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The Be-What-A-Tudes?

The Be-What-A-Tudes?
By Dennis Huebshman

Here’s another message that needs to get out in plain language as the Savior intended it to be presented. He was speaking to the masses and wanted everyone to understand this important message. My goal here is to do His message justice.

To start, a “Beatitude” is a word that also means “Blessed” or a state of well-being. In what’s called the “Sermon on the Mount” Jesus gave a message using 9 “Blessed Are” statements to let the people know they didn’t have to be rich or well educated or hold a high position to lead a good Christian life. (Even though the word Christian had not been used at this point.) The things He told them that they need, do not have a monetary value, but are voluntary actions that come from the heart. This gives a picture of what God looks for when someone wishes to be a true Disciple of God. (All emphasis throughout is mine.)

“Blessed are the poor in Spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven”. This shows that without God, people will be in spiritual poverty and know they have a need of God to be their King. When they recognize this, they will be open to receive and be thankful for receiving His blessings.

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted”. These are people who feel remorse for their sins, and repent in order to receive forgiveness and eternal salvation.

“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth”. These are they who submit to God’s will and after this life will inherit all things from Him. (Revelation 21:7)

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, because they will be filled”. Jesus said He was the “Bread of Life” and those who accept Him will be “fed” to the satisfaction of their souls. Food we eat here passes through the body, but the food He provides will have an eternal satisfaction.

“Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy”. If we have compassion and show we care for others, we will receive the same in return. A common phrase is, “We Reap What We Sow”.

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God”. This does not mean a totally sinless person, but someone whose nature is pure and holy. Our goal is to live to be like Jesus as much as possible even though we know we’re not perfect like Him, and He knows this as well. That’s why we are provided a way to have forgiveness for our sins when we do slip and fall. (1 John 1: 8-10)

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God”. We are reconciled to God through the sacrifice of Jesus, and when we have truly accepted His Son, we become heirs of God as well. The only true peace we will ever know is given by Jesus and especially when we will be able to be Home with Him.

“Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven”. Those who confess Jesus is their Lord and Savior in spite of the world around them, He will confess them to the Father. Those who are ashamed of the Savior, He will not present them as His to the Father.

Finally, “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad because great is your reward in Heaven, for in the same way, they persecuted the prophets who were before you”. Jesus was saying that the majority will persecute the minority because of the evil that is in this world. However, those who overcome the evil will be given an eternal Home with Him. Jesus told of the straight and narrow gate for the righteous, but broad and wide the gate leading to destruction. (Matthew 7: 13-14) He knew more people would choose the world rather than choose Him.

Through these “Blessings”, the Savior is giving a roadmap as to how to lead the life of a disciple. Will all those who choose to follow Him be perfect and sinless? In no way. However, through prayer and having a desire to be like Him, when we leave this earth, it will be far greater than we could ever imagine. We have to put our faith in Him and realize He is the only way to the Father (John 14:6) In John 16:33, Jesus said, “These things I have spoken to you that in Me you might have Peace. In the world you will have tribulations, but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

It should be noted, there are very similar verses in Luke 6:20-23 and they are followed by some “woe-be’s” after them, and even further instructions for leading a Christian life. Try to keep in mind to not let the world keep you away form Him. It’s a learning experience the same as going all the way from Kindergarten through High School Graduation. No one learns it all at once, but regular study is required. God will provide if you will ask. Tell Him you want Jesus in your life and you need help to be able to live for Him. Ask to have the Holy Spirit to open your mind to the understanding of the Word.

Remember Philippians 4:7, “And the peace of God that passes all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” The only true peace we will ever know is after we have Accepted Jesus As Our Savior. The world does not understand as it will only accept what this life has to offer. They accept the delusion that satan causes them to have thinking this is what they truly need.

To accept the Savior is to have all that He has promised for us including an eternal life with Him that we can’t even begin to imagine right now. Those who accept this world over Him will have an eternity of suffering and will be shown every minute how they could have avoided that. Be one that is looking forward to His Glorious Appearing, and you will be in line for a Crown of Righteousness just for that.

Come Lord Jesus!

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