The Daily Fountain Daily Devotional of the Church Of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) 9 April 2019 – Kingdom Lifestyle

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TOPIC: Kingdom Lifestyle

READ: Matthew 5:1-12 King James Version (KJV)

1 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:

2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,

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

4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

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

9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

THE MESSAGE:

The verses in our text today are part of what is called the Sermon on the Mount. It is important to note that every word of the Lord Jesus ought to be most precious to professing Christians.

The Sermon on the Mount reveals to us the following: (i) What kind of people Christians ought to be (ii) the character Christians ought to exhibit (iii) the outward walk and inward habit of a follower of Jesus.
It is wisdom to often study these teachings, ponder on each sentence, and prove ourselves by it.

For example, The Lord Jesus calls them blessed, who are poor in spirit (verse 3). He means the humble, and the lowly-minded, the self-abased. He means those who are deeply convinced of their personal need for God. The Lord Jesus calls them blessed, who mourn (verse 4). He means those who sorrow for sin, and grieve daily over their own shortcomings. The Lord Jesus calls them blessed, who are meek (verse 5). He means those who are of a patient and contented spirit.

They are willing to put up with little honour here below. They can bear injuries without resentment. They are not ready to take offence. Blessed are such! They are never losers in the long run. Can you be called blessed?

Prayer: Lord, I commit to a growing knowledge of these principles of the life of the kingdom.