Matthew 5:3 – Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

The poor in spirit are all those who have suffered under this world’s system. These are the oppressed, neglected, and underclass who are the majority of people in the world. Jesus came for such as these. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are downtrodden, to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord” (Luke 4:18-19). The kingdom of God goes to the deepest areas of an individual’s life, to heal the broken spirit. The good news is that there is a King who reigns in heaven and cares about the hurting of this world. Christ redeems those who have been made captive in their circumstances through a system controlled by Satan’s kingdom. Although they might suffer in this life, they are to rejoice in the promise that the kingdom of God “belongs to them.”

There is a change coming! Even if one’s circumstances are oppressed, the Holy Spirit has come to first make the human spirit alive. To the one who is born again, He makes available the experience of a deep abiding joy which the world cannot steal. All of this begins in the spirit and finds its way into the chambers of the soul. Paul’s prayer for the church at Thessalonica was “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit, soul, and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:23).

This explains why so many persecuted believers are able to have such joy in the midst of oppression which comes through the systems of the world. This also explains why believers are able to stay afloat through the many struggles that take place in life. Even during financial setbacks, sickness, or relational difficulties, they still remain strong. One who is strong in their spirit, knowing they have been given the kingdom, is able to rise up in this life and demonstrate God’s provision. God makes them rich in their spirit and strong in their kingdom lifestyle.

Today, allow the Holy Spirit to establish you in His grace regardless of your circumstances. Claim your portion in Christ and rest in all He has promised for the future. Father, thank You for all of Your promises, beginning with this promise of Your blessing to my spirit.