“The Beatitudes” is a Condition or Statement of Blessedness; God’s favor. They are a set of teachings by Jesus that are found in the Gospel of Matthew and Luke. They present a new set of Christian ideals that focus on love and humility, Echoing the highest ideals of Jesus’ teachings on mercy, spirituality, and compassion.
Deuteronomy 18:15 cites Moses as being fore shadower of Christ-The New Moses- The promised prophet (Acts 7:37). Parallels in both the book of Exodus, and Matthew, point to the two events as prophecy fulfilled (Jn 1:17) 17 for the law was given through Moses, grace and truth through Jesus Christ. The two were intrinsic, meaning, each one impacted the other (Hebrews 9:15) Therefore, He is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance, because a death has taken place for redemption from transgressions committed under the first covenant. Therefore, the Ten Commandments are viewed as a backdrop to the Beatitudes.
(Matthew 5:6) Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness are blessed, for they are filled
Of the Eight Beatitudes, We will focus on the virtue of Righteousness, The Righteousness of the Lord-What it is, and What it should look like. The “imputed” righteousness of the Lord is an Undeserving Gift from the Lord, that came at a very high price (Isaiah 53: ) By His stripes were are healed..
The righteousness of the Lord is our favor with the Lord that sets us aside as lamps for the kingdom-It is Not implied and certainly not an entitlement of our salvation (Romans 10:4,5) For Christ is the end of the law of righteousness to everyone who believes. 5 For Moses writes about righteousness that is from the law; The one who does these things will live by them.
Righteousness is an Act of Obedience and is found in Him only: (Jn 6:47,48) 47″I assure you: Anyone who believes has eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life. It doesn’t come from ourselves (Matthew 5:20) ,For I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees you will never get to heaven
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What does obedience to God look like? No two people will have the same answer, because we are all different levels in our spiritual maturity. The book of Acts lays out what Paul’s obedience looked like, and the correlation it had on his love, and faith in God.
(Acts 16:9-19) After he had seen the vision, we immediately made efforts to Go to Macedonia, concluding God called us to evangelize them.
Obedience is being Alert, and Spirit lead;
The Lord directed their steps that ultimately lead Paul and the apostles to a place that would launch them into his missionary journey. Had he not been obedient, There would not have been any testimony to the saving grace of the Lord, because thirteen of the twenty seven books in the New Testament would not have been written.
By “DEVINE APPOINTMENT” A meeting that can only be orchestrated by God, designed to lead others to Christ. Devine Appointments involve Three Elements: Spirit” The Spirit of the Lord must be present to bring the parties into communion, and convict the hearts. “Seeker” The one(s) seeking comfort, and restoration, and the “Servant” The obedient believer ready to respond.
“The eunuch” (The court official in-charge of the treasury for Candace Queen of the Ethiopians) Phillip had been tapped by the Holy Spirt to head out on the road, Not knowing what to expect, he set out anyway. He encounters the eunuch on his chariot reading from the book of Isaiah. He was returning from Jerusalem, where he went to pray. He had no clue what he was reading, but he intently searched the scriptures (Acts 8:30-31) When Phillip ran up to it, he heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said” Do you understand what you’re reading?” 31 “How can I” he said, “unless someone guides me? So he invited Phillip to come up and sit with him.
Obedience is UNDERSTANDING GOD’S CHARACTER Making Provisions, Answering Prayers; *”Pray to God, He will answer your prayer” Yes, But He is not the ice cream man. You can’t go to Him and give Him money, and expect Him to give you any flavor you want. Rather, “Do as I say’ and I will supply your needs” “I guarantee you will have WHAT YOU NEED to complete your assignment
(Acts 16:14) A woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth from Thyatira, who worshipped God was listening. The Lord opened her heart ti listen to pay attention to what was spoken by Paul. Lydia was instrumental in the advancement of the gospel because she provided shelter, and meals for Paul so he could continue to do his mission-Her hospitality lead others to the Lord.
Obedience is Uncomfortable, and Uneasy,
Obedience is a conviction of the spirit. It CAUSES US TO MOVE out of our comfort zone: (Joshua 3:3) and when they commanded the people, saying, “When you see the ark of the covenant of Yahweh your God, and the priest the Levites bearing it, then you shall move from your place and follow it
Secondly, obedience is DISRUPTIVE because the THE TRUTH IS PAINFUL. Change is not readily accepted by the world (Acts 16:16) Once, as we were on our way to prayer, a slave girl met us who had a spirit of prediction who made a large profit for her owners fortune-telling…Paul and the apostles were beaten, and jailed for bringing an end to these mens (albeit weird) lively-hood.
