Posts Tagged ‘ Blessed ’

VerseD: Luke 6:35

But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.

Luke 6:35, ESV

God has shown His kindness and goodness to all of us (everyone) who has sinned (rebelled and disobeyed) against Him.

We remember that vengeance is the Lord’s against those who wrong us, and, just as we can never earn grace nor our own salvation but must accept His gift, we give of ourselves to help others.

VerseD: Proverbs 11:24

One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.

Proverbs 11:24, ESV

God blesses us, and we bless others with those blessings. Most importantly, God gives us the blessing of grace and forgiveness, and if we hold onto for ourselves we stagnate. If we pass on that blessing, we find more than we can fathom.

VerseD: Matthew 5:9

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”

Matthew 5:9, ESV

God wants us to live at peace with others as mich as we can, but most importantly He desires we bring others to the peace with God found only in Christ.

VerseD: Psalm 103:2

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits

Psalm 103:2, ESV

As we recall all God has done for us, we want to obey His commands. Our obedience and love brings Him joy.

VerseD: Matthew 5:10

“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Matthew 5:10, ESV

We have the Kingdom of God in our hearts, carrying it into the world. This means we confront the world with their sin, and they will lash out.

Yet, it means they are confronted with the truth and goodness of God.

VerseD: Proverbs 11:25

Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.

Proverbs 11:25, ESV

We are blessed to bless. God gives to us so that we can give to others.

There is also a joy that comes from giving to others, especially when the gospel is shared and they find the joy of salvation.

VerseD: Isaiah 7:14

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Isaiah 7:14, ESV

A blessed and upright young woman was given the impossible task of raising the Son of God who would take away her and all our sin.

Imagine the joyous burden and faith.

Sermon on the Mount study notes – Matthew 7:24-29

I have started (and with this one finish) a small group series on Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). I am sharing my notes in case anyone else wants to use them with their group. [Reminder that these are only notes!]

Sermon on the Mount – Part 15

Matthew 5:1-2:
Jesus wants to teach the crowds: Who are they? Jewish disciples: People who understand the
Scriptures (at least to a point). Notice from 7:28 the crowds still came along, but this teaching is for His disciples.

What does “blessed” mean?
Based on the first twelve verses, blessed means realizing our own wretchedness and need for a Savior. In other words, it is becoming/being a Christian.

What was discussed last time?

  • Fruit and False Prophets
    • Good appearances and loving works do not necessarily mean faithful Christians
    • Most (if not all) know they are deceiving others
      • The destruction will be quick … and eternal
      • They should be pitied and evangelized! And refuted

Matthew 7:24-27:
Foolish and Wise builders

  • Do not jump to the Genesis 6-9 Flood.
    • The Flood was cataclysmic globally, such that nothing remained. The wise houses remain.
  • See the Psalms, frequently pointing to “The LORD my rock”, as well as Matthew 16:13-19
  • James 1:22-25
  • Let us remember what came before: Fruit and Prophets
    • Ezekiel 13:8-16
    • Compare with the parables of Jesus:
      • Ten Virgins (25:1-13) – Be prepared, our faith cannot save nor sustain others
      • Talents (25:14-30) – Invest in what God has given us, it is to be grown and shared
      • Forgiving (18:21-35) – We give His forgiveness and grace, yet wisely
      • Weeds (13:24-30, 37-43) – Realize the false are mixed in with the true believers
      • Sower (13:3-9, 18-23) – Not all who respond well to the Gospel are saved

Matthew 7:28-9:
“Astonished”

  • Does not mean they believed
    • See Jordan Peterson (as of 12/13/2021)
  • Does not mean they obeyed
  • Does not mean they followed well
    • After explaining communion/following Jesus (John 6), we see John 6:60 and 66 – many found His teachings hard, and they left
    • Luke 8:18-22 – Following Jesus is hard
    • Luke 14:25-33 – How many are told to “just pray and believe” without being told of the cost?

Have we counted the cost?
Are we being wise, studying His Word and applying it; or foolish, taking what we like and throwing out
the rest?
Are we listening to the under-shepherds or the wolves in sheep’s clothing?

Sermon on the Mount study notes – Matthew 7:15-23

I have started a small group series on Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). I am sharing my notes in case anyone else wants to use them with their group. [Reminder that these are only notes!]

Sermon on the Mount – Part 14

Matthew 5:1-2:
Jesus wants to teach the crowds: Who are they? Jewish disciples: People who understand the
Scriptures (at least to a point). Notice from 7:28 the crowds still came along, but this teaching is for His disciples.

What does “blessed” mean?
Based on the first twelve verses, blessed means realizing our own wretchedness and need for a Savior. In other words, it is becoming/being a Christian.

What was discussed last time?

  • ASK
  • Golden Rule
    • Wide vs. Narrow Gate

Matthew 7:15-23:
“Beware false prophets …”

  • Deuteronomy 13:1-3 – Speak true prophecies, but lead to other gods
    • Can be said also “preach a different gospel”
      • The Gospel: Jesus Christ (fully god, fully man) was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died for our sins on the cross, and three days later rose again.
      • False gospels: We can attain the godhood, are meant to do everything Christ did, are basically little gods
  • • Matthew 24:9-14, 21-28 – Just before Christ’s return, the gospel will be heard everywhere, but deceit will be the highest ever
    • False teachers/prophets saying Christ is found in the wilderness/inner rooms (huge influx of wilderness/secret room prayer ministries in the past 2 decades)
    • False christs? “Christ” means “anointed one” – huge influx of “anointings” and “anointed aposltes, prophets, and teachers” who receive special anointings and revelations
    • They may even perform real miracles and prophecies, “to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.”
  • 2 Peter 2
    • v. 13: Most if not all are aware they are deceiving people!
    • vv. 10b-11: They think they can control demons and “bind and decree against” them. (Obviously, most today have not met a demon like the sons of Sceva did! (Acts 19:11-20, which also points out people burning their magical books, as opposed to groups today offering heavenly viewings (sceances), destiny card reading (Tarot), and things like grave soaking (receiving anointing from the dead), all while offering sure-fire ways to make God do things for your to make your life better (magick)
    • vv. 4-10a: Mentioning the angels of Noah’s day and Sodom and Gomorrah points out those who allow or even celebrate deviant sexual desires (liberal Christianity, possibly even some in the hyper-charismatic movement)
    • vv. 17-22: They are so stuck on making the things of this world “holy” that they get stuck in the things of this world, thinking they are wise they show they are vv. 12-16, chasing money and power (like Balaam) while acting like they are barely evolved from primates.
  • But there end is destruction:
    • vv. 21-23: “Did we not …” – They put on a good show, say all the right things to sound good (how many NAR/liberal churches have orthodox statements of faith?), even accomplish amazing feats (“signs and wonders”, feeding the hungry, helping the homeless, etc.), yet they lead people from Christ.
    • “I never knew you.” – They claimed to know Christ, but like the sons of Sceva, they are merely riding on the coattails of Christ and Paul.

Who are we listening to?

How are we treating Scripture? The Gospel? Jesus? God?

VerseD: Numbers 6:24-26

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Numbers 6:24‭-‬26, ESV

Seek God, and may you find the blessings of His love and grace.