Discovering Joy In The Beatitudes
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.
Poor in spirit, mourning, and gentle... do these sound like the characteristics
of happy and successful people? Yet the word "blessed" could
also be translated as "happy." How do you make sense out of
a statement that says, "Happy are those who mourn?"
The Key That Unlocks The Beatitudes and True Joy
Many Christians don't get what Jesus is teaching in the Beatitudes.
These "blessings" can be confusing and paradoxical. Jesus
seems to be teaching the opposite of what we know just from simple common
sense. If we are to be poor in spirit and mourning all the time, how
can we get anything done? We'll just be moping around, never having
the energy to get anything done. And who wants to be a meek pushover?
Certainly not me!
What's seriously disturbing is that Jesus didn't practice what He preached.
He wasn't poor in spirit and meek when, in anger, He entered the temple
and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of
those who were selling doves." (Matthew 21:12)
So what's going on? was Jesus a hypocrite? Or are we not understanding
Pastor Steve will give you an understanding of what Jesus was teaching
and how it applies in your life. You'll learn that the Beatitudes are
about having a right heart, and from a right heart flows right actions.
In Jesus' day the Pharisees were considered to be the best of the best,
the most righteous and religious of all Jews. Yet, Jesus calls them
whitewashed tombs... good looking on the outside, but dead on the inside.
Why? Because they were not following the principles Jesus lays out in
the Beatitudes. Their hearts were not right.
Written as a companion book to Pastor Steve's book "Should
I RUN From Jesus Always" this new book shows you the true
path to happiness and joy.