God’s specific reasons for extra blessings are promised in all nine beatitudes, from the fifth chapter of Matthew in The Bible (New Testament). Jesus Christ did not say that the first seven 7 blessings were only for one nationality of people or for his followers only. They are open to you or anyone who serves both God and your fellow man. But the eighth blessing was for those who suffer for Jesus’ sake. Each of the eight blessings begin with the word, “Blessed” because of your ways of being in the beatitude. The right attitude. An attitude is a clear “point of view.” “The Beatitudes” tell you that God’s blessings provide great rewards for the right attitudes that He taught you.
Yes, Jesus said that as you show better attitudes–explained here–then you “will” be blessed in the following ways, as described in the scriptures. He gives His individual gifts of the spirit and even gives the very gift of faith itself to show you his love and presence–all between you and your Father together enjoying each other in both spiritual and physical blessings. Being in God’s will opens wide His storehouse of blessings to you to pour out to you–to overflowing…
- Jesus promises that the poor in spirit will enter His Kingdom in this life! The Kingdom of God,” Jesus said, “is within you.”
- The words “poor in spirit” mean to be without much pleasure in yourself, and although you have been taught to be self-sufficient and proud or your reasoning, independence: you must become smaller in your own eyes. If you are ready to depend on God for your blessings–not to manage your own life and make your choices all alone, then you are ready to be blessed.
- When you admit your limits to Him–then you are humble, and God can then move in you and move you into his presence — in the Kingdom of Heaven — and begin blessing your life.
Repent, be sorry for your bad deeds, and be willing to change for the better. “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.”(Matthew 5:4)
- In this beatitude Jesus puts value on grief and repentance evidently that would be grief for your flaws. So mourn and–in the first beatitude–you were told to become humble, “smaller” in your own eyes, and rely on God.
- Ordinary activity does not bring JOY, God’s Love and hope. “If only… “–feeling your regrets, for what has been lost: peace, joy, hope — and find “the broken spirit” — a changed attitude about life.
- Regret past sins, your damages to others — and time that you may have been against, ignoring and lacking God’s blessing. Forgiveness removes selfishness and the guilt of self-centered life.
- So He lets you accept forgiveness. Your guilt is removed. You are blessed, and you know God is real.
Be unassuming, non-egotistical. “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.”(Matthew 5:5)
- Here in the third beatitude, again, there is a word that gives some negative feelings. Meek may imply weak–as in lacking spirit or courage. No! Be strong but not violent, be able to endure problems with patience–not resenting other people or God.
- Jesus described himself “I am meek and gentle.” Able to handle conflicts, insults, crisis without egotism: “He’s got it all together”.
- So He said that the non-aggressors would “inherit the earth“; receive an unearned gift. The recipient is an heir who, without personal effort, takes control and ownership of property–your environment–control of your existence.
- God will cause harmony and will take control of your life to make it easier, productive and satisfying
Seek right ways with an appetite for good. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”(Matthew 5:6)
- Most people imagine themselves pure. You have never heard, “I did that to be mean and foolish.” Doing any angry or revengeful act is embarrassing when your mistakes become public.
- You need to make righteous choices for your own sake. It makes life easier. The apostle Paul spoke of a dilemma, “I do not fully control my actions. I do not do what I want, but do what I would not do.”
- Guilt and human nature makes your soul “hunger and thirst” for right choices and habitual righteousness; just like when you say, “I need something to eat and drink, now!” Also, built into you is a hunger to be right. You want to be seen as right.
- Righteousness is the food and drink of your spiritual health: free from guilt, shame and sin: depend on God’s promise to grow his righteousness in you
Show mercy. “Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.”(Matthew 5:7)
- You do not need to use complete sentences in your prayers — just say “Thank You Lord!”; “Mercy…”, or simply talk to Him, “God…” or something like, “Oh, God…”. Just be merciful so that He will hear you when you ask for mercy. God is merciful and “will have mercy on whom he will have mercy” (compassion).
- Inhumanity of man against others has always been a force in history. So that the past history reveals selfish, inconsiderate, and cruel — oppressing habits that cause poverty, slavery, being disinterested in social unrest, not working these things out with generous mercy, but with great indifference instead, not seeing the needs of the hurting.
