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Week of July 3, 2006 - "Blessed are..." - Matthew 5:3-8

Monday, July 3, 2006

"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5:3 NKJV)

God is a happy God! He loves His nature, His wisdom, His very being. God has a plan to fill the heavens and the earth with His will and His glory. The Father and the Son love each other, for they are of the same nature and want the same things. The Spirit is of the same nature as the Father and the Son. The Spirit loves to empower the will of the Father and the words of the Son so that Godís will can be revealed and carried out on the earth.

God wants to bless His people and to fill them with His joy and His happiness. GOD HAS ALREADY BLESSED HIS PEOPLE. In our humanness and pride, we think that we can and must do something to convince God to bless us. Jesus came to show the people how God had already blessed them. He came to bring the fullness of all of Godís blessings to the people, by providing a way for their sins to be forgiven and removed so that the fullness of Godís life could enter them, and they could enter into the fullness of Godís blessing. First He had to show them that God was already blessing them.

Jesus begins by saying that those who are poor in spirit ARE ALREADY BLESSED. God blesses us by showing us our poverty of spirit. Men cry out because of their material poverty Ė they seek more money or a better job to alleviate this need. Men cry out because of their mental poverty Ė they seek more education to alleviate this need. Men cry out because of their emotional poverty Ė they seek "happiness" through drugs, alcohol, worldly pleasures, etc., to alleviate this need. BUT Jesus begins by saying that those who realize their deep spiritual need are already blessed. He says that those who have realized this need have had the kingdom of heaven working on their behalf.

God shows us our deep spiritual need so that we call upon Him to bring life and restoration to our spirit. He shows us the blessings of His heavenly kingdom so we want the kingdom of heaven to come upon this earth. He awakens our spirits to become united with the power of His Spirit so that He can impart the life of Jesus into us and we can be united with God by being filled with His fullness. HIS BLESSINGS BEGIN WHEN HE SHOWS US OUR SPIRITUAL NEED. Those who have known this He calls "Blessed."

Father, thank You for showing me my need of You. I confess I need more of You. Let Jesus continue to show me this, and let Your Spirit bring this truth into all of me. Amen

Tuesday, July 4, 2006

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted." (Matthew 5:4 NKJV)

God has a plan for His creation and all of His created beings. He created all things for His glory. The Father loves to glorify the nature and desires of His Son. The Son loves to glorify the plan and purposes of His Father. The Spirit glorifies the desires of the Father and the Son by revealing and energizing them in the world. God created man to be filled with His nature and character so that He could glorify him.

There is evil in the world, evil beings in the spirit realm, and evil desires in the hearts of people Ė myself included. Evil principles have been established in the world. Evil actions are being committed each day, bringing hurt and anguish into the world. God is grieved by the evil that is in the world, in the spirits of this world, and in the hearts of people in this world.

Many are grieved along with God by what has happened and is happening in this world, and by what they perceive will happen because of the increase of evil. God calls these people blessed. He says to those who mourn, "You are blessed, because you mourn. You are blessed because you long for a better place Ė a place where there is no evil, a place where men are filled with the righteous desires of their Creator."

He has a plan to bring the realities of such a place, called His Heaven, into the earth. He has a plan to remove all evil and to let remain only what is pure and holy. He promises that for His people. He has a way of removing evil from the hearts of people, through the cross of His Son. He has a way of making known and establishing His principles on the earth, through His Word. He has a way of removing the evil spiritual powers from this world by preparing His kingdom to come through His people. He says, "Speak comfort to My people Ė My plan has been coming forth, it is coming forth, and it shall come forth."

Father, we rejoice in You-- in Your superior wisdom and holiness. We rejoice that You have always had a plan for Your creation and that You are bringing about Your plan. Thank You for comforting us with Your truth in Your Son. Amen

 

Wednesday, July 5, 2006

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth." (Matthew 5:5 NKJV)

God has a plan for His creation and all of His created beings. He created all things for His glory. The Father loves to glorify the nature and desires of His Son. The Son loves to glorify the plan and purposes of His Father. The Spirit glorifies the desires of the Father and the Son by revealing and energizing them in the world. God created man to be filled with His nature and character so that He could glorify him.

Godís plan is to bring all things under the dominion of His Son, Jesus. Jesus loved the will of God. He lived in the will of God. He trusted in the will of God. He loved doing right and hated all evil. Satan tried to entice Him to leave Godís will and to do his will instead. Satan tried to hold Jesus in hell and to keep Him from coming into His heavenly kingdom. God made a judgment. He judged in favor of Jesus and against Satan; now Jesus reigns over all of Godís creation. Now the earth and the people of the earth who will serve Him have been given to Jesus as His inheritance.

Jesus wants His people to reign with Him. This has been Godís eternal plan for all of His creation--that Jesus and His people would reign over it. God has that desire. Jesus has that desire. God has put that desire into His children. He is willing to give that desire to all who want to serve Him and to have Jesus rule over them so that He can rule through them.

It takes meekness to submit to Godís will. It takes meekness to let Jesus reign by serving Him. It takes meekness to declare the plans and purposes of God. It takes meekness to stand up for truth when the world says to be quiet. As we let the meekness of Christ be developed in us, we realize that we too will rule over the earth with Christ. We realize the truth that as Jesus has inherited the earth through the righteous judgments of His Father, even so we who are in Jesus will inherit our portion that He has assigned and prepared for us. Jesus said, "Fear not, little flock, for it is Your Fatherís good pleasure to give you the kingdom" (Luke 12:32). Jesus said that as He has received authority from His Father, even so He gives us authority (Revelation 2:26-27).

