MATTHEW 5:24_Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way…
Leave your gift! Get off that altar and get to the one you’ve wounded or have some unsettled misunderstanding with, or stolen from, or lied to, or spread lies about, or wronged in some way. If years have separated you, get on social media and find them. If they are in hiding from you, contact a family member, and make a peace offering to get to talk with them.
Whatever you do, do it diligently, and take it seriously. You’ve got a gift and an altar, and you can’t get the two together in your present state.
If you’re serious about loving Jesus, then you must be serious about loving people. That’s what the Scribes and Pharisees didn’t get.
I believe I just saw some scales balance!
It is much easier to love Jesus than people. After all, Jesus has never done you any wrong. All He’s ever done is love you. But check out what Jesus says in Matthew 25:40 (KJV), “Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”
Sounds like Jesus says how you treat people is how you treat Him.
Holy Jesus, I trust You to help me repair any open wounds I have caused. I trust You to help me find my way to the right people. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ loves all people—He will help me love them too!
MATTHEW 5:11_and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
A new light is shed on persecution. This is not persecution because you think you’re right and your persecutor is wrong. This is persecution because you believe Jesus is right! This is about being falsely persecuted. This is about having all kinds of evil lies spread about you because your enemies hate Jesus and His teachings … and His disciples.
Who was lied about more than Jesus? From the time of His conception to His ascension into heaven He was maliciously verbally attacked.
Jesus was accused of breaking the Sabbath, when actually He was the Sabbath. Jesus was accused of blasphemy by claiming to be the Son of God, when actually He was God in the flesh. Jesus was accused of being out of His mind, when actually He possessed the very mind of God. Jesus was accused of demonic possession, when actually He freed captives and put demons to flight. Jesus was accused of inciting riots to overthrow the Romans, when actually He taught His disciples to pay taxes to Caesar and obey their authorities.
The One who promises the blessing is the One who understands everything about persecution.
Heavenly Father, I praise You for all You suffered in order to teach me. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ was falsely accused—He bore it all for my sake!
MATTHEW 5:8_for they shall see God.
Just like the negative things we dwell on are embedded in the heart, Jesus’ teachings cleanse the heart. When your heart is purified; you will see God.
You see God when you fill your heart with the truths of His principles found in His Word.
You see God when you make sacrifices in your life in order to help someone weaker or needier than you.
You see God when you stand for truth even in the face of ridicule, scorn, and lies.
You see God when you make choices for righteousness and purity over self-satisfying indulgence.
You see God because your heart has been purified by agreeing with His truths over the world’s lies. You have made decisions in your heart to walk that road, follow that path, take up that cross, and become a disciple of Jesus.
You will never purify your heart by agreeing with the world’s standards. This means looking at images of impurity, speaking words of impurity, engaging in acts of impurity, reading novels filled with impurity, watching entertainment full of impurity, or listening to music about impurity.
You are not going to see God on any of those roads.
Heavenly Father, Forgive me for the times I have chosen impurity over purity and the times I have agreed with lies because I didn’t want to walk the road of truth. Help me. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ’s truths are the road to purity—He will lead me!
MATTHEW 5:8_Blessed are the pure in heart…
Oh, to be pure in heart! Isn’t that something else you want? What is involved in becoming pure in your heart? You know how to find out, use the key. The Bible opens your spirit to wisdom, understanding, and knowledge of truth. When you begin the journey into what pureness in heart looks like, you will discover you must first find out what it is not.
We have mentioned Jeremiah 17:9 (KJV), “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” You have to gain the understanding of there is nothing pure about your heart – on its own.
Next, you discover Proverbs 19:21 (KJV), “There are many devices in a man’s heart, nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand.” Praise God! Now you gain knowledge that although you cannot trust your heart (because it is deceitful), the counsel (wisdom, understanding, knowledge) you gain from the Bible can override the deceitfulness in your heart. Bible truths dispel all the devil’s lies.
So, the first step to become pure in heart is to put no trust in the flesh. Place all your trust in the power of Jesus. Your spirit will be instructed through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Holy Father, I want my heart to be pure. I want it cleansed from all deceit and wickedness. Teach me from the Bible. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ is pure in heart—He purifies my deceitful heart!
MATTHEW 7:28_And it came to pass…
Something which came to pass as a part of Jesus’ ministry was—multitudes followed Him. We’ve mentioned the multitudes before, but let’s review these categories.
Definitely among the multitude were the spiritually hungry. Hopefully that is the category you fill. You have not spent a year studying Jesus’ teachings because you are spiritually full. These are people who want their lives to count for good before they leave the earth.
There were the physically sick. These are people who believe Jesus can heal the incurable. They hope to experience His power.
There were the desperate, held in demonic bondage by the father of lies. They were searching for freedom. Had they found it?
There were the curious who just wanted to see what all the hoop-la was about.
There were the jealous who sought to destroy the One who had stolen their thunder. And it came to pass that these left with egg on their face.
For those who don’t know what that means, it is to be made to look foolish or embarrassed.
Wonderful Counselor, I am spiritually hungry for Your truth. Please feed me. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ can keep me spiritually full—He feeds me!