Summary: God wants certain attitudes in our lives and the best attitudes that we can have are from the Beattitudes. This is a 4 part teaching on the 9 Beattitudes that Jesus gave us.
Attitudes To Be in our lives Part 1
Matthew 5:1-12 (NKJV) And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. 2 Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 “Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
#1. Matthew 5:3 (NKJV) "Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
Attitude 1 – We need an attitude of HUMILITY.
“Poor in spirit” speaks of those who realize that they are in total helplessness and lost apart from God.
The person who is poor in spirit realizes his helplessness without the Lord and puts his whole trust in God.
When we think we are OK because we are a “GOOD PERSON” we are depending on our own self righteousness. Self righteousness will not get you into the Kingdom of Heaven.
Apart from God we are totally lost. It is only by God’s grace that we are saved.
Ephesians 2:8-9 (NKJV) For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.
We have to remember that Going to church will not save us. Reading our Bible's will not save us. Praying will not save us. Only a relationship with Jesus will save us. Only making Him Lord of our lives will save us. Good works are good, but salvation only comes through faith in Jesus Christ.
John 14:6 (NKJV) Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
Look at what the Bible says in Luke chapter eighteen:
Luke 18:9-14 (NKJV) Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 “The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. 12 ‘I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ 13 “And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ 14 “I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
What is the difference between the two men? One approached God in his self righteousness the other approached God in his humility. One was accepted the other was not.
Isaiah 66:2 (NLTSE) My hands have made both heaven and earth; they and everything in them are mine. I, the LORD, have spoken! "I will bless those who have humble and contrite hearts, who tremble at my word.
Our Jesus was like this.
Matthew 11:28-30 (NKJV) “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
If we truly want to be blessed we need an attitude of humility.
And remember if we do this, we will inherit the kingdom of heaven.”
#2. Matthew 5:4 (NKJV)“Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.”
Attitude 2 – We need an attitude of Godly sorrow.
This is an attitude of Godly sorrow that produces repentance and leads to salvation.
2 Corinthians 7:10 (NKJV) For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.
This is true sorrow that affects a person down into their soul.
Do you remember the story of King David? How he sinned? He had an affair with Bathsheba which was wrong in the first place but in order to cover it up he had Bathsheba’s husband killed. Did you know that David felt sorrow, remorse, guilt, and shame for what he had done? He mourned over his sin. In fact Psalm fifty one is a psalm of David and how he felt about his sin.