Archive for January, 2018

Beatitude three

Posted: January 25, 2018 in Beatitude three

IMG_2488

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”

What does it mean to inherit something?

Your inheritance comes to you when someone in your family dies. You get good things that belong to your family, and they get passed down to you. Jesus says that there are people who will inherit something – something beyond precious.

The meek are people who are not seeking to be great in this life or in this sinful world. They humble themselves and trust that all will be well. They are not necessarily weak, but they are able to depend on the power of God for everything. These are people who have faith in the promises of God.

God’s promises are to those who fear Him. They are people who have been outsiders and have been brought into the inner family of God. They have been given an eternal inheritance that can never be lost or fade away. This inheritance is kept by God for these meek people of His family.

A person can only gain the inheritance when the family member dies.

How can God die?

Jesus came to be the sacrifice to pay for sin. He loves us so much, that He was prepared to suffer and die for us, so that we could have the inheritance of eternal life. Jesus bought our inheritance for us. He took away our rottenness and gave over to us His righteousness. Because of that fact, we can enter in and now have the right to be called children of God.

This is the most amazing privilege.

Because Jesus died, I have an everlasting inheritance that is truly mine.

To qualify for this inheritance, I must be a child of God, a Christian. I must become one of the meek ones that are talked about by Jesus. I must get my sinfulness dealt with and destroyed, so that I can have this new life in God’s family.

People who are like Jesus will have the inheritance.

This world will pass away some day but a new heaven and earth will be revealed. This is the inheritance of the people of God. Heaven itself, a perfect earth where righteousness dwells, and the unending ages of eternity full of love, joy and peace.

Only the meek will want this inheritance. The people of this ruined life are happy to carry on in its ways and culture.

They have no inheritance. At death they loose it all…

In truth, there is no life outside of the inheritance procured by God. There is only one way to benefit from this eternal inheritance- only through Jesus. He is our Saviour and older brother who has made it possible to be brought into the family of God, with Him. Let us be counted with the meek and find all that God has stored up for those that love Him.

Beatitude two

Posted: January 18, 2018 in Beatitude two

IMG_3920

 

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”

This is a wonderful promise from the Saviour Jesus.

This is a very precious promise to us.

We are often in trouble of different kinds and many kinds of pain become part of our lives.

Often we find ourselves crying over things, feeling very hurt and very sorrowful. We mourn.

  • We can get ill, sometimes seriously ill and we are afraid of what might happen to us.
  • We can be afraid of failing test in school or not getting good results to get a good job.
  • We can lose someone we love to sickness and to death. We talk about mourning for someone when they die.
  • We can lose our abilities, have accidents.
  • We can have things stolen from us.
  • We can mourn about all these things and be sorry about them.

Jesus also suffered from all these hurts. He suffered in ways we don’t have to suffer. He knows all about it. He identifies with us in our pains.

So, when Jesus says to us, “you will be comforted when you mourn,” we feel very glad about that.

Jesus is able to comfort us in ways that other people can’t. He can speak into our inner lives and He lets us know He is helping us. Even people who don’t believe in Him, Jesus is able and willing to comfort them.

If I am sorrowful, I am blessed because Jesus will comfort me.

But there is another kind of mourning, which is much deeper than any of these situations.

This mourning that Jesus talks about is extreme, and many people don’t experience it.

Jesus is actually talking about those who mourn for their sin. Jesus is making a promise to people who are very disturbed about their sinfulness and the wrong things they do, which break God’s holy law.

Usually we do and say wrong things, and everyone else is doing it, so its ok. We don’t feel that bad about my sins. We do wrong things easily and hardly notice…

But, God starts to work in a person’s life, and He starts to point out to them their sins. The person’s conscience becomes sensitive to the wrong and causes the person to feel bad. When God works in our lives like this, we realize we are not good enough.

When we look in the Bible. We realize God is holy and we are not. We can’t be at peace with God, because of our sin. This gets very worrying.

I look at what God says about me… “My heart is deceitful above anything else, and I don’t know it..”

That’s bad. It makes us realize that our badness is worse than we think!

Deceitfulness, dishonesty, pride, selfishness, hatred, wanting more and more- greed..

I am tainted with this disease of sin. I can’t get rid of it. I can’t stop doing these bad things. I try to do things that make me feel good about myself, but I just make it worse.

God terrifies me.! He is holy. I can never be like Him, no matter how hard I try.

I realize He is loving and I am not…    He hates sin, and I don’t…

Now I am mourning because of my sins.

This is the kind of mourning that Jesus is talking about in the Beatitude.

If you are mourning like this, you are blessed..!

Why?    Well when we mourn for sin and seek God, There is a remedy. Sin can be forgiven. God’s Word says, that Jesus paid for sin so that we could be forgiven.

He says, if we repent and are sorry for it, He will forgive us everything.!

I can have a new start and a new life, and God will keep me safe from the judgment.

God will forgive me everything, and my sin will be put away from me and never remembered again. If we struggle with sin, and find our way to Jesus for forgiveness, how great to know your sins are gone forever.

This is the ultimate comfort of God.  No one can take forgiveness away from you.

Why did Jesus come..

  • To save us from the consequences of our sin and from the very sin itself.
  • To rescue me form this sinful world.
  • To give us the victory over sin and death.
Those who grieve, mourn for sin in their lives, will find comfort.

 

 

Jars

Posted: January 17, 2018 in Jars

Beatitude One

Posted: January 11, 2018 in Beatitude One

IMG_7744

Matthew 5 Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.

