Sermon on the Mount 2014: Day 2

Blessings now, blessings to come

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Today's Text: Matthew 5:2-12

Text: Matthew 5:2-12

“Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven”
– Matthew 5:12a

The word “beatitude” comes from the Latin word meaning “happiness” or “blessedness.” And while it’s tempting (and common) to look at this list as requirements or conditions for blessing, the meaning of this well-known passage is so much richer than that.

Look at the crowd gathered around Jesus at the mount. They are hardly those we’d label “happy” or “blessed.” Remember how just before He climbed the mountain to preach, Jesus was healing the diseased, the broken, the outcasts? He was delivering Good News to the people, hope to the desperate. The poor in spirit. Those who mourn. The meek and the hungry. The persecuted and reviled. Does this sound like a list of the Who’s Who of the Kingdom?

(I hope that last question makes you smile, because that’s exactly what it is!)

In his book Divine Conspiracy, theologian Dallas Willard says this about the scene at the Mount of Beatitudes:

“Standing around Jesus as he speaks are people with no spiritual qualifications or abilities at all. You would never call on them when ‘spiritual work’ is to be done. There is nothing about them to suggest that the breath of God might move through their lives. They have no charisma, no religious glitter or clout… The pages of the Gospels are cluttered with such people. And yet: ‘He touched me.’ The rule of the heavens comes down upon their lives through their contact with Jesus. And then they too are blessed—healed of body, mind, or spirit—in the hand of God.” (Willard, emphasis mine)

If we look at the Beatitudes as another list of spiritual to-do’s, we diminish the beauty of Christ. It is exactly FOR the unqualified, the bankrupt, the needy and the sick that He came!

Take a look at the verbs in verses 3 and 10: “theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Now look at all the verses in between: “they shall be comforted,” “they shall inherit the earth,” “they shall be satisfied,” “they shall receive mercy,” “they shall see God,” “they shall be called children of God.” The promised blessings are for later and right now. And they all hinge on Christ.

Yes, let’s be peacemakers! Yes, let’s be humble and pure in heart! Yes, let’s be merciful! But let’s not believe that our goodness saves us, for we know our ultimate “blessedness” comes only through Jesus Christ. He is not just at the top of our list; He IS the list!

It is in Christ that we are blessed when we make peace in a warring world.
It is in Christ that we are blessed when show mercy to our neighbor.
It is in Christ that we are blessed when we guard our hearts.

It is Christ who blesses us, even when we mourn.
It is Christ who blesses us, even when we are poor and empty.
It is Christ who blesses us, even when our bodies and souls are ravaged with hunger.
It is Christ who blesses the likes of us—and gives us the Kingdom!!—meek women and men who but long to touch his garment and be healed.

Oh, praise God for sending Jesus to reach down from the heavenly mountain to touch the broken and unclean! Praise Him for turning the law on its head, not to empty it out but to fill it up on our behalf, so that we might be blessed.

“Blessed are the spiritual zeros—the spiritually bankrupt, deprived and deficient, the spiritual beggars, those without a wisp of ‘religion’—when the kingdom of the heavens comes upon them.”
—Dallas Willard,
The Divine Conspiracy

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  • Christina

    I think that when we can get to the place where it’s not about me and it’s all about God, then we will experience the fullness of life that God promises in His Word. When we are focused on ourselves, we cannot give God His rightful place in our lives. When we let Him be the King of our Hearts, He is able to bless us beyond belief and be everything we are not. God, may I realize that You are everything and without You, I am nothing.

  • Deborah A. Adedoja

    Very uplifting..truly shed a light on what Jesus is doing : ) He’s working things out even when things don’t seem clear..

  • I needed to hear this so badly. struggling with difficult people and situations. being reminded that the kingdom is for them! ! for those who try my patience and demand more then I can give, they are blessed, and when I turn to God to help them with the patience and strength he provides, I am showing them the kingdom.
    I am crying because of this timely word.

  • What a needed reminder that it’s not about what we do but what Jesus has and is doing!

  • Alexandria

    These verses are what give hope to us all! Wonderful!

  • As I read the commentary I thought for the first time that I should ask , Am I poor in spirit? Am I merciful? Am I sorrowing? What am I rejoicing in? Etc. To the degree my answers align with the teaching of Jesus that is the degree to which the Kingdom of God is ruling my life

  • This passage revealed sin in my heart that I didn’t know was there. I so often look down on people that are less ‘spiritual’ or those that are poor and needy. I don’t intentionally do it but I find myself comparing myself to them and feeling superior. God forgive me. You came to the lowly and humble. I pray that God will change my heart to be more like His.

  • I didn’t expect this when I saw the passage. I’m so humbled and thankful. Thank you Jesus!

  • Andrea P

    It is Christ who blesses us, even when we mourn. It is Christ who blesses us, even when we are poor and empty. It is Christ who blesses us, even when our bodies and souls are ravaged with hunger. It is Christ who blesses the likes of us—and gives us the Kingdom!!—meek women and men who but long to touch his garment and be healed.

    The last sentence speaks to me so much because that is something that I cling to often in my battle with Multiple Sclerosis. I love reading about the woman who just snuck up and touched the fringe of Jesus’ robe and was healed. Healed by her belief and FAITH in Jesus’ healing power. What makes it even better is he knows his healing power has been released and he stops and asks who touched him and when she timidly comes forward he praises her faith. He tells her she has been healed by her faith, I tear up each time I even think of this story, oh to be that woman. She is my hero, I find myself reaching out to touch his robe on days I feel defeated and it helps me to carry on. Whether my healing happens here on Earth or in heaven does not matter because one day he will say to me that my faith my belief in his healing power has indeed healed me. Thank you Jesus.

  • Jennifer

    It is amazing that all of our blessing come from Christ. While being merciful and humble are great and are what we are called to be, the blessing that comes from them comes from Christ. He is our ultimate blessing!

  • LighthouseOfVision

    Yolanda, In Many ways this is so heartfelt for me too, My sincere prayers for you & praise you are in Christ’s Arms praying Our Lord to help you through the grieving & losses to bring forth fruit in ministry for His Glory, God Bless You! GloryHloryarArmArmsChriChrist’AAArms Arm

  • I’m praying for you Yolande.

  • I have drifted far from god for the last 5 years. I can pinpoint the very second that I lost my faith, the moment when all I felt was abused, abandoned, and forsaken.
    I was awoken at 4am and told my son had passed away in the night while he was visiting family. All of the love, faith, and devotion I had, left me in an instant. A lifetime of faith just disappeared and was replaced with anger and mistrust.
    I just have been unable to find my way back to god. My mind just couldn’t understand how this happened, how God could take my child and leave me so broken and alone.
    Here I sit 5 years later struggling to understand but finally feeling a touch, or a calling, or a longing I’m not sure what really. However I found this study and feel for the first time in a long time that I am not alone that Christ is still there. And though I am truly unworthy of his forgiveness I am still forgiven and welcomed back into Christ’s arms. Thank you for helping me begin to find my way back home.

    • Stephanie

      Bless you….

    • Heather

      My heart broke when I read this. I’m sure the journey is not easy. I will be praying. Oh, how His heart aches with ours. You are so loved, and you’re not alone.

  • I agree and disagree. Jesus came for all. He needed to stress that he came for the broken and unclean because at it was not culturally acceptable. He came for those faithfully awaiting the messiah as well as those who were not. We have to be careful to forget that.

    • Agatha

      Those faithfully waiting the Messiah were also broken and unclean. All have sinned have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. We get our righteousness from Jesus . The Father sees Jesus’ righteous when He looks at me now and not my sin. :)

    • Alma

      I see your point, Katie. Thank you for your remark.

  • Oh, praise God for sending Jesus to reach down from the heavenly mountain to touch the broken and unclean!… I am so grateful that he sent his only son for us, to live a perfect life and die in our place!!! I look at my young son and it brings me to tears!!! I could not imagine sending my only son to die for someone else, and yet he did, so that we might have eternal life!!!

  • And yet: “He touched me.” That hit me like a train…

  • He touched us by coming to earth to save us!! God breaks the chains!!!!:)

  • Please pray for me, I’m going through a time of rejection. This was very relevant to me today, just want to cling to His promise.

    • Jilian Linklater

      Charlie! I am praying for you right now! I have learned when any thought of doubt or rejection or condemnation comes into my mind I literally call it out and say that thought has no place in my mind and I replace it with Jesus complete love, acceptance, and confidence. And then just believe that it has truly left you and stand on it! It’s made a world of difference in my life:)

  • This makes me feel like it would be better to be a ‘spiritual zero’ than what I am now

  • This is a call to the crowd. What He is about to share is for them. It is not a message for the spiritually elite, but for them. He came for them! This passage brings a song to mind,

    “Come just as you are. Hear the spirit call. Come just as you are. Come and see. Come receive. Come and live forever.”

  • So good!

  • We must continue to seek him and he will show us love , mercy and grace. We must humble ourself and we shall see that we are new and purified ! Day 2 for me has been great .!!!

  • “He touched me.” exactly. He reaches out to those who deserve His blessings the least and washes us clean. Praise Jesus!

    • Sherri Iamaio

      What’s even more humbling is when we realize that none of us “deserve” His blessings because of our sinfulness. But thank God for His amazing grace “that saved a wretch like me.” Whenever I actually stop and take a moment to think about how He sought me, found me, and drew me to Himself, it hits me like a ton of bricks.

  • Krista Scott

    Lord, thank you for your blessings & these beatitudes! We love you just as you show us mercy, grace and unconditional love every second of every day.

  • Trina Titus Lozano

    I’m Periscoping about this at noon and nine CST this week. Follow and join the conversation. @rev_trina

  • Courtney

    I’m happy to have a new perspective about the thought that Gods blessings are for the broken, hurting, starved etc.
    however I’m confused by the thought that God guarantees his kingdom to those without a “wisp of religion” in them. Maybe I’m understanding it wrong? Is this more for people who never got the chance to know Jesus before they died? I thought that you had to know Jesus to make it into heaven.

