-ESTEEM.

Any Messiah who comes along and proposes to replace:
§ Self-reliance with childlike God-reliance, and
§ Self-confidence with submissive God-confidence, and
§ Self-determination with sovereign grace, and
§ Self-esteem with magnificent mercy for the unworthy — that Messiah is going to be a threat to the religion of SELF-ADMIRATION.
Examples of the Biblical Character of Poverty of Spirit:

Abraham — In dealing with the Lord about Sodom and Gomorrah, he said, Genesis 18:27 “Then Abraham spoke up again: “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, though I am nothing but dust and ashes”

When Jacob returned to the promised land after spending twenty years in exile, he wrestled with God in prayer and said, Genesis 32:10 “I am unworthy of all the kindness and faithfulness you have shown your servant. I had only my staff when I crossed this Jordan, but now I have become two camps.”

The Centurion — Luke 7:6-9 So Jesus went with them. He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to him: “Lord, don’t trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, “I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel.”

The Canaanite Woman — When Jesus at first refused her request for help, since she was not a Jew, she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.” To which Jesus responds, “O woman, great is your faith!”

Moses — When God came to him with a mission to lead his people out of Israel, he said, Exodus 3:11“But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”
. . . Exodus 4:10 Moses said to the Lord, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.”
The reason God got angry at Moses is not because of his humble assessment of his own abilities, but of his lack of faith in God’s ability. God responded and said to Moses, Exodus 4:11-12 “The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”
What Is Poverty of Spirit?
§ It is a sense of powerlessness in ourselves.
§ It is a sense of spiritual bankruptcy and helplessness before God.
§ It is a sense of moral uncleanness before God.
§ It is a sense of personal unworthiness before God.
It is a sense that if there is to be any life or joy or usefulness, it will have to be all of God and all of grace.
EVERYBODY is Poor in Spirit, but not EVERYBODY IS BLESSED.

Only those who mourn over their spiritual bankruptcy are comforted and blessed.
“Blessed are those who know they are in trouble and have enough sense to admit it.”

As long as you carry your burdens alone, you don’t need a burden bearer.

As long as you can take him or leave him, you might as well leave him, because he won’t be taken half-heartedly.

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