I’m excited to have my friend Misty Keith back again sharing what God is teaching her about the Beatitudes for this week’s Word Nerd Wednesday.
Beatitudes for Believers
Have you ever noticed something being repeated or showing up again at different times in your life? You then stop, take note, and put it all together, realizing that it isn’t happening at random or by chance; it’s meant to get your attention. There is a reason why it keeps crossing your path and being brought before your eyes and ears. This is how Jesus Christ our Lord often spoke. He repeated important things, and He did so for a reason. He wanted us to learn and understand the ways of the Father. After all, that is one of the reasons why He came to be among us.
Jesus once gave a sermon where he preached to His disciples. At that time, it was rumored and spread all over that He was the Messiah. Naturally, because of this, He drew large crowds and spoke to the people, but He needed to speak directly to His disciples. So he went up on a hill and sat down and began to teach them.
The Beatitudes are the blessings spoken by Jesus to His disciples. These blessings were intended for all those who believed in Him and for all those who would put their faith in Him in future generations. They were not delivered to the world or to the multitudes (unbelievers). We read about them in Matthew 5:1-2:
“And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him.
Then He opened His mouth and taught them.”
Those who believe in Jesus today can open up the Bible and read these blessings as if Jesus is speaking them directly to us. We can listen to the words He taught knowing full well that the blessings are intended for us. What a special and remarkable gift we have in Jesus’ words and teachings! With the gift of Jesus’ teachings, we can dig a little deeper and learn what Jesus meant when He first gave us the Beatitudes.
Beatitudes and Blessings
The word Beatitude is defined as a blessing. The word blessed in the Greek is makarios – (mak-ar-ee-oss). It has recently lost some of its intended meaning both in society and even within Christian circles. Blessed comes from the root mak: pointing out or suggesting a large or long period. The word is actually an adjective expressing happiness given by a supreme being. Further, the word blessed calls for a congratulatory measure. It is a grace word that suggests and expresses special joys and granted satisfaction for the person who experiences or has experienced salvation through Jesus Christ. Since true salvation lasts forever, we can assume that the blessings shared in the Beatitudes will last forever as well.
As you read through the Beatitudes, notice that the first half of the Beatitude talks about who will be blessed and the last part mentions how they will be blessed.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
Matthew 5:3-11 (ESV)
God Desires to Bless Us
So we can see that the Beatitudes are great principles to study. They are neatly spoken by Jesus from the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus used them as a means for bringing conviction in the hearts of His disciples and in the hearts of believers today. The Beatitudes are not the gospel. Adhering to them does not save a person. Yet those who live them out are blessed.
Further, it is important to note that the Beatitudes are simply a way to “be.” They are not “do” attitudes. No one can produce these attitudes on their own. Only the Holy Spirit can produce them in the life of a yielded believer. For example, take meekness. Meekness is putting up with wrongs patiently and without complaint. A person cannot do this in the flesh. Our sinful nature dominates, and naturally we either end up sticking up for what we believe in, or we complain about our current position. As Christ enters our heart, we see life with new eyes and we learn to be meek, because the greatest example we have of meekness now lives in and through us. There is a paradigm shift.
In summary, God wants to give His people immense favor, health, peace, and joy. He wants to release His full power and His goodness in the lives of those that belong to Him. When those in the world see the goodness, favor, and blessings of God in the lives of believers, they then are inclined to want to experience this, too. This is where true evangelism occurs. So yield your life to Christ, watch Him bless you and others through you with the promises found in the Beatitudes.
Hello, my name is Misty Ann. I am a daughter of the King of all Kings, wife to Richard, Mommy to Reagan (11 years), Kylee (8 years), and Karis Delaney (6 years). I am a teacher by trade, an encourager and up-lifter by calling and a writer by practice. I enjoy being a friend to those who will have me.
I understood from early adulthood and beyond that I would never fit. The Lord helped me to realize that He called me to stand out and because of this, I am forever grateful and at peace with how He has made me and who He has made me to be.
I will offer You my grateful heart, for I am Your unique creation, filled with wonder and awe.
You have approached even the smallest details with excellence;
Your works are wonderful;
I carry this knowledge deep within my soul. (Psalm 139:14 – The Voice)
Just A Little More About Me…..
My family and I live just outside the Austin, Texas area. I homeschool all three of my children and teach Reading for a private college in the Master’s/Credentialing program. I stay busy and enjoy the hobbies of Reading, Writing, Scrap-booking, Bible-Journaling and Running.
As a family, we attend Hill Country Bible Church. We enjoy traveling and take “family fieldtrips” often. All of life is an adventure and we are thankful for every life lesson that the Lord teaches us in the process.
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