    • Taylor LeeAnn

      Courtney, I just took that statement as a whole saying that these broken people, that he was preaching to, the only thing they need in life is God even though they live in poverty. But they are also blessed by this because they will inherit God’s kingdom. So yes, they must believe in Jesus Christ to get into heaven but with that they are inheriting something great. I think religion is in quotation marks because religion back then was different than following Jesus.

  • Caroline Gies

    This is amazing. It really shows the forgiveness God gives us that we don’t deserve. I’ve done countless things in my life that I don’t deserve forgiveness for and still he chose me. He chose to send his son to die for me, he chose to love me and to forgive me. That’s the beauty of it all. We don’t deserve ANY of it.

  • Passionate Worshiper

    I’m a zero but Jesus is my #1! I’m a zero but He makes me to sit with him in heavenly places! I’m a zero but He blesses me with EVERY SPIRITUAL BLESSING in heavenly places in CHRIST JESUS! Eph 1:3 Hallelujah!!

  • Diane Hill

    Thanks to my Lord, he came for imperfect me!

  • It’s so incredible to think that even when we are low, broken, hurting, and starved, we are BLESSED because of Jesus! Our situations – whether disease, hurt, or lowliness – don’t dictate or determine our blessing or change the One that blesses us. Praise the Lord that Jesus didn’t come for the perfect!!

  • This helped me to realize that I don’t have to feel separated from God in the hard times, he will AlWAYS be there and he will NEVER forsake me and will bless me through every trial. I never truly understood the meaning of these verses but I thought they did a really good job explaining

  • We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us! I am ready to share the gospel of Jesus Christ to others outside the church. I want to be God’s salt and light!

  • Today I was doubting my worth in a leadership role in my women’s group at church. I couldn’t imagine being the one to lead, yet I was feeling drawn to it. This gave me hope that I can be important to this group. I may not look the perfect part, but God can use me in great ways still.

  • Ali Vincent

    Today I was de sting my worth in a leadership role in my women’s group at church. I couldn’t imagine being the one to lead, yet I was feeling drawn to it. This gave me hope that I can be important to this group. I may not look the perfect part, but God can use me in great ways still.

  • It’s amazing to think about it all…. This is the first time I’ve tried to do a devotional and actually understand it

  • What resonates with me today is that while we should have the characteristics of the beatitudes with the understanding that it will not be THOSE things that bless and save us. We are blessed and saved by Jesus and not by our own action. Also, how refreshing…this is not another “to do” list or a pre-req for receiving Gods blessings.

  • Erica Weiss

    This passage really spoke to me! Im so thankful for this community and how it allows me to dive much deeper into the Word.

  • Savannah Kirkman

    I am broken and that’s why God loves me. God loves everyone. Had we been made perfect we wouldn’t need Jesus. But, the greatest thing is: We aren’t perfect resulting in the fact that we not only need Jesus, we crave him and desire him. He blesses us in so many ways. Whether you are a Christian or an atheist, God loves and blesses you and shows mercy on you. He is so great.

  • Samantha G

    Like Shelby said, I too get caught up in the thought that maybe I’m more blessed because I am a Christian and I have a relationship with Christ. But that’s not the point at all… We are all blessed by his love and mercy; EVERYBODY. the broken, the sick, the sad, the happy, and most importantly, sinners. We are all sinners and he loves us all equally. I think sometimes I get mistaken that I’m “more entitled to blessings” because I see them, not all of them, but I can see what the Lord is doing in my life, which is a blessing in itself. But, not everyone can see what God is blessing them with day by day. They are still blessed, they just may not see it. I pray that more people can see what incredible things God is doing in their lives and praise him for it.

  • I did a study on the Greek origin of these verses when I was in Bible school, and like the author said “blessed” here (markoioi) means happy. There was actually a vacation type island that the Greeks and Romans would go to that had this name. So when they heard this word “blessed” their minds would immediately think “happiness, bliss, fullness of peace and joy and rest.”

    It’s great to know that in a world so searching and longing for happiness and comfort by striving, we actually find it in weakness and leaning on our Beloved. We “yoke ourselves to Him” in humility and weakness.

  • This is so good! This makes me ponder on the question would we know who Jesus Christ was if we were made perfect already?! No absolutely not because Jesus has come to set the captives free, heal the broken hearted, and so on like omg that is everyone on this planted! We all go through so much but we have to remember to count it all Joy! Grace and Peace

  • Erin Watkins

    It is exactly FOR the unqualified, the bankrupt, the needy and the sick that He came!
    That really spoke to me today
    God bless :)

  • Shelby Meyerrose

    This is so crazy and awesome to read. I sometimes unknowingly think I’m entitled to more and that I’m more blessed because I follow Jesus. But that’s totally missing the point of the gospel. I’m only blessed because I’m a sinner and Jesus saved me. Im thankful that this morning, Jesus radically shifted my perspective. No, I’m not pure, righteous, and graceful. No matter how much I try to be or think I am on my own. But it’s Jesus that gives me grace and has radically shifted my life to become his daughter. I know that I can’t do this on my own but being dependent on Jesus changes everything. I’m so thankful for a God that blesses the least of all people. For a God that guarantees His kingdom for the most sinful sinners.

  • jen dubois

    I just finished a YWAM DTS school & the most valuable thing that was encouraged was embracing our relationship with the creator by just learning how to talk to Him. & once we begin that relationship of just talking & getting to know Him more, it actually becomes harder to let our dependence on Him fall through the cracks! & it’s just so beautiful how much He truly desires us & longs for our love- there is no love as beautiful as His! & in His spirit, He will give us power to use us to better His kingdom. what a Father. SO amazing! :)

  • Stevie Woodcock

    love this. these people were so desperate to be just in hearing range of God. they loved him and were so devoted to him that they would do anything just to be near him without the care of the blessing that they will be receiving. we take our time with God for granite now but there our people who even utter the word Bible and they will be killed or thrown into jail. I hope that I become one of the people that are just so desperate that they are happy just being able to read his word.

  • Mikayla Baker

    Yes! Sarah and Brittany thank you for the perspective.:)

  • Kelly Wales

    I love your question, “what are we doing to do the same?” Not to beat ourselves up, but there are so many days where I’m not persecuted but others are, others are hurting and starving for love. Those days I’m blessed it is my obligation and joy to overflow with His love. Even if that just means listening and affirming someone’s feelings.

  • Brittany C.

    I feel like you , Sarah. So many times we stop reading and having a relationship with the Lord because we feel like we are doing everything right. Wrong. The minute I take myself out of His Word my life gets tough. Kids drive me crazy and I lose my patience, Huband and I will argue and I just seem to be lonely. Im so thankful that even in those moments God calls me back into His arms and gives me exactly what I need to come back into His presence. It’s a wonderful reminder that Jesus did come to seek and save the lost. What are we doing, to do the same?

  • I feel like a spiritual zero. I’ve so often read these passages and thought I live in such a privileged time and place, these blessings aren’t for me. They’ve held no encouragement. But seeing it rewritten as “spiritual zero” has made it feel relevant. I’ve always felt like I am not religious enough in most of my Bible Studies, not pious enough for my family, and not conservative enough to be called Christian. It’s left me doubting my faith and my salvation. But I am a spiritual zero and Jesus is here in my heart anyway. I love that.

    • Sarah Clark

      I think it’s harder to see God when we’re doing “ok” by human or cultural standards. We feel like we can do this life ourselves- what a danger! It takes very real intention to know and remind ourselves that Christ is for rich and poor, healthy and sick, etc etc etc. Jesus would invite the president and the homeless man to the same bible study and they would both be healed!

    • Hannah

      Kim isn’t it beautiful to know that God does not see as man sees? He doesn’t look at you as a big nothing. He ‘calls those things that are not as though they were.’ He sees the beauty and glory that is to come of you and He sees you as perfect NOW in spite of weakness. Let that voice of truth wash over you today

  • Ashley A

    Yes what a beautiful way to look at hardships – they are blessings!
    I once heard a metaphor that rings true: Our lives are scrunched up against a stained glass window. When your face is pressed against it all you see broken pieces and it looks as if there has been a terrible accident. But as you pull back from the stained glass windows and look they can be INCREDIBLE. We see the world as our face pressed up against the glass. God, being eternal, sees how all the jagged pieces fit together to make something beautiful. God’s promises are true.

  • A renewed perspective today amidst a significant and long financial struggle – we are blessed in Jesus! May this be my focus as I continue to seek employment. May I be thankful and trust in Him for His provision each and every day.

  • This really made me think about how wonderful it would be to touch Him and be healed. I suffer greatly from depression and anxiety. I worry constantly about my dad who had a rare, cancerous tumor removed. I am almost 31 years old and I’m still single. Just so many things… Oh, to touch Him.

    • Anne

      I can so relate and have had MUCH victory spring up immediately recently (after years of prayer). I read a book called “a more excellent way to be in health” and read a Derek prince book. The Lord revealed things to me as I was quiet one afternoon and I prayed and was healed of a gluten allergy as well as other allergies! It was as though I’d touched the hem of His garment. Depression/anxiety have plagued me off and on for years but Derek prince has taught me how to pray against this and I’m off Meds and vitamins and sleeping great and really able to keep my thoughts captive. Praying right now for His deep deep healing immediately and deliverance!

