The Beatitudes (7)


“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

Peace is an expression of our relationship with God and with those He brings into our life. God will bring people into our life to guide and love us. People who need to see our reflection of His light and will grow through the Holy Spirit in us. As well as people who will test our faith and cause us pain in order to sanctify and refine us. God desires reconciliation among His people just like He desired to reconcile His people with their Heavenly Father through Jesus Christ. Those who strive for peace do the work of their father and grow as they become recognized as “sons of God.”


(2 Corinthians 5:18-20) 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling[c] the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

The Beatitudes (6)


“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.


(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.

The Beatitudes (5)



“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.


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


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

The Beatitudes (4)


“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.


(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)


“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.


All Things are for: GOD’s GLORY


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.


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.


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.”

Ten Commandments (10)


21 “‘And you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife. And you shall not desire your neighbor’s house, his field, or his male servant, or his female servant, his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.’

God gives to each of us our rightful portion. God gives us enough to survive but not so much that we lose focus of Him. It is not our responsibility to focus on what God has desired to provide growth in our neighbor. When we desire what belongs to them we lose sight of the work of God and think that we might know better. Looking toward our neighbor’s path leads us away from our own. We live life in the fullness of God’s desire for us when we follow the unique light that He shines on our path to guide our steps. Striving toward the position of someone else leaves us open to trying to create a shortcut in our own journey which is design to bring us into the fullness of God’s plan for us. We should take joy in God’s provision for our neighbor and help him to take care of what belongs to him as we rejoice in what God provides for our sanctification without comparison which could only hinder our ability to show our neighbor the love God has told us we are to provide for everyone.

(Proverbs 19:2) Desire without knowledge is not good, and whoever makes haste with his feet misses his way.


Ten Commandments (9)


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.  

Ten Commandments (8)


19 “‘And you shall not steal.

God give to each as He sees fit. God also takes away as He sees fit. A loving God uses difficulty to draw us closer to in so that we might take refuge in Him and grow in spiritual maturity and trust. Stealing is an example of man’s way of working around God. God allowed us free will which includes the ability to self sooth and avoid His work in our lives. One of the things that fallen people do is try to bypass God’s lessons and take the glory from God. The example of theft could easily be expounded upon and related to excessive alcohol and drug use. These also fall into the category of things people use to avoid reproof and hide from the pain experienced from living outside the light of God. (Ephesians 4:28) 28 Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.