Hey guys I’ve been gone for awhile, but here I am again. Hopefully to stay this time. Sorry about the leave of absence. Let’s get this party started.
Hey guys I know I was doing a series on the “B” Attitudes but I’ve decided to take a break from that in order to study some other things. Today I want to bring to you a lesson on fearing God. And not an obligatory fear but a holy and righteous fear; a fear you choose. It’s been asked many times what it means to fear God and what are our “motives” of fearing God. In this I hope to explain what it means exactly to fear God and what it can do for you. All from a biblical stand point. You’d be amazed what God has written in His word for you if you would just give some time and dig. Hope you guys enjoy. As always God bless.
ALL IS VANITY EXCEPT FEAR OF GOD…
Hey guys I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted on here. It’s been a hectic week and I’ve gotten caught up in other things. Tonight I want to continue discussing the “B” attitudes. Tonight I’m focusing on Matthew Ch. 5:5 where Jesus told the multitude, “Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.”
In this context meek can also mean gentle or humble; and inheriting the earth is exactly that inheriting the earth. There were no play on words. Jesus literally meant if you’re humble, if you’re gentle then you will inherit the earth. A lot of times through scriptures God and Jesus both use if/then statements. In these statements He forms almost a contractual agreement with you. And if you do as He says then He will fulfill His promises to you.
This is also a verse about kingship as well. The latter part of the verse tells you that you will inherit the earth which would make the earth your domain. Thus making you king of it. This was Jesus giving us another example of how we can establish our kingship upon this earth and into the next life. Humbling ourselves is possibly one of the hardest things to do because pride is so prevalent in our lives ever since the fall of man.
It was pride that caused man to fall and it’s pride that to this day keeps us from our full potential. And I find it to no coincidence that pride is what caused Satan to be tossed from Heaven. He uses what back fired on him as his most potent weapon to keep us from becoming who we truly are. Although this verse may seem so simple in nature, if you would dive into a relationship with God and completely humble yourself you would see just how profound it really is. Every day God would show you something different that it entails in your life.
I was listening to Bill Johnson the other day and he said something that really spoke to me and it was, “The farther you go with God the less you can take with you. Imagine walking toward God and stuff just falling off of you. What was ok last month is no longer ok anymore.” That right there is a direct result of submitting to God and humbling yourself before him. Of surrendering your everything to Him and diving deep into relationship with Him. That’s when you start to see the junk of this world falling off of you each and every day. And thats when you start to inherit the earth and establish your role in the kingdom and live up to your potential. The potential God saw in you before you were conceived; and breathed into you the moment you were.
Again this is a simple yet deep verse that if you allow yourself to dive into it you’d be absolutely surprised at what you immersed yourself in. Don’t ever get complacent with God; keep pushing and asking for more. Thanks again for reading, and again sorry it’s been awhile since I posted. Hopefully I wont have an absence like this again for awhile. Good night every one and God bless.
Tuesday I began a study of the “B” attitudes so to understand exactly what Jesus was trying to teach on that day from the mountain side. So far I’ve learned that being poor in spirit is something much more than I originally thought. It’s having a deep heart cry for the Father. Today I will be moving on to the next “B” attitued which is the very next verse.
Matthew 5:4, “Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.” Again in todays
English language this has a simple meaning. All who mourn (weep) will be comforted (loved on). But what did Jesus actually want this to mean?
Pentheo is the word for mourn in Greek and its definition is more closely tied to what Jesus meant then our English word which has a very loose tie to the original meaning. Pentheo means to wail or lament primarily for the dead, but would also include and other passionate lamenting; it’s a grief that so engulfs you that it can’t be hidden. So He’s saying blessed are those who lament for the dead; more specifically the dead to Christ.
Comforted is more closely tied to the original meaning of parakaleo than mourn was to pentheo. Parakaleo translates: to call to one’s side, to come to one’s aid. So here He’s stating that He will call you to his side and He will aid you.
Through a study into the Greek roots this verse sounds more like this, Blessed are you if you mourn and lament for those in the world who are spiritually dead or tune me out for I shall call them to my side and I will aid them in their endeavors. Being called to his side alone should be reason enough to get on your face and weep for the loss, but He doesn’t stop there. He will aid you in your mission of winning the lost and seeing them converted.
And in return He’ll put in you a deeper longing to see them free of their chains. He will push you to be more like him. In my own belief this verse builds off of verse 3 because how can you have a heart for the lost (God’s heart) if you’re not ignited with His fire and desperate for more? How could His presence preceed you into the mission field if you don’t even know His presence?
