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SIH’s Think On These Things: Matt 5: Conclusion

Mat 5:3-12  – Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (4)  Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. (5)  Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. (6)  Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.  (7)  Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.  (8)  Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. (9)  Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. (10)  Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (11-12)  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.

In our previous devotions, we have seen that there are several marks of someone who is blessed of the Lord leading to their genuine, and permanent, happiness and peace.  Some of these marks included: an absolute need of the Lord; Godly sorrow for sin; Spirit led control of self; sacrificial longing for Godly living; desire to forgive others indebted to us; submission to Lord’s will from a heart of appreciation; sharing gospel with lost through words and actions; a love-driven willingness to suffer for Christ.

Are these characteristics of our lives?  If so, we can be assured that we are forgiven of our sins, members of God’s family, and have a blessed eternity in the Lord’s presence awaiting us.  What wonderful peace and comfort comes along with recognition we are Christ’s!

If, after honest reflection, we do not see these indicators in our lives, we can be certain that we have not received the Lord’s grace in our lives.  If you desire to be blessed of the Lord with forgiveness and a promise of eternal life with Him, turn from your sin and look to Christ as your Lord.  Trust in Him (His work on the cross) to make full payment for your sins, past, present and future. This is the very essence of the good news of salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ.

May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Matt 5:11-12

(Mat 5:11-12) 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.

In our previous beatitude, we saw that one reason to be happy in persecution is that it is proof that Christ is reigning in our lives and that we will, someday, enter into His eternal presence and kingdom.   In this beatitude we are told of two other reasons we should consider ourselves blessed when we face suffering for His sake.

Here, we are told that when we are mocked (reviled), pursued (persecuted), and lied about (shall say… falsely), due to our stand for Christ, we should be happy because: firstly, we will receive rewards that will honor Christ throughout eternity; and, secondly, we will be included with those like Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Daniel who, in times past, have suffered for faithfully proclaiming His Word.

What a blessing it is to know that when we bear our “cross” for Christ, He will not forget.  He will reward us and include us with others who have been willing to give of themselves for Him!

This is one mark of a person who has been blessed by God and is living a happy life in Him. Does today’s verse describe your life? Do you have lasting peace and happiness in Christ? If not, trust in Christ and follow Him. He makes us a promise “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.”

May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Matt 5:10

(Mat 5:10)  Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Those who are happy in Christ can find themselves abused, tormented, and ignored by those who oppose the cause of Christ.  How can it be that we can find happiness in being mistreated for our Lord?  Persecution is evidence that we are one of Christ’s.  It shows that we are willing to put Jesus ahead of ourselves, our comfort and our well-being.  It exposes the King of Kings as the ruler of our hearts and actions. Our membership in His Kingdom is proved by His reigning in our lives.

When He reigns in us, we can rest assured He is our King.  We are a part of His kingdom now and will enjoy being a part of His perfect Kingdom in eternity future.  This is the source of a Christian’s joy in the midst of persecution for His name’s sake.

This is one mark of a person who has been blessed by God and is living a happy life in Him. Does today’s verse describe your life? Do you have lasting peace and happiness in Christ? If not, trust in Christ and follow Him. He makes us a promise “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.”

May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Matt 5:9

(Mat 5:9) Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Those who are happy and blessed of the Lord are those who actively work to bring peace into the lives of others. There are many different types of peace; there is peace between nations, peace between families, and even peace between individuals.  The peace being spoken of in this beatitude is peace between sinful man and a holy God.

When we are adopted into God’s family (at our salvation) we begin to experience a burden to share the life changing gospel message with our loved ones and acquaintances. When we share the gospel with others and then they turn from their sin to Christ, they are brought into peace with Him.  As we work for peace between God and man, this is an indication that we are a part of God’s family, and as such, are the joint-heirs of a glorious eternity with Christ.

This is one mark of a person who has been blessed by God and is living a happy life in Him.  Does today’s verse describe your life?  Do you have lasting peace and happiness in Christ?  If not, trust in Christ and follow Him.  He makes us a promise “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.”

May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Matt 5:8

(Mat 5:8)  Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

In this beatitude, those who are truly happy and blessed of God are described as being “pure in heart”.  This is in stark comparison to hypocrites who may be outwardly pure, but inwardly sinful.

Those who are “pure in heart” are those whose sins have been covered by the shed blood of Christ, they have become a new creature in Him.  Although still burdened down by their sinful flesh, they are sincere and dedicated in their pursuit to glorify and honor their Lord.  Their heart’s longing is righteousness in their thoughts, desires and actions.

