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You Are Blessed

Posted by Diversity in Faith on February 9, 2014 at 9:40 PM

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You are Blessed

Matt. 5:11-12   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.

In the Beginning of Matthew chapter 5 we have Jesus sitting down on the mountainside with his disciples to teach them. And in this teaching he describes 8 distinct characteristics of mankind.  The funny thing is He calls these characteristics blessed. If you’ve read The Beatitudes Your like seriously blessed??

Blessed… what does it mean to be blessed? The bible says that blessed means to be happy, to be spiritually prosperous, and to be in Gods favor.  At a glance none of these look like anything I’d celebrate and call being blessed. I thought maybe I’m not looking at them right. Let’s look at these 8 characteristics using the words that describe being blessed.

1. You are spiritually prosperous when you are poor in spirit. These are people who despite what their outward appearance may look like, they’re at their wit’s end You know the fake smile and they look like they have it all together, they can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel.  God says that these are the ones I look on with favor.  Even when there are no words to pray, God hears those prayers in the tears. In John 14 it says “Let not your heart be troubled”; Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

2.     You are in Gods favor when your heart cries out, those who feel like they’ve lost everything that is most dear to them. Those who mourn for continual acceptance and mercy from God in Christ Jesus, and constantly seek the Holy Spirit.      Revelation says, “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.'" Do you think its coincidence when someone calls just when you needed it most, just the right song plays? Or in this age of Social Media, someone post something that speaks directly to you? It happens to me often. God will use whatever it takes to comfort you. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

3.     Spiritually prosperous are the meek, the gentle people, the humble. The meek are those who quietly submit to God; who can bear insult silently, or return an insult with a soft answer. The meek or humble feel they have everything that they could want or need. They don’t feel as though they are missing out on anything. These are the proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.   Psalm 37: says but the meek will inherit the land and enjoy great peace. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

4.     You are in Gods favor when you hunger and thirst for righteousness, those who have worked up a good appetite for God. Righteousness may sound like an old-fashioned word, but it's a timeless concept. It’s a feeling or way of life that is all about doing the right thing: righteousness shows great concern for morals and ethics.

This is a word about taking a stand and doing the right thing. Trying to help poor and the oppressed. Doing an unpopular thing that is ethical requires righteousness. People like Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela definitely walked the path of righteousness.  Those who earnestly seek God shall find him. Isaiah  says "Come, all you who are thirsty. In John 4 Jesus tells the Samaritan woman whoever drinks the water he gives will never thirst?  He said “Indeed the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” And in John 6 Jesus says I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.  Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

5.     Spiritually prosperous are the merciful, generous people, those who show care for others, we must do all we can to help those who are in misery, showing compassion. At the moment of being full of care you find yourselves cared for.  Also being generous to forgive others. Whether you’re straight, gay, bisexual, transgendered, white, brown, or purple there is someone who is prejudiced against you. God is asking you to show mercy and patience to them, more so if they spat their hatred and try to use God’s words against you. Hate cannot overcome hate. Only love and mercy can overcome hate.  A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.   Proverbs 11:25
 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

6.     Happy are the pure in heart, those who have no hidden agenda, who are sincere in what they do,     Notice I said pure in the heart not in the head because you can have pure intentions but have an impure heart. It’s not pure in your outward appearance, it doesn’t matter what you look like, or what you wear, the Pharisees showed themselves to be righteous to the people, Jesus called them hypocrites and show offs.   In Matthew 6 it says the place where your treasure is, (that’s your heart) where that is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.    In Romans it says don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.    It is written that we must be born again; The only one with a pure heart is Christ Jesus and it is in him that we are born again.  Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

7.     In Gods favor are the peacemakers, those who show people how to cooperate with each other instead of competing or fighting against each other. It’s then that you find out who you are.  As a church we need to work together and not cause others to look on us badly. The DIF web page, it’s Facebook page, and prayer cloth page should only and always have positive and inspirational things placed on them.      Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.

8.     Happy are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, those who stand on the principles of truth, whose commitment to God provokes persecution. These people who stand on the principals of God are mocked and hated by those who enjoy doing evil in the world. They are called names such as Jesus freak, religious nut and so on..  John 15:18-19 Jesus says, If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.   Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 

 

The kingdom of heaven belongs to all who are Blessed, spiritually prosperous, in Gods favor. The kingdom of God belongs to you all.    Matthew 25:34
"Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.

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