Some Christians in the early stages of their walk with Christ are surprised to discover that they are still subject to the same temptations that they were before becoming a Christian. The illusion of any perceived protective bubble gets broken pretty quickly. This is only to help one discover that the power to live the Christian life is found in Christ alone. On the night of the Last Supper, Jesus told His disciples, “…apart from Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).
This is a truth that Jesus emphasized in His Sermon on the Mount, in fact, it is the heart and soul of the first Beatitude, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3). In Jesus native tongue, the word for poor was “anavim” these were the poorest of the poor, subsistence livers who were surviving day to day totally dependent upon the kindness and graciousness of others. You can read about these in Jesus’ parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard found in Matthew 20:1-16.
Matthew 5:3 speaks to those who recognize that without Christ, they are spiritually bankrupt. They are absolutely and totally dependent upon His grace, His mercy, and His love, for everything. And when they do, the riches of God’s kingdom are theirs.
As I was thinking on these things, I came across a quote by the dedicated Puritan preacher, John Owen, who said, “To suppose that whatever God requires of us that we have the power of ourselves to do, is to make the cross and grace of Jesus Christ of none effect.”