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BLESSED ARE THE POOR

BLESSED ARE THE POOR
THE BEATITUDES OF JESUS ARE REVOLUTIONARY.

The Beatitudes present a model of happiness contrary to what is usually communicated by the media and by the prevailing wisdom.

Today, what is glorified is success at any cost, affluence, the arrogance of power and self-affirmation at the expense of others. According to the logic of this world, those whom Jesus proclaimed blessed are regarded as useless, “losers”.

BLESSED POOR

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”                                                                                                                             Matthew 5:3

BLESSED ARE THE POOR -WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

It seems confusing because we ought to strive to be rich in spirit, not poor.

At a time when so many people are suffering as a result of the financial crisis, it might seem strange to link poverty and happiness.  How can we consider poverty a blessing? Does Jesus teach material poverty? Jesus is here talking about the condition of the spirit, not of the wallet.

Jesus loves everybody. Jesus wants to bless everyone, so why would he single out the economically poor for some kind of special blessing?

Economic poverty and sociological poverty often overlap, but not always.  There are the “sociological poor”; these include people who are marginalized and oppressed, rendered vulnerable and given over to all sorts of hardships for reasons not of their own making. They are deprived the basic dignities which should be accorded all human beings–and it their spirits are often crushed, they are often broken-hearted, as a result.

It goes far beyond merely keeping the commandments: trying to gain eternal life. It’s undergoing a profound change in all of our attitudes, our value system, to really come to know Jesus, to hear His message, to imitate His way of life, to follow Him. That will require profound conversion.

BLESSED ARE THE POOR

Jesus is talking more about an attitude, a way of knowing one’s need for God, which is a disposition of the heart and not simply economic deprivation.

“When you hold a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind. Blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”                                                                                        Luke 14:13-14

We understand that material goods are not a be-all and end-all for anyone, or should not be. We understand that we need enough to have a full human life, but we don’t need excess. We understand that God made the world for all and not just for a few, and so we need to find ways to share the goods of the earth and the goods of our world so everyone has a chance for a full human life.

The poor in spirit are those who recognize their total spiritual destitution and their complete dependence on God. So that the logic of being more will prevail over that of having more!

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”.                                                                                                                              Matthew 5:3

DOES “POOR IN SPIRIT” MEANS TO BE HUMBLE?

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JESUS: LUNATIC OR GOD

ONLY TWO CHOICES:Jesus lunatic truth

JESUS:  LUNATIC OR GOD

Yes, Jesus is and was the purest and noblest character known in history.  Please don’t come up with any patronizing nonsense about His being only a great moral teacher. He did not leave any other option: either His claim to be God is true or false. If He was a liar or a lunatic then he was also a hypocrite because he told others to be honest, whatever the cost.

There are only two choices: you can erroneously shut Him up as a fool and a liar or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. The discrepancy between the depth and sanity of His moral teaching and these rampant megalomania claims (unless He is indeed God) has never been satisfactorily explained.

JESUS LUNATIC GOD

A simple record of three short years of His active life has done more to regenerate and soften mankind than all the philosophers and all the moralists.

He always returned the wisest answers to tempting questions and He deliberately predicted His death on the cross and His resurrection on the third day – even the destruction of Jerusalem (70 AD)

The Old Testament contains 108 distinct prophecies that foretell the coming of one called “Messiah”, the Anointed One, and provides details about how and when He would arrive—even His birth in Bethlehem. The odds of just eight of these prophecies being accidentally fulfilled would be phenomenal. The New Testament proclaims that Jesus is the Messiah.

Does anyone else appear in history like Jesus? Only Jesus fulfilled the characteristics of the Messiah as described in the Old Testament. If Jesus is not the Messiah then no one will ever be and the bible is wrong. Yet, the New Testament documents are historically correct: they were written too early for legend to have polluted the accounts.

This is probably the most amazing miracle of the entire Bible — the eternal Son of God, himself fully God, became fully man and in doing so joined himself to a human nature forever. Jesus, a man unlike anyone else the world will ever see again, by eternally bringing together both the infinite and the finite, changed the course of history forever. 

Jesus is the only one who says, “I am God. I am holy. I am the only way to a truthful life.” No one, not Mohammad, not Buddha say this. Not anyone other than Jesus says that they faced the devil face to face and won.

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”                                                        John 1:14

God is writing your love story: let Him read it to you. Believe what God says about you: Beautiful, Loved, Redeemed, Forgiven, Righteous, Victorious and Purposed.

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EXPERIENCING GOD

 Experiencing God

When you make adjustments and obey, you come to know God by experiencing Him. Experiencing God involves obedience and a love relationship.

