01
Feb
07

Look at God!

Last Sunday we learned what it meant to be “poor in spirit” (Matthew 5:3). You will recall to be “poor in spirit” is to recognize your true condition before God. And, our true condition before God is that we are spiritually bankrupt. The “poor in spirit” admit I am nothing, I have nothing and I can do nothing without the grace of God through Jesus Christ.

Before concluding my thoughts on being “poor in spirit” I noted how Martin Lloyd-Jones says he developed a spirit of poverty. He said, “To develop a spirit of poverty you must look at God.”

The more we look at God, the less esteem we have for ourselves. When God is exalted in our lives, we are naturally humbled. Therefore, to develop the beatitude of “poor in spirit” one must continually look at God—not the god of our own making or the god of a television evangelist or the god of my parents—but the God of the Bible.

When I focus on whom God is and what He does, I realize this one simple truth: God is everything and I nothing.

My salvation is all of God and none of me. God is everything and I am nothing. It is not that I am something and God is something more. It is not that I am good and God is great. To look at God is very simply admitting that God is everything and I am nothing.

As you look to God today, take a few moments to answer the following questions:

Omniscience: Do we realize God knows everything?
Omnipresence: Do we realize God is everywhere?
Omnipotence: Do we realize God can do anything?
Sovereign: Do we realize God controls everything?
Holy: Do we realize God is totally perfect and utterly different from us and all of creation?
Gracious: Do we realize God gives gracious oversight to the affairs of all mankind?
Love: Do we realize God loves us even though we deserve His wrath?
Faithful: Do we realize God does everything He says He will do?
Good: Do we realize God is the final authority of everything that is good?
Wrath: Do we realize God intensely hates all sin?
Mercy: Do we realize God eternally gives Himself to us?
Immutable: Do we realize God does not change His basic character?

Remember, to be “poor in spirit” is to admit I am nothing, I have nothing and I can do nothing without the grace of God through Jesus Christ.

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