Beatitudes Series #2: Now and Forever
Jesus’ famous Sermon on the Mount is recorded in Matthew 5-7. His Sermon on the Plain is recorded in Luke 6:20-28. They are two distinct sermons preached in different times and places. Jesus, no doubt, preached these truths wherever He went during His three short years of ministry. In these sermons He contrasts those whose lives are filled with blessing with those whose lives are filled with sorrow and woe. Proverbs 10:22 promises us, “The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and He addeth no sorrow with it.”
God Wants to Bless You.
God wants to bless you and fill your life with joy and purpose; but I warn you, if you turn from that life and seek to live your life independent of God; your only alternative is a life of woe. God is not a kill-joy. He wants to fill your life with satisfaction, fulfillment and joy. In these sermons He teaches us how to live the blessed life and warns those who reject His teaching that they will face woe and judgment. I beg you to take this seriously. You are this very moment either on the road of God’s blessing or on the road of woe and judgment.
Don’t drown out the voice of God
The worldy-minded person is searching for happiness by trying to drown out the voice of God by immersing himself in entertainment, sports, music and making and spending money, etc.. This is LIFE for the average person. In fact, this is LIFE for the average Christian. These things are not in themselves sinful, but anything can become sinful for us if we allow it to be the priority of our life and draw us away from God and from His Word.
It’s NEVER right to watch TV programs, videos and movies or go to shows that glorify sin and mock righteousness.
Paul warns in I Timothy 4:8 that some sports and some exercise profits us a little, but a life given over to this is unbalanced and courting disaster.
Music, of itself, cannot bring us blessing or lasting happiness. It brought wicked King Saul temporary peace when David played his harp before him; but afterwards he reverted to his sinful life style. Music is powerful. The right music can be used of God to bless us and draw us closer to Himself. The wrong music can stir up rebellion in our hearts and draw us away from Him.
The Christian gifted with music has the responsibility to use that talent only for God’s glory. If music is an important part of your life, be careful that you do not make music your god and live only for your music. Such a Christian is unbalanced and courting God’s woes and not His blessings.
The person whose driving passion is to be wealthy is headed down the wrong road. Jesus said in Matthew 6:33 “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things ( money and material things) will be added unto you. There is nothing wrong in working hard and smart to be successful in business. In fact, God promises that if we saturate ourselves with the Word of God and are obedient to Him, we will be successful and prosperous. Joshua 1:8, Psalm 1:1-3.
Understand that there is lots more to prosperity and blessing than being wealthy. My wife and I have lived together for the Lord for over fifty years, never wealthy, according to American standards; however, we have enjoyed God’s blessing and never lacked anything that we needed.
Financial success will not of itself bring happiness and contentment. King Solomon, the richest man in the world, found that out and admits it in Ecclesiastes 2:4-11. It’s only as we use our business skills and success to glorify God that we enjoy His blessings. Those who live only to hoard money and live for themselves eventually face God’s woes. Read in Luke 12:15-21 about the rich farmer who made a fool of himself.
So where is happiness found?
It is not found searching for it. Rather, we stumble over it as we seek to know God and live for Him. True happiness and blessing comes only from God. David testifies in Psalm 16:11 “Thou wilt show me the path of life: in Thy presence is fullness of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”
God created us to be happy all of our lives.
He placed Adam and Eve in a beautiful garden paradise. Life could not have been better. They were totally free. God gave them only one prohibition. Satan tempted Eve to disobey God and Adam shared with her in that disobedience and thus brought sin and death on the entire human race. See Romans 5:12
God’s Laws are to bless us; nor to squelch us and make us miserable.
The Psalmist testified in Psalm 40:8 “I delight to do Thy will, O my God: yea, Thy Law is within my heart.”
Christ alone is our source of blessing
I encourage you to receive God’s Gift to you. Receive The Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour. He alone is our source of blessing. Ephesians 1:3 Praise God that our blessings in Christ are not just for eternity. We can experience them right now. Notice all the Beatitudes. “Blessed ARE for they SHALL BE.” They are given to us to enrich our lives presently as well eternally.
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