A Life of Blessing (Luke 6:20-23) - 4/30/23
Jesus prayed, commissioned the 12, healed the sick, and preached this message. (Blessings and Woes)
KEY… God will always BLESS faithfulness. A life of Godliness. Living a life that is pleasing to the Lord.
There are tremendous blessings when we seek our hope and purpose in Him.
Woes when we seek hope and purpose in the world
Our attitude is crucial. Our toward the things of life.
The already… not yet. Here and There. Temporal and eternal.
The favor of God upon one’s life
A state of well-being because of one’s relationship with God.
Who are Poor
Completely dependent on God. Spiritually bankrupt.
Poor in NT society were dependent on others.
This is why the GOSPEL is so important.
WE ARE COMPLETELY POOR
KEY IS TRUST. Trust in God for both our physical and material.
Yours is the kingdom of God
Notice…IS. Present tense.
Rule and reign of God.
In my heart and outward.
Who are Hungry
Hunger, yearning, desire to be filled.
For His help and presence.
Matthew 5:6 – Righteousness. (Doing and living right in God’s eyes)
You shall be satisfied
IN WHO WE ARE IN HIM
Now and later
Needs today… Philippians 4:7 – peace that passes all understanding
For all eternity.
Over current condition and then turn to God for redemption.
Over the things of the day. (living this side of heaven)
You shall laugh
New life. New perspective.
When you are Hated, Excluded, Reviled, Spurned
Society is opposed to the things of God
Hostility and animosity from the world on the Gospel
And the messengers! CHURCH AND PEOPLE
Rejoice in that day, leap for joy
Reward is in heaven
MY REWARD AWAITS
2 Corinthians 4:17-18 – Eternal weight of glory?
Applying the Word
The blessings of life are not found in prosperity, health… the good life.
While as believers we may experience some of the blessings of things and health.
The blessings of life come from our trust in the Lord. Our attitude (thinking) will manifest itself in our life (character).
This is only possible as we consider the Gospel. We were POOR, HUNGRY, DEAD… Yet, God created a new creation… We are saved, born again… TO A LIVING HOPE 1 Peter 1:3-9