beatitudes

Matthew 5:1-12 (NKJV)
And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
   For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
   For they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
   For they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
   For they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
   For they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
   For they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
   For they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
   For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

“Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

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 receive mercy. 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 for righteouness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
—  Jesus, the Beatitudes, Matthew 5:1-11
Those who mourn are those who are prepared to renounce and live without everything the world calls happiness and peace. They are those who cannot be brought into accord with the world, who cannot conform to the world. They mourn over the world, its guilt, its fate, and its happiness.
—  Dietrich Bonhoeffer

#MorningDevotional #First5

“According to Jesus:
When we have a spirit of poverty we find the security of God and His instructions.

When we lose something very precious to us we will find God’s comfort.

When we are humble and gentle we will find God’s power and authority.

When we hunger for God He will make all other hungers subside.

When we care for others God will care for us.

When we put God’s truth inside our heart the world will see God.

When we strive for peace we will experience the family ties with God.

When we suffer for the cause of God He will be our defender.

His instructions sound delightful to our spirit yet contrary to the world in which we live. Jesus radically teaches that we can be happy and placed in a position of favor when we live contrary to what the world teaches. He sent a Helper in the person of the Holy Spirit to guide us in this high standard of living. Profound isn’t it? [Only through the power of the Holy Spirit are we able to live contrary to the world while remaining in complete alignment with God.]

Live contrary to the world and enjoy the benefits!

Prayer: Lord, thank You for sending the Holy Spirit to help me live contrary to the world. I want to receive all the benefits You have for me. I desire to live in alignment with You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.” #beatitudes

I pray we position ourselves to be sanctified & allow the Holy Spirit to move in our hearts & lives…may He be our number 1 guide & influence. May our thoughts,hearts,intentions,& desires be aligned with our Heavenly Father.❤️

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Nourish your mind with happiness as you nourish your body with food, and the ills of mind will never gain a foothold in your life for a moment.
The forces of growth, recuperation and recon-struction are all given a healthy stimulus by happiness.
—  Christian D Larson,“How to stay well”

Hunger For Righteousness

Matthew 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

We are naturally hungry people. If we spend some time out in the hot sun it is not very long before we will become thirsty. If we are busy and go without food for more than half a day it is not long before we will become very hungry.

We hunger and thirst for food and drink and yet after we have taken it, it is not very long before we become hungry and thirsty again! Our natural hunger and thirst cannot be satisfied for long. However there is a hunger and thirst spoken of by our Lord Jesus Christ that will be abundantly satisfied. The Lord Jesus said to the woman at the well who was drawing water to drink that whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: but whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life (John 4:14).

Lord evermore give us this water! There is a kingdom coming where those who hunger and thirst after righteousness shall be filled. In this kingdom those who hunger and thirst after righteousness will be filled to the brim with righteousness! The door to this kingdom of righteousness is none other than our Lord Jesus Christ who said I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture (John 10:9). Be careful that you do not try to enter by some other way lest you be taken for a thief or a robber! Let’s trust in the righteousness of our Lord Jesus Christ alone that He may bring us safe into His everlasting kingdom of righteousness.

Prayer : Heavenly Father, let us hunger and thirst after righteousness that we may know its fulfilment in the kingdom of God.

Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness (2 Peter 3:11-13).

http://goldenverses.org/hunger-for-righteousness

Nathan Samuel Florence, Blessed Are the Pure in Heart: For They Shall See God

In this painting, Florence refers to the Savior’s teachings in the Beatitudes: “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8). While living in Scotland, Florence met many local youth who came from immensely challenging situations, who, despite their circumstances, were pure in heart and consistently doing their best to transcend those circumstances.

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