Father, I am humbled by Your plan for me and for Your people. Help me to receive the meekness of Jesus so that I can fulfill my part in Your will being done and Your kingdom coming upon the earth. Thank You Father. Amen

 

Thursday, July 6, 2006

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled." (Matthew 5:7 NKJV)

God is Righteous. He always does what is right, because He is righteous. He yearns for right things to be done right, because He is righteous. He wants people to yearn to do what is right and to love doing what is right. His desires are righteous. God knows that even though people might try to do right things, they cannot continually do so, because manís nature is not totally filled with righteousness. God knows that men need to be filled with HIS righteousness so that they can continually do what is right.

The Son of God became a man. Jesus knew that God was righteous and that God wanted to impart His righteousness into peopleóto fill them with the righteousness of God. Jesus told us that if we would seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness, we would enjoy all the blessings of the material world. WE NEED TO BE FILLED WITH THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD. Jesus knew this, because He was righteous. He knew that through Him the people of the world could be filled with Godís righteousness. He knew that God wanted to manifest Himself to His people as a righteous One and as THEIR Righteous One. In order to be righteous, we need the righteousness of God. Only then can we be filled with righteousness.

Those who seek righteousness in all of their beingóbody, soul, and spirit--are blessed. Those who seek the righteousness of God to fill others so that they too will love righteousness are blessed. Those who seek the righteous judgments of God to come forth into all levels of life and all realms of our society are blessed. When God created man, He told him to fill the earth. God is filling man with His righteousness so man can want to see Godís righteousness filling the earth. This is Godís plan. This is who God is--THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. God promises to do this. "In those days Judah will be saved, and Jerusalem will dwell safely. And this is the name by which she will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS (Jeremiah 33:16 NKJV) God is giving us a thirst for these things Ė we are blessed. We will be filled.

Father, I confess that You are righteous. Thank You for giving us a hunger and thirst for Your righteousness. Thank You for providing Your righteousness to us as we commune with Your Son. Fill me, O God, so I can show forth and declare YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. Amen

 

Friday, July 7, 2006

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy." (Matthew 5:7 NKJV)

God is merciful. According to Bible scholars, the word "mercy" here does not just imply "having pity" but rather implies being "actively compassionate." In His mercy, God is actively compassionate with us. God not only covers our sins with the blood of the animal sacrifice, as in the Old Testament, but now He removes them with the more perfect sacrifice of His Son. He not only removes our sin, but now He imparts His very life into us so that we can be filled with His righteousness and no longer continue in the same sinful ways.

God was merciful to the children of Israel when they crossed the Red Sea. He had covered their sin with the sacrificial lamb, so that He did not kill the firstborn of Israel when He executed that judgment on the gods and people of the Egyptians. Now He acted on their behalf by parting the waters of the Red Sea, providing the way out of danger as the enemies of Israel tried to destroy them. The same waters then destroyed their enemies. After that happened Moses said:

      "Who is like You, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like You, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders? You stretched out Your right hand; the earth swallowed them. You in Your mercy have led forth the people whom You have redeemed; you have guided them in Your strength to Your holy habitation." (Exodus 15:11-13 NKJV)

In His mercy, God works for us, in us, and then through us, bringing us into His heavenly place, His Holy Habitation. He brings us there so we can know this realm and bring to others the love of Christ, who reigns there. As we receive His mercy, we want to give it to others. As we give it to them, more is given to us. We can rejoice when God brings people to us who need His mercy. They provide us with an opportunity to bring Godís love and mercy to them. Then we can be blessed with more of His mercy, and God can then bring more of His people to us. We truly know the truth of Godís promise to Abraham that we are blessed to be a blessing.

Father, thank You for giving Your mercy to me. Thank You for continually being actively involved in ever-increasing areas of my life. Thank you for letting me become involved with others so they, too, can know Your mercy. Amen

Saturday, July 8, 2006

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." (Matthew 5:8 NKJV)

This week has six thoughts. I feel this one should also be shared on this theme of "Receiving the Blessings of God."

God is blessing His people. He blesses us by turning us from our self-centered, self-glorifying, self-pleasing, self-focused, self-dependent, unrighteous ways into His righteous and holy life living in us. The goodness of God leads us to repentance. As our faithful High Priest, Jesus comes to His temple--our inner being--to purify and cleanse us so He can impart His ways into us and we can become partakers of the divine nature of God.

God does not show us our sinful ways to show us how bad we are. He calls us His saints who need His complete work of purification to be accomplished in us. He shows us the sinful ways of our inner self so we can put them off and put on His righteous ways. He shows us the beauty of His Being so that we can yearn for His life to fill us. He wants the absolute best for us, which is to be made totally one with Him.

As we behold Jesus in glory, God imparts His life into us. Jesus prayed that we would behold Him in His glory so that His glory could come into us and then we would become one with Him as He is One with His Father (John 17:21-24). David had a taste of this. He said, "One thing I have desired of the LORD, that will I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in His temple" (Psalm 27:4 NKJV). He asked God to give him a new heart (Psalm 51:10). He prayed for God to search his heart and to remove all that was not right (Psalm 139:23-24).

As we go through the process of sanctification and cleansing, and receiving Godís life and nature, we see more of life from Godís perspective. We see how pure and holy He is, and how far above us are His ways and His holiness and righteousness. We also see how vast is His plan, and we realize that His ways are eternal. We begin to know in ever deeper ways that truly His kingdom will come and His will will be done--through Christ, and by us with Christ living in us--and then by God Himself dwelling in His people. We see more and more of our great God. This is our eternal destiny.

Father, thank You for continually revealing more of Yourself to us. Thank you for Your patience and mercy, and for Your covenant promise and heart desire to make us partakers of Your very Being. Holy, Holy, Holy are You, O God! Amen

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