Saying 54

Saying 54 

The way to deeper knowledge of God is through the lonely valleys of soul poverty and abnegation of all things. The blessed ones who possess the Kingdom are they who have repudiated every external thing and have rooted from their hearts all sense of possessing. They are 'poor in spirit.' They have reached an inward state paralleling the outward circumstances of the common beggar in the streets of Jerusalem; that is what the word 'poor' as Christ used it actually means. These blessed poor are no longer slaves to the tyranny of things. They have broken the yoke of the oppressor; and this they have done not by fighting but by surrendering. 

Though free from all sense of possessing, they yet possess all things. 'Theirs is the kingdom of heaven.' Let me exhort you to take this seriously. It is not to be understood as mere Bible teaching to be stored away in the mind along with an inert mass of other doctrines. It is a marker on the road to greener pastures, a path chiselled against the steep sides of the mount of God. We dare not try to bypass it if we would follow on in this holy pursuit. We must ascend a step at a time. If we refuse one step we bring our progress to an end.

54)## Jesus said, "Blessed are the poor [in spirit - "The sacrifices to Elohim are a broken spirit; A broken and crushed heart, O Elohim, You shall not despise."], for yours is the Kingdom of Heaven [when one loses all hope in themselves and the "humanity" they have known, one becomes as a child crying out for its mother - it is her groaning and praying on our behalf that gets the Fathers attention to our plight and hunger which is why tribulation is necessary - in this condition our Father will hear our prayers and if persistent enough (as the woman and the troubled judge) and call us to Christ]." 

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