    • Allison

      You & I are similar… Praying for you :)

  • Katherine

    Elizabeth, I myself have only been married 2.5 years so I’m not too far ahead of you, but I can give you this advice. Communication needs to be key, and then compromise. It’s not healthy to keep things bottled in. If you feel unloved you need to communicate with him. Then sometimes we have to make compromises with each other to keep arguments from entering a covers action. Start every day in prayer for your husband. If nothing works post marital counseling is very normal for first ur marriage. Hang in there, and to the best of your ability never let the sun go down on your wrath. And most of all, fight. I have found that marriage is HARD. We have to FIGHT for a good marriage. Never give up. My husband I made a pact before we got married to never ever ever say the words separate or divorce. No matter how mad we get we never bring those words up… They genuinely aren’t a option. You will get through this! Lean on God as he is your rock always. Praying for you!!

    • Sarah

      I know you posted this 2 mos ago and you may never see this… But praise be to God for the perspective the Lord has given you in marriage. My husband and I continue to see friends around us going through divorce and it is heart breaking. I love the part where you said… Fight. Even in the best marriages we must fight for them for the devil is prowling around like a lion wanting to destroy this blessed covenant God has ordained.

  • Elizabeth Adams

    I need prayer. For some reason, I feel more comfortable asking for it here among total strangers than anywhere else. My husband and I have been fighting a lot lately and we seem to be speaking different languages. We can’t seem to understand each other at all. What’s more, we used to pray together, and now it seems our desires for that are dissipating. The saddest part to me is that we haven’t even been married a whole year yet. :(

    Anyway, I find comfort in these daily devotions, and I love this app. Reading the beatitudes makes me cry, but also gives me hope.

    • Alli

      Elizabeth – I am praying for you and your marriage. Sometimes I find I communicate what I need best to my husband when I pray and ask The Lord to show him. Don’t lose hope – Jesus is for you – never against you. Cling to His promises and THINK ON TRUTH! . Will continue to pray for you.

    • Caitlin

      I wish someone would have told me that the first year is the hardest. Hang in there. God put you two together to bring out and perfect each other’s flaws, to allow you to love unconditionally, and to bring each other closer to him. I’m praying for you.

    • NicoleMarie

      Praying for you Elizabeth! We’ve been married almost 14 years with 4 kiddos and life is good. We dated 5.5 years bf we got married. Our first year was awful!! Can I suggest the book “5 Love Languages” by Chapman? This book literally changed our marriage. We discovered that at the time my strongest love language was acts of service and his was quality time and touch. So I would work all day then come home make dinner and clean the house. While this is happening Hubby is sitting on the couch begging me to watch a movie with him. I would get so angry and discouraged. After we discovered each other’s love languages it opened up communication. Hubby started actively helping around the house without even being asked!! And once a week we would schedule an evening of cuddling on the couch and watching a movie (sitting still for an entire movie use to be really hard for me. I’d think about everything that needed to be done). Now almost 14 years into our marriage we both have grown and changed and are so close. (With 4 kids you have to stay united lol). My love language has changed a bit too. As others have communication is so important and in today’s world of technology it can sometimes be difficult actually stop and talk. He needs to know how you feel and you need to be gentle but ask what his thoughts are as well. Talk about future plans and desires. Praying that the Lord will bring you two closer with Him at the head of your relationship!

    • Steph VB

      I’ve heard good things about the love languages book.. Never read it, bug I have read “Love and respect.” It was a real eye opener as to what a man might see as disrespectful.. Which often leads to arguments.. And vice versa, what a woman would see as unloving. It talks about recognizing the heart if the issue. So good. On another, more important note, praying for you!

  • Beth Buker

    This makes me think about how much grace we have received. And it makes me think about how counter-cultural God is; how different are his ways from our ways! I just recently studied how after the Holy Spirit came upon the early church in Acts, and how they didn’t expect to minister this good news to Gentiles. They thought this was the good news to the Jews. But by God’s grace, His good news is for all people, even me! (Acts 10)
    John 1:16 For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace.

  • Christina Warren

    I wonder how many people turn away from Christianity, the Church, and/or Christ because they don’t feel they meet the “conditions.” It is literally earth shaking for me to remember today that not only did He come to rescue and bless me (an admittedly broken individual), but also every other broken soul out there. How many people do I walk by daily that may need this loving reminder that it doesn’t matter how broken you are? His kingdom is for all.

  • My NLT study bible had this to say about this passage ,” the Beatitudes don’t promise laughter, pleasure of earthy prosperity. Bending blessed by God means the experience of hope and joy, independent of outward circumstances .” This was such a great reminder bc often we think being blessed means having a lot of possessions etc but it’s not. It’s about having jesus, and through him he gives us joy and peace throughout all of life’s circumstances.

    • Jane Horner

      That is really helpful, thank you. It’s completely amazing and I want to try and think on these truths so they change me, not just for a few days but for the rest of my life. Because Jesus is in the life changing business :)

  • I feel like I am on the right track with reading when I finish reading a passage and suddenly its the SAME passage that they read on the morning radio.

    thank you God for that amazing confirmation.

    • Mary Neagle

      I love that! And I feel like it’s so affirming that the word you are reading IS important, even if it doesn’t feel like it in that instance.

  • Mrs. Daniels

    I love how the Savior turns everything on its head. We in our sinful nature make rules and regulations for ourselves and others and count ourselves and each other holy or unholy depending on how well the rules are followed. I pray that God shine His light of repentance on my heart in this area as well as others. That I would receive His grace and mercy with joy and love others with depth and grace. Praise Him who is the faithful One.

  • Bobbi Marie

    Dear God,
    Thank you for being holy and perfect. Thank you for accepting me.
    Thank you for loving me and considering me a treasure. You are mighty above all things and I glorify your name. I want to grow closer to you and to grow strong in you. I never want the light inside of me to die. I pray that I will always have a passion and a desire for you.

  • Thank you Father for accepting me as I am. Though I may not know your word all that well yet, I know that you accept me as I am, accept me from where I have come. Your word excites me and makes me want to learn and read more. I pray that this fire never grows dull and that your blessings are something I never take for granted.

  • Im so thankful for your grace Father. Help me to rest in you knowing how faithful you always have been and forever will be. Restore my soul and breath your spirit on me. Thank you Lord for never leaving and for all your promises I cling tight to

  • Mary Padgett

    Todays devotional just reminded me of His unfailing grace. It’s easy to let the guilt and shame that the enemy constantly is throwing in our faces defeat and hinder us. But His grace is so much bigger and stronger. I now see this passage in a different way than before.

    • Lea Mackay

      Wow, thank you for that Mary! I am constantly feeling “not good enough” and feeling like I SHOULD be filled with guilt and shame. It’s a hard balance for me to feel true sorrow for my sins, confess them to God and ask His forgiveness and then move on. I know I’ll always fall short of God’s glory, but that’s ok. I think the difficulty I’ve been experiencing lately has to do with the fact that I am mom to two little boys, and I feel so much pressure to be a “good” mom, to show patience even when it’s SO hard and to be a true example of loving God and doing His will. Anyway, thank for your insight, I pray that our loving Father will help me be free of the shame and guilt the enemy wants us to feel and that I’ll focus my energy on His love.

  • Lord, help us to be patient. As we look at these promised blessings for your people. The ones who hunger and thirst for you. I pray that my focus is on you and building my relationship with is my first priority, forever. I pray that I don’t become selfish in these blessings and that I always look to you for comfort. Amen.

  • Lord, please help me to focus on You and Your grace and not the lists of “to dos.” Help me to realize that only through You will I ever be capable and being these things.

  • Lord help me to hunger and thirst for you.

  • Jessica Lynn

    Father, how often do we look at these things and wish for them now? But many of these promises are future tense – who knows when they might be fulfilled? May we not live for the fulfillments but for the God who made those promises and who has proved Himself trustworthy and faithful. I thank you for blessing us.

  • Thank you God that you are not giving us a to-do list. Please help me and change me so the I may have many of those qualities. I will hunger and thirst for you.

  • Crystal Lynn Winklepleck

    Lord show me the spiritual zeros in my life that I may bring them your hope. Remind me I am a zero as well to keep me humble at your feet

  • Thanks for reminding me that it’s not a to do list, but things that Christ enables us to do when we are seeking him and have his power and the Holy Spirit.

  • This passage has always been one of my favorites. It shouts to me no matter what is happening in the world or what the world says, you are blessed. You have joy, peace and love. Do not be afraid to share with others, even in hard or difficult times, and you will again be blessed. What Joy Jesus encourages us with.

  • SarahElizabeth

    I think the fact that God accepts us, broken as we are, should be an ever stronger reminder to be the peacemakers, the merciful, and the pure of heart. It’s literally the least we can do and the MOST we can do. I try and fail at this every single day. I will surely always fail every day of this life, but I will also always try every day.

  • Modest__Behaviour

    wow , I was just in prayer about me constantly falling or not feeling like I’m being the best example I could possibly be at all times.! this study hit it right on the nail but prayer and worship will bring the rest of my restoration.! I just really want to be at peace with everything that is going on in my life. From my job to school to now living back at home with my parents , it’s a frustrating time but I know God will see me through it all.! I solicit all the prayer I can get.! thanks so much ladies.! :) I’ll be praying for each if you as well.!

  • My studies are aligned with this devotional and it is truly divine.

  • I needed this today. I am feeling spiritually bankrupt. Thank you God for renewing me.

  • HeatherRebekah

    I just started this study and already God is stirrung up my heart and encouraging me through His word and all the feedback from you ladies…seems like this season of my life is so long and dry, and I dont feel passionate or joyful to be honest…I feel like im completely inadequate to do what God has called me to and gifted me to do…Im not even sure what my purpose is in life. God show me who You are and soften my heart to hear your voice and trust You, as You lead me down this new path to joy and spiritual rest. I pray for all the ladies seeking God and feeling anxious or like theyve failed God….You are the lifter of our souls Jesus and I pray you would lift us up and be all that we need, as we hunger and thirst for righteousness. In Jesus name, Amen.

