“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
“Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive 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 have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. (Matthew 5:3-11)
Throughout all of the scriptures we are warned that head knowledge (world knowledge) of the meaning of the spoken Word will not give us the nourishment that comes from the intimacy of submerging ourselves in the Scriptures and actually walking with the Lord in His plan for our lives. In other words, action must be taken in order to gain understanding that is personal and real. It becomes part of us, that part which cannot be taken away because it is now a part of us.
The above scriptures are very well known. Many books have been written on them, many sermons have been given, but yet, there is a depth of understanding that is like a well that never runs dry.
Earlier this year as I was studying these passages I was given a personal, deeper revelation of their meaning in light of what I had been going through for many months. I pray that you will be as blessed by this Word as I was. It is simple in its words, but so rich in God’s love and mercy.
The first word “blessed” defines our position in Christ. Blessed is one who is fortunate to have favor from God. Think about that a moment before you continue. You may be thinking that is a given, but that favor from God doesn’t always take the form of what we want, or what we think is good.
Here’s what God spoke to my heart for verse 3: “Fortunate are those favored by God who recognize their spiritual helplessness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven, the dominion or realm of God’s rule.”
How many of us may cry out to God in privacy, seeking His will, wanting to lay down our agenda and allow Him to lead? But putting action into that desire and being transparent in our everyday lives and trusting God for guidance because we know we are helpless? Unless we are willing to surrender our will and be obedient to His, and acknowledge that His ways are the only way, the power of the Holy Spirit is limited in our life because we are wanting to direct the show. God wants to move in our behalf, He wants to show favor on us, but until we truly can bow our knees and submit to His authority, we limit His work in our lives. When we do, we are “fortunate” because we have found the treasure, we have found the precious pearl of great price.
I could do a separate devotion on each of these, but I feel like the Lord just wants me to share with you what He shared with me and let the Spirit begin to stir up inside you what you need to hear today.
Verse 4: “Fortunate are those who have favor from God who literally acknowledge and repent of their corruptedness and ease of committing sins, for they shall be comforted.”
Verse 5: “Fortunate are those who have favor from God that are surrendered and submitted to Him, and living in obedience with Christ as their YHWH - Adonai, Master - for they shall inherit the earth.”
Verse 6: “Fortunate are those who have favor from God and hunger continuously and are thirsty to be in alignment with the heart of God, for they shall be satisfied in all circumstances.”
Verse 7: “Fortunate are those who have favor from God because they are actively walking with compassion in helping others and they also shall receive compassion from the Father.”
Verse 8: “Fortunate are those who have favor and have a sincere, upright heart void of evil, for they shall see God.”
Verse 9: “Fortunate are those who have God’s favor and carry the gospel to bring God’s peace to the lost, for they shall be called sons of God. (They are the ambassadors of Christ to break the bondages and deliver the lost, the hurting, the lame, the blind, the brokenhearted.) Each of us have a part in this, but not are all the same.
Verse 10: “God’s favor and abundant grace are given to those who stand firm in the face of persecution and remain full of grace and mercy to their persecutors (their hearts contain the love and compassion of God), they will live and rule in God’s kingdom for eternity.”
Verse 11: “Fortunate are those who have favor from God when you are reviled and evil, wicked, malicious harmful things are spoken of you, bringing great pain, because of Jesus.”
“Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you." (Matthew 5:12)
Verse 12: “Jump for joy and rejoice with unspeakable joy for your reward from the Father will be great. You are experiencing the same persecutions the prophets of scripture went through. Count is as all joy that the light of Christ shines so brightly that you are a threat!”
These are very challenging scriptures for those who sincerely desire to live uprightly before the Lord. We can’t do any of it in our own power and strength. The first step is the desire to have everything that God has for us...regardless of the cost. That is the challenge and where the battle is raging for many.
I don’t believe it was any accident that the Lord had me wait until this year was ending to bring forth this message. The coming year is going to bring many challenges that can only be overcome by our position in Christ. My prayer is that together we can encourage one another and become a community that is bonded in one accord that the Lord will be glorified.
Father, I thank You that Your banner over us is love. Bind us together to support in prayer or any other manner You choose, one another that we may stand unashamed in Your presence. Thank You for this challenging understanding of who You have called us to be. We are aware that we need You, we can do nothing on our own. Be glorified through each of us as we joyously submit to Your Lordship in our lives. We love and adore You. Amen!