Those whose heart has been changed through the work of Christ are those who have their eternity guaranteed to them.  It is these who know, without doubt, that they will spend eternity in the company of their Lord and Savior, their God, Jesus Christ.

This is one mark of a person who has been blessed by God and is living a happy life in Him.  Does today’s verse describe your life?  Do you have lasting peace and happiness in Christ?  If not, trust in Christ and follow Him.  He makes us a promise “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.”

May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Matt 5:7

(Mat 5:7)  Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Do we show compassion to others who are indebted to us?  Are we willing to forgive the debt of those who are undeserving of our forgiveness?  Mercy is willing show goodness to those who have wronged us or done us harm.

The ability to authentically, and completely, forgive others is a grace given to us from our Lord.

If we possess the spiritual fruit of mercy (goodness), we can be certain the Holy Spirit is indwelling us. If the HS is indwelling us, it is proof we have been forgiven of our sins by Almighty God, and thus, are assured of receiving mercy from Him at the final judgment.

This is one mark of a person who has been blessed by God and is living a happy life in Him.  Does today’s verse describe your life?  Do you have lasting peace and happiness in Christ?  If not, trust in Christ and follow Him.  He makes us a promise “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.”

May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Matt 5:6

(Mat 5:6)  Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Does our love for the Lord cause us to long for living a life of righteousness?   Righteousness, here, is referring to a life that is in alignment with His laws (both our outward actions and our inward thoughts, desires and motives).  When we think of who He is, and what He has done for us, our love and appreciation for Him should overwhelm us.  When this occurs, the greatest NEED of our life becomes our obedience to Him.

Here the Lord promises that, for His people, we have an eternity awaiting us that will be marked by our sinless submission to His will and ways.  There will be no more temptation, no more acts of sin, nor sins of omission.  We will find ourselves in perfect harmony with His desires for our lives.

This is one mark of a person who has been blessed by God and is living a happy life in Him.  Does today’s verse describe your life?  Do you have lasting peace and happiness in Christ?  If not, trust in Christ and follow Him.  He makes us a promise “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.”

May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Matt 5:4

(Mat 5:4)  Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

To “mourn” is to suffer pain due to a loss. Do we ever look at our lives with sadness because we have failed our Lord and brought shame to His name?

The type of sadness I am talking about is NOT a feeling of regret because we were caught in our sin; NOR is it a feeling of torment because we are feeling the results of our sin.  It is a sorrow that is motivated by a knowledge that we have sinned against the One how gave His life for us.  We have spit in His face, mocked His faithfulness to us and, in a sense, actually placed Him on the cross.  Remember, it is for these same sins that He suffered and died.

If this is the type of sorrow that we feel, all hope is not lost.  It is a Godly sorrow that leads us to repentance. It is repentance that leads to our forgiveness. And it is forgiveness that gives comfort to a morning heart.

Truly, blessed are those who sorrow with a Godly sorrow, for they will be forgiven and their broken heart will be healed.

May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Matt 5:3

(Mat 5:3-12)  Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

To have a “poor” spirit is to recognize that we are a very needy people.  It is an attitude of humility and reliance.  It is a spirit that says… “We have nothing, and are nothing, without Christ.”  This type of attitude motivates us to recognize His blessings and inspires us to consistently look to Him for guidance and the supplying of our needs.

What does this modest attitude indicate about us?  The Lord is reigning in our hearts.  We are willingly submitting to the leadership of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. We are a part of His spiritual nation and will reign with Him throughout eternity.  This is His kingdom.

This is one mark of a person who has been blessed by God and is living a happy life in Him.  Does today’s verse describe your life?  Do you have lasting peace and happiness in Christ?  If not, trust in Christ and follow Him.  He makes us a promise “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.”

 May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.

SIH’s Think On These Things: Matt 5:3-12 Introduction

(Mat 5:3-12)  Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.  Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.  Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.  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.

As we begin our devotions on the Beatitudes, let’s keep in mind the basic theme of our text, it is describing 9 different characteristics of people that are “blessed”.  What do we mean by “blessed”?  The Greek word for “blessed” is describing a person who has received God’s goodness which results in the recipient’s happiness.

We should take a moment today to ask ourselves a question… Are we living a genuinely happy (blessed) life?

If so, we should thank and praise our Lord for the many goodnesses He has given to us this day.

If not, over the next few days of our devotions, let’s pay special attention to what the Word of God tells us about living a blessed life.  The beginnings of a blessed life can only be found in the Lord Jesus Christ… it is only through Him that we can find true happiness and peace.

May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.

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