I know, I have not posted in a long time. So here I am, posting...
On Sunday, our Pastor read the passage from Matthew 5:3 in the amplified Bible that reads:
Blessed (happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous--with life-joy and satisfaction in God's favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the poor in spirit (the humble, who rate themselves insignificant), for theirs is the kingdom of heaven!
I then find myself thinking- How do I become humble? How do I rate myself insignificant? Well, I can't, but Christ can, and He lives through me. (Galatians 2:20)
When I rate myself insignificant, when I am humble and without reputation, then I can be happy, spiritually prosperous, have joy and have favor with God. That sounds great, but how many times a day do I forget that and think that I am pretty important and that people should just listen to my ideas, or cater to my every need; quite frequently, unfortunately. But what good comes of that? No good. And then, how do I not think of myself? Well, my Grandpa has told me that when you love someone and realize that your love can’t save them, protect them, nourish them; that is when you realize that you are going to need help from outside of yourself.
Just like Jacob who was greatly afraid because he and his family were surrounded on both sides with enemies, he wrestled with the angel of the Lord all night, because he wanted a blessing. But Jacob could not receive the blessing until he admitted his name, which was Jacob, sneak. After Jacob admitted that he was a sneak, God gave him his a new name, Israel.
And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed. Genisis 32:26-28