- Jesus tied your receiving God’s mercy with your giving mercy to others. The more mercy you give out, the more you will receive — “as you sow, so shall you reap.” You see that your mercy brings reward
Be pure through faith. “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.”(Matthew 5:8)
- Are there any popular radio, TV, talk shows, movies that consider purity and chastity as entertainment? Purity is found by concentrating on and dedicating to and seeking to right what is wrong by God’s will and purpose.
- Your loving God will reward you in his presence by spiritual means. So it lets you “see” God, free from the pollution of mixed up desires in thoughts, words and deeds.
- “Cleanse your mind; clean up your act” and in the fullest sense as God himself removes your desire for impure thinking and impure ways of acting. God purifies your being from the inside.
- “Seeing” God: knowing him as your Father (by being in His presence) is the blessing promised in this beatitude
Be a peacemaker and be especially blessed!. “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called ‘the children’ of God.”(Matthew 5:9)
- Peace is a nice idea, as long as you get your way. Love your wife… and have personal peace and love according to Jesus — starts by not returning evil for evil. He said, Turn the other cheek. Do what is asked of you and forgive each other.
- Love unconditionally–treating the other as one would like to be treated, if the two roles were suddenly reversed: be kind to your enemy. Never retaliate–just let it stop now! Hostility stops with you — impossible? No! He empowers you.
- His grace is sufficient; pass it on. God oversees your life as you walk in his path, handles your retaliations for you (“Bless and curse not!”) in His own way, and protects your person, even through the valley of the shadow of death. He continuously sends blessing, both spiritual and material.
- Your Father in Heaven gives you what your heart/core desires (deep, right feeling) and real needs by his grace and through your faith. Peacemaking brings God with peace and harmony into your life
Accept persecution. “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”(Matthew 5:10)
- Some bad news–“persecutions,” if you are righteous — but don’t worry! You will be blessed with the benefits of the Kingdom of Heaven, if you are harassed because your life is in Christ and his newness of life is in you.
- Well, you are different — if you are in Christ. This threatens those who don’t understand life’s basis: spiritual life. You have put God first, and so your outlook seems to be crazy to others, who do not agree. You are just “crazy enough” to have the best in this life and in the life to come
Accept persecution (meant for Him). “Blessed are you, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you ‘falsely,’ for my sake.“(Matthew 5: 11) This is like people harshly criticizing (reviling) you because of your calling Jesus Christ the Lord.
- No persecution is not the end of this thought; there is still the blessing. There is so much more blessing than the negative part… there is the rejoicing and being very glad
“Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad: for great is your reward in Heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”(Matthew 5: 12)
- Yes, He says you should rejoice because of the fact that you endure problems and troubles with people because you believe and live in His life.
- So, rejoice through your troubles and through your weakness–for in Him you are made strong (that’s another blessing), and you have a great reward in Heaven
Nowhere in His teachings does Jesus say your religious work (in and out of church) cause God to move in your favor. No — He taught that the attitudes and the consequences of them — which are actions made toward your neighbor and toward God’s children — are the way to set the direction and kind of your blessings.
“So then, did Jesus come to shut down the partying and turn-on the lights?” No… Jesus came to start the biggest party on earth with lights so bright they light up your world. In Him there is no darkness.
Perhaps you may think of blessings as physical — health, wealth and protection, yet God’s blessings are not limited to these. Surely, certainly — His will according to scripture does include helping supply your material needs but even extends far beyond, even, your hopes or dreams including blessing your loved ones and daily life including your dating life, marriage, and family, etc.
Jesus said, “If I be lifted up, I will draw all men unto me…” That’s setting you up for the greatest party of all time… but if you are not reaching out toward the attitudes that he requires, and now you suffer — then you are most destitute!
If you take Him seriously and stick to the course, when you finish, He will give you “your party”, celebration. There is something great for your sure reward. You will be blessed past understanding, beyond measuring–“like the prophets will be blessed,” but what did He mean by that? Well, if you are a “Truth teller,” then that’s a like the prophets… Prophecy is telling the truth and the good news clearly and without partiality or favor.
You are already guaranteed to be blessed, if you are God’s child, man or woman, and even if you “have to crawl,” you’ll be all right when you get to Him. That means God always has “your best” in His view…
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