- Week one
- Day two
- Please don’t forget to pray for guidance and a heart to love Him more.
- Read Matthew 5:1-16
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, 1:Blessed are the poor in spirit: for their’s is the kingdom of heaven.
2:Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
3:Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
4:Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
5:Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
6:Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
7:Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
8:Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
9:Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:1-16 KJV.
Know His call for righteousness
Please Pray before you begin and ask the Lord to shed His light on these verses and to speak to your heart personally today. Ask Him how these verses specifically apply to you. How wonderful and special it is that God’s Word, all of it, is meant for each of us, each day, wherever we are. He has a special and very specific calling on you. Be encouraged to know that He sees all of your circumstances, all of your strengths, and all of your weaknesses. He is working even now to bless you and to bring about His glory in you to exalt His name. As you follow His path of righteousness, excellent and praiseworthy things will unfold. You are doing a great work! (I have to disagree with this part. It is not us that is doing the great work but the Lord who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, 2 Timothy 1:9 KJV)
What does the Lord say you are in Matthew 5:13 – 16? What phrases does He use to describe you? Now, boldly and bravely ask Him to accomplish these in your life, trusting in His loving ways. Now note the statements of warning or caution He expresses. What do these warnings mean, in your own words? He ends this passage with a command. What is it? Personalize this statement in a prayer. Be alert today (or tomorrow if you’re doing this before bed as I am) to think of at least one way you can set your light on the lamp stand.
Think about the nine beatitudes. What do you understand each one to mean? It will be very helpful in your spiritual growth and understanding to give it a try. Don’t be concerned if you are unsure or don’t think you understand.
Until tomorrow brothers and sisters! May the Lord open your eyes and ears as we seek Him and love Him more. As always, stay peculiar!