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“And He opened His mouth and began to teach them, saying, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:2-3).

Those who know they are in need are the ones who will seek to fill the need.  Those who do not think they have all they need are open to receiving what is needed.  We are all poor and we all need the Holy Spirit.  Those who know this and receive the Holy Spirit are a part of the kingdom of heaven.  The state of the sinful heart must change, and Jesus has come to give us a new, clean hearts.

Jesus, You said that You would make all things new.  Begin amidst the poverty of my condition to create in me a new and clean heart.  I need Your Holy Spirit to keep me from polluting this heart.  You have called me into the kingdom of heaven, and You know what is needed to prepare me to dwell there with You.  On my own I am poor but in You I am rich.  On my own I am a bundle of selfish nerves, but in and by Your Spirit, I have received the power to become a child of God.

Lord Jesus, I need Your salvation.  Take away from me any spirit which thinks I do not need today what You came to give me.  I need the Holy Spirit by which I have been sealed as Yours forever, Lord.  Bring me to the place where I am humble and willing to live in the truth that I am dependent upon You, the author and finisher of my faith, to do all that is needed this day to walk as a child of the Heavenly Father.  Amen.