Lesson 6 - OBEDIENCE: THE BEATITUDES
Ben shares, from 20 plus years of experience, that Jesus calls His people to make it their primary life goal to walk in perfect obedience by seeking to walk in all the light that the Spirit gives them. Pursuing this is not the same as attaining it.
OBEDIENCE: THE BEATITUDES
“You shall be perfect [walk in all the light you receive] as your Father…is perfect.”
HOLINESS AND OBEDIENCE: Jesus calls His people to make it their primary life goal to walk in perfect obedience by seeking to walk in all the light that the Spirit gives them. Pursuing this is not the same as attaining it. (Mt. 5:48)
THE BEATITUDES: Jesus calls us to live out the eight Beatitudes (Matt. 5:3-12) as we pursue 100-fold obedience (Mt. 5:48). The Beatitudes are like 8 beautiful flowers in the “garden of your heart” that God wants to fully blossom. They define love, godliness, and spiritual maturity and describe the kingdom lifestyle. Implied in all of God’s commands is the promise of the enabling to walk out the command. 3Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. 5Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. 6Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled. 7Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. 8Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. 9Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. 10Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Mt. 5:3-10)
YOUR GARDEN: your heart is a garden; these 8 flowers must be cultivated as you “weed your garden” by resisting 6 common temptations (Mt. 5:21-48) and as you “water your garden” by pursuing 5 kingdom activities (Mt. 6:1-20).
RESISTING 6 COMMON TEMPTATIONS: Jesus highlighted 6 areas in which we wage war against sin in our hearts. They are anger (spirit of murder, Mt. 5:21-26), adultery (spirit of immorality, Mt. 5:27-30), disregarding the sanctity of marriage (disloyalty in relationships, Mt. 5:31-32), false commitments (spirit of manipulation to promote ourselves, Mt. 5:33-37), retaliation for personal inconveniences (spirit of revenge Mt. 5:38-42), and inactivity when mistreated (refusing active love, Mt. 5:43-47).
PURSUING 5 KINGDOM ACTIVITIES: Jesus described 5 activities that position your heart to receive more grace and strength as you consistently serve and give: charitable deeds, giving service and/or money (Mt. 6:1-4, 19-21), praying (Mt. 6:5-13), blessing your adversaries (fullness of forgiveness, Mt. 6:14-15; 5:44), and fasting (Mt. 6:16-18). These are disciplines that position your heart before God to receive more grace.
REWARDS OF OBEDIENCE: Jesus invites anyone and everyone to be great in His kingdom by walking in the Beatitudes. Whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments…shall be called least in the kingdom…whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom. (Mt. 5:19). Without faith [confidence in God] it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. (Heb. 11:6)
PURSUING JESUS WITH CONFIDENCE IN HIS REWARDS AND PROVISION
Jesus addressed the necessity of pursuing wholehearted love and obedience to God with confidence—especially related to your finances and possessions (Mt. 6:20-34). He calls us to have confidence in His rewards (eternal and temporal; Mt. 6:20-24) and in His provision (Mt. 6:24-33).
TRIALS WILL COME: Your love and obedience will be tested in order to be proved genuine under pressure (Matt. 7:21-27). Will you persevere even when you face trials? The storms of pressures, the eschatological storm (2 Thes. 2:3-4), and the final judgment (1 Cor. 3:10-15) will show forth the truth of your life.
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