Conclusion to The Beatitudes

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In the Sermon on the Plain Jesus again speaks of the contrast between the life of this world and the life that awaits those you live a life in His light. People who find this life to be one of absolute pleasure and happiness are receiving the rewards of this world as opposed to the infinitely better reward that is promised to those who are saved by the blood of Jesus Christ.

(Luke 6:20-26)

20b “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.

24 “But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.

 

21 “Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied.

25 “Woe to you who are full now, for you shall be hungry.

 

21b “Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.

25b “Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep.

 

22 “Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man! 23 Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets.

26 “Woe to you, when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets.

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There is a great deal of danger in losing sight of the ultimate prize found only in God through Jesus. The pleasure of this world is nothing in comparison to the place God has made for His people. Stepping back from the reward of heaven I like to sit and think about how a life lead by Jesus Christ is a better life in general. Even without the reward of paradise the blessing we have the opportunity to be to this fallen world is right in front of us. How much more satisfying is it to give happiness to someone that needs your help? How wonderful is it to give a part of yourself to people knowing that will make an impact that stands the test of time? Imagine the legacy that all of us are capable of leaving if we use our time on this earth to shine as much light on this darkness as we possibly can. What joy is there in blending in? I feel that when people can’t understand why I’m not angry when people persecute me, or I give away gifts the Lord has blessed me with in excess of what I need; they are seeing me reflect the light of my savior to this world. The harder it is to shine the harder we must persevere. Darkness is the absence of light. If we allow our light s to dim in adversity the darkness will take over. In the end Jesus has already claimed victory at the cross. I’m here as a Christian soldier to represent my God who saved me from this darkness and adopted me as His child of light. In the end, representing God and my salvation is being a living version of the Beatitudes, a living version of my savior Jesus Christ.

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The Beatitudes (8)

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10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

It is inevitable that a life in Jesus Christ will not be easy as the world looks to destroy the things they do not understand. A world full of hardened hearts who groan as they are overtaken by sin look upon the faithful with contempt and hatred. The deceiver works in those people to cause trouble in an attempt to destroy faith. The easiest way to persevere is to cover the light of God in you and blend in to avoid attacks. This decision will help you blend into the sin of the world while you slowly lose touch with God. Over time people of great faith find life uncomfortable and painful as a heart once filled with the Holy Spirit grows hard as it blends with the other hardened hearts. A life of persecution should be smiled on as you realize you are becoming “set apart” (holy) in Christ likeness. At the same time we can rejoice knowing that discomfort here proves that we are better prepared for eternity in our real home, for ours is the kingdom of heaven.

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(Romans 8:35) 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?

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The Beatitudes (6)

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“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

Pureness of heart is clear only to the eyes of God. He knows your heart and its contents. The purification that occurs from within when Christ is invited to dwell there shows through in the life of believers. The contents of our heart guide our words, thoughts and actions. The source of all possible good within us comes from the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in our heart. A pure heart describes the previous beatitudes in summary. Being pure in heart comes from living in God’s light and reflecting it through the qualities Jesus desires for His followers. Pureness is a process achieved through sanctification. It’s the walk each believer has which God uniquely purifies them through trials designed to draw them closer to Him. Some fall away while faith creates holiness. That holiness is what will allow us to have fellowship with God in Heaven.

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(1 Peter 1:22-23) 22 Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, 23 since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God

(Hebrews 12:14) 14 Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.

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“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

Mercy is not only kindness and compassion toward others but also forgiveness for those who might not show remorse. Being saved by the mercy of God through Jesus should inspire those of faith to show that same mercy as a reflection of the unchanging nature of God. At the same time this continued showing of mercy will be continually given back to us by God as promised in this passage. The opposition to mercy is judgment which is not the responsibility of His chosen but of God Himself. Again this attitude of unconditional mercy and reflection of God results in our peace, happiness, and blessedness.

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(Matthew 18:33) 33 And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’

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(James 2:13) 13 For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

The Beatitudes (4)

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“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

“Hunger and thirst” refer to desire of the soul. This desire instilled in us by God can only be filled with the recognition that only He can satisfy it. Most people have trouble differentiating between a want and a need. Only through discovering that we need God to fill that void in our life will the desire of our soul be completely satisfied and our hearts made full, culminating in the blessed happiness promised by our savior. A longing for Jesus Christ will lead to a satisfaction this world cannot produce.

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(Proverbs 10:3) The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry, but he thwarts the craving of the wicked.

(Psalm 11:7) For the Lord is righteous;
he loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold his face.

The Beatitudes (2)

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“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

            “Mourning” refers to many things in a heart set on God. It describes the mourning of a believer as they struggle through this fallen world. Watching those around us move through life in pain with hardened hearts. It could be the pain of being persecuted in the sanctification that comes from a life in Christ. The faithful mourn sin. The sin of this dark world is uncomfortably abrasive as followers seek the light of Christ. We should also find sorrow in our own sin, which will lead the righteous to repentance and the comfort of God’s grace, forgiveness, and unfailing love.

(2 Corinthians 7:10) 10 For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.

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All Things are for: GOD’s GLORY

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We live in a very selfish world. When people discuss the existence of God it is inevitable that someone stands up and says that if God existed then ‘How could He let ________happen?’ Whether it’s a death or a corrupt person gaining position, they feel that God has done wrong by their human standard and understanding. It is also inevitable that someone will say that ‘God wasn’t there for me when I needed Him.’ It all boils down to people having a human expectation of God. They expect Him to be as limited and weak as we are. God is more than any human can describe with our limited minds, experiences, or vocabulary. The way to describe God is in silence, the way to draw Him is to leave the canvas blank, and the way to understand Him is to know that you are not meant to and can’t. The only way to come close to an understanding of God is to be an open vessel that He can fill with His Spirit, which will teach you to become like Him. Only through sanctification can you begin to comprehend His person and only when you enter His kingdom will you understand: ‘I AM’.

