We Are Rich!

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Where can a person find true wealth?  Is it in money, possessions, or something often overlooked?  Perhaps the greatest treasures are found within the human heart.  These riches are the Christ-like character revealed within the born again believer.  Many remarkable blessings are described for us in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, found in Matthew chapter five, which presents us with a dynamic look into the life of a Christian.

First Jesus shares, Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”  Matt 5:3  This is a person who readily acknowledges their real need for God’s sustaining help for every part of life.  The next blessing is for those who mourn, experiencing heartfelt sorrow over a hurting world that rejects the Savior.  They are quick to share their resources to help others, making a difference.  A third reason to rejoice is given to the humble who practice gentleness and kindness toward their fellow man.  There is a special blessing pronounced on those who hunger and thirst for righteousness.  They long to see honesty, integrity, and justice in their own lives as well as in society.  Next, the merciful are abundantly blessed as they actively show compassion, helping others who cannot help themselves.  “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”  Matt 5:8  This is a person who strives to have pure thoughts coupled with a clear conscience.  Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”  Matt 5:9  This individual will intervene to make peace even if it means a loss to themselves.  Sadly, the world will come against those who do right because it exposes others wrongdoing yet they will inherit the kingdom of heaven.  The final blessing is for those who are persecuted because they take a stand for Christ.  There will be indescribable rewards for those who show the courage to share the sufferings of Jesus.  “All the world is searching for joy and happiness but these cannot be purchased for any price in any marketplace, because they are virtues that come from within, and like rare jewels must be polished, for they shine brightest in the light of faith, and in the services of brotherly love.”  L. R. Taylor

Within the Beatitudes we discover the source of true wealth, Christ-like character.  To be blessed by God is to finally experience lasting happiness.  As we come to know our savior we become like him, making us rich indeed!

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In a world that is rapidly rejecting God, believers stand apart from the crowd when they declare, “I will follow Him forever.”  What causes a person to love God more than anything or anyone else?  We do this because we recognize that He is our maker and that He is Truth.  The disciple John reminds us, “You alone have the words that give eternal life…”  John 6:68   God’s power is unlimited and absolute.  “With God nothing shall be impossible.”  Luke 1:37   “He was before all else began and it is His power that holds everything together.”  Col 1:17

One incredible benefit of faith is that we possess all things in Christ.  “And since we are His children, we will share His treasures for all God gives to His son Jesus is now ours too.”  Rom 8:17  Living for God gives us an over-whelmingly positive attitude toward life.  What reassurance we find in knowing that He expertly handles the ruling and governing of our world.   Dear friends, if the world really knew about the true God they would line up for miles to be reconciled to Him and enjoy the privileges of God’s family life.  How exciting to hear Him say, “Now you have every grace and blessing, every spiritual gift and power for doing His will are yours…”  1 Cor 1:5  “…His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness through the knowledge of Him…” 2 Pet 1:3  No wonder He is known as the Giving God.  He sweetens the pot still further by giving us His mighty Holy Spirit. “And God has actually given us His Spirit to tell us about the wonderful free gifts of grace and blessing that God has given us.” 1 Cor 2:12

Dear believer, there is one more gift we desperately need in order to live in the 21st century.  “I am leaving you with a gift- peace of mind and heart!  And the peace I give isn’t fragile like the peace the world gives.  So don’t be troubled or afraid.”  John 14:27   He is asking you to come to Him with your problems and your fears for you are backed up, fully supported by the God of the Universe.  “The only important decision we have to make is to live with God.  He will make the rest.”  Anonymous   Today let us join hands with our brothers and sisters around the world dedicating our lives to honor the God above all god’s.

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