My oh, my goodness, where have the days anad weeks and months gone.
Good day, it is so good to be back with you. There are still many family difficulties going on, but I need to take the time and stay with this study in Matthew 5 and the Beatitudes.
I have always thought it strange for this passage, called the “Beatitudes”.
First of all the list, if you will, that Jesus is giving us here in these verses are ATTITUDES that are to BE a way of life ro us. These are attributes that the Lord displays and lives to show us how we ought to live. So in my way of thinking we need to allow the ATTITUDES BE in us also, aka, the ‘BEATITUDES”. It my seem a bit corny, but it works for me to understand it.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Meekness is an attitude that can only be worked in us by a relationship with Jesus.
We are to take the yoke of Christ upon our self so that we can learn of Him. We are to learn of His very character, and that is a meek, gentle and quiet spirit. that yoke means to join up with, to couple with as in servitude. Jesus was a servant to mankind. Are we wiling to serve others with humility, not thinking about self, but the one you are serving and what is important to them. We always, as human beings put our needs before the needs of others. It is natural and satans way of thinking, not Gods.
This way of life only comes by joining up with Jesus and learning His very character.
We need to get rid of and do away with all that is going to lift its ugly head against what the Lord has for us and desires of us. These things of the flesh draw us away from the Lord and our hearts desire is to draw closer to Him, so let us get rid of every thing that resembles the acts of the flesh…the things that draw and lead us away for Him.
So how do we do this….
But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof. (Col. 3:12)
Only by putting on Christ are we able to against our fleshly desires and wants. Just as we put on our clothing each morning,, in like manner we are to “put on Christ”. We get into His word, pray and meditate on Him and what we have read. God’s word is what washes our hearts and minds.
That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
It is the word of God that cleanses us. God’s word is what will create in us His way of life and His attitudes and character of life.
Romans 13:11-14 (Amplified Bible)
Besides this you know what [a critical] hour this is, how it is high time now for you to wake up out of your sleep (rouse to reality). For salvation (final deliverance) is nearer to us now than when we first believed (adhered to, trusted in, and relied on Christ, the Messiah). 12 The night is far gone and the day is almost here. Let us then drop (put off, fling away) the works and deeds of darkness and put on the [full] armor of light. 13 Let us live and conduct ourselves honorably and becomingly as in the [open light of] day, not in reveling (carousing) and drunkenness, not in immorality and debauchery (sensuality and licentiousness), not in quarreling and jealousy. 14 But clothe yourself with the Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah), and make no provision for [indulging] the flesh [put a stop to thinking about the evil cravings of your physical nature] to [gratify its] desires (lusts).
Only the meek, humble, gentle servant will want to put on Christ and put off the ways of this world.
In Numbers 12:3, that Moses was very meek above all other men. Why? He had a relationship with God.
Some may think meekness is weakness. Oh my! just the opposite. Take a look at Mores or the Lord Jesus. They were both meek, not weak. Meek in Spirit and weak in flesh. Meek and lowly in their self-sufficiency. Thier weakness was not in the Spirit of the Lord. Can you see the difference. Strong men and women in the faith, that are led by the Spirit of God are meek not proud and haughty in self.
1 Peter 1:22
Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned (sincere, without hypocrisy) love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently (with intent, without ceasing):
These meek will inherit the earth. But not as one may think to inherit a possession.
Israel inherited the earth by their obedience, and Israel will once again inherit the earth that God has promised, but this is different.
The earth speaks of land, as Israel was told in Gen. 15:7, 8, 18-21; Num. 34; Duet. 11:23-25; Joshua 1:3-4, and others.
The earth also speaks of producing fruit. Through our obedience to the Spirit we produce spiritual fruit while we are still here on earth. Our true reward is when the Lord Jesus comes to catch His people away to His heavenly kingdom. But for now, through our obedience as we give ourselves to Christ we are blessed with spiritual blessing. These spiritual blessing are what we experience every day as we yield our lives to the Lord. Such as, just to name a few: joy, peace, love, patience, seeking ones come to Christ as Savior, people growing and desiring more of a relationship with Christ, longsuffering, confession, reconciliation…and oh so much more as one yields their life unto the Lord.
May the grace and hope we have in Christ Jesus encourage and strengthen you day by day as you yield your life to Him; as you and I deny ourselves of all earthly desires so that we may please our Lord and coming King and Bridegroom.
I love you and I am so glad to be back with you all. I thank you all for prayers during my absence. God has truly blessed and delivered my family and myself in so many way these past months. I praise Him and give Him all the honor and glory for His hand at work in us. He is my hope!
- Blessed “Be” attitudes :: Be Meek (thepauls.wordpress.com)
- Are you strong enough to be meek? (thelivingmessage.wordpress.com)
- Meekness Not Weakness! (betweenthedash.wordpress.com)