Jesus set the standard of how we should live, in Matthew chapter 5.
3“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
5“Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.
12“Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
As we walk down our streets, we see our world is in turmoil. Our land is spiritually bankrupt. We see the precious and the vile, devoid of spiritual riches. We know that Jesus is the answer to every need. All we need to do is ask. The only way to the Father is through Jesus.
The Sanhedrin and the Pharisees were rule keepers, but they had no power. “Religion” can be very binding. We preach “Relationship,” and there is a difference. We receive salvation through Christ. We realize we were a sinner in need of repentance, “REAL genuine repentance, from the cry of our heart. David cried, “Don’t take the Holy Spirit from me.” I need you Lord.
Followers of Christ will produce fruit. Some are listening to the Holy Spirit, but are not acting on it. I am talking about swimming upstream. Jesus said, “I want you to be hungry for more. Those who hunger shall be filled.” Taste and see. Not our own righteousness but more of Jesus.
Lord show me my heart, and remove the stones, rocks and pebbles, and give me a tender heart. Guard your heart against the World, allowing your heart to remain pure.
Shun worldly ways, use caution on the inter-net, TV, and worldly entertainment. When we compromise our integrity, something is shaved off – little by little.
If you are tempted to get a “hair cut” – then quit walking by the barber shop. You get my meaning.
Moral courage is doing the right thing no matter what others around you are doing. As we purify our heart, our influence will shake our neighbors. Be a peacemaker and reconcile with those who have made war with you. Love your neighbor and enjoy peaceful living and not turmoil.
If you have been in church for a few years, we shouldn’t have to spoon feed you. It is time to grow up and learn to feed yourself by being daily in God’s word. Take time to commune with Jesus and develop your relationship with Him. God does not enjoy taking you to the wood shed, so make those corrections before God finds it necessary to chasten you.
You may be criticized, and even talked about, but the opposition will strengthen you. Be joyful and happy as this is the reward. Recognize the secret of a fulfilled life in Christ; The more you press in, the more is received.
God gives us chance after chance and leads us to repentance. You have been delivered so walk free.
The more we strive to become like Christ, we will realize we are NOT like Him, so keep pressing in.”