Summary: The Beatitudes will give us a new attitude UPWARD, a new attitude OUTWARD, and a new attitude INWARD. Link included to formatted text, handout, and PowerPoint Presentation.
A New Attitude
“The Gospel of Jesus”
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How do you Enter the Kingdom?
A change of attitude toward…
• Self – v. 3 – ‘poor in spirit’
• Sin – v. 4 – ‘mourn’
• Savior – v. 5 – ‘meek’
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How do you Express the Kingdom?
How can God show thru? If you are going to be a part of His kingdom, you’ll have to learn to live a kingly life.
vv. 6-8 tell us of 3 new attitudes which should ‘be’ our attitudes:
1. A new attitude that is upward—A change in desires.
v. 6 This is an insatiable desire for God and the things of God. It’s not the kind of thirst you have after playing ball on a hot day…it’s the kind of thirst you would have after days in the desert without even a drop of water. It’s not the kind of hunger you have when you’ve missed lunch…it’s more like when you’ve gone several days w/out eating! Perhaps better English words to use would be ‘parched’ and ‘starving’.
Jesus says, blessed are those who have that kind of hunger and thirst for God! One of the proofs of a true salvation is that you have a new desire to know God and to make sure you are right with God! We all drift away sometimes, but there’s something that pulls you back when you have this hunger and thirst.
Ill.—raise your hand if you’d trade me your house for a glass of water. No one? I guarantee you there exists a set of circumstances where you would. Crawling on your face in the Sahara w/ tongue swollen and lips chapped w/ a mouth full of sand, on death’s doorstep, you’d give this preacher your house and everything in it, and even make a pledge to tithe!
And Jesus says, blessed are they that are desiring righteousness in that manner!
As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.  My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God…
It’s not just a passing thought. It’s not like the children of Israel had:
O Ephraim, what shall I do unto thee? O Judah, what shall I do unto thee? for your goodness is as a morning cloud, and as the early dew it goeth away.
No, this is a hunger that motivates you to action, it demands to be fed, and each morsel makes you want another! The person who really wants something doesn’t just sit around waiting for it to come to them…no, they are motivated to ‘make it happen!’
Maybe you’re saved, but you’d say, I don’t have that kind of hunger for God. Maybe you need a new attitude that is upward! It doesn’t necessarily happen just because you got saved, and if it did, it can quickly wane and flee away.
There ARE some things you can do to help you to develop that longing for the Lord…a passion for the Christ!
You’ve heard the old saying, ‘you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.’ That’s true, but you can put salt in his oats!
So, how can you put some salt in your oats?
It may be that you’re sick, and need to get better.
Ill.—when you have the flu, the last thing you want to do is eat or drink! You wanna get better first.