Archive for February, 2018

Beatitude six

Posted: February 23, 2018 in Beatitude six

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“Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.”

That’s an amazing thing… to see God.!

 In Old testament times people were afraid to see God, because if you saw God, you would instantly die. His holiness and His purity are so extreme. His is completely pure. Pure.. that’s what pure means. It means pure!! No faults no sins, completely perfect. Jesus said people who are pure in heart will see God.

How do we possibly unpick that. We cannot see God because we are flesh and blood human. How do we see the holy God who is Spirit and who is all holiness and all goodness.?

People who are pure in heart.. Who are they? Most people would hesitate to say they are pure in heart. There are some who feel that their minds are pure, and that they have been trained through education to have good thoughts and honourable ideas, but to be pure in heart means all your emotion, your will, your attitudes, your predispositions are all good, always. You have no bad attitudes or any prejudices against anyone. You are an absolutely pure person…

Most people will say they do some good things, but admit they are also wrong about other things and have at times done wrong. Many people see their moral state as a kind of competition between the good side and the bad side. But it is easy to see, that is not what pure is.! Pure is pure. Pure is 100% holy… So how can a human heart be 100% holy? Something is going to have to happen to it, to make it different. God says our hearts are desperately wicked and we don’t really understand just how wicked our hearts are.!! We are that bad. Even the good things we think we do, are completely tainted by the badness within us.

Our hearts are not pure, they are evil.

This is terrible shock to us, and we don’t want to hear it.

So how can I get this pure heart, if my heart is already contaminated?

The scripture is plain. Our hearts need to be changed. I need a spiritual heart transplant, so that my wicked heart is taken away and replaced by a holy one. When I seek this from God, he can do this for me and give me a heart that wants righteousness and good.

The only place I can get this is from a pure God.. a Holy God.

God sent Jesus to show us pure. He lived amongst human beings and said pure words and did pure deeds. He showed us the way we are required to live before a holy God. It so all recoded for us in the Bible. Do we accept what he said? Well, maybe it seems a good idea from time to time, but we don’t want this. We rejected Him and killed Him. We don’t want pure.

But God’s purity was working even through that terrible deed. Because through the death of Jesus on the cross, He bought the right for anyone who comes to Him to be pure. This was God’s way that He required to pay for the rottenness of our sins. God can take away our stony heart of hate and give of soft and loving hearts of love.

We can have a pure heart.

We cannot earn it. We are not good enough. So we come to the Lord Jesus and ask for forgiveness from our many sins and to take away the hard heart and give a believing heart of faith. He will change your heart. This heart will want different things… to walk in the pure ways of God, to love God, to obey God’s Word. As a Christian He is making you holy and conforming your desires to be like His good desires. He is changing you to strengthen you and help you to fight sin and reject it in your life.

Then on that great day, when we pass from this world into the next, we will finally be made holy and the pure heart will reign in our new lives with God forever.

So we become like Him. I am blessed because I have a pure heart and I will see God, for I will see Jesus. It is personal. It doesn’t happen in groups, but as we seek God and desire to be free from sin and death, and repent of my sins, I am made a new person.

Therefore, it is possible for a sinful human to see God, because of what Jesus has done for us. I can be changed and changed forever.

The pure in heart are blessed and will see GOD.

 

 

 

Beatitude five

Posted: February 9, 2018 in Beatitude five

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“Blessed are the merciful for they will obtain mercy…” Matthew 5

This blessing is for everyone who is merciful.

It is for people who are kind and treat other people well. Showing mercy to people involves not showing up their failings and trying to help them overcome their difficulties. It involves giving up time and things that I want for the sake of someone else. It means making sacrifices so that another person can have good things.

As human beings we tend not to think this way. We think all we are and have is our own and everybody has to provide for themselves. Being merciful is a revolutionary mind set, and is taught to us by someone outside ourselves.

If you are a Christian, you have received huge mercy from God. So now you can show that mercy to others. The promise says that if I do not show mercy, then God will not show mercy to me. That is a very big deal.

What does mercy look like?

We can be with a group of people and sometimes one person is singled out to be picked on. This person is made to feel left out and maybe the others don’t show kindness to them. It can be like bullying. Why do we do this kind of thing.? Usually we put other people down to make ourselves feel better. We know the others in the group will follow us so we leave the single person out of our friendship.

We can see people around us in need and not feel any love towards them to help them in their difficulties. We think someone else will do it. We regard the person as not worth helping. I think I have enough to do without helping foolish people.

We see a person struggling in the street. Do I help them or let them manage by themselves?

I might look foolish if I help the person. Maybe people will think I am too softhearted.

I have a friend who has difficulty with doing something. Do I help them, or leave them to figure it out? It might take me a lot of time to help them. I don’t want to spend my time that way.

I have family and friends who do not know Jesus.. do I tell them and show them what He is like.? Or do I just tell them to go to church.? Maybe they will figure it out by themselves…

God says there is no mercy for me, if I don’t show mercy to others.

