By Bill Irwin

God only wants five things from His children.  They are: A little bit of our time, an attitude of gratitude, Humility, Obedience to His word, and last but not least, Repentance from our continued sin.

The Bible teaches us that there is not one who is righteous, no not even one!

In this life anyone who has allowed their lives to become so unbalanced that they fall into habitual sin of any kind find themselves in a situation that they cannot get their balance back on their own!  This means that they need the Holy Spirit who emanates from our Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ.  The Apostle Paul said in Romans   7:18, “There is no good that lives in me, that is in my sinful nature.  I know what is good, and I have the desire to do it, but I cannot carry it out.”

“Now read the Beatitudes by reading the first part of first verse, eliminate the, ” poor in spirit” and replace it with the word, “Humble,” and then the second part. And proceed to read the second part of all the subsequent verses down to verse 10.  This makes a very long, but powerful statement as to the efficacy of being humble.”

“Now you can read the passage like this:

Blessed are the humble for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven, for they will be comforted, for they will be filled,  for they will be shown mercy, for they will see God,  for they will be called sons of God, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

“I am sure that you have never been taught this about the Beatitudes before, have you?”  “What does this say about humility?”

Humility is at least one fifth of what god wants from us and when we realize that humility is the exact opposite from pride, and then we can see how important it is in living a balanced life.

The same man who said that there was no good living in him also said in Philippeans4:13 , “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength,”  and in verse 19, he said ,”and my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus!”

Does this sound like the same guy who proclaimed himself unable to abate the temptations that come along in his life?  Not at all, because in the Romans verse he was talking about his inability to control his life on his own, where in the two Philippians verses he is talking about by the help of the Holy Spirit.  And when He works in our lives we become transformed into the person that wil be willing to give God what He wants from us on a regular and consistent    basis.  The more we seek Him the more we want more of Him in our lives!  What a wonderful manifestation of wanting to please our loving God!