"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 5:3). This first beatitude of Jesus is the on-ramp to the kingdom of heaven. 

The highway to happiness begins with a Declaration of Dependence. That's right, dependence. We declare our dependence on God by acknowledging how spiritually poor we really are. How does that strike you as a rugged individualist who is full of self and determination? The kingdom of heaven makes no room for the person who says, "I'm rich in spirit and can do it all myself!"

So, declare your dependence on God today. And then get ready for supreme blessedness and exalted happiness to flood your heart.

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