How the Blessings of Mercy Impact Your Life

Beatitude 5: The Blessings of Mercy

Acts of mercyMany are the blessings of mercy. They touch the critical parts of our spiritual and physical life. Jesus said:

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” (Matthew 5:7)

Mercy has not always been regarded as a positive trait. In some cultures, it was even viewed as a sign of character weakness. Nevertheless, in most major religions, it is identified as one of the attributes of God.
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How to Be Righteous by Faith in Jesus Christ

Beatitude 4: The Only Way to Be Righteous

Hunger and thirst to be righteous

About being righteous Jesus said:

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled. “ (Matthew 5:6)

When we hunger and thirst, we have a compelling craving to satisfy our physical need. Here Jesus applied them figuratively to a strong spiritual desire for righteousness. Continue reading

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The Meek Will Inherit the Earth

Beatitude 3: Can the Meek Inherit the Earth?

The Meek

Jesus said:

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5)

If we interpret the words of this Beatitude according to the usual meaning of the words used in it, we would conclude that this statement cannot be true.

“Inheriting the earth” is such a huge promise, it reminds of me the command to subdue the earth God gave to Adam in the Garden of Eden.

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The Blessing of Mourning According to Jesus

Beatitude 2: What Mourning Is Comforted

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Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. (Matthew 5:4)

As shown in the previous post each beatitude is a paradox that needs to be interpreted. Let us see how to interpret this beatitude.

Mourning means to feel or express grief or sorrow. It describes both the attitude and feeling experiences for a loss, often for the death of a loved one, as well as the expression of such a feeling. However, there could be different reasons for mourning. Continue reading

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The Beatitudes – Part 1 – How You Determine Your Blessings

Beatitude 1: Are the Poor in Spirit Poor?

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INTRODUCTION

The Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-11) are part of the Sermon on the Mount.

A Major Paradigm Shift from the Old Testament

In this sermon, Jesus presented to his disciples the way to live according to the principles of the Kingdom of God. Jesus introduced a major paradigm shift from the understanding of the Old Testament. It was a new way of looking at our spiritual walk and our relationship with God. Continue reading

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The Mysteries of the Kingdom of God – Part 3

Discovering the Mysteries of the Kingdom of God

Revealed Mysteries of the Kingdom of God

Jesus revealed to His disciples the Mysteries of the Kingdom of God. This topic was at the center of Jesus’ message. Jesus continuously referred to it. He communicated ideas that were mysteries to the Jews. His new ideas that were very different from the accepted Jewish traditions. Continue reading

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The Kingdom of God: Living in the Kingdom – Part 2

How Believers Bring the Kingdom of God on Earth

the Kingdom of God Comes

The Kingdom of God became available to all true believers (see Part 1) after Jesus’ resurrection. You can live in it now. All born-again believers can enter in that reality when they are born again (John 3:3-6). Then, they can work in power after they receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.

The Experience of the Kingdom of God

When you are living in the Kingdom of God , everything you perceive in your existence changes. In addition to the physical dimension, you become aware of the spiritual dimension. Continue reading

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The Kingdom of God – Part 1

The Kingdom of God: Understand and Enter It – Part 1

The Kingdom of God

The Kingdom Is Within You

The Kingdom of God was the central theme of Jesus’ preaching.

As soon as John the Baptist baptized Jesus and Jesus overcame His temptations, He was ready for His ministry. Jesus took over John’s message (Matthew 3:2) and started to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom.

“From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 4:17)

The Kingdom of God was the central theme of Jesus’ preaching.

However, Jesus did more than John the Baptist did. Through His healings and miracles, He demonstrated that the Kingdom of God is real and available now. Continue reading

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The Sure Strategy for Overcoming Temptations

Overcoming Temptations – Your Steps to Growth in Christ

Overcome Temptations

In Mathew 4, Jesus shows us the sure strategy to overcoming temptations. God calls you to be an overcomer. Jesus’ approach is effective and will work all the time for you too, if you understand it and use it.

We All Are Tempted

Temptation is an integral part of your spiritual development. By overcoming temptations you become free. Continue reading

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Why Water Baptism – Jesus’ and Yours?

Why Did Jesus Go to John the Baptist to Be Baptized?

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It is surprising that Jesus went for water baptism to John the Baptist.  Jesus was born without sin and the Bible says that he never sinned. (Hebrews 4:15) Why then, did Jesus go to John the Baptist to be baptized?

Many arguments used to justify and explain this event, in my opinion, are not the reasons why Jesus was baptized, but the results of His baptism. Continue reading

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