Beatitudes-Persecuted

Nobody wants to be persecuted. No one likes to be made fun of for their beliefs. In this world it is going to happen, if we are truly following Jesus.

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.–Matthew 5:10-12

Persecution will be something that happens of all who seek to live in harmony with the Word of God for the sake of righteousness. Those who uphold God’s standards of truth, justice and purity and who at the same time refuse to compromise with the present evil society or the lifestyles of lukewarm believers will be unpopular. be rejected and criticized.

Persecution and opposition will come from the world and at times from those within the professing church. When we experience this suffering, Christians are to rejoice, for those who suffer, God imparts blessing.

Christians must beware of the temptation to compromise God’s will in order to avoid shame, embarrassment or loss. The principles of God’s kingdom never change: “all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” Those who suffer and endure persecution because of righteousness are promised the kingdom and heavenly rewards. We have to remember that our time here on Earth is just a short period of time compared to eternity. So do we want to be rewarded and to be comfortable here on Earth, or when we are in heaven?

In Luke 6:22-23 says, Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.

It’s clearly stated in the Bible we will be persecuted. Christians were persecuted back in Biblical days and they are now. It’s going to happen. The definition of persecution is hostility or ill-treatment towards a person due to being different. It might not be to the point of death or anything you see in “The Voice of Martyrs“, but simply being mocked for your beliefs is being persecuted.

If you’re not being persecuted in some way, are you really living for Jesus? Is He really showing up in your life? Are you really carrying out his ministry? If we’re not being persecuted in some way then we really need to look at how we’re living.

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Beatitudes–Merciful

We need God’s mercy, but we also need to remember that God gives us mercy and we must be willing to be merciful to others.

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.–Matthew 5:7

The merciful are full of compassion and pity toward those who are suffering either from sin or sorrow. The merciful sincerely want to make such suffering less by bringing those people to the grace and help of God through Jesus Christ. In showing mercy to others, we “shall obtain mercy.”

In Mark 11:25 says, “And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. No Christian fool themselves that they have faith sufficient for answered prayer if they secretly hold animosity or bitterness in their hearts against anyone.

We need to remember that God forgives us for all of our sins and mistakes. We need to have that same kind of mercy towards others. By no means are we deserving of God’s mercy, and therefore we have to try to be just a merciful to others.

Psalm 41:1 says, “Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble.” We always need to keep in mind the ones less fortunate than us. We should be willing to help where we can. One day we could be in their shoes.

Beatitudes–Hunger and Thirst

If we’re not feeding ourselves spiritually we will hunger and thirst spiritually, no matter how satisfied we are physically.

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.–Matthew 5:6

The foundational requirement for all godly living is to hunger and thirst after righteousness. This type of hunger is seen in Moses, the psalmist and the apostle Paul. The spiritual condition of Christians throughout their lives will depend on their hunger and thirst for the presence of God, the Word of God, communion of Christ, the fellowship of the Spirit, righteousness, and the return of the Lord.

The Christian’s hunger for the things of God is destroyed by worldly anxiety, deceitfulness of wealth, desire for things and life’s pleasures and failure to abide in Christ. When the hunger of believers for God and His righteousness is destroyed, they will die spiritually. For this reason it is essential that we be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s convicting work in our lives.

Isaiah 55:1, “Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.” A big prerequisite for salvation is spiritual hunger and thirst for forgiveness and for the right relationship with God. We must repent of our sins and draw near to Him in faith; and hunger and thirst for God’s righteousness and the power of His kingdom continue to be vital conditions for receiving the fullness of His Spirit.

Then in Isaiah 65:13, “Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, my servants shall eat, but ye shall be hungry: behold, my servants shall drink, but ye shall be thirsty: behold, my servants shall rejoice, but ye shall be ashamed.” We can physically be full, and physically not be thirsty, but if we don’t have our relationship with God right and receiving our spiritual nutrition then we’re going to be spiritually hungry.

When we get so hungry that we will eat anything in the house, even that food that we bought some time ago and we always pass up because it doesn’t sound good; that’s the hunger we need for God. That thirst that we have when your mouth starts getting so dry and you would be thankful for a couple of drops of water just to wet your mouth; that’s the thirst we should have for God. Not sometimes, but all the time. We should be striving to know Him more by His Word and by having a relationship with Him. Reading the Bible will only satisfy the hunger a little bit. To fully have our hunger satisfied we need Him and only Him.

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Beatitude–Meekness

The “meek” are those who are humble and submissive before God. They find their refuge in Him and commit their way entirely to Him. They are more concerned about God’s work and God’s people than about what might happen to them personally. The meek, rather than the aggressive, ultimately inherit the earth.

Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.–Matthew 5:5

Meekness

Meekness is the complete opposite as what we are taught to be. We seek meekness as being a wimp, coward. But Jesus was meek. We teach our children to be aggressive, to go after what they want, almost at any cost, yet God says that the meek will be blessed.

In Psalm 37:11 we are told again that he meek will inherit the earth. “But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.” The one’s that dedicate their life to God are the one’s that will inherit the earth. That doesn’t mean preachers, evangelists, or missionaries will be the only ones to inherit the earth. Everyone that seeks God’s will to do what he has for them to do on this earth.

In Roman’s 4:13 it says, “for the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.” We’re not entitled to anything through who we are related to, who we associate with, what our lineage is, only through our faith in Jesus Christ. You see many churches today, that want to trace their lineage through people before the Americas were being inhabited. If you can trace your church to one of the disciples, then you’re a real church or you’re more important. These churches have it so wrong. Only Jesus can promise us eternity.

I see meekness as being restrained. Many times we want to get mouthy and say something mean to someone else to hurt them. We want to get vengeance. We want others to know we have wealth or some great talent. Meekness is realizing that all the talents you might have, all the wealth you might have is only through God, and not your doings. Meekness is knowing everything you have could be gone in a split second and you could become the lowest person on Earth. It’s recognizing that God is the ultimate authority.

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Beatitudes–Poor In Spirit

The word blessed refers to the well-being of those who, because of their relationship to Christ and His Word, receive God’s kingdom, which includes His love, care, salvation and daily presence.

Poor In Spirit

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.–Matthew 5:3

The first requirement is to be “poor in spirit”. We must recognize that we are not spiritually self-sufficient; we need the Holy Spirit’s life, power and sustaining grace in order to inherit the kingdom of God.

Many times we think we can survive spiritually on our own. We think that our own abilities are sufficient to get us through all of our trials in life. We try to acquire wealth and positions to elevate ourselves in society’s eyes. In Luke 6:20 it says, “And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.” We need to remember that what we have here on earth is not going with us when our time on earth is done. After a few years after we leave this world, nobody will remember our wealth or our possessions. In Proverbs 16:19 we are told, “Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.”

For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.–Isaiah 57:15

God, who lives in “the high and holy place,” promises to dwell with those who have a “contrite and humble spirit.” Contrite refers to those who are brokenhearted because of their own sinfulness or the enemy’s oppression and who cry out to God for deliverance; “humble spirit” refers to those who are humble or bowed down by adversity. God responds to the cry of such people in order to revive them with the light and life of His presence.

For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the Lord: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.–Isaiah 66:2

God is not impressed with the splendor of anything we build or construct for Him, but He does delight in a certain kind of person; those who are humble in spirit, who recognize their need for His continuing help and grace, and who seek to follow His Word with all their heart.

We need to remember that God does not need us, but we have to have Him. Without God we have nothing, with God we have everything we need.

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