Judy discovered that whenever God’s people are self-righteous or rebellious they are hard hearted. They think they have it.  However, whenever they are poor in spirit and hurting they are tender. They thirsty for more.

Becoming poor in spirit is the most unnatural things we can do. To accept our spiritual poverty is the opposite of being victorious and having it together. Yet dependency is our only hope for spiritual growth. Judy developed an attitude of dependency by asking God; who gladly shows her weak areas.   She knows it is better to seek this quality herself then be forced to face it by difficult circumstances.

We tend to divide people in two different categories, one that is ‘healthy’ and the other ‘unhealthy.’  You may be a spiritual, loving, responsible person who has never dealt deeply with your ongoing sins, weaknesses, and brokenness. Or you may be leading a church or a small group where the expectation is not to have problems. If this is the case then, let us get on our knees and ask God for help, as Jesus said, ‘theirs is the kingdom of heaven’ (Matt. 5:3). God will grant us the sense of incompleteness and need that keeps us close to God.

Judy honestly does a regular review of her past and present life. We too should look for patterns of avoiding pain, denying problems, staying away from people who speak the truth, and trying to put a positive spin on negative things in our life. Let us be honest about our tendencies not to accept our need and to move toward pride and self-sufficiency. As we make God our sufficiency (2 Cor.3: 5) our inner life becomes a habitation for God through the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is the Comforter who “comforts us in all our troubles” (2 Cor.1:4). Working miraculously in the heart to conform the believer to the likeness of Christ is the supreme role of the Holy Spirit.

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