Tuesday, January 01, 2008
The Sermon on the Mount is Matthew’s first recorded teaching of Jesus. And the first thing Jesus teaches on are attitudes in which we call the Beatitudes.
Attitude NKJV 1. Poor in spirit
Attitude NLT 1. Those who realize their need for him
Blessing NKJV 1. Kingdom of heaven
Blessing NLT 1. Kingdom of heaven is given
Attitude NKJV 2. Mourn
Attitude NLT 2. Mourn
Blessing NKJV 2. Be Comforted
Blessing NLT 2. Comforted
Attitude NKJV 3. Meek
Attitude NLT 3. Gentle & Lowly
Blessing NKJV 3. Inherit the earth
Blessing NLT 3. Whole earth will belong to them
Attitude NKJV 4. Hunger & thirst for righteousness
Attitude NLT 4. Hungry & thirst for justice
Blessing NKJV 4. Be filled
Blessing NLT 4. Receive it in full
Attitude NKJV 5. Merciful
Attitude NLT 5. Merciful
Blessing NKJV 5. Obtain mercy
Blessing NLT 5. Mercy
Attitude NKJV 6. Pure in heart
Attitude NLT 6. Hearts are pure
Blessing NKJV 6. See God
Blessing NLT 6. See God
Attitude NKJV 7. Peacemakers
Attitude NLT 7. Work for peace
Blessing NKJV 7. Called sons of God
Blessing NLT 7. Children of God
Attitude NKJV 8. Persecuted for righteousness sake
Attitude NLT 8. Persecuted because they live for God
Blessing NKJV 8. Kingdom of heaven
Blessing NLT 8. Kingdom of heaven is theirs
Vs. 11 NKJV they revoke and persecute you and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.
NLT Mocked and persecuted and lied about because you are my followers.
NKJV Rejoice and be exceedingly glad for great is your reward in heaven.
NLT Be happy about it! Be glad about it! For a great reward awaits you in heaven.
Jesus is showing us the end from the beginning and the beginning from the end.
If you want to have the Kingdom of heaven, to be comforted, to have the whole earth, to receive justice in full, to obtain mercy, to see God, to be children of God, then you need to have these attitudes or characteristics: Realize your need for God, mourn, gentle and lowly, hungry and thirsty for righteousness, merciful, pure hearts, work for peace, persecuted because you live for God.
These blessings are for the here and now. If this is the life you want then live intentionally with these attitudes. Strive to make these attitudes a part of you. Attitudes will turn into character.
The Parable of the Soils – Matthew 13:3-8
Jesus tells us about four different soils and their reaction to the word of God.
Footpath – these people hear the Good News but don’t understand.
Rocky Soil – these people hear and receive the Good News with joy. Since the soil is shallow, the roots aren’t very deep. At first they are fine, but wilt as soon as problems or persecution occur.
Thorny Soil – these people hear and accept the Good News but the message is crowded out by the cares of this live and the lure of wealth.
Good Soil – these people hear and accept the Good News and produce a harvest, thirty, sixty, hundred times more.
The first three soils teach us what to look out for. These are warnings. Obviously, we want to be the good soil and have everything we do be productive.
What does this have to do with weight loss? Everything. Weight loss is all about attitudes and behaviors and changing your lifestyle. Putting these attitudes in place will help you achieve your goals.
Tomorrow: Believers are Salt and Light (Matthew 5:13-16) & the Parable of the Weeds (Matthew 13:24-30)