Spiritual Bankruptcy

2017-02-17T00:01:57+00:00 By |Infinite Supply|

February 17

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.”

This spiritual poverty is the result of recognizing that apart from Him we can do nothing. It is a willingness to be broken and reduced to spiritual bankruptcy, which implies not only losing everything we once enjoyed, but also making a fresh start with a clean slate and all our debts erased. It is the Second Universal Spiritual Principle, which states: “I must decrease” (John 3:30). This decreasing, or as I like to say, this reducing to Christ, is the first requirement.

If we are unwilling to be emptied then we cannot have the riches of the Kingdom of Heaven. We will be like the Laodicean church, who said they were “rich and increased with goods and have need of nothing” yet in God’s sight they were poor, blind, naked, and miserable (Revelation 3:17). So the Kingdom belongs to those who readily admit right from the beginning that “a man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven ” (John 3:27).

Source: “Embrace the Cross” by Chip Brogden

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CHIP BROGDEN is a best-selling author, teacher, and former pastor who shares "real, simple, truth" about a Christ-centered faith that is based on relationship, not religion. Learn more »


  1. Pam February 17, 2014 at 10:05 am - Reply

    Father strips us of all our religiosity, ignorance, empty of self and stand before Him naked w/o our fig leaves. When I am weak then I am strong because I stand in victory of Christ Jesus. I have no power in delivering myself. I can either refuse to be broken or stand before Him stripped of the fig leaves and stop trying to do for myself what He has already accomplished. I must ‘become’ His will. Jesus walked in the will of the Father and was the will of the Father. He did nothing of Himself but what the Father did and said. Lord empty me of everything that is not of you.

    • sherry February 17, 2014 at 10:23 am - Reply

      AMEN, and AMEN!!
      If one is really sincere on praying for the Lord to Break them Spiritually, be prepared for an Awakening to come, Amen!

  2. sherry February 17, 2014 at 10:17 am - Reply

    This very scripture is what entered my mind this morning. I was thinking of people and myself that have been given afflictions in this life that will keep one humble. It amazes me that when we may even think on something that might cause one to be prideful, that the Lord is right there giving us something or causing something to happen that will break our pride and thinking on self too much. If one has ever declared financial bankruptcy, I’m sure, is a very humbling experience, even so spiritual bankruptcy is even greater of a humbling and desperate experience. Thank you for ministering to the Lord by ministering to us. May we do the same all the more, as we see the Day of the Lord approaching.

  3. Kim February 17, 2014 at 7:00 pm - Reply

    It is a heart thing not our brain. Unless I am willing to empty myself (John 3:30) and Christ fills me (as Paul said “It is not I that lives but Christ lives in me), I can receive nothing from heaven (John 3:27). Alot of us claim that we know this and that (Bible knowledge) but we really do not know Christ, we cannot do anything without Him.

    • stefi February 18, 2014 at 5:32 am - Reply

      O, the JOY of beeing nothing, of knowing nothing and having nothing! But, having a living Christ and living only for His purpose! O, This must be His work!

      • stefi February 24, 2014 at 9:36 am - Reply

        Dear br. Chip may I have the link for last webbinar about John 8, I missed the ocasion…?

  4. Louise February 17, 2015 at 9:44 am - Reply

    It is so true that without Jesus you have nothing, but with Him you have all you need (and so much more). Each day that we have here makes me realize even more and more how much we are to stay strong in Him. He is our fortress, our strong tower, our rock that we can stand on, cling to and hold on for all that we have facing us while we are here in this world. May we stay bankrupt of self and filled with Him

  5. Timothy B February 17, 2015 at 10:45 am - Reply

    Are we willing to be emptied of all self-sufficiency and pride and admit our own faults to others? That, even though we may not be the “chain smoker” with the horrid breath; our own hygiene hasn’t always been perfect. That we, can offer a ride to someone in our new car who must take the public transit. That we can patiently listen to that individual who brags about herself and her accomplishments, because we have been there, and just needed a friend then too! Spiritually speaking, when we humble ourselves we then are being more like Jesus. We are then willing to put all decorum aside and see ourselves in the place of others. Random acts of kindness? This is the heart of God. Emptied so that He can express Himself in and through us. Let Jesus Christ be expressed to this world by you today.

  6. Kristin February 17, 2015 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    I was reading a very old hymn the other day. It really touched me, so I played a bit of it. It said, “He died so that I might live, now I must do the same. I die so that I might live, and give glory to His name.” 🙂

  7. Janet February 17, 2017 at 9:05 am - Reply

    The road to spiritual bankruptcy is very isolating and lonely. I guess that’s the point. I’m into year 6 of this journey and I do not completely understand God’s plan. This morning I’m grieving many losses ,but trusting in the Lord.

  8. Don February 17, 2017 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    Dear Janet, I don’t know how many might understand the depth of what you just simply wrote,but it certainly spoke to me.I’m believing & knowing more & more that we’re not as alone as we might think or feel thru these times.Set apart by Him ?? I will share with you His word from a morning devotion…Joshua 1:9 …
    & one of my favourites in response to your last words..& I’m guessing you know well…Proverbs 3:5-6. Pray without ceasing for ALL of the Saints….especially for those imprisoned & being martyred for their faith…Thank you Chip. Grace & Peace to all.

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