Blessed are these

““Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for 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 sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭3‬-‭12‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Blessed are these

In light of these present times, I have come to look upon the Beatitudes with new eyes, for in them, I see the significance of setting of this present season more clearly. We are entering a season when the hearts of those who have called upon name of the Lord, born again of the Spirit, will find themselves pressed in on from every side, and in the midst of all that, they will still be expected to fulfill the calling of Jesus to go into all the world.

Reading through the list of characteristics of the kingdom of God, I see things only possible by the power of the Holy Spirit. The temptations to do things counter to those in the Beatitudes will be overwhelming, for the lives of those who do not know the Lord are in opposition to those who know Jesus.

As I read, I also see similarities to those characteristics seen in the fruit of the Spirit.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”
Galatians 5:22-25 NKJV

God has given us the ministry of reconciliation, of going and telling, reaching His creation and bringing them back to their Creator. In that ministry, we are commanded to reflect Jesus in that work, for He is our forerunner, and one who demonstrates all the fruits of the Spirit.

When we came to know Jesus, we approached the throne of God with humility, for each of was a poi t of brokenness, acknowledging our sinfulness and our need for a Savior.

We mourned over our sinful state, agreeing with God over all that we had done. We were meek in our powerlessness, for only Jesus has the power to save. In our conviction over our sins, we hunger and thirst for that righteousness, that clean slate only possible in Christ.

In the coming struggles, we will may be attacked, for the culture we live in is increasingly against us, but even in this we must show mercy. Our Great Savior, Jesus demonstrated the ultimate in mercy, when He went to the cross.

He could have rendered all things inert, for in Him all is held together, but He went to the cross to provide a sin killing sacrifice for all humanity. For each of us who has been welcomed into the Kingdom, He has shown us His mercy, for all of us deserve to make our home in the lake of fire.

Brothers and sisters, let us go into the coming seasons of struggle, demonstrating the purity of heart the Lord has created in us, for we stand in contrast to the world, where hearts are dark. May the purity of our hearts be demonstrated by our love, for the love that we offer is different from the pseudo love the world portrays, for ours is of God.

“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.
I Corinthians 13:4-8a NKJV

Not only should we demonstrate that love in the greater world, but more importantly, in the church. The evil one is busy, creating rifts and dissensions amongst the brethren. Let us be pleasing to our Lord, for He hates those who bring discord into the house of God.

“A worthless person, a wicked man, Walks with a perverse mouth; He winks with his eyes, He shuffles his feet, He points with his fingers; Perversity is in his heart, He devises evil continually, He sows discord. Therefore his calamity shall come suddenly; Suddenly he shall be broken without remedy. These six things the Lord hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil, A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren.”
Proverbs 6:12-19 NKJV

Let us walk in the Spirit, demonstrating the characteristics of the Kingdom, showing Jesus to a sick and dying world, desperate for soul saving change. He has us before the world as lights in the increasing darkness.

““You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭14‬-‭16‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

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