God has shown us amazing mercy, by sending Jesus to sacrifice His life so that we could be saved. There is no mercy greater than that. He loved us so much that He gave His life to pay for our sins. He didn’t have to do it, but He did. If Jesus did that for you, His can you refuse mercy to other people?

Mercy is greater than anger. Mercy over comes all negative thoughts and feelings. Mercy is given to us, so that we can give it to others.

If you think you don’t need God’s mercy- think again.

We all need mercy – God’s mercy and mercy from each other.

Let mercy win the day.

“Judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.” James 2:13 NIV

 

 

Beatitude four

Posted: February 1, 2018 in Beatitude four

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“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they will be filled.” Matthew 5

We have in this promise some people who are needing something. They have a deep need and it is causing them difficulty and pain. Jesus says that these people are blessed people becuase they long for this one thing… RIGHTEOUSNESS

RIGHTEOUSNESS: doing what is right, in a right state before God, seeking holinees in our lives, to be like Jesus.

A kind of prefection that we don’t understand. A perfect life lived for God. If I do not hunger for it, I then I don’t really want it anyway.!

These people who are hungering and thirsting after the rightoeusness of God, have somehow been changed. They see that God’s ways are not their ways, and they need to repent of their ways.

These people are experiencing two symptoms of need – hunger and thirst.

When we are hungry, we can tell because we get an empty feeling in our stomach. Our energy begins to run low, and we know we need to get something to eat that will be beneficial to our bodies. If we ignore the hunger pangs, our stomach will begin to rumble. It will make complaining noises to tell us to do someting about it. Get something to eat, because the body needs food to function and stay alive.

Jesus identified people who are hungry in a spiritual way – people who are longing for spiritual food, and seek it with all their hearts. They feel a great lack in their lives, and are seaching for spiritual food that will strengthen and keep their souls alive.

These people are hungering for God.

Nothing in this world will fill the need of Him in their lives. They realise it is God who can meeet this need, and so they start to search in the Bible, to learn and get this inner help.

Jesus said that he is able to fill this need that we have for God.

Jesus said “I am the bread of life..”

Anyone who come to Him will never experience spiritual hunger again. Jesus can take away the hunger for righteousness by making us righteous.

When our bodied are hungry, we sometimes eat junk food to fill us up. Chips, crisps, sweets, fizzy drinks… These are bad for the body and make us unhealthy. They seem to help us in the short term, but they never last.If we eat dinner, or bread and butter, this is good food, that fills us up and gives energy for a long time. This food keeps us healthy.

Jesus is the bread of our souls, and He will fill, us make us strong in His strength and make our inner souls strong and healthy. If we don’t eat the good bread that Jesus offers us, we get weak – we will die…our souls will die.

Jesus is the food of our souls, because He is the one who died to save us. His death purchased eternal life for us, so that we would never die. Spiritual life can only be found in Jesus. If we do not eat the bread of life, we will starve to death..!

As Christians, we need to read the Word of God always. We need to eat the bread of life always, to stay strong in righteousness and in God’s ways.

So, if we are hungry for righteousness, we will look and find Jesus the bread of life.

Thirsting for a drink is a strong and powerful drive in our bodies. We can last a while without food, but we cannot last long without water. When I get thirsty for playing sport, or on a hot day, a person really longs for a cool drink of water. To be thirsty for a long time, is very unconfortable and we will die if we do not get the drink.

It’s like someone in a desert, who has no water left and has a long way to go. They will not make safety, if they dont get water. We long for water, in a dry and thirsty land. We are desperate for it. If we don’t get it soon, we will faint and never wake up.!

Jesus says, “I am the water of life- I am the living water..”

People who feel that inner thirst, can call out to Jesus, and he will give the living water. When we drink of it, we will never thirst again. He is always there to refresh us and sustain us with the power of the Holy Spirit.

When a person become a Christian, they get the new life of Jesus, and the Holy Spirit lives in the life and that fresh and cleansing water, will pour out of your life, ever day. Other peple will see it and know you are a Christian.

So if you are here and you are thirsty for the life that Jesus offers to you, you can come to Him and He will give you that new life that you need.

This is for people who are desperate to have righteousness. This is for people who are so thirsty that they will seek the Lord. Poeple who have tried this world’s refreshments and they are no good. People who hate the evil all around, and want the righteoussness of God with all their hearts.

Are you hungry enough?
Are you thirsty enough?

The truth is, we will only come to Jesus when we see and feel our need. We have to be dying of hunger, and dying of thirst before we will seek Him.

We also have to realsie that this world is no good. The things of this life will never satisfy us and will always leave us hungry and thirsty. This is good day, when we realise this. On this day, we will be hungry and thirsty enough to call our to Jesus, or else we will perish.

Hungering and thirsting for righteousness… what does it look like?

  • I will feel the weight of my sins strongly, and want to get them dealt with and also get strength to not do them again.
  • I want to be in God’s presence, so I want to read the scriptures and pray to God.
  • I want to ask for thigns I need and for to other people who need help.
  • I am praying for people I know who are not seeking God, and aksing God to speak into their lives.
  • I am asking God for power to serve Him and speak for Him.
  • Love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness… these things are the fruit of the Holy Spirit in our lives.