Consider This…

2 Grace and peace to you from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Thessalonians 2 (NIV)

My blogs from this point on will contain scripture from the books of the New Testament that I find notable in my journey and growth as a Christian. It would be easier to tell you to pick up the bible and just read it so you the reader may travel the path that God has set before you and for those not of the Christian faith that read my blogs this is easier. Like this scripture says:

31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31

So the below scripture is from chapter 4 of the book of Matthew

10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.” Matthew 4:10

There is only one true living God and we need only to follow His commandments and to serve our Heavenly Father God Almighty.

The scriptures below has been commonly referred to as “the Beatitudes” simply because they start as blessings and are a part of Christ Jesus Sermon on the Mount.

Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.

The Beatitudes

He said:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 5:1-10

 

There are many analyses of the Beatitudes many of which have great depth but to me it is simpler than the analyses. There are many people in this world each with their own unique personalities. Many which would fit into the above categories the merciful, peacemakers and the meek. All these people will receive blessings, as a Christian whether I am right or wrong this is my interpretation.

The scripture below is a great one to keep in mind when we pray.

But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. Matthew 6:6

Close your door and your window and then pray not a long-winded prayer but one that lifts up so many people, families, and friends. Our Heavenly Father God Almighty already knows our thoughts and what is in our heart and what we will ask of Him in prayer there is no need for a 20-minute prayer dissertation.  The Lords’ prayer takes 25 seconds to say and it says everything.

“This, then, is how you should pray:

“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
    on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
    as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from the evil one.’

Matthew 6:9-13

 

In the scripture below, Christ Jesus is closing the Sermon on the Mount where he presented a guide to the heart of discipleship a practical call to unconditional forgiveness, renunciation of violence, faithfulness in marriage, and freedom from wealth.

24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.  Matthew 7:24

Remember:

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 NIV

God bless all that read this with His love, light, grace, mercy, and wisdom. In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen.

21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. Revelation 22:21 (KJV)