Proverbs 29:18 says that people perish if there is no vision.  In Habakkuk 2:2, God says to write the vision down so that others can read it and run with it.

Some years ago, I had a vision to communicate with people who believe in God; ALL people who believe in God. I didn’t see the point in talking to just one particular denomination, since I had been raised in a family that had traditions in many denominations and I’ve worked in ministry with so many others.  I discovered, we all read the same Bible and knew the same God under the same dispositions of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We all gratefully acknowledge and accept that Jesus Christ died for our sins, rose from the dead with all power and provided us access to that Power.  So, it made no sense to me that there was no written publication that did not speak to the WHOLE Body of Christ, as opposed to just one faction of it.

God often brought me back to one passage of scripture: 1 Corinthians 12.  The 12 verse says that we are many members of one body. Verses 28-30 talk about the different functions of that body and that it is good that we seek the best parts.  It all serves as the preamble to the declaration of 1 Corinthians 13, that of all the ‘parts’ in the body, the part you play in LOVE is the most excellent.

In the last five months I have seen God set some pretty cool things in motion.  I have been blessed to share love of God to people around the world through my blog, Kaleidoscope Perspectives. I am stunned almost daily when I discover where people are opening up this love letter. As of this writing, the Kaleidoscope blog has been read in 29 countries!  And I am so grateful.  But I am also taking it as a challenge.  I can do more.  I WILL do more.

But I cannot do it alone.

God has given me a vision to start a magazine that is not like any other.  It doesn’t cater to one gender, one age bracket, one denomination or one class of believers.  This is for the WHOLE BODY OF CHRIST. This is a chance to take every beautiful facet that makes up the Lord’s Body and point it toward the SON so that it reflects the LIGHT of His LOVE.  That is why it will be called Kaleidoscope Kingdom Magazine.  There will be events and merchandise to promote it.  There will be opportunities to minister and give to others through it. And there will be books, music and seminars to help others reproduce it.

I ask that you pray for me.  Ask God to give me direction as I seek to pursue my purpose.

I also ask for your support. Let me know that your heart is for this vision.  Please click this link (!) to send encouragement, questions, prayer or financial support.  As provision is made, I will be sending out tokens of heartfelt thanks, so please remember to leave return contact information.

Steven Curtis Chapman once sang, “Saddle up your horses. We’ve got a trail to blaze.” Let’s see how far we can run with this vision!

May peace and favor rest upon you always,

Rev. Janeé L. Smith


Avoid the Breakdown

I am so glad to be alive!  I am truly grateful for every breath.  I love it when my head is clear and I can see what’s going on and I am aware of the distractions that need to be avoided.  It’s real easy to take these moments for granted and even believe that I’ve got it all under control.   It’s in these times of clarity and peace that one scripture always comes to mind.

“Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.” (1Corinthians 10:12)

This does not come as a harbinger of bad tidings. It comes to me as a reminder that it is just as important to cling to the cross of Christ in the best of times as in the worst of times.  Pain and pleasure both invite the same temptation to be distracted by the emotion and lose sight of the source of our joy and our deliverance.

It’s a question of humility, really.

The root of the definition for both humility (humble) and humiliation are the same: To be brought low; to be in a state of submission and deference.  My personal observation: it’s the difference between bowing down or breaking down.  I have seen people full of pride and arrogance do and say things asserting their “authority,” only to have life come back around on them and break them into teeny tiny pieces.  To suffer that humiliation is a fate I would not wish on (almost) anyone.  By the same token I have seen others in a position of humility that others have tried to humiliate and was pleasantly surprised to discover that if you are already bowed down in a state of submission and deference, you can emerge intact and none the worse for wear.  When you seek to define yourself by accomplishments or accessories, you will always need more.  But when you seek your worth from the One who made you, you will always BE more. Just think of what He made you FROM.

What an interesting thing to acknowledge our origin as being dust.  Did you ever think about that?    “For dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.” (Genesis 3:19) Exactly how much do you think dust is capable of accomplishing in and of itself?

