The Poor By Rev Eastwood Anaba

THE WORD SIROCCO
Friday, April 19, 2019
Theme: Purpose
Topic: The Poor
Scripture Reading:
Luke  18:9-14; Luke 4:1-19
Main Text:
Luke 4:18
18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
 The word “poor” in  Luke 4:18 is the Greek word ptōchos which means a  beggar, pauper or poor man.  Jesus Christ did not preach the Gospel to the rich who did not want to receive it.  He preached to the poor – those who lack the luxuries of this world but are hungry for the Kingdom of God.  Jesus Christ made a deliberate effort to reach the poor with the whole Gospel, not a partial  Gospel – He targeted the salvation of the soul, healing of the body and deliverance of the spirit (Matthew 11:4-6).
The poor who receive the Gospel refers to those who are poor in spirit or physically poor. The poor in spirit are the people who acknowledge that they are lost and dead in sin and need salvation. The poor in spirit are humble and don’t depend on their own righteousness to be saved (Matthew 5:3). Jesus gave an example of a publican who was poor in spirit when he confessed he was a  sinner and God forgave him. His attitude was the very opposite of the Pharisee who attributed righteousness to himself but God condemned him (Luke 18:9-14).
The physically poor who have the Gospel preached to them are those who lack earthly riches and for that matter may have the advantage of escaping the ability of earthly riches to deceive them.  Riches can deceive many to think that they don’t need salvation. The poor have the Gospel preached to them not because they are poor but because their hearts are not choked by the deceitfulness of riches. They are not saved because they are poor but because being poor might make them humble enough to depend on God. Many people are physically poor but not poor in spirit either. Being physically poor is not a guarantee for being poor in spirit.
Prayer:
1. Pray that the Lord will raise more people who shall have the right heart to preach the Gospel to the poor.
2. Pray also that God will bless the Church to take care of the physical needs of the poor the Gospel is preached to.
 Extract From: 
“For This Purpose” by Eastwood Anaba
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