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Life is hard. The world gives us so many answers to that problem, but as weariness sets in again we continue to find them wanting. The bad news is that there is nothing in the world that can give you a fulfilled life. The Good News is that in heaven there is. No one likes favoritism. We value an even playing field. Everyone should have a chance to compete and earn their just rewards. The problem with that mindset is that we have an an inflated view of what we deserve. Romans 3:23 tells us that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” We deserve death and damnation, but the Good News this week is that God shows favoritism towards us and we “are justified by His grace as a gift”!
People are hungry and thirsty; there is something deep inside them that needs filling, but rather than hungering and thirsting for righteousness, they simply find the "junk food" of this world that never satisfies. But the one who seeks, not just God, but God's righteousness in Jesus, will be.
There are four beliefs that come with the mourners who will receive comfort: 1. The first mourn over their own sin, 2. The mourn over the sins of others, 3. God loves others more than we do, and 4. They mourn over the physical separation between themselves and Jesus. Join us as we explore the second beatitude, "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted."
Having an accurate picture of the Sermon on the Mount is crucial to understanding WHAT Jesus is about to say and WHY He is saying it.
What does Jesus mean when He said, "Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven"? What is being poor in spirit? How does that relate to our lives? That's what we study as we look at the first of the Beatitudes.
In this message Pastor Speller helps to explain the biblical virtue of meekness and explores the believer's need to submit to God's good plan and love.
We tend to look at the beatitudes as a lesson in moral living. We look at Jesus saying "blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God" and read it as a command. We want to see God, so we read it as BE pure in heart. So what do we do? We read the Bible, go to church, confess our sins, etc., but we find that doing those actions doesn't actually change our heart. How can one who is impure make itself pure? Indeed, our hearts need to be purified by one who is already pure.