  • Modest__Behaviour

    Yes , just what I needed to read on tonight.! this year has been the storm of my life with a few good things sprinkled here and there.! just reminds me that it won’t always be easy and that my reward is greater than my trials.!

  • Franny,
    Such an interesting and comforting statement….He blesses when we feel empty… So true. Thanks for sharing…

  • I need to stray away from saying “we are so blessed” when I’ve had a good meal and my sweet husband and I are cozy on the couch in our lovely home. God didn’t say, “good job loving others today, here’s a house!”. His blessing is deeper than that. He blesses beyond material. He blesses when we feel empty in our spirit. He gives us hope when things feel hopeless. He provides us with what we need and when we decide to do these things that merit a blessing, we receive and understand more of who He is. I’d say that’s blessing enough. Great perspective for me today!

  • Thankful that He loves this spiritual zero!

  • Daughter Of Light & Truth

    Praise Jesus, when I am spiritually bankrupt… Jesus has won the lottery for me.

  • Soooo good!

  • For when I am weak, He is strong!!

  • Nikki Carpenter

    Loved this!

  • How often have I looked at that passage and thought. “Isn’t that nice for those who this applies to?” That if I am those things, struggle with those things that I will be blessed. Never have I read that part of scripture and seen the crowd he was actually talking to at that very moment. And here’s the thing, it’s not like I’m perfect, I may not need to be physically healed of disease and physical brokenness. But my heart does. My heart can be pretty broken & unclean at times. Ok, like all the time. I am so thankful that Jesus shared this list of blessings for broken people like myself. That it’s not a to do list, but a promise. That it’s a promise for now and for later.

  • I lead a study on the beatitudes with a group of younger girls from my church. One of the things we focused on was not that they say blessed are the(fill in the blank) for they will be saved. It goes back to the gospel being a story of love. It’s a story that is about being, like it said yesterday. In the gospel being about being and not doing, then we are led to do. And that’s what’s so transforming about it. We do because we want to, because we can, not out of necessity of salvation. We reflect the beatitudes because we want to serve, not because we want them to save us. Christ did that, and now we get to have His words to guide our steps. I never tire of going over these passages. Praise God!

  • I love the way it says “Praise Him for turning the law on its head, not to empty it out but to fill it up on our behalf.”

    If anyone has ever struggled with guilt, often you feel as though your sin and judgement of that sin is dumped bucketful by bucketful on your head. It weighs down so heavily upon you, and can easily become a tool of Satan to deceive and defeat you.

    The way “She Reads Truth” spoke to me today is that the law is not dumped upon us, but the price of our sin is paid for by the goodness and sacrifice of Christ. The “law” we follow is constantly remembering His sacrifice and that out of that we are redeemed! We carry a bucketful of grace, love, and redemption as a reminder of who we should strive to be in Christ! At times that bucket may be heavy, but it is filled with gifts beyond compare! He makes all things NEW! The law needn’t weigh us down any longer! We are FREE! Praise the Lord!

  • first if all…. this is the coolest app…. and I just realized i can set a “reminder”…. because I didn’t do so great this week…. I was easily distracted….. but thank you ladies for this app…. I’m doing this “sermon on the mount” plan until the new one starts on sept 15th…

    my new venture is to learn how to truly surrender…. I hear this all the time… “surrender” …. but not sure what that looks like in practical terms. this plan is helping me on this “quest”…. seeing that I AM the “unqualified, the bankrupt, the weak and the sick” and yet He came for me… He touched me and He can & will work through me….. I need to quit trying so hard… and just be…. let God work. (still needing the practical application…. but I know the best place to start is in the Word)

  • Lacey White

    Blessed those who mourn. I know my Heavenly Father has his hand on me. I’ve been mourning the loss of my mom. She’s passed away 6 weeks away and I still can’t make head or tails of it Tonight was a wonderful reassurance.

  • Mary Catherine G

    I love this way of thinking of these verses: blessed are those who yearn for His blessings.

  • Jennifer

    I am constantly going and doing. I love this list because it is despite all of my doings that I am blessed. Not because of them. Loving this study so far!!

  • Thanks for this encouraging devotional. It’s not about how great we are or will be in the kingdom of heaven, but relying on how great our God is! Thankful for this truth!

  • Wow!

  • Beth Biggers

    Thankful to find myself in the spiritual zero category :-)

  • Lisa Landers

    So encouraging! Thank you Jesus!

  • Needed this today! Thankful to be a spiritual zero!

    • SheReadsTruth

      Me too, Shannon! Thank you for joining us today!!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • As a women in full-time ministry, sometimes it feels like I have “to-do” lists that decide how much Jesus loves me that day based on how much I got done, how well I perceived, or how I measured up. So thankful for this reminder that His promises of love are for me now, and also for someday.

  • Just yesterday I picked up the Bible again for the first time in far too long and Romans 1 reminded me that God chooses to use our unique strengths but it is only through Him that we are strong. Then today I read this that once again reaffirms that He blesses us but it is only through Him, IN Him can we be peacemakers, be merciful, be strong and compassionate. I am once again floored that such an awesome God has chosen me and loves me and is more than willing to walk with me through this life.

    • SheReadsTruth

      I love that, Alyce! Thanks for sharing!! Blessings to you today!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Crystal Lively

    I’m a spiritual zero !! Thank you Lord, you are for me!!

  • Amen! Just what i needed to hear!

  • Thank you Lord!

  • Perfect timing as always is Gods word. I so needed this today. Thank you Jesus for perfect timing!!

  • Desiree Zimmerman

    Thank you Jesus for allowing heaven to come near me and bring me in!

  • Marquita

    Amen

  • God***

  • We come to God physically and emotionally weary and He is there to let us know that He is with us. Jesus told us that we will inherit the kingdom of Hod if we keep His commands. Love what this message said to me tonight!!

  • Michelle

    As a fresh new high school graduate, I can really relate to being mocked for my faith. There would be some classes people wouldn’t partner up with me for projects simply because I am a Christian. I would always finish those projects before everyone else and with my extra time in class, I would read my Bible. I absolutely love verses 11-12! They are so encouraging!

  • Ally MacDonald

    Jesus is the blessing! I have a sister that literally makes fun of me for my faith, so I grip tightly to these verses and knowing that Christ will bless me in the easy days and in the difficult days.

    • SheReadsTruth

      Oh, Ally, I can so relate to those situations of loved ones not understanding faith! Praying for you, sweet sister, knowing that God\’s plan for your heart and hers is immeasurably more than we could ever ask for or imagine! Love having you here!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • I used to think that when Jesus said this about the poor and persecuted etc. that he also meant the people who always go to church and the people who have everything they need and want. but I just realized that he is saying we have to humble ourselves to be hungry and thirsty for righteousness. thank you shereadstruth for the message!

    • Mallory

      How do you think we need to humble ourselves? I completely agree with you!

    • Kim

      I think Jesus is speaking to all people…even those who go to church, have their needs met, etc. We are ALL spiritually bankrupt. We really have nothing to bring the Lord that we didn’t receive as a gift from Him. I am literally LOST and dead in my sin without his saving grace. I totally agree that this is about humbling ourselves before God, but I think it means everyone, EVEN those who seem like they have it all together on the outside. On the inside, we all need grace moment by moment.

    • Kelly

      Lilly, it all just connected for me when you said “we have to humble ourselves to be hungry and thirsty for righteousness.” I always thought he was talking to those who were meek and in need, but I now see we need to be meek and in need for Him as His blessings are promised to those who are desperately and humbly seeking Jesus.

  • I think I really did use to look at these as another list of characteristics we need to possess. But now I see that that makes them seem like things I have to DO to inherit the Kingdom. Yes, we should be meek and humble and all of those things. But as followers of Christ, this should be a list of encouragement, not requirements. Thank you for shifting my views on the passage!

    • SheReadsTruth

      Thanks for joining us, Rachel! We love having you here!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Caroline Day

    I really enjoy these new perspectives. This study is making me think and looking at Scriptures I’ve known for years at a completely different angle. Love this!!!

  • Stephanie

    I’ve never read about it this way before. When I read it today I saw Jesus saying to those who are struggling (even us now), “When you struggle, I am with you. You are not alone, you are blessed!” Praise the Lord!

  • Meagan Fullerton

    I saw this at the perfect moment today. How wonderful it is to know that He loves and blesses us through any situation!

  • How humbling it is to know all these blessings are mine! I am soooo not deserving of them, but so grateful for Jesus loving me so much he gives freely of them. Thank you Lord!! Loving this devotion so far! Love reading all the comments. May you all be blessed!!

  • How desperately I needed these truths. How inadequate and inferior I feel. How desperately I need Jesus.

  • Oh may we never lose our need of Him! Truly He is Lord, Savior, but even more so, He is Life!!! He is the reward. Because of Jesus we can have a BE Attitude verses a DO Mentality. The inheritance of Christ that comes from intimacy with Him is beyond words! -Sarah #establishher

    • SheReadsTruth

      Amen, Sarah! Thanks for sharing today. We love having you here!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Brooke Noelle

    I’ll echo most of the above comments, man I needed this reminder today. “It is Christ who blesses us, even when we mourn. It is Christ who blesses us, even when we are poor and empty. It is Christ who blesses us, even when our bodies and souls are ravaged with hunger. It is Christ who blesses the likes of us—and gives us the Kingdom!” I am stubborn, broken, selfish, & a walking hotmess. Somehow God chooses to bless me anyways. Sometimes it’s in ways I don’t necessarily want or expect but it’s a blessing all the same.

  • Taylor Beck

    This reminds me of how broken we all are and how it is our duty to become charitable and forgiving to others and to serve God through Christ.

  • How much time do I spend trying to manage or hide my neediness (my hunger, thirst, my “negative” feelings) thinking that NOT being needy would make me something special, when God WELCOMES my neediness?! He says the needy people inherit the Kingdom. Not the ones who think they have it all together. Hallelujah! Thanks for this reminder to befriend my neediness today!

