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Beatitudes

February 24, 2010

  

Jesus shares these powerful scriptures with us… giving us a glimpse into the heart of God.  Letting us know that God desires our lives to be blessed. 

Blessed – Happy, fortunate, spiritually prosperous – with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions.  

We welcome special blessings into our life through each of the following ways.

Matthew 5:3-11 

  • Vs 3 Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 

Poor in spirit – humble.  Humility is a very important quality in God’s kingdom.  Quite simply put we must be on guard against pride – thinking more of ourselves than we should.  Pride can sneak in to our life in so many ways.  We can become over-confident because we have experience some success in a certain area.  Even spirituality can become prideful.  Pride pushes us away from God, humility brings His blessings.   True humility can always be found when we return to our first love of God.  When we are walking humbly with God humility naturally becomes evident in our other relationships also.

  • Vs.4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Mourning is one of the most painful and sometimes devastating places to be in life.  If you have experienced this pain you know the type of grieving I am talking about.  It is during these moments in our life, when we are at our lowest and most vulnerable that God says we are positioned to receive a special blessing that cannot be attained any other way… God’s comfort. 

I can tell you from experience that nothing compares to being held and comforted by the gracious and almighty savior of the world.  Peace that passes understanding does exist.  However, we must be willing to be comforted.  If we share our pain and grieving with God, He is faithful to comfort us.  When you are facing your darkest hours remember that God has special blessings waiting for you that you could never have received without the process of mourning.    

  • Vs.5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

Meek – mild, patient, long-suffering.  Patience, not a word we like very much.  We live in an instant gratification society.  We want something and we want it NOW.  It is a part of our everyday life… instant gratification.  Naturally when we have a dream or vision the tendency is to apply the instant gratification attitude to that as well.  Jesus encourages us that special blessings are in store for those who are patient and wait upon the Lord for His timing.  Giving our goals and dreams to God and walking it out in His way and in His time will add blessings to our life.   The patient will inherit the earth.  God is able to far surpass even our most ambitious desires when we walk patiently with Him. 

  • Vs.6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

 No matter how deep we desire to go with God we can go deeper.  His oil never runs out… God can satisfy our most intimate spiritual needs to overflowing and still have more to give.  The question is, “Are we hungry, Are we thirsty for His righteousness?”  The truthful answer is, yes.  Whether we are daily aware of it or not, our soul is crying out to be filled with the righteousness of God.  A void within all of us that only God himself can fill.   The problem is that we spend a lot of time trying to fill that spiritual void with other things. 

I have found that one of the best ways to reconnect with our hunger for God is to make a daily choice to spend time reading the Word of God.  This is a choice to say no to the flesh that is tempted to fill itself with other things and commit to reading God’s Word.  The first day might not go so well… it might feel like a battle.  Maybe even a little discouraging, like we aren’t getting anything out of our reading.  But, if we keep filling our soul with the righteousness of God, in spite of the battle our flesh gives us… a new hunger and thirst for God begins to well up within us.  We have to press through. 

  • Vs.7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

 Oh how we love to receive mercy… what a wonderful feeling it is to be given grace and a clean slate.  Jesus reminds us that mercy is not just a blessing to receive but also to extend to others.   It goes along with the golden rule, Do for others as you would have them do for you.  We all mess up.  We all need mercy.  Although extending mercy is challenging at times, it really isn’t an option.  Being merciful doesn’t mean we can’t have healthy boundaries with others.  It does mean we have to be forgiving. 

  • Vs.8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

 God doesn’t only see our outward behaviors, He sees the heart.  God doesn’t just hear the words we say, He hears the heart in which we say them.  God never misunderstands us.  He sees it all.  The good, the bad and the ugly.  This is both convicting and encouraging. 
The encouragement comes in knowing that when our motives have been pure… God sees it.  The more we live our life with a pure heart before God the more of God we will see.

  • Vs.9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.

Being a peacemaker doesn’t mean we are a people pleaser.  It is not our job to run around and make everyone happy all the time.  What an exhausting and impossible job.  We will never make everyone happy all the time.  When we try, we live life on a rollercoaster that others control… we are up when others are happy with us and down when they are not.  It is so much more freeing and joyful to live as a God pleaser.  Living to please God will not always make everyone around us happy but knowing we are right with God brings a steadfast peace and joy. 

Being a peacemaker is to be willing see outside of our own point of view.  To look beyond ourselves, even when we are the one who has been offended and bridge the gap to bring unity through love, forgiveness and the fruits of the Holy Spirit.  Being a true peacemaker is an act of God… His spirit at work within us.  Peacemakers shall be called sons of God, just as the Son of God Jesus Christ brought peace with God to all mankind. 

  • Vs.10 & 11 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.

We are truly blessed to live in America.  As Americans, we enjoy religious freedom.  We have Bible studies and even write blogs about Bible studies without the fear of true persecution.  I don’t even like to relate the occasional insults or false accusations we might endure with actual persecution, when others around the world are truly risking their lives to share the Good News of God.  That being said, we must remember that if we suffer at all for the purpose of Christ… it is never in vain.  God always has a purpose and blessing within it.

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