Boastful or Blessed?

When God shows me multiple things on the same topic, I know two things. First, He is trying to teach me something. And second, I need to write about what I have learned. Such was the case this morning.

The lesson started with…

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The Doorway to the Kingdom

By Oswald Chambers

Blessed are the poor in spirit… —Matthew 5:3

Beware of thinking of our Lord as only a teacher. If Jesus Christ is only a teacher, then all He can do is frustrate me by setting a standard before me I cannot attain. What is the point of presenting me with such a lofty ideal if I cannot possibly come close to reaching it? I would be happier if I never knew it. What good is there in telling me to be what I can never be— to be “pure in heart” (Matthew 5:8), to do more than my duty, or to be completely devoted to God? I must know Jesus Christ as my Savior before His teaching has any meaning for me other than that of a lofty ideal which only leads to despair. But when I am born again by the Spirit of God, I know that Jesus Christ did not come only to teach— He came to make me what He teaches I should be. The redemption means that Jesus Christ can place within anyone the same nature that ruled His own life, and all the standards God gives us are based on that nature.

The teaching of the Sermon on the Mount produces a sense of despair in the natural man— exactly what Jesus means for it to do. As long as we have some self-righteous idea that we can carry out our Lord’s teaching, God will allow us to continue until we expose our own ignorance by stumbling over some obstacle in our way. Only then are we willing to come to Him as paupers and receive from Him. “Blessed are the poor in spirit….” This is the first principle in the kingdom of God. The underlying foundation of Jesus Christ’s kingdom is poverty, not possessions; not making decisions for Jesus, but having such a sense of absolute futility that we finally admit, “Lord, I cannot even begin to do it.” Then Jesus says, “Blessed are you…” (Matthew 5:11). This is the doorway to the kingdom, and yet it takes us so long to believe that we are actually poor! The knowledge of our own poverty is what brings us to the proper place where Jesus Christ accomplishes His work.

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The Beatitudes

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. “Blessed are the gentle, for they will inherit the earth. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied. “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. “Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.  Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in this same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. – Matthew 5:3-12 NASB

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YouVersion

In the Popular in Heaven, Famous in Hell Reading Plan by R. T. Kendall*, along with Matthew 5:10-12 the following scriptures were highlighted.

And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for the one who comes to God must believe that He exists, and that He proves to be One who rewards those who seek Him. – Hebrews 11:6 NASB

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and pleading with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, think about these things. – Philippians 4:6-8 NASB

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So what is the lesson?

What Stuck out the most to me was my ever present need to ABIDE in Christ & live my life according to the example He set. I need to love God & love others more than I love myself. This means that my every thought, word & deed should point others back to Jesus.

I get it wrong more often than I care to admit. May I never boast of my own accomplishments but instead proclaim how blessed I am to be the treasured daughter of the Most High God.

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*Based on the book by the same name

8 comments

  1. Amen Barbara. Chambers rarely misses the opportunity to challenge us to grow in both faith and understanding. I love how these blessings are both a pathway to the kingdom as well as a daily opportunity to live them as you say – when we are abiding in Jesus Christ. Have a blessed day.

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  2. “He came to make me what He teaches I should be” – that is so encouraging! I think that understanding getting to where Jesus is taking me is a lifetime journey – beyond life here on earth – helps me understand grace in the growing. What a loving Father, Teacher, Shepherd our God is!

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  3. I’ve been pondering on the beatitudes myself the past several weeks as I listen to a sermon series about them. I love Chambers’ point that knowing Jesus as Savior will enhance his teachings as well.

    And I love how it all comes back to abiding. You’ve done such a marvelous job of finding ABIDE in so many places this year, Barb. It’s been encouraging to me to abide more too.

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