Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 1, 2018

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ”

Today’s devotion comes from Matthew 5:1-12.

“When Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain;  and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him.  2 He opened His mouth and began to teach them, saying,

3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

5 “Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.

6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

10 “Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.  12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great;  for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”  Matthew 5:1-12.

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The wicked simply do not believe that these are blessed.

The righteous believe that these are indeed blessed, but ironically, in one temporary sense, the righteous are too humble to believe that they themselves are included among these blessed.

But, there is good news!

The righteous, although tempted to withdraw and focus on themselves;  through God’s grace, the righteous do look to God and His works.

The righteous know Scripture.  The righteous do not trust in themselves nor in their own works.  The righteous seek God and His works and remember what God has done for them.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him.  In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.”  Ephesians 1:3-6.

The righteous are thrilled to be reminded that God has blessed them with every spiritual blessing in Christ.

And, although the righteous are not eager to be persecuted, they know God loves them and they trust God to give them sufficient and surrounding grace to not only cause them to be whom they should be, but also they trust God to give them sufficient and surrounding grace to be well content with everything that God provides for them, even persecution.

“And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.”  Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.  Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake;  for when I am weak, then I am strong.”  2 Corinthians 12:9-10.


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