Wednesday, October 19, 2011

October 20, 2011

"When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law." Matthew 7:28-29

Jesus' message was not like anything these early disciples had ever heard. Everyone was amazed at the depth of his understanding and the authority with which He taught. Never had anyone taught with His methods or His message. His promise that God's rule and reign would be ushered in through His own ministry. A passion for His righteousness would penetrate their very lives, and they in turn would spread the news of this kingdom,, becoming fishers of men.

The Master was not merely inviting them to become recipients of the kingdom. He was empowering them to become agents of the kingdom, giving them the joy of encouraging others to experience this blessing, now and forever.

Yes, even to this very day, God promises blessing - not to the strong, the powerful, and the mighty but to the poor in spirit, to those who mourn, who are gentle, who hunger for his righteousness, who are merciful and who ar gentle, who hunger for His righteousness, who are merciful and who are gentle, who hunger for His righteousness, who are merciful and pure in heart, and who seek peace even when it's returned as persecution.

And how does God bless them?

He declares, "The kingdom of heaven is theirs."

They hall be comforted, the shall inherit the earth, enjoying the kingdom benefits even on this side of heaven. They shall be satisfied in their quest for righteousness. They shall be shown the indescribable mercy the sons and daughters of God. They will not always be spared the sting of suffering, but they will receive the eternal reward of their Father. They enjoy the blessing of God, a constant relationship with the King of glory.

Does your heart swell with gratitude at God's forgiveness and blessings in your life? Express your love to God by sharing His love with someone who has not yet experienced the gift of salvation. God will thank you.