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Ben is an author, speaker, teacher, blogger, storyteller, IT geek, and student of the Bible. His heart is to see men and women reconciled to the Father and walking in all He has created for them.

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.”
(John
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
likeness.


Thanks for reading!

Ben
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