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Friday, February 5, 2016

What You Can Be

The sermon on the mount is one of the greatest recorded teaching of Jesus. Like most great oratories the beginning is critical, and Jesus’ is – known as the Beatitudes. We will discover what God wants us to “be” in order to “do” His will. Through this teaching we will see what God’s intent is for people.
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. 10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. - Matthew 5:3-12

What the Lord has called us to be:

Seekers (vv 3-5) – know they are spiritually impoverished and mourn over their need for spiritual filling. The word meek means domesticated – “under the Master’s will.

Finders (v 6) – want, accept, and are continually filled with the Holy Spirit through their relationship with Christ as Lord and Savior.

Servers (vv 7-11) – show mercy, have pure hearts, and are God’s peacemakers. Great are their reward for being persecuted for Jesus’ sake.

Seek, find, and serve the Lord with all your heart, mind, body, and soul. Amen?