My favorite way to be in tune with my creator is to understand that I will never understand. I praise the fact that He is more than I can ever truly absorb. That’s where faith in the fact that His representation of Himself in His word is the truth He wishes for me. Anything I need to know after that is taught to me through His Spirit which lives inside of me. It’s in the moments of silence, in fellowship with my Lord, that He leads me down a path where I can only see as far as He wants me to.

I’ve grown to understand and accept that all the things of this earth are for God’s Glory. Everything! His willingness to forgive the trespasses of those who accept His son as their sacrifice is for His glory. He sent Jesus to die for us and bring us closer to Him where we will come to the Father and worship Him. It’s all a focus on Him. His abundant grace and mercy for us is for His glory. It is because of our need for His grace and mercy that we recognize out need for Him and glorify Him. His compassion for our sinful nature is so that we have a Heavenly Father to turn to when we realize we are sojourners in this world.

The faith of some waivers when they compare their walk with the Lord (life) with the journey in darkness of non-believers. They see a sinful person gain fortune that surpasses their own and wonder why. It’s for God’s glory. He builds some up because He knows they must fall from a higher distance to truly come to the Father humble. That fall may be leading other around them to glorify Him as well. The fall of the sinful might bring them to repentance and dependence on God. It might also defend one of God’s servants or lead them to believe in His sovereignty.

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Some believers find themselves in times of trouble and wonder if God has turned from them when on the contrary He may be using these times to bring them closer to Him and to sanctification. Those same people may ignore God when times are good forgetting that all good things are from Him. They turn when things are difficult and expect Him to be there at their beck and call. They wonder where God has gone even though they are the ones wondering from His path. He will also bring prosperity to those He chooses among believers. He recognizes whose heart can handle that prosperity wisely and who will be brought low by it. He knows everyone’s heart and what it’s capable of under all circumstance. People want to become rich but fail to realize God knows the trouble that they would get themselves into with fortune they cannot handle.

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God’s creation is a giant network of circumstance and dealings that affect far more than we can imagine. The death of an infant may have ramifications that we cannot see in our confusion. God has a purpose for all things good and bad. Just because we cannot understand it doesn’t give us the right to humanize God and criticize His workings. We must rest assured that all of these dealings are to glorify a God that we praise and glorify as well. We serve a good God! All good comes from Him and He is completely good. Glory to God and His sovereign control of this world. I’m grateful that part of His plan included my adoption so that I might know my Heavenly Father and receive an inheritance that I will never be worthy to have.

The entire bible speaks to God’s Glory because that is what it all focuses on in its completeness. Please take time to read each verse and sit in quiet to consider each. Give God a quiet moment to speak to your heart.

Colossians 1:16-17) For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

Psalm 19:1) The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Psalm 29:2) Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.

John 11:4) This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it

Acts 12:23) Immediately, because Herod did not give glory to God, an angel of the Lord struck him down, and he was eaten by worms and died.

Romans 4:20) Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God

Romans 11:36) For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.

1 Corinthians 1:27-29) But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him

Revelation 4:11) “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”

Conclusion on Ten Commandments

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               While the death of Jesus Christ paid the debt for our sin and made the law obsolete, that only refers to our salvation. Our love and respect for God our Father should instill in us a desire to serve Him and be His means of representing His kingdom. Our actions don’t amount to filthy rags in regards to our salvation but when we realize that out creator has designed a way for us to live in this world we should rejoice in His direction. Taking into account all of His laws and using them to direct us makes our existence in this fallen world better than we could ever accomplish on our own. Following heavenly guidelines sets us apart from the darkness and allows us to grow and lead others to salvation. God’s way truly is the perfect way. As we follow Him we draw closer to Him in love and trust. We are provided a perfect father to hold our hand with grace, mercy and love that we cannot imagine with our earth-bound minds. He is so much more than we can fathom and that is something for us to rejoice in knowing that He is everything, and above all things. His commandments were written to a lost people He desired for Himself and we are still those people. We wonder aimlessly having to be guided through hardships, then fighting against the pain in those moments when we ignore His light. He stands with arms outstretched waiting for us to return. There is nothing that can separate us from that unconditional love.

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               As I walk through the gates of heaven when my time is done I can only imagine hitting my knees at the base of the throne, being washed white as snow by the blood of Jesus and hearing God say well done. I studied His word, followed His statutes and gave Him the glory He deserves while serving Him in this world with a love that fails in comparison to what He shows anyone willing to know Him. His laws were meant as a blanket in this cold world until we can stand in the fire of His presence and be warmed in His love. His word is alive then, now and forever. It is unchanging and yet never fails as the world turns upside down. Nothing compares to the comfort found in His hands, in His embrace, and in His light. I am thankful for the discernment that could only come from the Holy Spirit, alive inside me and the clarity He gives me that I know is only here because this is what He desires for me.

 

Ten Commandments (9)

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20 “‘And you shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

Bearing false witness speaks to far more than false testimony. It refers to making a liar of yourself and speaking when the truth is not in your words or heart. You are not only looking to destroy another person, the speaker is actually destroying their own reputation and revealing the uncleanliness that lies within their heart. It is not the place of a believer to hurt another either physically or otherwise in this case. The ultimate command to love your neighbor as yourself is directly violated when you look to harm them. False witness not only destroys one life but both involved as well as defiling the will of God in both lives. (Proverbs 19:5) A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who breathes out lies will not escape.