BEATITUDES

BEATITUDES

The Beatitudes (Matt. 5:1-12)

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When Yeshua (Jesus) saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain; and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him. He opened His mouth and began to teach them, saying…: What a beautiful picture of the truth that our Lord and Savior is seated in heaven above all rule and authority. As His disciples, we come to Him and He teaches us with all the wisdom and knowledge that He possesses. What a gift!

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Who are the poor in spirit? They are the needy, the hungry and the humble. We are the poor, spiritually and emotionally. Knowing that truth we remain humble. We recognize our need for God. We hunger to be more like our Messiah. Yeshua tells us that walking in these truths we are truly blessed. Ours is the kingdom of heaven. Heaven belongs to us. It is from there that God reaches down to meet the needs of our poverty. As we seek to know God more fully we will see His plan for our lives unfold. Humility is the gateway for the blessings of the kingdom of heaven to pour into our lives here on earth. One day we ourselves enter that glorious realm.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. God knows all about our pain. He knows about our sadness, the depth of our grief and the emotions that are brought about from our experiences of death. Not only does He know and understand those feelings, He blesses us with comfort during dark and difficult times. Trust the Lord and know that He is good. His comfort will wrap around our hearts like a warm blanket, bringing peace to replace the daggers of the pain of grief. God is there with us, to comfort us, His children, with the comfort that only the Love of our Heavenly Father can bring.

Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth. The gentle, or the meek are those who know the truth about their human state. They know that they are weak and like sheep, left to their own ways they will surely go astray. Because of this knowledge of the truth they have learned to honor others in humility. They have learned not to seek their own way, but God’s way. To accomplish this they must rely on God’s strength, guidance and wisdom. God then teaches them to be quiet in body, soul and spirit. This quietness is displayed as gentleness. It’s a quietness that says I can do nothing apart from God, yet His life living in and through me allows me to do all things. Because of this quiet dependence on the Lord, God promises that they shall inherit the earth. Nothing shall be impossible for the likes of these. They are truly blessed.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Desiring righteousness says we want to be in right standing with God. God equates faith to righteousness. Are we walking in faith in God today? We must hunger and thirst to be right with God in all areas of our lives. This will result in holiness in our lives,and there we find complete contentment in Messiah.

Desiring to be obedient to God, through the study and application of His Word, allows Him to fulfill promises that we will be blessed. When God sees our desire to be like Him in righteousness, He smiles on us. Not only does He smile, but He promises that blessings will flow into our lives. When we’re hungry or thirsty we don’t ignore those feelings. We must fill our desires. Similarly, we mustn’t ignore God’s instruction that we’re to hunger and thirst for righteousness. We must do everything we can to take active steps that move us to live righteous lives in the sight of God. These things involve both small and big things that the Holy Spirit will show us, if we’re listening.

Blessed are the merciful for they shall receive mercy. We’re not to look at our brothers and sisters in the Lord with a negative spirit of judgment. Our task is to look for each other’s good qualities before focusing on the negative things that the Lord is working on, in each of our lives. In this way we are being merciful, which will allow God to pour out His blessings of mercy into our own lives. We need to believe the best about each other. By doing this we’ll be able to be compassionate with each other. Compassion has many faces depending on the situation, but at its foundation is Love, the highest goal for all our relationships.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Being pure in heart involves our willingness to know the truth. If we’re willing to know the truth about ourselves we need to constantly check the motives of our hearts for doing things. When God shows us impure motives we’re to ask for forgiveness and desire to be changed. With this desire comes purity, which brings the highest blessing into our lives. We shall see God! We see God in many ways. We see Him now on earth as we take time to fellowship with Him in prayer. We see Him acting in situations in our lives. We see Him in our relationships with other Believers. We see Him as we worship Him in Spirit and truth. Yet now we only see dimly, but then face to face! What a glorious day that will be when we stand before our God in heaven without spot or blemish, being able to see Him fully because of the purity that we have achieved in the resurrection of Messiah!

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. God desires that we always seek peace and not strife in every relationship, and every situation. That’s His will for us as His children. He wants us to reflect His nature and receive all the blessings that come by being sons of God. What an inheritance the children of the Creator of the universe are entitled to. It’s an inheritance that comes from desiring peace. The first step to receiving that peace is by our confessing Yeshua as Lord and Savior of our lives. In doing so we have peace with God. It is only then that we can begin to operate as peacemakers on the earth. His life will live in us and through us, bringing peace to the wars in our own soul. We can only give what we have. With eternal perspective pray for the peace of Jerusalem, a name that means ‘vision of peace!’ One day Jerusalem and her people will know peace, through Yeshua Sar Shalom, the Prince of Peace. Oh, how blessed they will be on that day, walking in their birthright.

Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. As we desire to walk in the righteousness of God persecution will come. Persecution is evidence of the battle that we find ourselves in as Believers. It’s a battle between good and evil. It’s a battle for souls. The good news is that all battles belong to the Lord. In our battles we’re to follow Him, trust Him and not be surprised by the battles. We will have them. Thankfully God has encouraged us that as we meet persecution all that belongs to the kingdom of heaven is ours – God’s peace, God’s glory, God’s victory – how blessed we are knowing this truth!

Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. When we walk with the Lord the pride of unsaved people will cause them to speak evil against us and the Lord. God promises us that when this happens we will be blessed. We’re to ignore the evil words. They are lies. People who are unsaved do not know the truth about Yeshua, the Gospel or God’s plan for the ultimate rule of His Kingdom on earth, and in our lives. These words especially hurt when they come from our own family. Yet God instructs us to rejoice and be glad in these difficult times because we will have a great reward in heaven as a result of our experiencing persecution on earth. The persecution is evidence that people can see that we are following the Lord. Therein lies our promised blessing! Rejoice and be glad!

 

How does this study of the Beatitudes encourage you and what does it teach you about the Kingdom of God?

BEING A WOMAN OF EXCELLENCE

BEING A WOMAN OF EXCELLENCE

Being a Woman of Excellence (pdf)

 

This 7 Lesson study helps you be all that God wants you to be as His daughter and bride. Each lesson includes Scripture readings, life applications and memory verses.

Topics that are covered in this course include:

 What is excellence?
 Things that define excellence:
 Why desire to be excellent?
 Human character traits
 The world’s view vs. God’s view of excellence
 Who we are in Messiah
 Change: What, Why and How to change
 The Godly process of change
 The Blessings of obedience and godly submission
 The Power of Agreement
 Excellence in Relationships

BIBLICAL PRAYERS

BIBLICAL PRAYERS

Praying prayers that are right out of the Word of God is a powerful way to pray. Here are some examples of Scripture Prayers. I encourage you to pray these prayers for yourself and your loved ones. Praying God’s Word is powerful and so throughout this document are Scriptures on various topics, for you to incorporate in your prayers.

II Thes. 1:11-12 To this end also we pray for you always that our God may count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire for goodness and the work of faith with power; in order that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Christ Jesus.

Col. 1:9-12 For this reason also, since the day we heard of it we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you may walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.

Col. 2:2-3 that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ Himself in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

1Thes. 5:23-24 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Christ Jesus. Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.

II Thes. 3:16 Now may the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance. The Lord be with you all!

Acts 20:32 “And now I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.

Rom. 10:1-2 Brethren, my heart’s desire and my prayer to God for them is for {their} salvation. For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge.

Eph. 1:15-23 For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which exists among you, and your love for all the saints, do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention {of you} in my prayers; that the God of our Lord Christ Jesus, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in the one to come. And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the messianic community, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

Eph. 3:16-21 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man; so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the messianic community and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.

Phil. 1:9-11 And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Christ Jesus, to the glory and praise of God.

Philemon 1:3-6 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Christ Jesus. I thank my God always, making mention of you in my prayers, because I hear of your love, and of the faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all the saints; and I pray that the fellowship of your faith may become effective through the knowledge of every good thing which is in you for Christ’s sake.

II Thes. 3:1-5 Finally, brethren, pray for us that the word of the Lord may spread rapidly and be glorified, just as it did also with you; and that we may be delivered from perverse and evil men; for not all have faith. But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one. And we have confidence in the Lord concerning you, that you are doing and will continue to do what we command. And may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the steadfastness of Christ.

Matthew 6:5-14

“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

“And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. Pray then like this:

“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 this day 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 evil.

14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, 15 but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

The book of Psalms is full of prayers, here is one of my favorites:

Ps. 86: 11 Teach me your ways, O Lord, that I may live according to your truth! Grant me purity of heart, so that I may honor you.

How can you apply these in your life?

CHOICES

CHOICES

CHOICES
A Bible Study

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Don’t hurry through this study. It’s to be done as in-depth as possible. A Lesson might take a week to complete. That’s OK. Take time with the scriptures and really meditate and “chew” on them, asking God for new revelation to come to you through the mighty power of the Holy Spirit and His Word.

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Topic: Choices

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1. 2 Peter 3:10-14 What inspiration can this passage give you to make Godly choices day to day?
2. 1 John 3:22-24 Why should we always choose to do what is pleasing in God’s sight?
3. Isaiah 7:14-15 What is an important trait of Jesus that must we always work to copy?
4. 1 Thessalonians 1:4-5 What can you think about to inspire you to make godly choices? What can you rely on to help you make those choices?
5. Proverbs 16: 1-9 and 32-33 Write out what these passages mean to you.
6. What can you do in your life to act on what God is telling you through these passages?

CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER MANUAL

CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER MANUAL

CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER MANUAL

One of foundational disciplines for all disciples is to be people of prayer. In Acts 2 we read about the early Church. They saw such great expansion in their community that came as a result of God’s anointing and unified fellowship, study and prayer. In the link above you’ll find a resource to use to mobilize your congregation in unified prayer. The first one is for Christian congregations and the second is geared toward Messianic Congregations. The only difference being language used as a result of cultural distinctions.

For example: Jesus/Yeshua; Christ/Messiah, etc…