Obedience is HAVING FAITH that God has your situation under control (Acts 16: 26,28,30-31) 26 Suddenly there was an earthquake and the foundations of the jail were shaken, immediately all the doors were opened, and everyones chains came loose. 28 But Paul called out, “Don’t harm yourself, because we are all here!” [30-31] 30 Then he escorted them out and said, “Sirs, What must I do to be saved? So they said, ” Believe in the Lord and you will be saved-you and your household will be saved.
Because of their moral convictions, they didn’t take advantage of a bad situation, No, They knew without question that the Lord was in charge in their circumstance, and He would bring their work to completion (Philippians 1:6) By faith, the jailer submitted to the saving grace of the Lord, and lead his family, along with others to be saved.
(Jn 14:15-17) 15 If you love Me, you will keep my commands. 16 And I will speak to the Father and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever. 17 He is the Spirit of Truth. The world is unable is unable to receive Him because it doesn’t see Him. But you know Him, because He remains with you, and will be in you HCSB
Is He? Jesus comforts His disciples who witness His glorification and fulfillment of His earthly ministry. He also challenges the integrity of their faith-Whether they would in-fact defend and embrace what they were taught while they were with Him. Clearly, not all did : (Jn 13:27,28) After Judas ate the piece of bread, Satan entered him. Therefore Jesus told him, ” What you are doing, do quickly” 28 None of those reclining at the table knew why He old him this. What value do we place on our faith? (13:38) You will lay down your life for Me? I assure you:A rooster will not crow until you denied me three times (Before
(Jn 14:6) Jesus told him, “I am the Way,the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to tge Father except through Me:
How/ Why do I believe? “Faith” (Jn 14:8,9) “Lord,” said Phillip, “Show us the Father, and that’s enough for us 9 Jesus said to him, Have I been among you all this time without your knowing me, Phillip?” An advantage of being one of the disciples, Is they were physically with Him, Heard Him speak first hand, and Witnessed His miracles, as did everyone else who lived during His earthy life. Obviously, we do not have the same opportunity (At least not yet): (Jn 14:7, 12) 7″If you know me , you will also know my Father. “From now on, you do know Him and have seen Him[14:12] “I assure you : The one who believes in Me will also do the works that I do
We bear witness to Jesus as the way by His works and miracles in our lives, Works and miracles
we know could never come from ourselves.
“Hospitality” Invite Him in: (Luke 24:29) But they urged Him;,”Stay with us, because its almost evening and now the day is almost over.” So He went in to stay with them.
A Warm bowl of soup, please…
A woman walks into a diner, judging by her dingy appearance she was beat down and broken by the worse this life could offer. She was hungry, and was seeking refuge from blustering storm. Immediately,she was approached by a waitress, and met with an abrupt “May I help you?!” The lady was startled, but replied, “I only want to buy a cup of soup, I have money to pay.” And if its alright with you, I would like to enjoy my soup in the warmth of your restaurant. “Don’t worry!’ I can sit where no one can see me, so bring any attention to myself-You won’t know that I’m here. Apprehensively, the waitress takes her order, and seats her in the farthest dark corner of the restaurant. After she is done with her soup, she reaches into her pocket, and pulls out all of this loose change to pay her bill. “That’s alright!” said the waitress, You don’t need to worry, YOUR BILL WAS PAID..By who, asked the lady? You see, There was a man seated at anther table who noticed you when you walked-He insisted on paying your bill. Is he still here, she asked, I want to thank him. I’m sorry, but you can’t; HE ALREADY LEFT! Aloha, and God bless..
1 Corinthians 9:24-27 24 Do you not know that in a race all runners run, but only one receives a prize? 25 Every athlete exercises self control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. 26 I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as beating the air. 27 I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself be disqualified ESV
..27b so that after preaching to others, I myself will not be disqualified HCSB
sometimes “life is good” we may be tempted to forget our need for him.” But there are times in our lives when we are acutely aware of our need for God
C S Lewis A Grief Observed
9:27 a But I discipline my body and keep it under control…SPIRITUAL FITNESS comes about through the “Committing” to train, tone, and push through our limitations. Committing to do what it takes to be ready in All Seasons, and circumstance. Spiritual fitness is the willingness to cause a paradigm shift (Change direction), in the way we live and think.
