The Christian life is different from worldly living or it is suppose to be. Sometimes its hard to tell. It appears as though the church is pursuing the same things the world is pursuing. People want things that GOD didn’t give them. Let me tell you right now; if GOD didn’t give it to you, whatever it is, it want last. It want bring you joy or fulfillment, it will only bring you heartache and pain. We are always coveting what someone else has. Quit wanting what someone else has and ask GOD what does he want you to have. Everyone has different assignments in the church. GOD gives us what we need to complete our assignment. We live for GOD not for ourselves. Life and breath in our body comes from HIM today. You might not acknowledge it but it is the truth. GOD holds our life in HIS hands. HE and only HE is LORD. Can’t no one take HIS place. No other God can do what HE can do. There is no other GOD. GOD is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Quit worshiping these things that do not have life; inanimate objects. Jesus was crucified, dead, and buried. He was dead for three days. Father God (Yahweh) raised Jesus from the dead just like HE said HE would. JESUS now sits on the right hand of GOD the Father Almighty. He will come back to the earth to judge the quick and the dead. There is life in Jesus today, in this world and in the world to come. Be ready when Jesus comes back. Pursue those things that are important to GOD today.
Matthew 5:3-12 New International Version (NIV)
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Poor maybe in those things that the world has but rich in the things of God. No fame or great wealth but may have a loving faithful spouse, food to eat, a nice vehicle; not a mercedes benz, rolls royce, or porsche; a nice home, not a mansion; nice clothes, not name brand fashionable clothes, and money to pay bills and have money left over. This is rich people in GOD. Receive and accept this. This is real living.
People who mourn over wrong they have done and truly seek repentance from GOD. They turn from the wickedness they have committed and give their life over to GOD. This is what GOD wants. This is what GOD desires true repentance.
The meek are gentle and easy to forgive those who have done them wrong. They let GOD deal with their enemies and continue to be Christians. God does deal with enemies. It may appear HE does not but HE does. He gives the enemy a chance to repent. GOD is a just GOD. GOD is merciful. HE does not give us what we deserve but HE gives us a chance to make it right with HIM. If we do not repent after a time of grace then punishment comes from HIM. GOD is just like a Father punishing disobedient children who can’t do what they are told.
The pure in heart are upstanding, decent, good, right minded. Their motives and intents are free from manipulations and wickedness. They stay in line with what GOD says. It is revealed in the their outward actions toward other people. This is plainly seen. This is what GOD wants from HIS people.
GOD wants his people to be peacemakers. He wants us to get along with other people. Peacemakers actions prevent hostility, friction, and hatred. Peacemakers desire people who have broken apart because of misunderstanding, wrong words and actions, to come together again. Peacemakers do not like schisms in the church, the work place, or any place for that matter.
Nobody likes to be teased, poked fun at, or laughed at because of their faith in Christ but because this world is not our home we will have to endure some things that are uncomfortable at times. Do not focus on them but always keep your mind fixed on Christ.
2 Timothy 4:18 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)
18 And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work and will preserve me unto His heavenly Kingdom, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.