on the "SERMON ON THE MOUNT"!
And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying...
The "meek" are those who are humble and submissive before God. They find their refuge in Him and commit their way entirely to Him. They are more concerned about God's work and God's People than about what might happen to them personally. (Psalms 37:11) The meek, rather the aggressors ultimately inherit the earth.
- Matthew 5:6
BLESSED ARE THEY WHICH DO HUNGER AND THIRST AFTER RIGHTEOUSNESS: for they shall be filled.
This is one of the most important verses, (in my humble opinion) in the Sermon on the Mount. (1) The foundational requirement for all Godly living is to "Hunger and Thirst," after righteousness. Such hunger is seen Moses, (EXODUS 33:13,18), the Psalmist (PSALM 42:1-2; 63:1-2) and the apostle Paul, (PHILIPPIANS 3:10).
The spiritual condition of Christians all throughout their lives will depend upon their hunger and thirst for; (a) the presence of God (DEUTERONOMY 4:29), (b) the Word of God (PSALM 119), (c) the communion of Christ Jesus (PHILIPPIANS 3:8-10), (d) the fellowship of the Spirit
(JOHN 7:37-39), (e) righteousness (2 CORINTHIANS 5:21),
(f) kingdom power (1 CORINTHIANS 4:20), and (g) the return of the Lord (2 TIMOTHY 4:8).
The Believer's hunger for the things of God is destroyed by worldly anxiety, deceitfulness of riches, desire for things (MARK 4:19), and worldly pleasures (LUKE 8:14), and failure to abidein Christ . When the hunger of believers for God and His righteousness is destroyed, we will die spiritually. For this reason it is absolutely essential that we be sensitive to the Holy Spirit's convicting work in our lives. (JOHN 15:8-13) & (ROMANS 8:5-16).
Those who consistently hunger and thirst after righteousness "shall be filled!"
- Matthew 5:7
BLESSED ARE THE MERCIFUL: for they shall obtain mercy.
The "merciful" are full of compassion and pity toward those who are suffering either from sin or sorrow. The merciful sincerely desire to make such suffering less by bringing those people to the grace and help of God through Jesus Christ. (LUKE 10:30-37). In showing mercy to others we,
"shall obtain mercy.
Are We Truly Hungry & Thirsty for Righteous Living??
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