In a section of the scripture we call the Sermon on the Mount, beginning in Matthew 5, we get the longest stretch of Jesus' teachings that we have recorded for us in scripture. The very first part of it, we have come to call the Beatitudes. We are going to look at some of these beatitudes and what God has to say to us about how to deal with some of the circumstances in our life and how we must take responsibility for life and its blessings.
The word "blessed" is translated from the Greek word "markios". Markios can also be and is translated as "happiness."
But Jesus is not giving some discourse on happiness...
if you and I, do the right kind of things, get the right mental attitude, then we will be happy in life.
That is not the point of this scripture. Rather, Jesus is saying, God looks at those who have their focus on Him, as blessed.
The word markios means much more than happiness;
it means having a deep-seated joy, peace, and contentment in spite of the circumstances or the happenings in our lives.
Let me read Jesus' words for you beginning in ....
Matthew 5: 1-10.
1 Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him,
2 and he began to teach them, saying:
3 "Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called sons of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." NIV
Jesus gives us some statements here about how you and I can find ourselves
in a condition to be blessed;
to have that deep-seated joy and contentment and peace, regardless of the issues going on in our life.
For instance, if we are pure in heart God will bless us to see Him, that is a condition in which God can bless us, as are most of the Beatitudes.
If you are merciful then God can bless you with mercy. Each of these conditions allows us to be blessed by God.
We can be happy, Jesus suggests, even when life isn't going very well. That doesn't make very much sense to us.
It doesn't really add up for us because most of our life we have determined our personal happiness based on our situation.
When things were OK for us, when we were doing well, when there weren't any problems coming our direction; then we are happy but when things are not going our way or our situation is bad then, we are unhappy.
When someone ask me how I am doing? I like to answer:
Now that does not mean I am not having a bad day, it just means God has Blessed me sufficiently to handle it.
Now that is what the Beatitudes are in a nutshell!
Christian or not, God has Blessed you, with your day.
He has Blessed you with all the good and wonderful things of this life. It is up to us to realize it, and thank Him for those Blessings.
First Thessalonians Chapter 5 verses 16 thru 18 says:
16 Be joyful always;
17 pray continually;
18 give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. NIV
So that, should be the focus of our prayers and our relationship with God. We should continually be thanking God for his many Blessings.
20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. NIV
We are responsible for how we live our life?
If God was responsible for how we live our lives then He is the one that has made such a total mess of our lives.
Yet the Scriptures say that God is perfect, so obviously God is not controlling our lives.
We are the ones making the mess, our lives have become!
Now if we can admit this then we have a place to start.
In the same Chapter 5 of the Beatitudes Scripture says:
48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Now I don't know about you but I realize that I can not be perfect, nor did Jesus mean that we could be perfect without him,
but he does mean that we are to try.
Our perfection is only in his perfection,
but that does not relieve us of our personal responsibility to work toward perfection.
So if we are to try and be perfect then we must learn what is good and try to do that which is good.
Not only for others, but ourselves also. We are our brother's keeper and the keeper of this, our Holy Temple, our bodies.
Are you asking for a miracle when you say your prayers?
I use to ask God to Bless what ever I was doing, or to Bless whatever meal I was eating.
It was really a request for God to make what ever I did, right and what ever I was eating, good for me even if it wasn't.
In affect I was asking God to do a miracle. Are you guilty of that?
Are you asking God to Bless a meal that is not healthy.
Does your meal consist of fat, sugar, and empty calories.
Do you ask God to Bless the meal, thus expecting it to become wholesome and nonfattening.
No, that is not what our prayers should be about.
Our prayers should express gratitude for the blessings God has given us and will give to us.
We should know that God has given us an abundance of nutritionally rich and very tasty foods that when we eat them in the proper portions, will bless us with good health.
We can then, in all honesty, thank God, that he has already Blessed our food for the nourishment, health and healing of our body.
We must also take responsibility for the blessings in our life. Choose wisely....
Choose wisely what foods you eat so God can Bless you with good Health.
Choose wisely how you treat others so God can Bless you with good friends. Etc.
15 Be very careful, then, how you live-not as unwise but as wise,
16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is. NIV
Yes, we have to take responsibility for the way we live our life. We need to understand that what we do. What we eat. How we treat others is our responsibility and wise choices will lead us to conditions that will allow God to Bless us.
Now I know, that God has Blessed us this Day and I Thank God for his allowing me to share this message with you and why I always try to say:
I am too Blessed to Be Stressed.
Now you too can say it. Start Now.
How are YOU DOING?
(Now you too can reply)
Now let us Pray.
Dear Lord Jesus, thank you, that you have Blessed us with an abundance of every thing that we need, may we now go from this place with an attitude of Gratitude for Your many Blessings.
In Christ Jesus Name.
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