 He said: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Beatitudes are beautiful blessing from God. Only he is able to apply these blessings to our hearts and lives. There is a list of them, and we are looking at them one at a time.

When we see the word `’poor” we automatically think of money. God is not thinking of money here, He says, “poor in spirit”

Who are the poor in spirit? It doesn’t sound much like anything I would like to be.!

To be poor in spirit, means a person realises where they stand with God.

Someone who realises they are not rich towards, God. They have nothing to give to God and have hardly any understanding about Him. So we could use the word, “humble” here. WE need to humble ourselves before a holy God and seek the riches He offers to us.

Jesus says that is a good place to be. If we are puffed up with pride and think we can do anything for God, or make ourselves good in his sight, we are not poor in spirit. Our spirits are puffed up with pride and conceit.

If we think we are good enough for God, then we will never feel our need of Him. Nor will we have any idea that we need Him, and need His forgiveness for my sins, because we don’t think have any..!!

If we find ourselves in that state, we need to pray and ask God to show us our sin and ask Him to help us feel our need of forgiveness.

Jesus is speaking here to people who realise they need Him. They had heard what Jesus has said, and have come to acknowledge that they are sinful as He has told them. They realise they cannot get to heaven, cannot overcome sin and cannot be perfect.

This is what it is like to be “poor in spirit”

When we see we are not good enough and our sins are too much for us, we start to feel bad. We start seeing our sins more clearly and we get more and more uncomfortable.

The poor in spirit seek the one who can make them rich.

Only Jesus can deal with sins. Only He can make us clean and righteous before a holy God.

When we come to Jesus and admit our failures, He can forgive everything. He gives us a new heart that loves God and His ways. We have The Holy Spirit living in us, and He teaches us and gives us power to live right lives and do mighty deeds for God.

The poor in spirit walk with God because they know they cannot walk on their own. They know they are poor, and need God’s mighty power to keep them in the right ways of living.

The blessing Jesus gives is …”The kingdom of heaven belongs to you..”

 Isn’t this amazing?! The humble people who walk with God, are the very ones who possess the heavenly kingdom.

It is more than just belonging to the heavenly kingdom, though they do, that everlasting, glorious triumphant kingdom is actually theirs! They were made for the kingdom and the kingdom was made for them..!!

This is not like any passing earthly kingdoms, which all fail and end up, being so unfair. This is the kingdom especially made for God’s people. Anyone who believes and trusts in Jesus can be there. It is a perfect kingdom, so there is no sin there. This is why we must trust in what Jesus did on the cross, and ask Him to forgive us.

When you become a Christian, the Holy Spirit comes to live in your life, so the Kingdom of God, actually lives in you.!! Your life as a Christian will radiate the power of God through the Holy Spirit.!!  

How amazing this is!!

The promises of Jesus are so full of meaning for us, and last way beyond this life, and into eternity.

Even if I am poor in spirit, I can be rich towards God.

I can swap my spiritual poverty for God’s riches. I can move out of a dead life, and find my home in the eternal kingdom.

The question is “is the blessing for me?”

It is if you qualify… your spirit must be poor, humble and willing to repent and bow to the Saviour Jesus. He waits for you to come. He waits to bless us…

Night crafts

Posted: January 4, 2018 in Night crafts

The Beatitudes: intro

Posted: January 4, 2018 in The Beatitudes:intro

DSC00040

 

Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.” Matthew 5

Jesus taught people what God is like and what He looks for in the human beings He made. We do not naturally love Him or want Him, so Jesus speaks to us, so that we can understand where we stand with God.

This passage is an introduction to a large lesson that Jesus taught, which we call, The Sermon on the Mountain (Mount) It was not preached all at the same time, but the Apostle Matthew puts it together as a whole teaching. It all goes together and is a long and deep lesson in the way God wants us to live and how we should be. We are not going to do the whole sermon on the mount, but a small bit, and every week we will look at a small bit of that small bit!! The talks will not be long, but we will learn a lot and remember it in the week ahead.

These beautiful Beatitudes are the introduction to the Sermon on the mountain, so this is an introduction to the introduction….

Matthew starts by setting the scene of where this was happening. Jesus was recognized by the ordinary people as a teacher from God, and they follow Him around to learn from Him. This does not mean that they truly believed in Him, or were real and true disciples. They just liked the idea of Jesus, but didn’t know Him personally.

We can feel we love Jesus and we admire what He says, but we do not belong to Him, because we have never repented, or given ourselves to Him. We like the idea of Jesus- a kind person who will always look after me, but that’s all we want. We do not really want to be like Him, because people would think we are weird. We don’t really want to do what He says, but just want help.

BUT, there is no true happiness, without JESUS….

So these beautiful words are for us. They are to teach us and show us the way to God.

That morning, Jesus goes up the side of the mountain, because there were so many people crowding around. He chose a place on the mountainside and sat down. All teachers in those times, sat down to speak. Everyone could hear, and see Him. He was in the middle of the crowd so that everyone could see and hear. Jesus doesn’t leave people out, but we have to come to hear and listen to Him. They all sit around Him, like a crown..!

What is a Beatitude?

  • A Beatitude is a “blessed expression”
  • A supreme blessing
  • A teaching that brings ultimate blessing
  • A great blessing from a godly person- from Christ

These statements are the character of a Christian as well as Gods blessings on His people.

They are BEAUTIFUL…..   Let’s read them….

Jesus said:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

Nine beautiful Beatitudes….