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God’s Upside-down Kingdom - Step 3 

“…for they shall inherit the earth.Matt 5:5
Some Christians are of the opinion that the earth really does not matter. That God is going to destroy it and start over somewhere down the line, and so who wants to inherit something that is going to be “rolled up as a scroll,” and tossed away? What kind of promise is this?
Bad Form! That whole attitude is bad from start to finish. As if somehow God gave us a disposable earth that we should just use up? Not a great attitude. Lets consider a couple things from the word.
“The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof.” Psalm 24:1, 1 Cor 10:26 & 28)
“…the whole earth is full of His glory.” Isaiah 6:3
It would appear that the Father places a priority on the earth, and if our Father thinks it is valuable, that needs to factor into our thinking. In fact, we should let God’s values inform all our values, don’t you think?
So what does it mean to inherit the earth? If we think back to our two meek men, Moses and Jesus, there are we see men with a special relationship to creation. Moses (in response to instructions from God) holds out a rod and splits the Red Sea in two and the entire nation of Israel walks through on dry ground! Interesting. In fact each of the ten plagues that torment Egypt come from the throne of God, but through the hands of this meek man.
Jesus, our other example of a man submitted to the will of the Father also lives without the normal earthly limitations. He walks on water, calms raging storms, and feeds multitudes with a boy’s lunch! Again, I understand that these things were done by our Father, and according to Jesus, He did not do these things of His own power or authority, but by the “finger of God.”
I am wondering about my life now. If I submit to the will and voice of our Father in my life, what can I expect? I’ll tell you one thing; it should not be church as usual! I am thinking that as I bow my knee to the Lordship of Jesus in my life, and listen intently for His voice for my direction, I will begin to see the works that He (Jesus) did (see John 14:12) in my life, and even greater works. That may explain what Paul was talking about when he said; “The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed.” Romans 8:19
I implore you to seek the face of the Lord and listen for His voice in your life. Begin to meditate on His Word day and night, and align your life to His word. This is what it means to be meek, and the promise is off the charts!
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God’s Upside-down Kingdom - Step 3 
Blessed are the meekMatt 5:5
By now, you see a pattern emerging – Jesus is totally confused about what makes people happy. If we are going to believe Him the worse off we are, the happier we should be. If I realize that I am worthless, and that I have offended God at every turn in my miserable life – this is a sure source of happiness for me! God’s kingdom is truly upside-down, and we need to get this if we are ever going to be right side up.
“Meek” will need some explanation. Who are the meek? When (or should I say IF) you hear the word “meek” today it is most likely either an insult, or a low estimation. When I think of a winner, a go-getter, a “get ‘er done” kind of person, I do not think meek. Meek is more likely to conjure up the doormat. You want to come in here – sure thing – just wipe your feet on me, and in you go. Not exactly the stuff legends are made of.
Most of the more recent translations use words like humble or gentle here, and that is not a bad thing, but I think there is a little more to it than might be conveyed with any of these terms. So rather than living with terms that either confuse us, or point us in the wrong direction, I thought I would point us to a couple of guys the Bible describes as meek (or gentle or humble.)
There are 2 men in the scriptures who are specifically described using this word, one in the Old Testament (actually using the Hebrew from which Jesus is quoting) and one in the New.
Meek Man #1 – Moses
I love this because off all the guys you could pick as a meek man, Moses? This is the guy who goes before Pharaoh and demands freedom for hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of slaves. This is the man who killed an Egyptian for abusing one of his countrymen. This is the man who somehow convinced the same hundreds of thousands of men to commit to circumcision as adults. This is the man who led those multitudes right up to the shores of the Jordan River. In Numbers 12:2 we read that Moses was the meekest man that ever lived! I need a new definition for meek.
Meek Man #2 - Jesus
Jesus tells us of himself in Matthew 11:29, “I am meek and lowly in heart.” So here is another man among men. Jesus wrecked the status quo at every turn. The religious men hated Him and He would go head to head with them at every turn. He protected the broken and lifted those who were crushed. When I look at the man Jesus, I do not think meek - definitely no doormat here. I really need a new definition for meek.
I believe the key to this character trait is directional. Both Moses and Jesus clearly live with a humility toward the Father. They may stand in fear of no man, but they walk in submission to the voice of God. Moses leaves the known universe of his life on the back of the desert and to take on a roll that would seem crazy to anyone else.
Jesus said of Himself over and over. “My meat is to do the will of Him that sent me.” (John 4:34) “For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.” (John 6:38) “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.” (John 5:19)  “For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.” (John 12:49) Jesus only did the will of the Father, and taught us to pray this same thing. “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10)
There it is. This meekness we are called to is not doormat status, but rather radical complete submission to the will and voice of our Father. [Tweet This] This is the way to a truly blessed life, a life filled with satisfaction in God’s favor regardless of the outward situation.
Let me know what you think. Come back tomorrow to get a look at promise that comes with this one. It will blow your mind.
Ben Nelson
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Blessed are those who mournMatt 5:4