    • SheReadsTruth

      I love the way you put this, Laura! To befriend our neediness. Praying that for both of us today!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • I really needed this today! I always need the reminder that there is nothing that I do to deserve God’s grace and love. He first loved me!

  • Jill Savory

    Makes me think of 2 peter 1:5-10. The growth and goodness in us only comes from our focus on God. Not by our own doing.

  • Meredith

    Praise The Lord that our “goodness” is not what saves us. We get to receive eternity because of what has already been done on our behalf. This is why we serve!!!

  • Such an encouragement to me today!

  • Rebecca Parks

    I work as a social worker and my clients are they, I am they on a daily basis. I thank God that he blesses us and he uses people who we might not think he would use. He says come as you are. What a good lesson! Thankful for this deviation each day!

    • Cristina Guzman

      I just graduated with a bachelors in Social Work and I’m so excited to work for people!!!

  • “It is in Christ that we are blessed when we make peace in a warring world. It is in Christ that we are blessed when show mercy to our neighbor. It is in Christ that we are blessed when we guard our hearts” i heard on e pastor teach on an “in Christ” theology where we have this freedom and hope. Such good words today…

  • Jordyn W

    Just what I need before a full day of work. It’s a constant reminder I need that we are all broken people, all equal on the playing field of life. It reminds me of the human I am, in desperate need of Divine romance

  • Erica Villarreal

    I was so drained after a long day at work… This reading really encouraged me. Thankful that God allowed everything be to workout do that I can meditate on His truth!

  • J Mac did a great series on the beatitudes also… LOVE this app

  • “You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought. (‭Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭5‬ MSG) I loved it said this way

  • Hannah Christmas

    It’s a rough subject when we live in a society where the word “blessed” is misused so often. We need to remember that we are blessed simply from Jesus’ loving sacrifice. THAT is what blesses us, and to return our Love to Him is what makes that blessing blossom.

  • I have definitely been struggling lately with getting in quality time with God because it seems that I never get a minute to myself. Even as I was reading through the devotional for today, one of my children interrupted me numerous times. At first I wanted to become extremely frustrated at the fact that he won’t just leave me alone for 5 minutes, but then I started reading through and realizing just how broken I am. How needy I am. I need to stop and admire the beauty of Christ. Instead of shaming myself for not being able to check spending time with God off my “to do” list, I need to seek Him continually. When Christ becomes “my list” I will be more equipped to love my children and be a peacemaker, be pure in heart, be merciful.

  • So I re-read this passage a few times on here and then opened up my Bible (The Message) and I really really love this writing of this passage. “You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and His rule. You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One who is most dear to you. You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are-no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought. You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat…” AMEN!! Walking through life with my God is the best life. He wants to bless us and just be with us!

    • SheReadsTruth

      Wow, Andi, that is beautiful! I love that phrasing. Thanks for sharing with us today! Excited you\’re here!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

    • Rea

      Thank you for sharing this, I really needed to read that today. I needed to be reminded that it’s me and God, and that’s all that matters.

    • Hilary

      I really needed that, thank you for sharing!

  • “If we look at the Beatitudes as another list of spiritual to-do’s, we diminish the beauty of Christ” – this really hit home for me. Just reflecting on how often I try to be all of these things out of selfishness to do good works.. He is the list – the list doesn’t matter if He is not the focus

  • Joylette

    I’m not all that, but He still touched me. Thank you Lord x

  • Sloane Stallone

    Filled my cup ❤️❤️❤️

  • Taylor Matson

    How thankful I am for these promises!!

  • odobyram

    Today’s been rather trying and – honestly – completely frustrating. I took a step back, read this passage, and it hit me like a ton of bricks. Yes, the people I’m dealing with might be wrong, but becoming angry and causing strife just because I know I’m right isn’t going to get me anywhere and it certainly isn’t honoring to God. Thanking Jesus for this reminder.

    • Alek

      Amen! Remember that even when were around people that we’d rather not be around we should always be peace makers. It’s never about us, but always about Jesus. blessed are the peace makers.

  • “Oh, praise God for sending Jesus to reach down from the heavenly mountain to touch the broken and unclean!” Love this!

  • Risse so blessed to read your comment, the last scripture verse committed to memory for me was 2cor.3: 17-18. How like The Lord to provide that verse speaking of unveiled face(no need for the law) & where the spirit of The Lord is there is freedom. We do serve an awesome God

  • Corie Clark

    I LOVE going through this plan! Seeing the sermon on the mount through a new lens is really moving me. Drawing me closer to him. I love that there is NOTHING we can ever do to earn is love and NOTHING we can do to lose it either! Xo

  • Risse Redmond

    Whoa. So crazy, I’m currently reading The Divine Conspiracy AND I’m on the chapter about the beatitudes! Gods timing is so cool.

    • SheReadsTruth

      I LOVE his timing, Risse! So glad He delighted you in that way today.

      xo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Sincerelylilo

    Amen!

  • Abby McDow

    Wow. It’s amazing to know that Christ will give us the greatest reward at the end of this life, & it isn’t something we can earn, but something we can look forward to it!

  • Sally Shake

    Blessed are all of these described because they are each seeking something that this world cannot satisfy or they are suffering an injustice of this earth. Because of all these things, they will be able to see Christ more clearly. That is true blessing.

  • Thinking about the crowd Christ was talking to brings this passage to life! Thank you Lord for coming for the poor, the weary, the broken…

  • Blessing to see Christ’s true message and his love for the broken and lost!

  • This was soooo good.

  • Loving this app!! We are all blessed, especially the poor and broken! Jesus didn’t look for and surround himself with the elite, instead he found the poor and broken and loved on them! Such a blessing! I can only hope to love as he does!!!

  • To be loved more than I can ever imagine blows my mind. That he desires to be there for me and lift me up when I do not deserve it. It is crazy to realize that god came for me and not just those around me. That I am the same sinner and he came for me.

  • Bridgette

    I don’t have to be the perfect Christian. God has promised to take care of me and that’s what needs to be my anchor in times of stress

  • The best thing? To know that, even if I’m not mourning, or poor, needy right now, the promise remains and will remain. I have a hope in whatever future I face.

  • Johanna Messer

    I know I desperately need some construction done to my heart. After reading this today, right now, it reassures me that God knows exactly where I am and what I’m going through. He knows what will happen next, He knows the next time I will mess up, yet He loves me anyways! I know that God was talking to me from that mountain top !

  • My prayer today: God, help me be ALL IN for You. Right now I feel only half way in and I feel stuck, scared, unprepared, insecure. I don’t know what to do next. I want to love you with my complete heart/self but I need help!!!! Amen.

  • Sara Ellen

    This post is really powerful. I had never looked at the beatitudes or the Sermon on the Mount like this before. When you stop to think about all of the people who were there listening to him, this is sooo amazing. People who were suffering, sick, poor, oppressed and mourning were healed and then given this awesome message by their Savior who not only healed them physically in that moment but provided them eternal healing in Him. We must remember that we are just like those people at the Sermon on the Mount and in need of the same healing He was promising them!

  • Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner. I try and I try to meet this list as a way to meet the ‘requirements’ for being blessed. Lord, I realise today that I have been missing the point. Thank you that you show me mercy and bring the blessing that my lack of adequacy could never bring. Thank you that you came to save me in my unworthiness, and make my life something beautiful and blessed for the glory of Your Name. Amen!

  • Gilliene

    Blessed are those poor in spirit for they will receive the kingdom of heaven… I read this day plan OVER AND OVER again crying in happy tears of love that seek me cuz I am broken. Crying and repenting because I need humility but god loves me as is. He is compassionate. Abounding in love. He is blessed when I seek him. I am nothing w/o Christ. I pray humility for myself everyday. So I can continue to walk with Jesus and I pray for everyone else :) <3

  • Amanda McClelland

    Oh how I long to be even an inkling of one attitude. I know Christ accepts me how I am but I want to be more like Him and embody some meekness and mercy and peace.

  • gallopingmapletree

    Coming back to this day's reflections because I wanted to post an article today from our local paper. Utter testament to the power of the words of our Savior in the Sermon (specifically the Beatitudes) : http://www.wsmv.com/story/26040454/nashville-prog
    Wow. Just wow. These guys probably (definitely, considering their own comments!) consider themselves "spiritual zeros", but look (Look! LOOK!) how the words of Christ resonate and cause change and growth!
    I've haven't actively participated in these discussions before, but I had to share this. :)

  • dnmppolitico

    I always kinda saw this passage like I saw Psalms 1. But reading this today, I see this passage in a different way. I realized that I've not taken time to look deeply at this passage. So thank you for sharing and helping me to see this passage differently.

  • I feel like Jesus is saying here, to the crowds, "I AM"! the crowd was broken in so many ways and Jesus was literally the antidote for all of them. They were blessed therefore because He was God and could reach into their broken lives and circumstances making them "blessed". Just like he can and will do for us today in our brokenness. And when we recognize our own brokenness he is the "I AM" the antidote for the disease of self meshed with a fallen world. I think the take away for me is recognizing that the best place for me to be today is as a member of the crowds…waiting in expectation for the words of Jesus to be spoken to me! Just as I am, a created being, a sinful, self seeking and self elevating being, ready for him to make me whole. So here I am Jesus I am ready for you to make me whole.

  • Joyjoythomas

    Thanks for this Jordan! Your “ramblings” are right on with how I think at least. I’m tracking with you. A great and encouraging synopsis for me to take with In my heart today.

