Wednesday, November 19, 2014

BLESSED ARE THE PEACE MAKERS

FOR THEY SHALL BE CALLED THE CHILDREN OF GOD (MATT.5:9)

peacemaker: one who makes peace by settling disputes of others

when you have the peace of God in your heart then it will become second nature to become a peacemaker, you will do everything within your power to keep the peace in a situation , you have to have peace within yourself to be  a peacemaker,

cross reference: Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusteth in thee(Isaiah 26:3)

a good way to have peace is to know in whom you put your trust in, stay rooted in the word, keep the spirit man within you fed with the word for when the spirit is weak & hungry then the peacemaker becomes a trouble maker

cross reference: when a mans ways please the Lord he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him (Prov.16:7)

Blessed are the peacemakers for the shall be called the children of God (Matt.5;9)

 

 

 

Monday, November 10, 2014

BLESSED ARE THE PURE IN HEART

FOR THEY SAHLL SEE GOD (MATT:5;8)

Pureness: pure, sincere

the Greek word for pure is katharos which means to be clean, beamless,unstained from guilt

a pure heart involves having a heart toward God, no hypocrisy, no guile, no hidden motives

an uncompromising desire to please God in all things

(cross reference): create in me a pure heart O God and renew a steadfast spirit within me (PS.51:10)

Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God

 

 

Monday, November 3, 2014

BLESSED ARE THE MERCIFUL

FOR THEY SHALL OBTAIN MERCY (MATT. 5:7)

Mercy:  merciful,something in which to be thankful for, a disposition to be forgiving, to be kind

merciful: full of mercy,compassionate

Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy

obtain : to succeed in gaining possession of as a result of planning

cross reference: Blessed is he that considereth the poor the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble (Psalm 41:1)

we find  a good example of mercy in Luke 10:30-35

here we have  a man who was attacked, stripped naked & left for dead

(30) And Jesus answering saying a certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho & fell among thieves which stripped him of his raiment  & wounded him & departed leaving him half dead

then there was two people  that came by, seeing him in the ditch, what does the word say they  did

(31-32)and by chance there came down a certain priest that way & when he saw him he passed by on the other side *and likewise a Levite when he was at the place came & looked on him & passed by on the other side

now you would of thought surely the priest would of stopped to check on him  to pray for him , something! but he passed him by as well as the Levite, these are surely thoughts we would have today but in Bible days there were laws

Priests were supposed to be ritually clean--exemplars of the law. There would be immediate shame and embarrassment suffered by them at the expense of the people and their peers for such defilement. Having just completed his mandatory two weeks of service, he would then need to return and stand at the Eastern Gate along with the rest of the unclean. Furthermore, in addition to the humiliation involved, the process of restoring ritual purity was time-consuming and costly. It required finding, buying, and reducing a red heifer to ashes, and the ritual took a full week. The priest is in a predicament. Moreover, he cannot approach closer than four cubits to a dead man without being defiled, and he will have to overstep that boundary just to ascertain the condition of the wounded man.

read more at:

source:  http://carm.org/parable-good-samaritan

then a third man comes by & sees him in the ditch, the Bible refers to him as  a good Samaritan

(33)but a certain Samaritan as he journeyed came where he was and when he saw him he had compassion on him, (34)and went to him and bound up his wounds pouring in oil and wine and set him on his own beast and brought him to an Inn and took care of him

that next verse says he even paid for his room & told the Inn keeper if he need to stay a little longer, he’d come back and pay that too

Mercy: a little word with so much impact! every day  that we live is because of his mercy!

 

Monday, October 20, 2014

BLESSED ARE THEY WHICH DO HUNGER AND THIRST

AFTER RIGHTEOUSNESS FOR THEY SAHLL BE FILLED (MATT:5:6)

hunger: experiencing  hunger, desiring, lacking

thirst:  dryness, desire to drink,craving

we have all know at some time what it mean to be hungry or to be thirsty but here the word is speaking of a spiritual hunger, a spiritual thirst, many are hungry, many are thirsty but the water Jesus gives is everlasting, when you feed from the word your soul becomes fulfilled, satisfied

cross reference: come to the water, delight yourself in the fatness of the word, hear him for he will make an everlasting covenant with you even as with David (Isaiah 55:1-4)

refresher: remember how David was hurt by his lifelong friends in Psalm 41? how he decided it was best to seek God & bury himself in the word? by doing do he was blessed more so & his soul was healed through the word

like the deer that panted for the water, let Jesus draw you to the well of everlasting water, feed on his word for Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness

 cross reference: 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

 

 

 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

BLESSED ARE THE MEEK

FOR THEY SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH (MATT:5:5)

meekness: gentle, showing patience, humility

cross reference: to speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers but gentle shewing meekness to all men (Titus 3:2)

to inherit something means to come into procession, to be made an heithat 7th verse tells us that being justified by his grace we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life

when we become a child of God we become his heirs & as an heir we are promised the inheritance of eternal life

for in my Father's house are many mansions if it were not so I would have told you, I go to prepare a place for you (John14:2)

meekness plays an important role in our walk with God to live in peace we must walk in peace

cross reference: they shall delight themselves in abundance of peace (PS.37:11)

1st Peter 3:7 also reminds  us even as couples how important that it is to live in peace with one each other so that our prayers be not hindered

Blessed are the meek

Have you shown gentleness

Have you shown patience

Have you shown mercy

When was the last time you humbled yourself before God & said

Lord here I am!

when we become humble it is then we walk in an abundance of peace

Friday, October 10, 2014

BLESSED ARE THOSE THAT MOURN

FOR THEY SHALL BE COMFORTEDED(MATT.5:4)

Mourn: to express or feel grief or sorrow

Comforted: the capacity to give physical ease & well being

When we humble ourselves & stay in God’s word he will give peace, this I how we can have peace in the mist of sorrow

(cross reference Luke 6:21)

Blessed are ye that hunger now for ye shall be filled Blessed are ye that weep now for ye shall laugh

We all go through some kind of grief, perhaps our spirit has been grieved by hurt but even in the mist of our sorrow we are still blessed, if we continue to stay in the  word, our spirit man will become full & satisfied, making him stronger, even in the hard times, stay humble towards God & he will fill your soul with laughter & you will laugh again!

 

 

 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

BLESSED ARE THE POOR IN SPIRIT

FOR THEIRS IS THE KINGDOM OF GOD (Matt.5:3)

The  word poor refers to humble, blessed are the humble

Humble: marked by meekness or modesty in behavior, attitude or spirit, showing submission, respect

James & peter speak of Humbleness

Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and he will lift you up(James 4:10)

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God that he may exalt you in due season (1Peter 5:6)

when we humble ourselves God will exalt, raising up in rank, character or status