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THE JOY OF POSSESSING NOTHING



“Blessed are the poor in Spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness...” Matthew 5:3,6

A clear mental picture of the joy therein in possessing nothing can only be made known through the knowledge and the understanding of the tyranny that things possess (Tyranny of Things).

Things are tyrant because of their dispossessing nature. Right inside every man is a central shrine that only God dwells. However, the acute desires of men only to possess or have, or perhaps the acute fixation of man’s mind on worldly things rather than the things of God has in one way or the other quenched the thirsty soul of men for God, thereby taking the central shrine which belongs to God, that is, dispossessing God of His central position in man’s heart.  

“Show me a man who is poor in the spirit, and I will show you a man whose only desire is God and God alone” ~Anonymous~
A man who is poor in the Spirit desires and say in his whole heart, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done as in heaven, so on earth. It is as though he himself disappears; everywhere and in everything he wishes to see God-in himself and in others. Let everything be thine not mine. John of Kronstad

Becoming poor in the Spirit (i.e. having a sense of God at all times, being desirous of God and the things of God) is the very best way to repudiate the willful desires of having things occupying the central place of God?



A man who is poor in the Spirit is the kind who’s mental, spiritual and physical desires are fixated on God. The only acute desire he has is only to see God irrespective of any situation he found himself. He is one of the kinds that can be said of to have forgotten the worldly desires, pleasures and is bent on building his treasures and wealth in heaven.

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Becoming hungry and thirsty after righteousness indicates having an inward longing for God rather than on men or material possessions. David became a man after God’s own heart not because of anything else, but because of his daring hearts longing after God. No wonder, he says: 

 Psalm 42: 1-4.
1 As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.
2 My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?
3 My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God?
4 When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday.

 Therefore, from the prior point of view, I would say that the “Joy of Possessing Nothing” is the same as saying the joy therein in having God.

I learnt a lot from the predicament of a revealed lukewarm church in the book of revelation. It was one of such church that holds dear to the core of their innermost being the sense of possessing the earthly things. Their riches and wealth is their power, and to them having riches and wealth is sure enough for them than having God at the core-most part of their whole. The Laodecean Church, a very rich church thought that since they have riches wealth and power, then, they have need of nothing again. To them, riches bring satisfaction, it helps to see, it covered their nakedness, it banishes miserableness, it brings confidence etc.
However contrary is the case when the Lord Jesus in whom they have no confidence again, nor do they allow to be at the center of their decisions educated them through the revelation writer that;    

Revelation 3: 15-18,: NKJV
15 "I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot.
16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.
17 Because you say, 'I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing' --- and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked ---
18 I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.

“And you know not” showcase that the church unknowingly has allowed material possessions to take the place of God in them. They believing that, since they have everything they ever wanted needed nothing again, do not know that this misplaced priority or confidence in things is a veil that would distract them of the desires and confidence they once put in God.

 I would not conclude harp-hardly because the sentence according to verse 18 “Buy from Me gold refined in fire” suggested that there is still hope or light for them at the end of the tunnel of their misplaced priorities, that is, they can still find their way back to God. 

 “Buy from Me” in that context, considering the foregoing therefore connotes repudiating every external or sense of possessing, removing the self-life veil of their misplaced priority in things (reaches, wealth, gold, power etc.), and putting their whole confidence in God and God alone. It also means allowing God to be at the core of their decision, i.e. God being their power, riches, wealth etc.
Furthermore, the testimony of a Christian who was asked to give the statement of his net worth gives a clear mental picture of a man in Christ who has disavowed every externality (things of the world) , and has also seen God as the very owner of his life and everything surrounding his life. 

Bro Anonymous: “Lord, I list my liabilities. I am a sinner. I have broken your commandments and have no righteousness. Next, I list my assets. I have grace greater than all my sins. I have mercy which brought pardon for my transgressions of the law. I have the treasure of the Holy Spirit within me. I have an inheritance of eternal life. Now, I would like to report what you have entrusted to my care. You own a home titled to me. You own a car which I drive. You own my family and my bank account. I thank you for entrusting me with what you own. Amen. Source: Serve the Master; Survival kit 2 by Ralph W. Neighbor, Jr. pg. 57

Inherent in the life of this man is poorness of the spirit, a sense of a dominating God, a clear picture of God as the gracious owner and giver of everything, and lastly, a place for God in his heart is evident.


 The joy of therein in having God:
REV 3:18 I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.

To such and one that has repudiated the tyrant things, will God become real to, seeing God in everything, in every situation of life. God is light and in Him there is no darkness, therefore, for as many having God at the center of their life will the light of the glory of God shines upon. Such and one will see illumination; a broadly shining light in his paths.

REV3:17 because you say, 'I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing' --- and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked ---

Additionally, the joy of possessing nothing is the exact opposite of the woe that betide the Laodecean church; becoming noble, happy, rich, seeing and being clothed.

Conclusively, this article is not kicking against going about one’s business, getting money and wealth and many of our physical needs or materials needs, rather, this article is meant solely to show that;
Luke 12:15:
“The life of a man consisteth not the in the abundance of the things that he possess.”

In other words, we shouldn’t allow our getting, or I will, or I want, of physical things to take the place of God in our life, or to hinder us from placing our utmost priority and confidence in God.

 Can you say this prayer with me?
Father, I want to know Thee, but my cowardly heart fears to give up its boys. I cannot part with them without inward bleeding, and I do not try to hide them from Thee the terror of the parting. I come trembling, but I do come. Please root from my heart all those things which I have desired so long and which have become a very part of my living self, so that Thou mayest enter and dwell there without rival. Then shalt Thou make the place of Thy feet glorious. Then shall my heart have no need of the sun to shine in it, for Thyself wilt be the light of it, and there shall be no night there. In Jesus name. Amen. Prayer Source: Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer.Pg.36. 



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