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Blessed are the Aware

Neil Dawson
Neil DawsonLead Pastor

Jesus flips the idea of blessing by highlighting the joy in depending on God, challenging the notion of self-sufficiency.

In Jesus’ time, being considered blessed” meant wealth and success, seemingly tied to religious devotion. This perception persists today, with people projecting an illusion of having it all together. Jesus, however, redefines true blessing, challenging cultural norms and blessing the overlooked.

Jesus introduces a radical notion of blessedness — being poor in spirit.” This reflects the Kingdom of God, emphasising an attitude devoid of pretence. It’s standing before God without self-sufficiency, contrasting with self-reliance. The poor in spirit recognise their dependence on God and acknowledge that everything they need is provided.

The question arises: Does the church align more with the Pharisee or the tax collector? Are you navigating life in your own strength or relying on God? Reflect on the areas of your life where dependency on God is essential.

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