In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus lists the eight principles of “biblical happiness”— The Beatitudes.
- Blessed are the spiritually poor. The Kingdom of heaven is theirs. (Daddy’s Favorite)
- Blessed are those who mourn. They will be comforted. (It’s On!)
- Blessed are the meek and gentle. They will inherit the earth. (No Sand in These Eyes)
- Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness. They will be filled.
- Blessed are the merciful. They will be shown mercy.
- Blessed are those who are pure in heart. They will see God.
- Blessed are the peacemakers. They will be called children of God.
- Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness. The kingdom of heaven is theirs.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness. They will be filled.
Jesus interacted with sinners and battled the forces of evil on a daily basis but was never corrupted, defiled. Why? His life was totally surrendered to the Father. Jesus defeated evil because He was obedient… a lover of God’s Truth… and holy.
By making God’s Truth— His righteousness more palatable—seeker friendly, both Christian leaders and followers have stripped the Lord’s Truth of its supernatural power. This absence has created a community of Christians for whom the acquisition of knowledge and adherence to rules and rituals are more desirous than revelation from the throne room of God. Failing to grasp the importance of revelation in the transformational process. They reek of spiritual ignorance and mediocrity.
Revelation tears down the walls between you and the Lord. It both woos and compels you to seek the Lord today, not tomorrow. Convinces you that God’s wisdom always trumps man’s knowledge.
“Your ways are not My ways. For as heaven is higher than earth, so My ways are higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts. For just as rain and snow fall from heaven and do not return there without saturating the earth, and making it germinate and sprout, and providing seed to sow and food to eat. So My word that comes from My mouth will not return to Me empty, but it will accomplish what I please, and will prosper in what I send it to do.”
That’s right. No matter how hard satan tries to corrupt the Truth, or man ignores it. The Truth can’t and won’t be silenced!
As a believer— a disciple of Jesus, you have been commanded by Jesus to remain in a continual state “of urgency. Stand by. Be at hand and ready whether the opportunity seems to be favorable or unfavorable. Whether it is convenient or inconvenient. Whether it is welcome or unwelcome.”
Yes, all believers are ministers of the Gospel. Does this mean that you should buy a portable pulpit as soon as possible so that when the time arises you can preach? Save your money! You already carry a pulpit with you 24-7— you!
Each day you have an opportunity to preach a sermon to a world that is hungry for everlasting truth and love. And nothing preaches louder than a believer who boldly lives a life dedicated to glorifying the Lord.
Be the VOICE heard amidst the deafening sound of sameness!