watch your ‘tude…….

What are the beatitudes?  The beatitudes come from the opening verses of the Sermon on the Mount delivered by Jesus in Matthew 5:3-12.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called sons of God.
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. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
Jesus starts out by saying, Blessed are the poor in spirit…not blessed are the poor.  He is not commending poverty and He is not condemning wealth either.  But He was talking about the spiritually poor and destitute and those who recognize our need for God.
Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted. I believe that those who mourn are those who express deep sorrow for their sin.  There is freedom found in forgiveness of our sins and joy comes to those who are sincerely sorry for their sins.
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” Sorrow is followed by meekness.  The meek are those who submit to God’s authority and surrender to His will.  They will receive the joy of eternal salvation and inherit all things.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.” Hungering and thirsting speaks of a deep need and a driving passion.  This is how we should be living everyday! We should be passionately longing for Jesus since He is the only thing that will fill our souls!
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.Those who have shown mercy will receive mercy.  In other words, we reap what we sow.  What are you sowing today?
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.The heart is the center of the spiritual life.  First, purify your heart and then you will see God.
“Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called Sons of God.” We have peace with God through Jesus Christ.  This reconciliation through Jesus brings fellowship with God.  Jesus calls us to be peacemakers and when we put on our armor each day, we put on our shoes of peace!
“Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Just as Jesus faced persecution, we also will face persecution because of our faith in Him.  Those who endure are genuine followers of Christ.
Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.” As the believer lives out the Christian life he will eventually cross paths with those who will despise righteousness and persecute him.  It is not so much the christian that he is despising but the exposure of their own sin. You are not an alone sufferer of God because many have gone before us.
The world cannot develop genuine happiness.  It will always fall short, but Jesus, through His sermon, explains what it is to have happiness.
No matter how you slice it, true happiness is seeking and understanding of who God is and how I relate to Him.
YES WE ARE GOING!! LET’S GO TO THE PLACE WHERE JESUS GAVE HIS SERMON ON THE MOUNT.  LET’S RE-READ THOSE SCRIPTURES AND GIVE THEM NEW MEANING.  JOIN US ON OUR TRIP TO ISRAEL, MARCH 2011.  CHECK OUT www.medskeens.com FOR MORE INFO!!!  WE WANT YOU THERE!!!
Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under Bible, God speaking

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s