Experiencing God
Knowing and Doing the Will of God  by Henry Blackaby

1. God is always at work around us.

 “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.”                          John 17:3

Deep within the hearts of every believer are a desire and a need to commune with God. There is a world of difference between knowing something is true in your head and experiencing the reality in your life. Many church goers hear about God, but they do not have a personal, dynamic, growing relationship with God. They never hear His voice; they have no idea what God’s Will is. They have no sense of divine purpose for their lives. They may know a lot about God, but they really don’t know Him.

We either know God is all-powerful or we don’t really trust in His power. It is one thing to believe in God’s power; it is quite another to live your life in obedient response to an all-powerful God.

“Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O Lord, in the light of Thy countenance. In Thy name shall they rejoice all the day: and in Thy righteousness shall they be exalted.”                                                                                                                          Psalm 89:15,16

There will be times when you do not comprehend why He allows certain things to occur, and that is to be expected. He sees the eternal ramifications; we don’t. We must learn to praise God always for everything even the seemingly bad things in our life.

God’s Will is always best! God is all-powerful. His directions are always right. He can enable you to accomplish His Will. We can trust that God Will always gives His best. If you really believe God is love, you will also accept that His will is always best.

 He said, “Always remember this song I have taught you today. And let it be a warning that you must teach your children to obey everything written in The Book of God’s Law. The Law isn’t empty words. It can give you a long life in the land that you are going to take.”                                                                                    Deuteronomy 32:46,47

God does not want you to miss out on the fullness of life. God’s instructions do not restrict; they free you. God’s purpose is that you prosper and live.

God sees beyond our current limitations and is constantly leading us to grow into the person He knows we can become. He knows our future.

 2. God pursues a continuing love relationship with you.
Experiencing God
Experiencing God

“He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”                                  John 14:21 Continue reading EXPERIENCING GOD

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MEANING OF BEING HOLY

BEING HOLY What is the meaning: being Holy?

Many people think holiness is only for a certain few chosen ‘saints’, but this is not the truth.  God has created each and every one of us for holiness. 

I know it isn’t ‘cool’ these days for many people in the world to hear teaching about God, let alone Jesus.  Mmmmmmm.  Whether it’s cool or not, the fact is still that we are all empty, rattling tin cups when we look elsewhere for the thing our heart truly desires and was created for.  Love. 

You’re worth it’!  You are that one sinner that heaven waits to rejoice over, whether you know it or not.

Please don’t wait ’til you’re faced with your mortality to contemplate this fact.  Please don’t miss the entire lesson of your life here on earth – seeking God and growing in love.  God is an atom bomb of love! 

Being holy

Being holy is having a relationship with the living God! Then we must daily live a set-apart life, not trying to “blend in” with the world, but instead living according to God’s Word as we study the Bible and grow in it — doing God’s will.

“I will be your God, and you will be My people,” says Yahweh.                                                                                                     Leviticus 26:12; Hebrews 8:10

In 1 Peter 1: 15-16, Peter writes to believers, “like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.” not by coercion or out of duty like an abstract action but out of real love for God.

We have a relationship with the living God! Then we must daily live a set-apart life, not trying to “blend in” with the world, but instead living according to God’s Word as we study the Bible and grow in it — doing God’s will.

We set ourselves apart by showing our joy, our peace, and our love. All three of these things come fully only from Christ, and thus those who are set apart by Christ and for Christ should be able to exemplify them to those who are not yet in Christ, but still of the World. I believe 1 Peter 3:15 says this: “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect”

To be a Christian means far more than merely to believe in God—as if the Christian faith were reducible to a system of beliefs—it means to be united with Jesus in and through the Holy Spirit. “I no longer live, but Christ lives in me”, says Paul.  Galatians 2:20. Elsewhere, Paul tells us that our lives are “hidden with Christ in God” Colossians 3:3  Passages like these convey the mysterious, yet utterly real fact that, by virtue of our union with Jesus, we participate in the life of God: He dwells in us, and we dwell in him.

Vassula Reydon received a host of messages from God, which she compiled in her notebooks, called True Life in God. The following excerpt come from her conversations with Jesus:

“Divine Works are beyond human understanding; many souls do not respond to My Works for these souls seldom want to change.”

 “These souls are attached to the world, to what is material; even though they call themselves spiritual, they are not, since they cling on what they see with their physical eyes and touch with their body; they are stubborn, living aridly; their heart will not open to let My Divinity pour into them.”   

