Blessed Are You

“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.” – Matthew 5:8-10 If you’ve been in church for a long time, you may have heard that the Beatitudes are almost like the Ten Commandments of the New Testament, that Jesus is saying that if you do these things, you’ll grow and be blessed. While this is true, let’s look at another dimension of the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus looked out at a crowd filled with people needing help — the outcast that society had rejected — and declared them blessed. He wasn’t saying to do or be certain things; instead, He was saying that the Kingdom of Heaven had come and was available to them right at that moment.

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Don’t Forget to Bless the Lord

“I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips.” – Psalm 34:1 Some of you may be confused by the title of this devotional. Did you know we can bless the Lord?  I was in prayer with a good friend and I said, “Lord, we bless you.” He said, “You know, you don’t bless the Lord; the Lord blesses you.” And I said, “No, it’s a two-way street; the Lord blesses you, and you bless the Lord.” He continued to debate me on this, but I know from a biblical perspective that he was incorrect, so I finally looked at him, and in a loud, strong voice I said, “Bless the Lord, Oh my soul and all that is within me.” There are hundreds of scriptures that say, “Worship the Lord, praise the Lord, and thank the Lord,” but there are also many

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Happy or Blessed?

“Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.” – Psalm 1:1-2 Being happy is a state of mind that God wants each of us to experience. As you think of happiness, words like joy, gladness, and pleased come to mind. I remember memorizing Psalm 1 when I was younger. This Psalm seems like it’s coming from a king, and it is powerful. It reads “Blessed is the one who does not walk in the way of the wicked, or stand in the way of sinners, or sit in the seat of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.”

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Focus on Jesus

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” – Galatians 5:22,23 As we continue talking about what it means to die to ourselves and crucify our flesh, I want to give you a thought that I hope will clarify and simplify this concept — just focus on Jesus.  The day you began doing life with Jesus is the day you met the One who can truly satisfy your soul. The Bible says in Romans 1 that He fills everything in every way. In other words, there is nothing you could ever want or need that He cannot supply. Why? Because He is the source of it all! Jesus is the only person who can transform you into the best version of yourself because He wrote the manual on you; He is your ultimate life

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Heavenly Happiness

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 5:3 As Christians, we hear the word “blessed” a lot, but we tend to lose sight of its actual meaning. When we read things like “blessed are the poor in spirit,” we imagine that the term denotes goodness, righteousness, or holiness when in reality, it refers to something that seems far less spiritual. In Hebrew, the word most often translated “blessed” is asher, and in Greek, it’s makarios. Both of these can be defined as “happy,” and they infer that blessed people are living the good life. Unfortunately, long-faced religion has taught that true discipleship is not synonymous with happiness…yet perhaps this is because our view of the latter is inaccurate. When we think of being happy, we often associate it with worldly pleasures — stuff, sensuality, wealth, and achievement — rather than the state

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“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” -Matthew 6:33

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