The Beatitudes


God looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. Psalm 53:2 

Jesus obviously had a following. Matthew 5:1 indicates there were crowds at the Sermon on the Mount. The traditional site for the Sermon on the Mount is a natural amphitheater. The natural terrain would allow for Jesus’ voice to be heard by the masses.

It’s interesting that Jesus opens His first sermon by discussing heaven, in the Beatitudes. Before I discuss the Beatitudes, I thought it important to accurately define the word blessing. The word blessing is a noun. It means:  a special favor, mercy, or benefit; a favor or gift bestowed by God; the invoking of God’s favor upon a person (dictionary.com). A blessing is a true gift! Think about the word blessing as you read the Beatitudes.

The beatitudes give us a picture of a true disciple of God. The beatitudes are proverb-like sayings, each one full of spiritual meaning. Each beatitude speaks of a blessing bestowed upon a person resulting from the possession of a certain character quality. Living according to the beatitudes will give us spiritual prosperity.

The Beatitudes

He said:

“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 children of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

At first glance it would seem Jesus is telling us to live in physically depressed circumstances, but that’s not the case. After delivering the beatitudes, Jesus immediately goes on to tell us to be the “salt of the earth and the light of the world.” What Jesus is saying is, He wants to bless Christians so that unbelievers are drawn to Him.

Living our lives according to the Beatitudes will bring a glimpse of Heaven to earth.

Blessings on your day.

Scripture is from www.BibleGateway.com

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Are You Afraid of Heights?


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I have acrophobia, the fear of heights. But I wonder if I have that fear spiritually too.

I’ve heard many times that God can use me, He wants to use me. Then I read wonderful devotionals, replete with stories of God working in the lives of saints living today. I think, “I can never do that.” Because I’m afraid or don’t believe in myself I don’t try. But that sort of thinking limits God.

 John 14:12

12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.

 Isaiah 40:29-31

29 He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

 1 Peter 2:9

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

It’s a command. God expects to use us. Relax and let God take over. Remember, it is God doing the work. You have nothing to fear. Go reach new heights for God.