Today we are beginning a new series titled Mountaintop Motivations. This series comes from Jesus’ classic discourse from Matthew chapters five through seven.
Before we begin with todays teaching I want to make some clarifying statements on some things we will see throughout Jesus’ teaching. We need to remember that Jesus ministered under the Old Covenant, He ministered under the law, yet He had grace in mind.
When we read particular points in His teaching let us not fall into law but into grace. Grace is not freedom for our nature, its freedom from our nature. Jesus is not talking about rules, He’s talking relationship. When you are in relationship with someone you want to make them happy, not because you want to but because you get to.
As we read let’s keep in mind we are sons of God and joint heirs with Jesus and co-laborers with the Holy Spirit. The parts of the Scripture that deal with what flesh sees as “rules” our spirit sees as the BLESSING of relationship.
Today we are going to focus on THE BLESSING of the Lord in our life that is found in the first twelve verses.
We will read the verses then discuss each BLESSING individually.
Matthew 5:1-12 NKJV “And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. (2) Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying: (3) “Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (4) Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted. (5) Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth. (6) Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled. (7) Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy. (8) Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God. (9) Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God. (10) Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (11) “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. (12) Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
The word BLESSED in this portion means supremely happy, specially fortunate, and well off.
BLESSED are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
What is the Kingdom of heaven? It is not dying and going to heaven. Later in this teaching Jesus says “Your Kingdom COME, Your will BE DONE on earth AS IT IS in heaven.”
We need to look at these BLESSINGS from the place of victory. Jesus is not saying he wants us to be poor or be in lack when it concerns money, health, relationships, or anything pertaining to life. He is talking about being humble in spirit.
James 4:10 says if we humble ourself God will lift us up, thats how we receive the Kingdom.
James 4:7-10 in the Message reads, “So let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet.”
We see the need for sanctification all throughout this teaching. I’m going to get a little ahead of the teaching here but in Matthew 5:20 it says unless our righteousness exceeds the religious leaders we will not see the Kingdom. Hebrews 12:14 says without holiness no man shall see the Lord. Jesus goes on and explains the difference between rule holiness and heart holiness. Sanctification gives us heart holiness, which is true New Covenant holiness, this is what we are to be.
The Pharisees got mad when Jesus healed on the Sabbath because they were more concerned about a day, then what God wants to do on that day, that is rule, not relationship.
We will get more into this as we go through these three chapters but it is imperative to establish that the entire ministry of Jesus is based on a holiness that flows from the heart and not a holiness that flows from rules. Holiness is to be a freeing lifestyle. We are not to exchange the bondage of sin for the bondage of legalism.
being poor in spirit means recognizing our need for God.
BLESSED are those who mourn for they shall be comforted.
We should experience the joy of our salvation, we may see sadness but joy always comes in the morning.
BLESSED are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Meek means patient and long suffering. 1 Corinthians 13:4 says love endures long and is patient and kind.
The love filled person will inherit the earth. The love filled person is a candidate for THE BLESSING of God to overtake them.
Proverbs 10:22 AMP “THE BLESSING of the Lord – it makes [truly] rich, and He adds no sorrow with it [neither does toiling increase it].
As Brother Copleand has said, “I’m not BLESSED because I’m rich, I’m rich because I’m BLESSED”.
Matthew 11:30 NKJV “My yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
When we live in THE BLESSING we remain at rest, it doesn’t mean things aren’t happening. Jesus was able to sleep through a storm that had the disciples fearing for their very lives, that is easy and that is light, and that should be are realm of living, Amen!?
BLESSED are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be filled.
As believers we should be constantly hungry for the things of God. In the natural, being hungry leaves you empty but in the Kingdom being hungry is what satisfies you, it is what makes you full. Hunger is the key to being satisfied yet still seeking.
BLESSED are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy. It is those who forgive who receive forgiveness from Father, when we are merciful, we too will receive mercy in our time of need.
BLESSED are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Here again we see sanctification and also what sanctification is and what it receives. Sanctification is purity of heart, holiness, and holiness is what enables us to see God, Hebrews 12:14.
BLESSED are the peacemakers for they shall be called sons of God.
Later read Romans 12:9-21 it explains what it means to be a peacemaker, for right now I will simply say that to be a peacemaker means to walk in love.
the last three verses go hand in hand.
BLESSED are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
BLESSED are you when people revile and persecute you…
Rejoice for your reward is great.
Persecution is not just being tortured or dying for your faith, I am not minimizing that, and that truly is the greatest sacrifices one can make for the Lord Jesus. I do believe however, in focusing on that one type of persecution we forget that many believers don’t walk in faith because they don’t want to be ridiculed by those inside the Church, being called radical, name it claim it, or anything else.
Many in the world sought Jesus, it was the Church that persecuted Him. Again while I’m not minimizing those who suffer physically, I believe we have forgotten and dismissed this kin of persecution.
In closing this first portion of the message, say out loud, I am THE BLESSED of the Lord, I am THE BLESSED of the Lord. I have THE BLESSING of Abraham though Christ Jesus and I live on the victory side! Amen Church. We nee to get this down on the inside of us, we are THE BLESSED of the Lord.
Father we love you, Holy Spirit I ask that we realize and walk in THE BLESSING that has been declared to us through the Word in Jesus name, amen.