The greatest blessing of all will be His presence that you will encouter when you begin to obtain His heart. It will sweep over, around, and through you like a mighty river. Still think it’s not important to talk to your lost “fill in the blank” Jesus not only taught it He lived it. If Jesus wasn’t too good to do it then surely we aren’t.
Thank you again for reading and I hope this pricked you in your heart and leads you to fall on your face before God for your lost friends, coworkers, loved ones, etc. Again anybody with personal experience and/or testimonies are welcome to share. May the Lord bless you, and keep you. May He cause His face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; May the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.
Today I started reading in Matthew Chapter 5 better known as the beginning of the sermon on the mount. Probably the greatest message Jesus spoke while on this earth. Right away he gets in to what we call the “B” attitudes. But what do they all exactly mean? I plan on spending the next few days discovering that and sharing what I find with y’all. Please feel free to comment on your studies of this as well because in my experience you’re never done learning.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matt. Ch. 5:3. This seems to be a very simply understood verse. You read it and at first glance you take it to mean to remain humble no matter how big you get or what talents you have. And in a way yes it does mean that, but Jesus meant it to resonate much deeper than just that. In order to figure it out you must look at what the words poor and spirit are in Greek.
Poor is ptōcheuō which when translated means the characteristic of a beggar. So at this point you know God wants you to have the characteristics of a beggar, but what are you begging for? This is where the word purōsis (spirit in Greek) comes in. When translated this word means burning, ignition, or set on fire. So in essence Jesus is saying that blessed are those that are begging to be burning, ignited, or set on fire from within for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
So are you poor in spirit? Are you begging for his fire to ignite inside of you and be insatiable? If not, why? It seems pretty clear here in Matthew that God thinks highly of those who are. So much so that he gives them the kingdom of heaven. Who has a kingdom? Kings! This verse is also dealing with establishing your kingship in his Kingdom and also revolutionizing the world around you. Will it be easy? No. But nothing that is worth doing or having is.
Why do people beg? Desperation right.?. So what He’s also saying is He wants you to become so desperate to be ignited by him or burning with His fire that you’ll beg for it if you have to. That you will cry out and plead for it because it is your sustenance; your life-source.
Again thanks to all who read, share, and/or comment on this. I hope you learned that the world needs to have a sense of desperation for the king because without it we’re heading to Hell in a hand-basket. I hope everyone has a good day and I’ll leave you with this: May the Lord bless you and keep you; May He cause His face to shine upon you, And be gracious to you; May He lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.
Today was the first official day of my journey and I decided to just flip open my bible and read wherever I landed. To just let God have complete and utter control of what he wanted me to learn today. I opened to 1st Chronicles 14; this chapter is about David being established as king of over Israel. Today I wanna share with you the framework of being established as a king in the kingdom of God and how to be feared and respected the kingdom of Darkness.
In this chapter David comes up against the philistines twice and both times he asks God for direction: ch. 14:10 and ch. 14:14. Those two verses are key. In those verses we learn just how important it is to ask God for direction and also that when he gives you direction he’ll never lead you astray. This is why it is important to pray everyday. To form a relationship with God so that you’ll know his voice amidst those of the crowd. So that when he does give you direction you hear and understand them clearly. The second part to this is as important if not more so than the first; obediance.
David didn’t just ask God what to do then decide his way was better or that God didn’t know what He was talking about. No, he obeyed without question and without hesitation. And twice he defeated the Philistines. After those two victories the bible says this about David in verse 17, “Then the fame of David went out into all the lands, and the Lord brought the fear of him upon all nations.”
Your prayer life + your obediance are the keys to your kingship. Without ushering in the presence of God into your life you live without his manifest power. Without that you are powerless and weak, and you can’t be a king if you’re weak. David learned this and became one of the greates kings Israel ever had. Abraham learned this and became the father of many nations. Saul learned this and became Paul; then proceeded to win souls for the kingdom until his death. The disciples learned this and revolutionized the world. Just think of what you could do if you learned and applied this to your life. Jesus said in John 14:12-14 that, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, beause I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.” So begin to ask him to manifest his power in you, ask him to usher in his presence to preceed you wherever you go. God just might surprise you with how much he does through you and how far he takes you. All he’s asking for his a relationship and obediance. He’s willing to give you kingship and eternity in return.
Thank you all for reading and hope you learned as much from this as I did. I also hope that you apply this to your daily lives and share what it does for you with friends, family, even strangers. I will leave you with this: May the Lord bless you and keep you. May He make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you. May the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.
This is the first of what I hope to be many blogs. I’m about to start a new journey with studying the bible and would like to have as many as possible follow along and learn with me. Thank you in advance for reading and God bless you all.