Mourn about what? Is this talking about people who have lost love ones? Are we talking about sad people here? No. We are talking about people who having realized their need for God and now see the sin in their life and repent. But what does it mean to repent – is it just saying I’m sorry? Does is simply mean to change your mind, as it is commonly taught today. No repentance is one of the most basic and most important parts of the Christian life. Without repentance you can never achieve true freedom from sin.
Repentance – a biblical definition from II Corinthians 7:10-11
Sorrow of the world produces death: There are a couple types of sorrow that will kill you. One is self-pity. Feeling sorry for yourself will put you into a downward spiral from which there is no return. Another deadly type of sorrow is that which is born of condemnation. Condemnation comes from the enemy, and it shows up as a general feeling of unworthiness. Condemnation is vague, and depressing.
Godly sorrow which works repentance: In contrast, the Holy Spirit convicts. Conviction is specific and actionable. Conviction always comes with the gift of repentance.
what carefulness it wrought in you: You are careful not to get yourself into situations when you can even be tempted by this sin. Job said he made a covenant with his eyes. Solomon says “Do not enter the path of the wicked, And do not proceed in the way of evil men. Avoid it, do not pass by it; Turn away from it and pass on.” (Proverbs 4:14-15) In regard to that which you are giving up, this is the way to go – find a way to get around it. Remember also that in 1 Corinthians 10:13 Paul tells us, “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, that you may be able to endure it.
what clearing of yourselves: You get rid of everything that pertains to it – You don’t keep a stash of porn – or a bottle of booze around for when you loose your resolve. You clear the decks.
what indignation: You take offence at anything or anyone that would draw you, or others, into this temptation.
what fear: You have a healthy realization that sin ends in death. Understand, there is a fear that is right – not a terror, but a respect and understanding. The fear of the Lord is probably best defined as an unwillingness to offend God. Not a fear of punishment, but a fear of separation. Remember when Jesus was in the garden, and prayed for deliverance from the cup He was facing. The thing He wanted to avoid was not the physical pain, but the separation He knew He had to suffer.
what vehement desire: Vehement would be a good adjective for a raging forest fire, like those that hit the West Coast in the fall some years. This repentance should bring you to a place of a ferocious desire for purity in this area of conviction.
what zeal: Zealots usually look crazy. We all know someone who is zealous about something. Some people are zealous with their exercise routines, and some with their finances. The ones that make the news are those who are zealous for their religion and blow something up. I met a man who would chain himself to abortion tables, or clinic doors, because he was zealous for the unborn. In the case of repentance – you are ready to be outspoken about the evil of this thing, and you will do what ever you can to dissuade other from taking up this sin.
what revenge! Finally revenge. Your passion leads others from going this way, and so you break the power of sin for you and those around you.
All that being said, true repentance is actually a gift of God according to God’s Word in Acts 5:31 and 2 Timothy 2:25. God only gives gifts He intends for you to use, and they are powerful. When you repent in this way, God's intention, and promise is that you can be free from the sin He has brought to your attention.
So, how do I know if I have been given repentance? You will know if you sense conviction. Conviction is a specific realization that something you have done has offended God. Not some vague condemnation that you are not good enough, but you know that you know that what you did is wrong. If you have been given repentance, that means God will also give you the freedom from that sin in the future. True repentance can set you free from sin, as God leads you through the process listed above.
for they shall be comforted.– Comfort is a misunderstood commodity.
Often when we think of comfort we think of someone patting us on the knee and saying, “there, there, it will all work out alright.” So when we think of the Holy Spirit, our “comforter” that is what we are thinking. That the job of the Spirit of the living God is to whisper platitudes to us when we are feeling sorry for ourselves. That could not be further from the truth.
The word comfort is the same word used to describe the Holy Spirit, Comforter. It means one who comes beside to give strength and help in time of need. It looks nothing like that “poor baby” picture we can easily conjure up. I heard a preacher say once that the idea was that of a tug boat coming along side a huge ship to guide it through tricky waters. The Tug though small is very powerful, and has complete expertise in navigating the tricky waters ahead.