The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. ”                                                                                   1 Corinthians 2:14

“Yes, there are many factors that obstruct them from dwelling in My Light; I have said and will repeat again and again these very important words: “anyone who does not welcome the Kingdom of God like a little child, will never enter it”; be innocent, believe in a child-like-faith, then My Divine Light will encompass you and you, like a flower, will face the sun and open, allowing My Light to pour in you.”                                                                                                                                           Message to Vassula:  May 16, 1988

MEANING OF BEING HOLY

“Remember My Presence; do you know how much I desire this meditation upon My Presence? My Presence is also a very important Mystery that most of you seem to forget; meditate on My Presence; children, whom I love with an everlasting love, please Me by remembering My actual Presence; train yourselves by using these words, we, us, you and I, I and you, us; include Me in your activities, in your discussions and in your thoughts; respect My Presence, never forgetting that I am the Holy One; by remembering Me, you will sin less knowing and remembering that I Am with you.”  October 24, 1988 Continue reading MEANING OF BEING HOLY

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WHAT IS THE HOLY CALL?

 The call of the gospel is a HOLY CALL.

This is said to be given us before the world began, that is, in the purpose of God from all eternity: “He has saved us and called us to a HOLY CALL—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time”                                                     2 Timothy 1:10

HOLY CALL

“For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to                    strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.                                                                                                                                 2 Chronicles 16:9

Worship is a life of obedience.

 “Away with your hymns of praise! …I want to see a mighty flood of justice,  a river of righteous living that will never run dry.”                                                                                                                                              Amos 5: 23,24

God wants more than praise! God doesn’t say to be just  obedient, but rather to be willing and  obedient. “If you are willing and obedient you will eat the good things of the land.”           Isaiah 1:19

God has a particular will for our lives, each of us. He wants to be involved with us in our day-to-day stuff. There are various decisions of some significance that we must make. God has a will for each of these. We have to consult Him to find out what He wants. He’s a very good communicator and very capable of getting His will across to us. Yet, God will never ask us to do anything unless we ourselves want to do it.

Quite often He will lead us in directions, which eventually appear completely opposite of logic.”  We must choose to obey even when we don’t understand: we’ll see His promise fulfilled in a way outside our understanding. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;  in all your ways submit to him,  and he will make your paths straight.”                                Proverbs 3:5-6

In the end, the will of God is the only thing that’s worth doing. It’s the only thing that ultimately works anyway. Why should we waste our time and energy fighting it?

The key to hearing from the Lord? —

Tell Him you will do His will no matter what it is. We must challenge ourselves to move out of our comfort zone and put our gifts at the service of the whole Church.

The Holy Spirit can be unpredictable: one can experience a complete emotional and physical state as euphoric, even ecstatic: resting in the Spirit without distractions or resting in the arms of the Lord Himself.  In this state, you are able to hear voices but you are not the least bit interested.

“I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!”                                                                                     Luke 12:49

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AMAZING COMING GLORY

 THE COMING GLORY

God still wants us to live in glory. It is possible to live in this coming glory through a relationship with Him. “But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, … lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power.” 2 Timothy 3: 1, 2, 4

Some Christians will attend church, listen to God’s Word and talk about God’s Word and even boast about the saving grace of our Lord, but they reject the power that could truly make them holy. They emphasize the goodness of God at the expense of the fear of God.

The fear of the Lord is a much misunderstood concept. It does not involve abject terror or dread of divine justice. In the Old Testament, the Hebrew word used for this fear is yirah, which denotes piety and reverence.

God’s wonderful love and goodness should inspire awe and worship in our hearts.  Yet “in Him we live and move and have our being”  Acts 17:28  God’s Majesty does not keep us from Him because He willingly humbles Himself to fellowship with us Psalm 113:4-9; 138:6

 “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of His glory.”                                                                                                          Isaiah 6:3

“For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.”        2 Chronicles 16:9 We need obedience toward the heart of our Master. We must lay all else aside, including hidden agendas or motives, otherwise the outcome is shallow and non-productive.  A person with a religious (evil?) spirit is one who uses the Word to execute one’s own will and work one’s own desires into it.

Unless the LORD builds the house,
   the builders labor in vain.
Unless the LORD watches over the city,
   the guards stand watch in vain.                                             Psalm 127:1

Now we come to the question of passing God’s test of obedience:  “Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. And the scripture was fulfilled that says, ‘Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,’ and he was called God’s friend.”             James 2:21-23

Abraham proved his fear by esteeming God’s desire as even more important than his own. God knew if Abraham passed the test, he would pass them all. So to fear God is to believe God. To believe God is to obey Him. “The LORD confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them.”                                           Psalm 25:14

COMING GLORY

The Prophetic Coming Glory

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