I am a strange bird in that regard.  I actually had a bottle of lavender water that I used to spray around the office.  And anytime I felt particularly pleased (or disappointed) with myself, I would go and spritz the air really quickly and just remember James 4:14, “…For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”

There is nothing so powerful in a wisp of vapor and a sprinkling of dust.  Even if you put them together all you’ll make is mud.  BUT in the hands of an Almighty God…what mighty things can we accomplish!

We go through so much in this life.  So many things that we honestly believe are within the scope of our power and control! And off we go, trying to “make it happen.”  How often do we stop to defer to the Creator of the Universe and submit to his instruction?

I went from Kindergarten to 8th grade with basically the same group of kids.  It was at Lincoln Elementary School in East Hazel Crest, Illinois.  We had one hallway and a little bitty gym/lunchroom and it was only one classroom per grade.  We were actually a pretty close knit group and I loved them all very much.  They impacted my life forever and you will hear about many of them in due course.  There was a girl named Stacy Bray.  I remember she had brown hair and freckles and I always thought she would have made a cool character to hang out with Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang.  But I digress.

Anyway, Stacy had this one t-shirt that said, “When all else fails, READ THE INSTRUCTIONS.” That doesn’t seem like a deep theological statement.  But, when I was faltering in my faith and could not pull myself up, it was that t-shirt that God brought to mind that sent me back to my Bible and put me back on course.

And so, I would like to use that statement to encourage you today. Check the Instruction Manual and re-evaluate life.  Are you acquiring more or becoming more?  Are you making a difference or making mud?  Isn’t it better to bow than to be broken? Defer to God’s word and submit to the Scriptures. We can’t make the most of life without the God who made us.

Thank You For My Stable, By Sheron Jackson-Freeman

This Wednesday, it’s personal…
      I am privileged to introduce to you someone who knows where all the bones are buried.  Every empty Doritos bag…every decimated case of Pespi…every long lost package of Matt’s Chocolate Chip Cookies.  This woman has stayed up many nights singing every slow jam that ever played on the radio with me.  She has prayed and cried with me and for me. We have gotten up early a time or two and helped Aunt Mattie make Thanksgiving Dinner (I bet you thought I forgot) and hung out til the wee small hours making cookies in my momma’s kitchen.
      This is my cousin, Sheron Jackson-Freeman.  I love her with all my life.  It is an honor to stand with her as a sister in faith.  We were young and now we are…shall we say “MORE”…and we have still never seen the righteous forsaken, nor their seed begging bread.  What a heritage…what a legacy…what a friend.
      Y’all, say, “Hey,” to my cousin, Sheron!
      I had a note from a saint that truly encouraged my heart on this morning. I went to the bathroom and started to talk to myself. Yes talk to myself!!
      I started naming off all that the enemy had plagued me with, things that just didn’t make any sense, and how my wilderness began on last year. I’ve been through the periods of ups and downs, believing, then not believing, or maybe not believing since the beginning. Trusting, then not trusting, or maybe not trusting since the beginning. Questioning God’s motives and reasons for allowing this and wanting to say, didn’t you realize I would do this dumb thing? Couldn’t you have prevented this?
     But yet while talking, my conversation changed. I started to think about where I am now. Thinking of where I’m living now and the state that I’m in. Then it was like God was saying, “This is what you need to see.”
      He showed me I’m not in the “Inn,” but I’m in the “Stable”. The Inn is the ideal place; the stable is the place to lay my head. The Inn is where you have the comforts of home provided; the stable has just enough to get to the next point. The Inn has the comfortable bed, the Stable may have your bed, though nothing but straw around you (straw meaning things not belonging to you but to others). The Inn is warm and cozy, the stable is warm, but wouldn’t be your ideal choice of coziness.
      But take a look at the “Stable.” Follow me now. Out of the stable was birthed the “Glory.” Out of the Stable was birthed “the promise.” The Stable marked the beginning of the change. Out of the Stable came the miracle. So saints, don’t you worry about your wilderness, how hard it is, how dark it is, how you need the money to make ends meet, how you need peace for your troubled mind, how many darts are being thrown your way. God didn’t allow me a room in the Inn for a reason. God leads you into the wilderness for a reason. God wanted me/us in the Stable. It’s the place where you have to rely on Him for your very existence. You won’t have all that you desire, you won’t have the comforts of the Inn, and you may have many Innkeepers telling you over and over again, there is no vacancy. But there is a spot in the Stable, where the blessing will be birthed.
     I believe that Mary was very pregnant by the time she got to the Stable. Throughout your wilderness, you are pregnant waiting for delivery. Thank God for what is growing inside. Truth is growing, deliverance is growing, happiness is growing, prayer life is growing, and dependence on God is growing. Knowing that soon and very soon the miracle of life is to spring forth. And when God delivers that blessing, you will forget all that you went through prior, it will be worth the wait, if you wait on the “Glory”!!!
     So Lord I thank you for my Stable. Because it’s from the Stable that deliverance is nigh unto the saints!!!!
      Your Stable is only for a season. Once it’s completed its purpose, it’s gone.
      Just lay your head down and rest in Jesus while in the Stable. Thank Him. The Stable is tailor-made for your blessing and for your release.

Can You Hear Him, Now? Part 2-final

How do know when God is speaking and what His ‘voice’ sounds like?

Acknowledge God’s Presence – Pay attention to what He has to say (look for the love notes)

Years ago, Kenneth & Gloria Copeland used to talk about ‘practicing the presence of God.’ They are basically talking about making a habit out of living as if God was literally, physically with us every moment of the day: acknowledging His presence in the unimportant, mundane, everyday things in life and nature and in our relationships with one another. We have all heard that God is All Knowing, All Powerful and Ever Present. Do we live as if we believe that to be true?

Psalm 139:7-12 (NKJV)Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, you are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me. If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me, even the night shall be light about me; Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, but the night shines as the day; The darkness and the light are both alike to You.”

 Yes. God is always there; always with us; always trying to get our attention. Even when we think no one is listening and no one is watching. He knows everything from the secrets of our hearts to the thoughts in our heads. And you know what?  He loves us just the same.

How often have you felt the sun beaming down warm and bright upon you, or a breeze kiss your cheek or blow through your hair like a loving hand? Exhale deeply. Blow all the air out and take it back in. Isn’t it sweet of Him to always provide air for us to breathe?  We take so much for granted. Often, we don’t even realize that these are merciful, gracious gifts from one who calls us His Beloved?

Have you seen a sunrise or sunsets lately? How irritated have you become at the rain or snow that fall from the sky, making everything clean and new? Did it ever occur to you, the moment that you take to acknowledge the handiworks of God could be the exact same moment that He’s trying to tell you, “I love you?”  It could be in that very moment He whispers the solution to the problem you’ve been facing; or the idea that will bring you provision; or the correction that will bring you to repentance and help you to live a better life.

Revelation 3:20 (NKJV) Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.  Being in God’s presence and hearing His voice is not a religious experience. This speaks of relationship; of friendship; of covenant…not Religion. I don’t know too many people who would willingly share a meal with someone they did not at least WANT to get to know.

Now that you know how to communicate with God, you’re going to want others to have the same AWESOME experience!

So, how do we help others experience God’s presence?

Become God’s presence – Give what you’ve received

Jeremiah 31:3(NKJV)The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying,“ Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.”

Matthew 7:12 Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

Philippians 4:8-9  Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

Think about every person who has held your hand, hugged you, affirmed and validated you, prayed or provided for you, corrected or encouraged in the exact moment that you needed it the most. Did it occur to you that it was God reaching out to you with the human hands at His disposal? That was a part of the loving-kindness that He accessed to bring you closer.  Being in His presence consistently, we get a real understanding of His heart for the people around us. This makes us more aware of the needs of others and makes us more willing to provide for other from what God has given to us.  This is your opportunity to show others how much God loves them.

God wrapped Himself in human flesh to take the blame and the punishment for every sin-filled thing done on the earth, just so we could know how much He loves us and wants to be with us. And yet, he still spends every moment of every day just trying to say, “I love you. I want you. You’re so precious to me…let me show you” After the ultimate gift, God never stops giving to us just to be with us.

Now, who wouldn’t want to know a God like that? Take some time to talk to God, hear His voice and become His voice in the earth TODAY.

BLESSED TO BE A BLESSING (WHO AM I?), Part 2-final, By Juanita Lockett

And now, the conclusion of our guest blog from Juanita Lockett

  • Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

So, after we realize that we are lost without Him, we recognize that we are sinners before God and begin to mourn, which means to repent, and ask for forgiveness. A true believer understands that when they sin, they have brought great pain and sorrow to God and is truly sorrow for their transgressions. 2 Corinthians 7:10 says “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation.” Only those who grieve over their sins under the conviction of the Holy Ghost and cry out to God saying, “Woe is me! I am a sinner. I am unclean. I have singed against you, God” are the ones who will be comforted. And WHO IS THE COMFORTER??? John 14:26, Jesus said “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” This is what it means to be “Blessed!” To be filled with the Holy Ghost…the Comforter living in me…guiding me, direction me, leading down paths of righteousness, and giving me the strength I need to overcome sin in this sinful world! If you do not have the Comforter within your heart today, now is the day of salvation! God is here, willing, and ready to give you the promise of His Holy Spirit!!!!

  • Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth

The word “Meek” used in Matthew 5:5 refers to a strong person who is under control—An humble and  God controlled person. One who is controlled by God in thought, word, will, emotion, and action. One who submits not their own will, but the Will of God! One who exemplifies true humility. A meek person is not a weak person. For example, my husband tells his students all the time “Don’t take my meakness for weakness!” The meek individual is one who has placed all of faith and trust in Jesus Christ will be unassuming before God, but mighty through God and bold before the world and before satan saying “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me…I have confidence in myself…I am strong and able. I AM Blessed!!!!

  • Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Hunger means to have an appetite for the things of God. Thirst means to realize that without God I will become dehydrated and die. Hunger and thirsting after righteousness is a lifestyle: a lifestyle that is virtuous, noble, moral, right and ethical. A life that reaps the benefits or is filled with peace and joy! We Are Blessed!!!

  • Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Mercy is love towards those that are miserable, those that are in need of help. The merciful are those that are full of forgiveness; tender hearted and who truly feel in the deepest parts of their being the pain and suffering of the one who is needing mercy. Blessed are the merciful…the one who goes out of their way to help others. We have been blessed with mercy…now we, too, are blessed to be a blessing and show mercy to others. We should never forget the pit from whence we were digged! CONTINOUS MERCY…WE ARE SALT AND LIGHT!

  • Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

Jeremiah said “the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked. However, in Psalm 51:10, David cried “Create within me a clean heart, Oh God, and renew within me a right spirit.” God, I want to know you…I want to see your Glory…I want to see you! I want to be blessed to be a blessing!!!

  • Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called to the children of God.

Romans 14:19 “So then let us pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another.” There is too much pain in the world…We, the salt and light, need to bring peace to the situation, and we need to build up each other…REMEMBER..Affirmation + Validation lived out in ethics = Kingdom Living. When we walk into the room, hate has to leave…bitterness has to go…discord is not welcomed…We are tearing down walls and barriers…speaking peace to a troubled world…we are blessed to be peacemakers!!!!!

  • Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness sake: for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.

Ok…this is one beatitude I wasn’t too thrilled about. Who wants to be persecuted??? The reason is when you are light…you stand out…you are different. There will be times when we will suffer for doing the right thing. Persecution may come…but, don’t be discouraged….this is a sign that you are blessed! John 3:20, Jesus said that, “Everyone who does evil hates the light,” and He also said in John 15:20, “If they persecute Me, they will also persecute you.” Therefore, what may look like a horrible situation, is really a blessing…First, Hebrews 8:9 tells us that Jesus learned obedience through suffering. It was through this process of that He learned who he was! Also, Persecution takes our eyes off of earthly rewards, strips away superficial beliefs, strengthens our faith, and serves as an example to others…and brings us to Who We Are!!!! Blessed to Be A Blessing…Salt and Light!!!!

So stand strong, hold on, and know that the Kingdom of Heaven is yours and Great is your reward in Heaven!!!!!

We are Salt and Light…We blessed to Be a Blessing!

Can You Hear Him, Now? (part one)

I have friends and acquaintances that have a hard time understanding the depth of my relationship with God.  Well, don’t seem so surprised…I’m certain you have some, too.  Or perhaps, you have your own questions about some of the people in your circle that seem to be so devoted to a God you cannot see or hear.

I have had people deem me to be foolish, because I talk to God in my car, as if He were riding as a passenger. They look at me sideways when I respond as if I had been given some inside information or laugh as if I had just been told a joke.

So many people equate the presence of God with old movie called, “Harvey,” where Jimmy Stewart played Elwood Dowd who had an invisible 6 foot rabbit named Harvey as a companion. (Nobody saw Harvey but Elwood.  Everybody thought he was crazy, but they could not deny that they made the most wonderful difference in the lives they touched.)  Much of the general perception of God is relegated to a kind of mental disorder. The basic implication being that you have got to be CRAZY to be a Christian who talks to God as if He is going to actually respond!

THE TRUTH IS…not only does God talk to you, He LISTENS when you talk  to Him and about him!  Look at Malachi 3:13-18.  When God heard good things being said about Him, He wrote it down in a book to be remembered and He said, “These are my jewels and they must be spared.”

God not only talks to us, but he is a gentleman when He speaks.  Even in the Old Testament, God was not hollering, shaking things and tearing the world apart. He gave up that gig after the flood in Genesis. His presence DOES make the sinful nature of our existence rattle.  Pure love does that.

Just like in1Kings 19:11-12, the shaking, the wind, the fire…the turbulence in your life is not God, it is an indication that God is present.  That lets you know He’s coming closer to you and drawing you closer to Him.

He said in Isaiah 54, “I see the troublemakers gathering together against you, but I didn’t bring them with Me.” The more obstructions there are in life, the greater the shaking as God draws near.  God’s presence in your life gets the enemy up in arms.  When the dust settles and the smoke clears, and there is nothing left to distract you, THEN you can hear Him speak.

But, why wait ‘til the whole world is shaking?  Wouldn’t it be nice to learn to quiet our own souls and pay attention to the still small voice in your daily life, right now? Do you know how He longs for you to hear the many times a day He tries to tell you He loves you? He wants you to notice Him…to see how much He is in Love with you. The gentleman that He is, He is not going to come and speak where His voice and presence are not welcomed.

So, how do we let God know that we actually WANT Him to speak to us?

Celebrate His Presence – Say the things He loves to hear.

Life and death are in the power of the tongue: God is repelled by those who speak in terms of death and destruction; He gravitates to the ones who speak life. Who doesn’t like to hear when others are speaking well of them?

Malachi 3:16-18 (NKJV) – Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another,  And the LORD listened and heard them;  So a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the LORD and who meditate on His name.
“They shall be Mine,” says the LORD of hosts, “On the day that I make them My jewels.  And I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.”
Then you shall again discern between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God
and one who does not serve Him.

Case in point: God listened, from a distance, to Job arguing the finer points of his persecution with his suspicious friends, waiting on someone to speak some sense to Job. Elihu spoke as a man who was intimately familiar with the majesty and power of God.  His awareness of God’s handiwork and just nature was the invitation that God needed to come closer. The last five chapters in the book of Job were a conversation between a Mighty God and His desolate friend.  But, that could not happen until the two men began to speak of God in a way that reverenced Him; in a way that respected all of the might and power and majesty of the God they BOTH knew.  Only then was God able to bring conviction & correction: only then could deliverance and restoration take place.

What’s going on in your world?  Are you complaining and griping about it?  Are you surrounded by nay-sayers and co-conspirators to your own downfall? Then, might I suggest you find some people that speak a different language?  You have to find people that are saying the things you need to be saying.  Talk with people that have God’s attention. Listen to them talk to God and one another, and then follow their example.

BLESSED TO BE A BLESSING (WHO AM I?) Part One, By Juanita Lockett

When you look up the phrase, “Southern Belle,” there should be a picture of this guest blogger attached.

Pastor, (soon-to-be) Dr. Juanita Lockett is as gentle as a breeze blowin’ off the bayou and as powerful as a hurricane charging from the gulf. This is one of the most intelligent, logical SENSIBLE women I have ever met that knows exactly when to lead from her head while following her heart.  I have never known a woman of God who can do the things she does, the way she does it. To describe her with the word Extraordinary is wholly unjust, for Juanita is so much more than that to me.  And I know a whole church of people who would agree…HOLLA BACK, LIGHTHOUSE!!!

Juanita is our Pastor of Choirs.  She coordinates everything from our children’s choir to Chozen, our 100 voiced youth choir, is the head director for our award winning All Nations Choir as well as working with our special events choirs.  She does all of this while teaching courses at a university, our church’s leadership institute AND pursuing her doctorate! And these are only her most recent accomplishments.  You only get the kind of testimony she has by coming through a special brand of trial-by-fire. But she has come out shining with the love, compassion and authority of her Gracious Savior.

So when I tell you she has a word from the Lord worthy of a two week guest spot, I am not exaggerating.  She preached this message tonight on Lighthouse’s “The Art of Worship,” streams live from our website ( ) on Wednesday nights.  And she graciously allowed me to share it with you.


Pastor Dan has been teaching us on “Who Am I?” and in continuing with this thought I will be speaking on we are “Blessed to Be a Blessing.”

Blessed to be A Blessing…what a catchy phrase…I tell our music team all the time…we are “Blessed to Be a Blessing.” It is an honor to be able to bless folks with music every Sunday; to watch your faces as God begins to minister through the avenue of music. I love watching as the anointing begins to destroy the yokes of bondages.

On a personal level, one of my love languages is cooking for others…I love to bless folks with some good pot roast, greens and cornbread, baby back ribs, fried chicken wings, banana pudding…no, don’t ya’ll all be coming to me for a dinner date:)

But, seriously, the more I begin to study what our purpose is…Who am I? God took me back to Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5…when Jesus was preaching his sermon on the mount and talking about the “Beatitudes” and how we are the “Salt and Light”…and, there was more to this little sermon than I ever realized. We are blessed to be a blessing…Jesus said that we, His disciples, are to be the “Salt and Light” in the earth…to our world!

What did Jesus mean when He said in Matthew 5:13-14, “Ye are the salt of earth…Ye are the light of the world”?

  1. What does salt do?
  • Has over 14,000 uses!
  • Preservative: prevents mold, keeps foods fresh,
  • Cleanser to removes odors and stains
  • Antiseptic to disinfect and get rid of infection
  • Health and beauty ingredient
  • Pesticide to get rid of insects
  • Seasoning or Flavor: NO OTHER SEASONING HAS BEEN FOUND THAT CAN TAKE ITS PLACE! Salt accents the flavor of meat dishes, brings out the individuality of vegetables, and puts “oomph” into bland starches (example of applying to mash potatoes!)
  •  Makes one thirsty!!!!

2.  What does light do?

  • Reresents righteousness, truth and goodness
  • Necessary to bring life
  • All life depends upon sun’s energy
  • Overcomes and dispels darkness
  • Awakens, cheers, comforts
  • Reveals, heals, determines seasons
  • Like a Lighthouse, light saves lives!


However, before we can be a blessing, we first must be blessed! There is a process!!!! If you look at the preceding scriptures, Matthew Jesus is telling us that in order to be “Salt and Light” we must first apply the Blessed Attitudes or the Beatitudes which are our code of ethics and standard of conduct. Blessed comes from the Latin word “Beatus” which is where we get “Beatitude” and means “fortunate” or “happy.”


  • Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven

Poor in the Greek means “one who has nothing and is completely empty”….not poverty poor because God wants us to increase, even as our soul increases…He wants to enlarge our territory…but “poor in spirit” means to realize that without God, I am nothing. Poor in Spirit is humbling ourselves before the mighty hand of God and realizing I can never save myself…I need Jesus! Being poor in spirit is when I am conscious of sins and know in my heart that without the Grace of God I am completely unworthy. I Got to have His Glory and Mercy applied to my life everyday…I cannot make it without Him!

Only the poor in spirit will enter into the Kingdom of God because they come to God having full knowledge of just how lost we are without Him! The poor in spirit are those who have placed their faith, hope and trust in Jesus Christ!


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