First things first. Effective training and conditioning demands us to be completely stripped down, and purged of all excess weight. OKANA (Hawaiian) Baggage,”Stuff” We all have it. It might look like Unresolved Conflict with a loved one/acquaintance, Un-forgiveness- Bearing the cross of a past trespass, maybe having not forgiven yourself? It might look like Un-repented sin-The ghost of past mis-deed? Whatever it may be, its weighing us down, and caused us to be distanced from God *Caveat: We have been pardoned from all sins, Past,Present and Future (. ) tells us so. It is the consequences of the sin we must deal with.2 But your iniquities have made separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you so He does not hear. (Isaiah 59:2)
9:24 Do you not know that in a race all runners run, but only one receives the prize..
REMEMBER THE TERMS OF THE AGREEMENT-“The reason you Signed Up”
9:26 So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. *Hitting the punching bag was not enough, Rocky went into the slaughterhouse to hammer at slabs of refrigerated meat. He identified his pain thresholds, pushed through them-He tasted victory.
We get so wrapped up in “doing life” that we actually drift away from God, and it becomes obvious when we notice ourselves in unfamiliar territory, or, Maybe a Familiar place we were once at? *SUBMARINES Primary function: Carry out missions deep beneath the surface of the ocean, often for extended periods of time, and do so with pin-point accuracy. 1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God,
which is your spiritual worship.2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind (Romans 12:1-2)
Finally, APPEARANCES DO MATTER
We are lights unto Him (Job 22:28), reflections of His greatness. We are under constant scrutiny of the world, A world ready to pounce on the moment we slip up. Waiting for that perfect opportunity to crucify us (Genesis 4:7)-Case and point, The present presidential campaign. The world forms theirs opinions by the way we conduct and present ourselves. How we conduct ourselves speaks volumes about the level of our spiritual maturity and to the character of God: Therefore, let us too, with such a crowd of witnesses about us, throw off every impediment and the entanglement of sin, and run with determination the race for which we entered (Romans12:1)
In the first part of his letter, John the apostle summarizes Jesus’ entire ministry. John was the apostle Jesus loved, And his writings were much more poignant. Writing the first part of his letter as a Psalm proves he knew Jesus on a more personal level. His love for Jesus allowed him to write not only of Jesus earthly ministry, but to his diety-Pre-existance, Resurrection, and Promise-His promise that us very much valid today.
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the
heavens and the earth HCSB
Jn 1:1-3 In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
2 He was with God in the beginning.
3 All things were created through Him,
and apart from Him, not one thing
Genesis 1:26a Then God said, “Let Us” make man in
Our image, according to Our likeness
Consider this, If we were created by God who fashioned us in every last detail to be like Him, Did He intend for us to be Adonis’s/ Venus’s?
If so, Why did He send His Only begotten Son?
WE BROKE OURSELVES:
We did this to ourselves: (Genesis 2:6c);We fell out of His perfect will. We are a broken, and flawed creature-Broken. “Broken” but still His. No greater love
Jn 1:14 The Word became flesh
and took up residence among us.
We observed His glory,
the glory as the One and Only Son
from the Father,
full of grace and truth
Phil 2:7 Instead He emptied Himself
by assuming the form of a slave
taking on the likeness of men
And when He had come as a man
in His eternal form,
8 He humbled Himself
by becoming obedient
to the point of death-
even to death on a cross
Indeed, we have all received grace
from His fullness,
17 for the law was given
grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (Jn 1:16,17)
He stepped down from the throne of grace, became flesh and sin for us. In His obedience, He conquered sin at the cross, where he was glorified, taken up, and seated at the righthand of the throne (Phil 2:7)
THE YOKE WAS BROKEN:
(Jn 1:16)Not only were we given His unmerited favor, but we would have Grace Unceasing. He will continue to pick us up as many times we fall!
17 Through His obedience, grace was given to the law that was delivered hundreds of years earlier
RESTORATION WILL COME TO THOSE WHO BELIEVE:
( Ezekiel 37:4-5,12, 14a) 4 He said to me, Prophesy concerning these bones and say to them, Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! 5 This is what the Lord God says to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you will live.  Therefore, prophesy and say to them. This is what the Lord God says: I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them, My people, and lead you into the land of Israel. [14a] I will put My Spirit in you, and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land.