So then, those who mourn over their sins will find that the Holy Spirit comes along side, and gives them the strength and direction they need to walk out true repentance. There is a comfort and confidence that comes from victory over sin.
Are you feeling blessed yet? Come back tomorrow for step 3!

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Why Blog? I love to see people walking in their gifts, and looking like Jesus. It is the kind of thing that comes little by little as we are transformed into the image of Christ. Each new step I see folks take is so exciting.
Last summer I was mulling. Some of my friends will think this is impossible. I am a high “I” (based on DISC personality profile) so people who know me know I am more of a blurt now and think later kind of guy. The fact is – I do mull! I digress – in any case, I was mulling last summer on what Paul wrote to the church in Rome. In Rom 12:2 he says, “be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” It occurred to me that everyone I know who loves God, would love to be closer to Him. They want to be transformed! I have asked hundreds of Christians this question or one like it: Is there any area of your life where you want to be more Christ like? Believe it or not, no one has yet told me that they are exactly where they want to be. We all know there is more for us.
I began to realize that I hold to many of my beliefs with a dogmatic clutch, so much so that if you challenge any of my opinions, I would just tune you out. I noticed this was true with many others of my friends and acquaintances. Now I see a problem. I want to change and be more like Christ, but I will not let you talk to me if you do not agree with me. How can I expect transformation if I will not allow my mind to be renewed? It is impossible.
You see, I was of the opinion that my knowledge base was fine. There was nothing wrong with my information; it was just that I was not walking it out. The TRUTH is that there were lies hidden in my truth like tares growing up with the wheat, and they needed to be exposed in order for change to occur. Understand me, these were not huge lies, just subtle little dark spots on otherwise good fruit.
Back to the blog – Jesus says He is the TRUTH! So, I would love to mull over some of His Words with you, and let’s see if we can’t find something that will expose any lies hidden in our truth so that YOU and I can be transformed!
PLEASE interact with me. If what I say makes you mad – let me know. If something herein exposes a lie you held, or even leads you to truth I missed entirely – and it changes you – share it – maybe it will change me!

Let’s see if we can’t be better expressions of Christ in this world.

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Blessedare the poor in spirit”   Matt 5:3

Whoare these poor in spirit? They are the ones who realize that before God, theyhave nothing to offer. Without God they bring nothing to the table. They have no hope for any future if God does not take their part.
InPs 51 David, (God’s favorite) in his prayer of repentance for his failing with Bathsheba, states, “A broken and a contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise.” (Ps 51:17 NASB)
InJames 4:6 the, James says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
Thepoor in spirit are those who see their need for redemption. Without this sense you will never get right with God. It is a wonderful thing to grow up in a Christian family. You have a chance to live a good life and never make thosehuge mistakes that hurt so badly, and cost so dearly. However, there is adanger of becoming familiar with the Holy, and missing the fact that you need asavior. This was my testimony. I was born and raised in a church setting forall my growing up years, but never got serious about God until at age 25 whenthe Holy Spirit opened my eyes to my own sin and my need for a savior. Itchanged my life. I was no longer a good enough to get by church kid. I was onset on fire for God.
fortheirs is the kingdom of heaven.”  
Thereis no other way into the kingdom of heaven save a broken and contrite heart.You cannot be born in, you cannot be raised in, and you cannot memorize enough scripture, or pray enough prayers. It is not even about believing the rightfacts about Jesus. You can believe that Jesus is the Son of God and still diein your sin. You can believe that He died on the cross for your sin and neverknow the life He offers. You can believe that He rose from the dead and stilldie and go to an eternal hell.
Untilyou see your own spiritual deadness, and take hold of Jesus as your Lord, Master, King and Boss you cannot enter into His kingdom. He is the only way. It is not about believing the right facts, or praying the magic words. It is about exchanging your life for His.
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Matthew 5:3
Blessed... Before we dig into what are commonly called the Beatitudes, I want to share with you something off the charts about the word “Blessed.” We toss this word around pretty carelessly. If someone sneezes we say “Bless you!” or if we are real spiritual we might say “Ga bless you!” But this Greek word “Blessed” is pregnant with meaning. If you read the beatitudes in the Amplified Bible you will see the word “Blessed” rendered 14 different ways in these 8 statements.

