Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:1-16; Luke 6:20-49
“Blessed Are Ye!”:
- Who are poor in Spirit.
- Who mourn.
- Who are meek.
- Who hunger and thirst after righteousness.
- Who are merciful.
- Who are pure in heart.
- Who are peacemakers.
- Who are persecuted for righteousness sake.
- Who are lied about and falsely accused.
Never would the world say that you are blessed under any of the above circumstances. But I said it because I knew it was the truth.
If you can accept all the adversities, trials, and tests which the Father permits, you will indeed be blessed, for when you suffer, a work of grace is being wrought in your eternal soul for your perfection. In fact, the blessings of the Father are not something in the distant future, but they are yours even when you are in the middle of these situations, because I will be with you in your trials. My presence brings My blessings upon you.
- “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.” (Matthew 5:3)
To be poor in spirit does not mean that you must be “half dead” and unemotional. But it does mean that your spirit is in complete submission to My will and that My Spirit is ruling in your life, and your life is under the influence and controlling power of the Holy Spirit. When that happens, you will be trusted with a position of power and authority in the Kingdom of God.
- “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4)
When you mourn, it does not make you a better person, but it breaks you and makes you sensitive to the hurts of others. It develops compassion. Your grief and pain touches My heart, and I and the Father will come and be close to you and make Our abode with you. (John 14:23) This will allow you to feel Our comfort and Our presence in a way that you would never feel it under any other circumstances. When the heart is broken, the things of this world lose their power to attract your soul.
- “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5)
There is a great difference between meekness and cowardice. The two must never be confused. It takes humility to be able to express true meekness. If you possess the great gift of humility, My Father will be free to entrust into your care the riches and the honour which this world cannot give. For only the meek can bear the burden of greatness.
The proud are destroyed by riches, honour and fame. I am looking for men and women who have a meek and humble nature, for I need them to bear responsibilities of leadership and authority.
Meditate on this truth today, and [next Friday] I will teach you more wonderful truths which I taught the multitudes in Galilee on the hills above Kinneret in what people call the “Sermon On The Mount.”
David, My Shepherd of Israel, knew the power of meekness. He realized early in life that meekness and humility were the keys to favour with Me. That is why he said: “But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.“ (Psalm 37:11)
The meek, humble person experiences great peace because he is not always striving to be great and famous. He doesn’t seek for positions of power or wealth. He has the peace of God in his soul, for he is content in God’s will.
Meekness also means to feel that you are helpless to do anything concerning a situation. You have come to a place where God has to take over and intervene on your behalf.
From the Heart of Jesus by Gwen Shaw
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