  • Love. Such a different way for me to think of the Beatitudes. I guess I have read it as a "to-do" list of sorts, because I am a to-do list kind of person: i always saw it as a list of things I need to do/try to do to be or feel blessed. I've always felt the need to "earn" things like love, acceptance, blessings, salvation, etc.. That, as you put it, my "goodness" saves me. If I do all these good things, how can I look wrong? If I read my Bible, pray a lot, do good things, worship really loud (and with my eyes closed and hands in the air), etc.. THEN God will love me. Sigh. It's a work in progress to reprogram my head and my heart to not think this way. A long work in progress.
    The thing God's been teaching me lately is that apart from Him, I can't do anything. There is nothing I can do to earn Him and His love. It's just there. It is Him and His love in me that empowers me to do these good things, to bless and be blessed. IN Christ, I am blessed, and bless others. Because of Him, I can do and be all these things that He blesses. It's not something I have to earn, it's just something I am and something I do, because of Him and His love for me.

    Sorry if I rambled, it's way past my bedtime! Night friends. xoxo

  • One thing I love about this passage is the "them" in verse 2…it's written to the hungry, broken crowds AND to the disciples beginning their ministry. Jesus in a sense is also instructing the disciples of how to do kingdom work before the kingdom fully comes…with the crowd as a witness to hold them accountable! How encouraging that from this passage we see both healing and restoration to the crowd, but also a reminder to hold our brothers and sisters accountable as we seek the kingdom together! Wonderful words.

  • Emily Tate

    I've always read the Beatitude and appreciated them, but I never got the super warm fuzzies that everyone else seemed to have about them. I'm realizing now why: I was reading the Beatitudes as another to-do list. Basically the New Testament version of the "Proverbs 31 woman" – you know, sounds great but no one can live up to it. Am I just supposed to be sad and quiet and forlorn all the time to be blessed? That doesn't seem right.

    Today's study made me look at this is a totally different way. Jesus is talking to people who have traveled possibly hundreds of miles to reach him, maybe to bring people who need healing. They are probably in fairly bad shape, most likely not the upper crust of society, and probably haven't typically been the people who the current religious authority would look at as desirable. They probably think they are the last in line to be blessed…the priests are obviously first!

    So Jesus enters. He sees who he is speaking to, and instead of diving right in, He wants them to know "I'm not talking to that other guy. I'm talking to you. You're poor in spirit? I'm talking to you. You're in mourning. I'm talking to you. You're a good person and generally merciful? Great! I'm talking to you. Your neighbor tried to kill you last night for following me? Yup. You too."

    I'm now viewing this as Jesus' "Oprah Moment." You know, when she gets up on her talk show to give out some fabulous prize and wants to make sure everyone in the audience realizes she's talking to THEM. "You get a blessing! You get a blessing! EVERYBODY GETS A BLESSIIIINNNNNNGGGG!!!"

    I like to think Jesus would have said it like that. He seems like a pretty cool guy. But regardless of how he said it, by the end of that list, I bet everyone in that crowd could identify with SOMETHING. And everyone could feel like Jesus was talking to them. This simple list made the rest of his sermon something to listen to.

    Can you imagine when you heard "your" beatitude? That feeling of "Oh my goodness. This is for me too!" It changes the outlook on everything else He has to say. I am excited to hear what Jesus has to say to me in this sermon, now that I realize that I GET A BLESSING TOO!

    • veritas1201

      I literally laughed out loud to your "Oprah Moment" description. So very true! I've also read the Beatitude many times and not had the same excitement. Today? I felt it, too. So glad others are experiencing that too!

      • Emily Tate

        Not gonna lie – I laughed out loud too when I started hearing it in that tone! It totally changed the entire meaning for me. Not a somber listing of things, but excitement for what is to come. :)

    • Ifi

      Hahaha! Love the Oprah slant to this too – made me giggle! :-)

    • Gema

      Amen! I love your humor about what God taught you. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, I fully agree with your post. God bless you sister.

    • journeyingwithhim

      This is AWESOME and exactly why I love SRT. I would never meet all of you cool people who describe things just the way I need to hear them any other way :) Thanks!!

    • Elizabeth

      Love this! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. :)

  • veritas1201

    I am so thankful that these ladies use a great variety of resources! I love reading their reactions to those and love knowing the authors they've used and trusted as they create these plans.

  • Praise The Lord for His mercies endures forever. What a Mighty God we serve. Continued blessings to all!

  • Father, please use this site for us to edify one another!!!! I come against negative comments; satan there is no place for you here! Peace be still, In the name of Jesus!!! For it is written, “Great blessings belong to those who suffer persecution for doing what is right. God’s kingdom belongs to them.” (Matthew 5:10, ERV)

  • We are all in need of this community in one way or another. Let's strive to keep our comments for the upbuilding of the body of Christ! Love to each and everyone of you sisters in Christ! We are all blessed by this ministry!

  • You can always tell when Amanda is writing because she's too uncreative to do anything besides quote what someone else already wrote. Can't believe she didn't edify us with Mr. Matthew Henry's thoughts on the matter.

  • This makes me want to dig that book put again and read it! The Divine Conspiracy. Great guy Dallas Willard!

  • Blessed are the spiritual zeroes when the Kingdom of the heavens comes upon them. Amen! Lately God has been speaking to me and has showed me how God is going to work in a great way in my father in law's life. My husband and I are believers, but my father in law still has questions and doesn't really believe Christ is our savior. My husband and I constantly pray for his salvation.
    God's work is mysterious but no doubt is perfect. In the month of April I lost a pregnancy to a miscarriage. I was devestaded and couldn't understand why God gave me a child and then took it away. Today it becomes clear to me that he was answering a personal prayer and preparing a bigger blessing. If your wondering the personal prayer that was answered was if I was fertile. As a young girl I ended up pregnant freaked out and decided to have an abortion. My thought after receiving Christ was that he will never bless me with a child after doing such a heinous sin and in my mind my miscarriage was caused due to God's punishment. But boy was I wrong.
    This weekend I found out that I'm pregnant again! Now let me bring you back to my father in law, the stories connect I promise. In the last two weeks my father in law lost two brothers, they died a week apart. My husband has grabbed on to this opportunity to speak to his father about God and his promises and then I read this today. BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO MOURN. My father in law is going through such a hard time right now, but God has now blessed him with a grandson or granddaughter.
    God was saving this blessing for the right time , such a great blessing, such a wonderful gift and to him is just so much more special not only because of his lose but because of his health as well. He suffers from diabetes and is slowly loosing his sight. Thank you Jesus for allowing me to hold on to your word and thank you for providing us with this blessing in just the right time. I know God you will use this opportunity to bring him to you and guide to a relationship with you. I look forward to having this baby, because im confident that this time you will allow it to stay with us. Glory to you God and your mysterious ways.

    • Ifi

      Gema, thank you for sharing such a personal but jaw-droppingly awesome testimony! Praying that God is right there with you every step of the way through your pregnancy (congrats, by the way!) and that the situation with your father in law also turns out well, to His glory! x

    • Emily Tate

      This is a great post. Thank you for sharing something so personal from both yourself and your FILs struggles, and congratulations!

    • stinav96

      Thank you for sharing, Gema! Mentally wrapping my arms around you this morning. Praising God for His forgiveness and grace in your life. I, too, have experienced the heartbreak of miscarriage, and the testimony God seems to give after that experience for so many women is absolutely incredible! Lifting you and your little one up to our great God, Protector of the weak, this morning, and any time I think of you both after this. Have a wonderful day!

    • Gema

      Thank you ladies for your support, you have been a blessing to my life.

  • faithfullyannie

    This study has only been going on for two days, but I have already learned so much! He is SO good!

  • I love when what I'm reading intersects with this study! Came across this this morning:

    "Scripture scholars contend that the original language of the Beatitudes should not be rendered as, 'Blessed are the single-hearted' or 'Blessed are the peacemakers' or 'Blessed are those who struggle for justice.' Greater precision in translation would say, 'You're in the right place if…you are single-hearted or work for peace.' The Beatitudes is not a spirituality, after all. It's a geography. It tells us where to stand." -From Tattoos on the Heart by Gregory Boyle, p. 74-75

    Sisters, let us use this geography that Jesus has given us to be compassionate. Let it break down barriers, and love our neighbors more fully, so that they may truly begin to know the love that Jesus has for them!

  • Phyllis T.

    Jesus was speaking of God's promises to His believers BUT at vs. 12 it let us know that we would go through rough times. This passage to me is like as a child and your parents tell you it's going to be ok because you're special and well loved. God loved us so that He was willing to make us (who are we that God would even consider this) some promises when our walk becomes challenging.

    I walk away today feeling grateful in the knowledge of God's promises to me as a Believer.

  • "Jesus IS the list"…so good!

  • So much to take away from today’s study AND the comments. It’s been eye opening for me already. I pray He continues to open my eyes and ears.. I need this study! Thank you!!

  • Hello everyone. This is my first study here, and I am really looking forward to diving into the Word with you!

    Today I was struck by the fact that all of these attributes of Christ-comfort, righeousness, mercy are all gifts of the Holy Spirit that are unattainable by self effort. Yes they are bestowed upon us, but can lay dormant, powerless, deep within my soul when I am not walking in the Spirit and tryng to do life on my own power.

    I'm not sure how many times I need to learn this lesson, but I sure seem to be a slower learner!

  • Caroline

    I am so humbly grateful to have found this site and study. I am so ready for the substance only His Word can give. Thank you so very much for your efforts here. I really need this.

  • veritas1201

    After struggling so much with Ruth, this passage was so encouraging. I can identify with the people on the mountainside who had just been healed… I can see myself in them. The first thing he said to them as a group was a list of blessings! They were no one special, just like me, but that was the first thing he wanted to share was that. I loved that.
    Grateful this morning for this.
    "Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul." – Psalm 143:8 ESV

  • I wanted to also share my prayer:

    Jesus,
    I have a mind that loves to learn & go go go! I like tasks, lists, goals – things to do do do!
    Help me to not allow your Beatitudes to no be just a list, just a task, just a goal. Help me to stop and allow time to absorb each one into my soul. To grow each day in Your grace & mercy. To continue to do each day with the intention and focus on your and your kingdom.
    Not just bring artificially happy happy happy but truly experiencing being BLESSED by the King!
    Amen

  • As I am studying the passage I am looking how to make each aspect more forefront in my life – like a spiritual to do list …. Then BAM I read the devotional and how "if we look at these as another to do list we diminish the beauty of Christ"! Wow yes indeed I was doing just that! I was making the passage about me instead of looking at what Jesus came to do for me. For us all! Of course I will strive to do all the things He preached but for the moment I stand in awe of the amazing deeper meaning of Jesus' message and the salvation I have been given – not earned.
    Thank you SRT team for this wonderful study!

    • Kaitlin

      I relate to this so much, Casie. My natural tendency is to check things off a spiritual to-do list-but I am overcome with thankfulness that it doesn't have to be that way! Thank you, Lord! So glad you stopped by today, Casie!

      xo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • laurenbethjoh

    This resonated with me, "Yes, let’s be peacemakers! Yes, let’s be humble and pure in heart! Yes, let’s be merciful! But let’s not believe that our goodness saves us, for we know our ultimate “blessedness” comes only through Jesus Christ. He is not just at the top of our list; He IS the list!" I needed this reminder today!

  • thetortise

    I found this passage so encouraging! Lately I've been experiencing all these things and I love the encouragement that we are blessed and are to rejoice in these trials and experiences. Jesus is enough for us.

    • Kaitlin

      Me, too, sister! It's so encouraging to know we don't have to do it all- isn't it?! Praying you bask in this relief and feel true joy today!

      XO-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • “You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought." Matthew 5:5 (The Message) This verse spoke to me today. Today's society pushes us to always strive for more, be more, etc. it is often difficult for us to be content with just who and where we are, especially the younger generation. My prayer today is that all can be content with who God created them to be, the circumstances they find themselves in, and the life they have. There is a blessing in every moment of every day, if we just give it all to Christ. He is our redeemer.

  • leenda324

    The upside-down kingdom of God.

  • A long time ago, when studying this passage, I came away with the impression that the blessed are those who mourn went hand in hand with mourning for the living that are dead in Christ (unsaved). I can't remember which commentary I was in, and I've never heard it preached this way. Has anyone ever come accross this interpretation? It caused me to grieve over the state of the unsaved and called me to action to be about doing something (prayer / sharing) while there was still time. But perhaps (although a good thing) this is a wrong interpretation?

    • veritas1201

      I actually came across a similar interpretation in one of my study bibles this morning. The mourning is mourning over sin, according to the commentary in the HCSB Study Bible. That is the only place I've seen that before, and I checked a couple different commentaries to see if they went along with that. They didn't say anything about it.

      Most other places I've heard it preached/discussed have taken a very literal view of it… Those who mourn (for anything) will be comforted.

      • Valanne

        veritas1201, thanks so much for responding!

        • veritas1201

          No problem! I was intrigued by that verse in my own study too, because of what I'd seen in that study bible. My curiosity carried over for me today, so while I was at my bookstore job, I looked through a couple commentaries and asked our assistant manager, who used to be a pastor at a local church. He said that he'd preached it as a mourning for Israel's sins. Commentaries and studies I looked at also shared a mourning over the sins of the Israel, and in the present day for us, the church. About half also said mourning for grief related items.
          Hope that helps!

    • Amanda Bible Williams

      Love seeing you ladies discuss this! I personally wonder if it as a both/and. Blessed are those who mourn — their own sin, the lost, and just real honest-to-goodness grief/loss/sorrow. In all of this, we are blessed because of Christ. Thanks so much for discussing! xoxo

      • Valanne

        The bible sure is filled both/and. I just wasn't sure if I had the "both" interpretation correct, thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  • Victoria

    Goodmorning ladies! I’m not new the SRT community, I’m normally just a listener (in this case a reader), but today I wanted to be a speaker. I really needed this devotion for a variety of reasons. First of all, I always feel like I’m not good enough for God, that I’ll never be on the “who’s who” list. I am a dirty rotten sinner who can’t do anything for the Kingdom. But as I read Ruth and have begun this study, God has CONSTANTLY reminded me that its because I’m the “least of these” that I am on the who’s who list. And this is because its people like me that truly need Him and have latched on to the Almighty for healing, blessings, and comfort.

    The second reason why I needed this is because my husband and I are in need of some serious blessings from the Blesser. I graduated from college in May and I am looking for a teaching job for this upcoming school year. There’s a private christian school right down the street from our apartment and I want a job there so badly. The thing is, we are currently expecting our first child and I’m afraid they won’t want to hire me because I’ll have to go out on maternity leave, as a first year teacher. However, I am believing that Jesus will bless me and I’ll get the job. So please be praying for me today and anytime you think of me in the upcoming weeks. We could really use the extra income but this isn’t just a job for me, its a ministry.

    Thank you so much ladies and I’m sorry for the long post. God bless you all and I pray you have an amazing day!

    • Kaitlin

      Hi Victoria,
      I'm so thankful you decided to be a "speaker" today :)
      Praying for you in your job search and for Him to continually remind you WHOSE you are!
      Love to you today.
      xo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

    • jennifer q

      praying for you, thanks for sharing

  • hyperactivelu

    Blessed by this today.

  • This sure makes me glad I'm not on the "Who's who" list :) and that I'm on His list. I have been so blessed. Even in seasons of doubt and not understanding he is always there leading and guiding us through. Wonderful passage and writing today. Love this study so far. Have a blessed day SRT friends.

  • Today presents an interesting season for my family as we wait, again, an impending decision regards my husband's job. We've no idea if we will benefit from a major change or lose, but after leaning into patience with Ruth and knowing that Christ blesses us even as we endure, as reminded here, just brings such a confidence and a incredible sense of peace as we press on. I do not have adequate words to express my thankfulness, my abandon in loving the Lord and in the realization of how He loves ME. To know that the son of God speaks this to my heart, to others like me, to everyone……. Words just fail! ~ B

  • Amen. It was in my own bible study a few weeks ago that I actually realised the true meaning behind "poor in spirit"

    Poor in Spirit describes those who feel they have no moral riches and need it. You feel you need a spiritual life. Those who feel they are sinful or morally sick and cry out to the Lord to be saved. They shall inherit the kingdom of God.

    This is great and encouraging because many deem themselves not worthy of being touched by God or even being in His presence due to their spiritual inability, but may we remind them that the healthy needs no physician and that Christ came not for the righteous but to call sinners to repentance.

  • Awesome commentary.. I love reading each devotional and the comments, because I get a new perspective on what the passage means.

    I'm guilty of feeling "unqualified" when it comes to God. I feel like a newbie who doesn't know as much scripture, who is not the best prayer when asked to pray aloud. I am in awe of Jesus' love and mercy which he gives freely to ALL.. even when we believe we aren't good enough. When I remember that there is nothing I can do to earn the blessings and love of God, I feel free to be just as I am, without comparing myself to others who are more "religious."

  • joanne sher

    In Christ. With Christ – all the blessings are ours. Not because we are meek – or peacemakers – or mourners – or merciful – but because we are His.

  • Emily Thomas

    This sentence really hit home today: “(Jesus) is not just at the top of our list; He IS the list!” I am so guilty of putting time with The Lord on the to do list and then be-bopping along afterward with a spirit that is inconsistent with what I just read. Lord please let it sink in that You are THE list today!

  • sweetdes2014

    Absolutely needed to hear this, this morning! So often I talk myself out of the Who's who list of the kingdom thinking I need more of something. But I am just who God wants me to be! Thanks for making me realize who was in the audience when Jesus spoke these words, the unqualified, the needy and the sick. Wow that sounds like most of us and especially me. YET He still deemed us… me… BLESSED!! I'm so glad that God sees me worthy!!

  • Some great insights on this passage already!

    I notice that in verses 3 and 10 these are circumstances or feelings that we may not be “in control of” ourselves. The kingdom of heaven is an already promised “now” blessing for the people enduring through those circumstances.

    In the verses packed in between we do have more control over those circumstances or actions most of the time (knowing God is ultimately the only One with true control). We should seek to be holy by making the choices to do those things and we shall receive our blessing “later”.

    Of course, not leaving out that Christ alone is the hinge for all of these promises.

    These verses are definitely not a to-do list, yet definitely not optional as we seek God daily.

    • Patricia

      "not optional as we seek God daily."

      Ooooh snap. I am encouraged :)

  • Patricia

    Remember Gideon when God called him a "mighty man of God," when he was the exact opposite of mighty and courageous?! I heard from a Tim Keller sermon before that God "turns you" into "what he calls you" if that makes sense ;)

  • stinav96

    This passage ranks up there with Galatians 5:22-23 (Fruit of the Spirit) and Philippians 4:6-8, in that it is less a "to do" list, but more a checklist against which to compare my thoughts and actions and attitudes. Was this reaction poor in spirit (i.e., humble)? Am I pursuing (hungering/thirsting) righteousness by this attitude? Am I believing what God says is true about this difficult situation, as I'm mourning, looking toward what He is doing through it? Am I seeking to faithfully endure the ridicule I'm receiving for standing up for Christ? These are not "to do's." They are passive action, allowing the Spirit to enact them in my heart, while trusting God with a response that is according to His Word. Father, may your Spirit cultivate the lowliest of attitudes in our hearts, that our lives may be pliable and glorifying to you! In Jesus' Name.

    Blessings to you, ladies!

  • Steph_Lilac

    "If we look at the Beatitudes as another list of spiritual to-do’s, we diminish the beauty of Christ. It is exactly FOR the unqualified, the bankrupt, the needy and the sick that He came!" Thank you Jesus!!

  • Reading the beautitudes I've always been one to think "I could never be ALL of this" but today's devo really brought it home (thank you, Amanda!) Jesus wasn't talking about different groupsof people sitting on that hill lilistening to Him. Oh he meant all of those for each person listening. The MSG translation puts it this way: Blessed am I when "I'm at the end of my rope…when I feel I've lost what is most dear to me…when I'm content with just who I am…when I've worked up a good appetite for God…when I care…when I get my mind and heart right…when I show people how to cooperate instead of compete/fight…when my commitment to God provokes persecution…when people put me down to discredit Jesus"
    Now I see me in each of those recently-healed souls Jesus spoke to on the mount.
    It breathes hope instead of the weight of a new law. Beyond thankful for grace and the light He's put in my eyes this morning

    • Candacejo

      Lovely :)

    • Kaitlin

      Isn't it such a relief to realize we don't have to be all of it?! Praising The Lord for this today! Thankful for your heart and the part you play in this community:)

      XO-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Oh, praise God for sending Jesus to reach down from the heavenly mountain to touch the broken and unclean! Praise Him for turning the law on its head, not to empty it out but to fill it up on our behalf, so that we might be blessed……this prayer begs for me to share an event that happened whilst I was away, this weekend working at a Holy Spirit session of the Alpha course……should you not know what the Alpha course is ……it's a 10 week course that explores who Jesus is, why He came, who God is, the Holy Spirit….the why, who, what questions you might ask, should you be searching for truth about God// Jesus…
    Young man, looking for answers to the many questions he has…..away on the Holy Spirit weekend….at these weekends God does show up and in very real and tangible ways.. .. begins to have a serious asthma attack…..serious enough that an ambulance should be called….the worship leader asks him whether she can pray for him before the ambulance is called…(What faith is that, I'm thinking awesome…definitely not mustard seed…) He says I need an ambulance…she says just let me try….she touches him….prays…the asthma is lifted, he is healed….the man face shone, the light bulb had gone on….He was jumping up and down, professing God as Sovereign……his words were….No one can ever tell me again that there isn't a God….Praise God, Praise God….Praise God……This young man came to find answers, and met the Greatest one of all…..
    '..Blessed are the spiritual zeroes when the Kingdom of the heavens comes upon them.'

    The message puts the Beatitudes this way….
    You are blessed when you are at the end of your rope….with less of you and more of God…
    You are blessed when you feel you've lost what us most dear to you. Only then can you be en embraced by the One most dear to you.
    You are blessed when you re content wirh just who you are…no more no less. That's the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that cannot be bought.
    You are blessed when you have worked up a good appetite for God. He's food and drink in the best meal you'll ever eat.
    You are blessed when you care. At that moment of being care-full, you find yourselves cared for.
    You are blessed when you get your inside world-your mind and heart put right. Then you can see the outside world.
    You are blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That's when you discover who you really are, and your place in God's family.
    You are blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God's kingdom…
    Simply put….The promised blessings are for later and right now. And they all hinge on Christ……we need Jesus…we NEED Jesus….AMEN….

    I've gone on too long….oops…sorry…Happy Tuesday, Loves, Be Blessed abundantly today in all you do and are…xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    • Ibukun

      Bless you, Tina! Thank you for posting this and too long isn't bad ;) :)

    • Candacejo

      I believe in miracles!! ♥

    • Ifi

      Amazing testimony and I love your spin on this passage, Tina! We are truly, truly blessed knowing this awesome God!!!!!

    • Steph_Lilac

      Wow!! Tina let Him use you! I love your breakdown of the passage! Our God is sooooo awesome!! Blessings!

    • Sue:)

      What a blessing you are, Tina. Your love for God just shines through! What a beautiful testimony.

    • Jordan

      Looove the Message version of the beatitudes! And always love your words, Tina. Thanks for blessing all of us with your spirit filled comments. xoxo

  • Amanda Williams

    Test (from the app! Wheeee!)

  • CarrieLynne31

    "The teaching given in the Sermon on the Mount is contrary to human ideas about governments and kingdoms. The most exalted people in Christ's kingdom will be those the world values as least important. Jesus said that greatest man who had ever lived up to His time was John the Baptist (Matt. 11:11). But as far as the world was concerned he was a raving maniac who ran around in a modified Tarzan suit eating bugs! He wasn't even a part of the Jewish religious system. Yet our Lord said, "He that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than [John the Baptist]" (Matt. 11:11).

    Those in the kingdom of heaven are poor in spirit, mournful over sin, meek, hungering and thirsting for righteousness, full of mercy, pure in heart, peaceable, and persecuted. By the world's standards that sounds like the biggest group of losers ever assembled. The worldly say, "exert yourself, demand your rights, be a big shot, push yourself up, and hold on to your pride." But Christ presented a kingdom in which persecution was to be endured without retaliation–a devastating blow to those who wanted a political Messiah." -John MacArthur

    • drasch

      Love this! John MacArthur has been such a benefit to me in my studies.

    • AnnaLee

      That whole last paragraph stuck out to me… especially the first sentence and the last: "Those in the kingdom of heaven are poor in spirit, mournful over sin, meek, hungering and thirsting for righteousness, full of mercy, pure in heart, peaceable, and persecuted. By the world's standards that sounds like the biggest group of losers ever assembled… Christ presented a kingdom in which persecution was to be endured without retaliation–a devastating blow to those who wanted a political Messiah." Being a Pharisee or even a moderately zealous Jew at this time would've been hard, and the Messiah that they were expecting was indeed a political one; one that took back the kingdom for Israel and made them to inherit the Earth. I took a class with a guest speaker who talked about Jesus and the History of Israel– and honestly, being back in their times as Jew and seeing Jesus come on the scene would've been very perplexing, maybe even a bit disheartening, for me too. It just goes to show that the Lord has never been a God who fits into our perceptions or expectations… anything I think of Him that isn't based of His own word or anything I expect from Him WILL get blown out of the water. Forgive me, Father, for relying more on what I know and expect of You in this life instead of relying upon You and seeking Your FACE instead of Your HAND. May every single expectation and box I hold you in be completely blown away, crushed, made non-existent. YOU are God; I am dust. Let us never forget that, Oh Lord! Praise God for this insight, CarrieLynne! Thank you for showing it to all of us! Bless you– may you realize and see the abundance of Christ's blessings in ways you never have before. Love you!

  • Such a beautiful passage and wonderful commentary too.
    For the first time ever, after having read this passage about a million times, I finally understood this as a beautiful love letter directly from Jesus’ lips to my heart – I am blessed by Him even when I’m poor in spirit, broken, persecuted, mourning…and then I am blessed even more as He turns all of these situations around to His glory!
    It never ceases to leave me baffled as to why He loves us this much but, regardless, every fibre of my being screams THANK YOU!!!! What a God…what a saviour!!!

    • tina

      If, i I love those words…..'a beautiful love letter from God's lips to my heart'

    • Kaitlin

      Amen, amen, amen! So excited for the way God is speaking into your life through these words. Thankful to share this study with you!

      XO-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

    • AnnaLee

      Ifi, this is so beautiful. When I read this passage, I quickly found myself seeing it as things that I should be more, things I should aspire to be– which we should be, but I missed the point, and got caught up in my lack instead. Reading it once more as a "beautiful love letter directly from Jesus' lips to my heart," hearing Him say that not only are being these things valuable in His eyes, but that when I am these things– states where I usually feel like a failure, like He MUST be angry with me or like I'm not sufficient– He looks on me with Love and says, "Bless you.": Much encouragement and admonishment, here. Thank you, Lord, for Ifi's insight! Be blessed– praying that you'd see just how abundantly He's blessing you as you go throughout life, hard and wonderful seasons alike! Have a good evening. :)

    • Eva

      Thank you Ifi for posting, after reading your lovely post it opened my eyes to my need to go back and reread this passage. To see over again that god is always and forever on our side loving and welcoming us to be with him even after seeing our faults. We are truly blessed to have a god that loves and cares so much for us.

  • CarrieLynne31

    We are so quick to want a cure-all remedy for happiness. If I only do this or have that, I'll be happy. Just like Phil Roberson says, I want to be "Happy, happy, happy."

    I love that reading this we see how replacing blessed with happy can give it a whole new way of thinking. When in reality things like, "happy are those who mourn" or " happy are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me," at first glance doesn't seem like something one would be happy about. Even "happy are the peacemakers" is a tough one. We all love to be peacemakers but only after proving this point of opinion to someone or not letting go of this grudge against someone else.

    Reading it with the word happy gives new meaning to each one of the beatitudes today. Just like Amanda wrote, "It is in Christ that we are blessed" or happy when we live with Him as number one.

    • Kaitlin

      I love this, Carrie Lynne! Being blessed changes everything, doesn't it? Thanks for stopping by today, we are so glad you are here!

      XO-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • LOVE the incorporation of another, outside text and theologian. I am not familiar with Dallas Willard, will have to look into him as I love that passage from "Diving Conspiracy."

    Today's scripture is so humbling and encouraging. "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied" – Hey, I thirst for righteousness! "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted." – I DEFINITELY mourn! In a world where I struggle to find meaning in the tragedy and terrible things that are happening in each of our lives and the greater world around us, Jesus is ever present and comforting us.

    • tina

      Holly, blessed am I to be here with you…if only in cyber world….We have Jesus…..Amen…have a good and God blessed day….x

    • Patricia

      Dallas Willard's Spirit of the Disciplines is a good read. Very insightful and thought-provoking :)

    • Patricia

      P.S. This post makes me want to read Divine Conspiracy too!

    • Nikki

      Dallas Willard was an amazing man of God!!! I was blessed to hear him speak in person. The Divine Conspiracy is a VERY blessed read!! Enjoy, my sister!

  • Thank you for sharing KaraJade. Praying for you and your husband. Will this season in your life be one of seeing Jesus only as he runs after you.

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