  • Happy
  • Blessed
  • To be envied
  • Spiritually prosperous
  • With life-joy and satisfaction in God's favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions
  • Enviably happy
  • With a happiness produced by the experience of God's favor and especially conditioned by the revelation of His matchless grace
  • Blithesome (who knows what that means in this day and age – but you get the idea.)
  • Joyous 
  • Fortunate
  • In that state in which the born-again child of God enjoys His favor and salvation   
  • Enviably fortunate
  • Possessing the happiness produced by the experience of God's favor and especially conditioned by the revelation of His grace, regardless of their outward conditions.  
  • Enjoying enviable happiness.
  • In the state in which the born-again child of God enjoys and finds satisfaction in God's favor and salvation, regardless of his outward conditions.
 Blessing holds Assignment, Ability, and Authority [Tweet ThisFar from being a wish for good luck, a blessing has in it vision, authority and power. We treat our words very lightly these days, and can blow off the power of our words. God spoke the worlds into being and we make off handed comments that hurt others, or destroy our own confidence. Consider the power of blessing:
Creation: Gen 1:28-31 And God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you; and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to every thing that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food”; and it was so. And God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. (NASB)
Notice that after He created, He blessed man. This blessing holds in it His expectation for man. “Be fruitfuland multiply and fill the earth, and subdue it.” It is both blessing and commission or command! But God never expects from us that which is too much for us. He never puts on us burdens we cannot bear.
God’s blessing acts as an
assignment or commission
. When God gives an assignment is it much more than an errand to run. Think about Nehemiah. When the king sent him to rebuild the walls of the city, the king gave him his blessing and assigned to him the resources, and authority to complete the mission.
God’s blessings grant authority. When God told Adam to subdue the earth, God was telling Adam that he had the authority to rule the earth, all creations was in subjection to Adam at that point. God had given him the authority to rule.
God’s blessing reveals ability. It would be unreasonable for God to expect us to subdue the earth if we did not have the capacity. This blessing not only tells us we are called to do this thing, but that He stands behind us and will back us up with power. Adam could fulfill all that God blessed him to do.
As we read the Beatitudes, we will see God’s plan for us – we will receive assignment, authority and ability to be what He calls us to be. What follows is a path leading from man on the street to son or daughter of the King, exercising authority and ability carrying out His assignment.
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Why do some Bibles highlight the words of Jesus in red? Isn’t it all the Word of God? Absolutely! Every Word of God – the entire Bible as we have it today is the inspired and
inerrant Word of God, written by inspiration of the Holy Spirit. So why make
some of it red and the rest in black.
Jesus says: “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits
nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.”
6:63 NASB) Jesus says of His own words – they are Spirit and they are Life. Jesus
is the “Word made flesh” (John 1:14) God spoke the Word (Jesus) and created all
things. There is no more powerful force in the universe that the Word of Jesus.
“If anyone advocates a different doctrine, and does not agree with sound words, those of
our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine conforming to godliness, he is
conceited and understands nothing…” (I Timothy 6:3,4a NASB) Paul tells us that
all doctrine must line up with the teachings of Jesus. Jesus is the ultimate
plumb line. We must judge all doctrine and all our theology against the life
and words of Jesus. It is a big mistake to take the words of Paul and allow
your interpretation of them to “trump” the words of Jesus. This goes for the
Old Testament as well. For instance, if you take the example of the life of Job
and superimpose it over the life of Jesus, and explain away the words of Jesus
based on the life of Job, you are misunderstanding.
Paul also tells us: “…attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of
understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ
Himself, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Colossians
2:2b,3 NASB) Here we see that true wealth and treasure is all hidden in Christ.
Hebrews 1:1-4 tells us that Jesus is the express image of God, so if we want to
see what God is really like, we should not dig around in the Old Testament, but
rather look at the clear image of God – Jesus.
This blog will ponder some of the red letters – Jesus’ own words - and hopefully encourage
and challenge the reader to get closer to Him, and conform more fully to His

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