A path to spiritual life

Beatitudes

Matthew 5:3-12

A path to spiritual life.

Embracing Your Poverty

You are not enough, you never will be. Broken things don’t have what it takes to fix themselves. Other broken people and things can not help you. What you can do or what you can buy or steal is worthless when it comes to the poverty of your soul. All you can do i know its depths. There you can find the truth of yourself and of God.

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

Embracing Your Deadness

Spiritually dead and with good reason to mourn. Dead in your trespasses and sins. For the person that you wanted to be is dead because of the sin that rules your heart. The Good that you want to do, you can not and the evil that you do not want to do, you do that. It is in mourning your spiritual dead state that you find comfort from God.

4Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Embracing Your Pride

We who think we are something, feel free to judge. We measure the value and worth of others. But the meek are those who judge themselves. They are nobodies, deserving of nothing but judgment and are desperately seeking mercy. It is in becoming the least and the last that we are able to inherit from God

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

Embracing Your Dependence

Like an infant crying out to have your needs met. We are totally dependent on God to give to us. There is only one reason we lack righteousness, we don’t hunger for it and cry out to to God to be filled. Depending on ourselves will leave us filled with ourselves and still empty weak and dying in our spirit.

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

Embracing Your Injustice

Who owes you? Who has wronged you? If the blood of Jesus has paid for you and you have found mercy what will happen if you judge yourself worthy to withhold it from another who genuinely repents? It would be an injustice against the justice of the cross of Jesus to show no mercy after you have received yours beyond measure? There will be no mercy in the end for you unless you learn the lesson of mercy.

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

Embracing your true heart

Straight up, the heart of man is deceitfully wicked above all else who can know it? Nothing is more deceptive, nothing more wicked. Look out! Because it is a self deception. To be pure of heart is to be true / genuine the same on the outside as in your own thoughts. To embrace this way of life is to be willing to be seen for the ugly and cowardly realities on the inside. But this is how one gets spiritual eyes to see. To see God and to see yourself and to see others. We confess our hearts and hide nothing. We must trust in God and his ways for our protection and not deceive ourselves that we are something we are not.

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

Embracing your actions

Sometime you can make peace and avoid war. Other times you make war to destroy evil in order to restore peace. What ever you do you must consider why you do it and what is the outcome of your efforts. Are you making peace with evil? Are you making war against the righteous to show yourself right? If you are of the children of God you will seek peace between God and man above your own peace.

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

Embracing agreement with God

In agreeing with God in our hearts who we are who man is and the one and only way God made to save us you become right. Righteous in your nature and in doing so become a target, a stand out in a world of darkness. But being in such a great place it is pointed out that your reward is the exact same reward as the one poor in Spirit. You are nothing but what you have chosen and what God has given.

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

Embracing the suffering of Jesus

Time to grow up, you are here for a purpose. You have work to do that God has planed for you. You my friend get to share in the sufferings of Jesus. This life has two kinds of suffering in it, the kind for doing what is wrong and the kind for doing what is right. Time to choose your kind of suffering. If you will suffer because of Jesus and the testimony and Gospel of salvation or suffer because of the results of your sin. I am not saying there is no joy. There is joy in doing what it right, it just comes after in brings about light, freedom and life. But there are always birth pains, and nothing good, nothing of lasting value is without struggle.

11 Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.