Words from the Heart for Tuesday April 14th, 2020

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 5:3 (KJV)

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Poor in Spirit

Nunavut continues to have the highest poverty rate in Canada (29.0%), followed by Manitoba (20.7%) and British Columbia (18.7%). Among major Canadian cities, Vancouver has the highest rate of poverty at 20.4%, followed by Toronto (20.0%) and Windsor and Abbotsford-Mission (18.2%). 19% of Canadian children live below the poverty line. But a staggering 47.7% of children who live in single parent homes live below the poverty line. The vast majority of single-parent families are female-led (80%), and of these households, Indigenous women, racialized women, and women with disabilities have higher poverty rates.

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There is so much about the Kingdom of God that turns the principles of the kingdoms of the world on their heads. The world tells us that the wealthy, the good looking, the powerful are the people to emulate. The poor often feel disenfranchised and powerless. But the Kingdom of God says something altogether different. Jesus taught this in Matthew 5:3: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Only when we admit our spiritual poverty can we flourish in the Kingdom of heaven. It is when we come to point where we are aware of our spiritual need that God can fill us with His forgiveness, His power, His presence. Jesus said He didn’t come for the healthy but for the sick. The first will be last and the last first in the Kingdom of God. It is when you admit your spiritual bankruptcy that God will come to you to provide all you need to flourish. Come to Him today and admit your great need for Jesus. When you do you will soon discover the spiritual riches that He will pour into your life.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley