"I am the foremost of sinners; but I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience for an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life" (1 Timothy –16).
The reason I say it is a SENSE of powerlessness and a SENSE of bankruptcy and a SENSE of uncleanness and a SENSE of unworthiness, is that, objectively speaking, everybody is poor in spirit.
He said, "Isn't Christianity a crutch for people who can't make it on their own? " People don't usually look at a crutch and say, "That's bad.
It's just a crutch." People don't in general think that crutches are bad things.
Any Messiah who comes along and proposes to replace self-reliance with childlike God-reliance, and self-confidence with submissive God-confidence, and self-determination with sovereign grace, and self-esteem with magnificent mercy for the unworthy—that Messiah is going to be a threat to the religion of self-admiration.
So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth" (1 Corinthians 3:6–7).Everybody, whether they sense it or not, is powerless without God and bankrupt and helpless and unclean and unworthy before God. Fear not, Moses, Jeremiah (Jeremiah 1:6–8), Isaiah, Peter! But not everybody is "blessed." When Jesus says, "Blessed are the poor in spirit," he does not mean everybody. That is why it is so appropriate to take the first and second beatitudes together. For I will be with you, I will help you, I will strengthen you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand. Moses When God came to him with a mission to lead his people out of Israel, he said, "Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring the sons of Israel out of Egypt? God responded and said to Moses, "Who made man's mouth? What is the biblical solution when a person is paralyzed by a sense of guilt or unworthiness or uselessness? He cast himself, poor, helpless, despicable on the kind arms of God. I will help you, says the Lord." David "The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise" (Psalm ).I believe with all my heart that the solution is not self-esteem. What God said was, "Stop looking at your own unworthiness and uselessness and look at me. For he knew the promise of Jesus: Blessed are the poor in spirit, for to them belong the merciful and mighty arms of the King of kings. Everyone agrees that this is the spirit that pleases God after you are taken in adultery and murder. When the collection for the temple was being taken, David prayed, "Who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able thus to offer willingly?Back in 1978 I spoke in Aspen, Colorado, to a gathering of Inter-Varsity students and people off the street.