54. Poverty

The End Time Men
W.W. Fischer
Scriptures Referenced in This Chapter:
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Isa. 66:2 π Mt. 5:3 π Jn. 5:19 π Jn. 15:5 π 2 Cor. 3:5 π 2 Cor. 4:7

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.” ( Mt. 5:3; top )

If we know that we have no great abilities, strength, or outstanding talents, then through this poverty we enter into the Kingdom. God cannot use anyone who thinks he can be useful for God. It is through our spiritual poverty that the richness of God’s Spirit can flow; God cannot really use anyone not knowing this poverty.

We need God’s strength everyday; even after we are saved we must stay poor and rest in our spiritual poverty daily and be refueled by God Himself - and only then can we replenish a spiritually dying human race. We don’t have anything to give those hurting people unless God gives it to us. Even Jesus said, “The Son can do nothing of Himself...” ( Jn. 5:19; top )

Repentance is necessary every time we fail to feel our spiritual poverty, because it is only through our spiritual poverty new life can flow. “...Without Me (Jesus) you can do nothing.” ( Jn. 15:5; top ) We are to be living sacrifices for God; our self-life must die so His Spirit through us can serve. Then the spiritually need will see Jesus living His life through us.

If we are promoting our own ministry or program, Jesus and the Father cannot flow through a “stopped-up” vessel. The Father and Son need humans that are weak, powerless and empty so His strength, wisdom and power can flow through these human (vessels) containers. “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God and not of us.” ( 2 Cor. 4:7 ) “...To this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of contrite spirit and trembles at My word (rhema)" (and obeys My commandments).” ( Isa. 66:2; top )

We should feel our lack of abilities and inadequacies. And if we don’t, we should repent of our abilities that provide us with a spirit of self-sufficiency, because “our sufficiency is of God.” ( 2 Cor. 3:5; top )

We have this erroneous idea that we must perform our Christian service, with some assistance from God to help us, but this is relying on our self-activity. Our true spiritual poverty tells us that we cannot do God’s work by self-wisdom and self-effort.

Are we willing to be nothing so God can be everything? Then death to our spiritual programs will be replaced by God’s life through us, that can quicken, restore and heal others.

53. Mixture π 55. Romans 10:17
The End Time Men

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