HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
“And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” (Philippians 2:8).
The first step to the righteousness of the kingdom is “poor in spirit.” Then the next is a little deeper, “they that mourn.” Because now you must get plastic, you must get broken, you must get like the metal in the fire, which the Master can mould; and so, it is not enough to see your unrighteousness, but deeply to feel it, deeply to regret it, deeply to mourn over it, to own it not a little thing that sin has come into your life.
We have to analyze what is mourning. There are different versions according to religious beliefs and rituals. I will leave this subject open and say that it is an immense commitment and deep devotion to knowing who God is and to have Him encrypted in our hearts. We are working for a robe a star in our crown living my life to please the Lord.
And so God leads a soul unto His righteousness. He usually leads it through some testings and trials. This generally comes after conversion. I do not think it necessary for a soul to have deep and great suffering before it is saved.
I believe He will put it into the fire when He knows it is saved; when it realizes it is accepted; when it is not afraid of the discipline; when it is not the hand of wrath, but the hand of love. Oh, then, God, takes you down and makes you poor in spirit, and makes you mourn until you get to the third step, which is to be meek, broken, yielded, submissive, willing, surrendered, and laid low at His feet, crying: “What wilt Thou have me to do?”
This morning after the process I want to hear you say “Here am I, use me for Your service”. Your desire will be to only live your life to please the Lord. You will know when you are living for the Lord. If you are not you will not be happy. I know you will be the most miserable. Start today to be poor in your spirit and then go deeper to mourn at the feet of your Lord and start living for the Lord.