February 2, 2014   We do what we are or are we what we do?  Matthew 5:1-12
By Ronald E. George Jr. at the Fayetteville Baptist Church

 Most folks when they meet someone for the first time want to know your name, your address (where you are from), and what is your occupation.  What do you do?  Why?  We are trying to discover who you are.  So we will know where to fit you into our life. 

Matthew 5 Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2 and he began to teach them, saying: 3  “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4  Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted5   Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. 6  Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. 7   Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. 8  Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. 9  Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. 10            Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Proverbs 20: 11 Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right.

In Adam life:  He was pure but he became impure by disobeying God and eating the forbidden fruit.  In our life we are born sinners but by God’s grace we can become pure through the adoption of the Father by Jesus Christ.  We become a child of the king.  We are blessed and then become a blessing.   There is an on going battle for our lives and our actions.  Daily walking with the Lord.  Being blessed by Him we then draw water from the well of life and give it to all we see and know. 
We are a blessing because we are blessed.  We are blessed because we are a blessing.  Which came first the blessing or the blessed?
We are poor in spirit because we have the right attitude of life.   Life is 90 percent how we react to what happens.  Are poor in  spirit or are we full of ourselves?   We are happy because we have the right attitude of life, which is the poor in spirit and humility we need to be found faithful and a service to others.
We are a comfort to others because we have been there.  We have been comforted.  Are we a comfort to others?  Are people glad to see us?  Does our life lift others up?  We are comforted when we mourn because we have comforted others and been comforted by the comforter, who is the Holy Spirit.
We are meek because we have the greatest power in the universe is our God.  We depend on Him to give us what we need to live and be the people He wants.  Do we use our strength and resources to help out.  We have our power and resources in such a way that we a help.  We are meek because we give ourselves to God and to others.  We are blessed with the land because we are a blessing to the land and the people therein.  We are those who are strong but under the control of the King of kings.
We hunger and thirst for God who  is our life.  We are filled with all that God can provide.  He is our life and provides us with all the life we could ever ask for.  What do we want out of life?  Do we want God?  We are blessed with the satisfaction of righteous living because we desire the right things.  We want to live right and do right and certainly God will enable to satisfy us with the right. 
We give mercy because we have lots to give.  We have received Him and his mercy.  Do we give to others what they don’t deserve?  Are we quick to make sure they get what is coming to them?  Are we still living eye for an eye?  Do we want justice for those who trespass against us and yell for mercy when we are caught in a fault?  When someone sins against us can we forgive them or do we continue to hold on to those old hurts?  We are blessed with mercy from others because we have been giving it away for years.  We will benefit from the overflowing abundance or merciful people all around whom we have helped to create and build up. 
We  are pure in heart because we have nothing to hide and nothing to conceal.  We are all out there for everyone to see.  We are God’s very own.  Are trying to manipulate things and people so that we can get our way?  The pure are those who look out for others first as Jesus looked out for us and died in our place.  The pure don’t have the hidden agenda but are open and easy to read.  They don’t hide behind closed doors and private agendas.  Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see what they are looking for.  They are pure in heart for God..  They will see Him for whom they look.
We are persecuted because we belong to the King.  As He was persecuted we will be.  Are you persecuted in Christ then you are blessed.  Great is your reward.  The persecution is because of Christ. 


Best Prayer I Have Heard In A Long Time: 
                "Heavenly Father, Help us remember that the jerk who cut us off in traffic last night is a single mother who worked nine hours that day and is rushing home to cook dinner, help with homework, do the laundry and spend a few precious moments with her children. 
           Help us to remember that the pierced, tattooed, disinterested young man who can't make change correctly is a worried 19-year-old college student, balancing his apprehension over final exams with his fear of not getting his student loans for next semester. 
         Remind us, Lord, that the scary looking bum, begging for money in the same spot every day (who really ought to get a job!) is a slave to addictions that we can only imagine in our worst nightmares. 
  Help us to remember that the old couple walking annoyingly slow through the store aisles and blocking our shopping progress are savoring this moment, knowing that, based on the biopsy report she got back last week, this will be the last year that they go shopping together. 
         Heavenly Father, remind us each day that, of all the gifts you give us, the greatest gift is love. It is not enough to share that love with those we hold dear. Open our hearts not to just those who are close to us, but to all humanity. Let us be slow to judge and quick to forgive, show patience, empathy and love."      copied from an email

The Holy Bible: New International Version. (1984). (Mt 5:1–12). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

The Holy Bible: New International Version. (1984). (Pr 20:11). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.