MATTHEW 5:4_Blessed are they that mourn…
Join me in saying, “Thank You, Jesus!” Jesus not only knows, hears, and understands my mourning, He blesses me for it! How awesome is that?
How beautiful to know there is One who cares when my heart breaks. One who saves all my tears in a bottle (Psalm 56:8 KJV). Jesus comes to me in the midst of my pain. He takes the very thing which causes me deep sorrow and with time uses it to bless me!
That seems impossible – especially when I am in the midst of my pain.
But He is the God of the Impossible.
Always has been.
Always will be.
That in itself eases some of the pain.
If I have no sorrow, I live in Heaven – the eternal Heaven. That time has not come for me, or you. Presently, I live in a fallen world where the devil and his powers of darkness are continually at work. And I mourn.
It is up to me to allow Jesus to minister to me in my mourning, or to shut Him out.
There are sunny days in life for me to grasp. Holding Jesus’ hand helps me grasp them.
Merciful God, Praise You for feeling my pain, for feeling my hurts, for understanding my mourning. Praise You that I am never alone in my sorrow for You are always with me. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ hears my cries—He saves all my tears!
MATTHEW 5:3_for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
There is a reward for the poor in spirit. The kingdom of heaven. I believe in heavenly rewards. I believe because I used the key which opened my spirit to learn of heavenly rewards. Using that same key my spirit also received the truth of earthly rewards. I do not claim to fully understand this kingdom of heaven Jesus is referring to, but I will share what I do perceive.
This is an earthly kingdom we live with Jesus (Luke 17:20-21). This verse does not say to be poor in spirit saves us from hell and takes us to heaven. Only our trust in the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ has such power.
Matthew 13:45-46 (KJV), “… the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls … when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.” We enter the kingdom of heaven once our hearts perceive the truth, understand our great need of truth, and receive the Savior. To be poor in spirit is a predecessor to the kingdom of heaven.
When we set up residence in the kingdom of heaven our self-centeredness begins to fade.
LORD of all Lords, Thank You for the kingdom of heaven. In You I can be a part of the kingdom. I know to possess the kingdom of heaven is more valuable than any earthly treasure. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ is the kingdom of heaven—He can give it to me!
MATTHEW 7:29_and not as the Scribes.
Jesus’ authority came from His Father in Heaven. We need earthly authority during our days in this world, but ultimate authority reigns in heaven.
The Scribes and Pharisees craved…no…the better word is lusted, for power and authority and for admiration and respect. They wanted exactly what Jesus had.
Admiration and respect encourage and build up those in authority. When the authority desires to place fear in those they rule, respect becomes an ultimatum. It does not administer love. Remember, sometimes love is administered with a firm hand. Since the people were astonished by Jesus’ kind of teaching, and saw it as totally different from the Scribes’ teaching—they obviously had not been administered love by their authorities. Their respect must have been more of an ultimatum.
Jesus’ teachings led to truth and freedom. It gave the people answers to their struggles and created freedom in their souls.
This authority loves.
The Scribes’ teachings led to fear and bondage. The people feared the consequences if they rejected their teachings. It created bondage of the soul.
This authority oppresses.
Good Shepherd, I respect and admire You because You give love to me! In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ has the ultimate authority—He uses it to love me!
MATTHEW 7:21_but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
To do God’s will is how to enter into heaven. I see you squirming … but hold on. Does this contradict what has already been settled—the only path to heaven is through the shed blood of Jesus? Absolutely not! Jesus is not teaching the way to heaven is through good works.
God’s will is that you accept Jesus as Savior, serve Him as Lord, and love His people. This is the will of your Father which is in heaven. Good works will be a natural byproduct.
We will be judged by our works:
Romans 2:5-6 (KJV), “… and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; 6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds.”
II Corinthians 5:10 (KJV), “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”
Revelation 20:12 (KJV), “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.”
If our good works are not a natural byproduct of a saving relationship with Jesus, then they are not good works.
Prince of Peace, If I ever do anything good—it comes from You. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ will judge works—Only He makes mine good!
MATTHEW 7:11_If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children…
God loves everyone, the entire world. So much so that He let His own Son suffer and die for the world.
God wants righteousness and goodness to reign supreme—as it did for a brief time in the Garden of Eden—pure perfection not only in people, but in all nature. But there was an almost in that perfection. When the almost won the battle over free will, everything changed—but God didn’t. He’s still just, He still has all power, and He’s still God of the Impossible.
I believe Jesus in His infinite power and unsurpassed love, works every day to restore as much of the Garden experience as possible in our fallen world. Every time He transforms a heart and gives it the ability to become salt and light, He’s made some restoration. It will take a new heaven and a new earth to bring full restoration.
When God uses evil people in ways that result in good for His children, He is exercising His fatherly powers. God wants fathers to do good to and for their children. Unfortunately, there are those whose fathers genuinely neglect, abuse, and abandon them.
God has a plan for those children as well, Psalm 27:10 (KJV), “When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up.”
Jesus Lord, Only You can transform—we all need it. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ’s love is perfection—I want to love like that!