Today's Message from Chip Brogden
"Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven."
This spiritual poverty is the result of recognizing that apart from
Him we can do nothing. It is a willingness to be broken and reduced
to spiritual bankruptcy, which implies not only losing everything
we once enjoyed, but also making a fresh start with a clean slate
and all our debts erased. It is the Second Universal Spiritual
Principle, which states: "I must decrease" (John 3:30). This
decreasing, or as I like to say, this reducing to Christ, is the
If we are unwilling to be emptied then we cannot have the riches of
the Kingdom of Heaven. We will be like the Laodicean church, who
said they were "rich and increased with goods and have need of
nothing" yet in God's sight they were poor, blind, naked, and
miserable (Revelation 3:17). So the Kingdom belongs to those who
readily admit right from the beginning that "a man can receive
nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven " (John
Source: "Embrace the Cross" by Chip Brogden
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