Summary: The Beatitudes become building blocks upon which successful kingdom living is accomplished by all Beleivers.
NOTE: Study materials used for this message were taken from the following: "The Message of the Sermon on the Mount" Stott; "The Complete Biblical Study Library" Matthew. Since Michael King’s message "Assurance of Salvation" which I used for reference on part 1 only named the first 3 attitudes, the remainder I tried to create in order to build from one beatitude to the next. I also have power points for all the messages in this series, if you would like to use them, feel free to email me firstname.lastname@example.org. The video used at the end of this message can be found on sermonspice.com "How Often Must I Forgive?"
BEATITUDES - PART II
TEXT: Matthew 5:6-7
1. The “Be” Attitudes are the constitution for the believer.
2. Each “Be” Attitude works as a building block one upon the other and are not to be treated as separate blessings but the requirements for Kingdom living are that every believer should pursue each in his/her life.
TRANSITION: The next attitude Jesus exhorts us to have is the ATTITUDE OF YEARNING
I. ATTITUDE OF YEARNING
Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be satisfied.”
1. The desire for food and water are the strongest appetites we have as human beings.
2. Why is it so difficult for so many Americans to loose weight? Because that desire for food is powerful, and difficult to fight with.
3. Hunger is powerful. It controls us, it so often determines our directions.
4. I think it’s interesting that Jesus used the metaphor of hungering and thirsting, because:
They extremely powerful and essential desires for our survival as humans. Eating is fun! It’s pleasurable! We enjoy it(some of us enjoy it a LOT)!
5. Let’s take a closer look at this Scripture to discern what exactly Jesus was telling His disciples when He said:
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness…“
6. The word He uses for:
hunger is “peinao” (pee-nah’-oh), and it means to ardently crave food.
He uses an equally strong word to describe thirsting: “dipsao” (dip-sah’-oh), which means to painfully feel the need for water.
7. In that region, few were prosperous, and more than likely, at one time or another, those listeners that day had experienced the kind of hunger he’s talking about here.
8. It’s a desperate kind of hunger.
9. When I have gone a long time without eating, I never dream about eating liver & onions, licorice, brussel sprouts; mainly because I hate that stuff!
10. Now, if I’m really hungry and that stuff were put before me, I’d eat it right up. But in terms of how my craving is being expressed, when I’m hungry and I think of food, I think of the food I love.
11. And yet, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve come to this passage and walked away with an uneasy, sickly, sense of condemnation, because so often it’s been presented like this:
“If you’re hungering and thirsting for righteousness, you are going to be: memorizing Bible verses praying at least an hour a day reading and studying your Bible
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