Today’s devotional is written by Lori Steinkamp Lassen. She is our only daughter, she has been married to Scott for 19 years, is the mother of four children, and has worked with the ministry for many years. – Charlyne
YOU ARE BLESSED
In our culture, celebrities have a lot of followers. Now, more than ever, those “followers” can be tracked. It can be measured in re-tweets on Twitter or likes on Facebook. Even those of us who are not celebrities will post something to social media hoping to get positive feedback by way of likes.
If Twitter existed 2,000 years ago, I’m sure Jesus would have had more followers than any pop star out of Jerusalem. His hashtags would have probably looked something like this:
Jesus had people following Him throughout Galilee. He was preaching the Good News and healing people. He was the celebrity that others wanted to hear from. Despite the amount of people following Him, Jesus took time to speak privately with His disciples.
Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them, saying:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Matthew 5:1-12
Are you feeling very blessed today? Chances are you are feeling anything but blessed. You may say, “How can I be blessed? My home is falling apart. My spouse doesn’t talk to me and my kids are going crazy.”
When Jesus was speaking to His disciples, He was preparing them. He was warning them that just because they were following Him, they would not necessarily see fame, fortune and happiness.
Blessed are the poor in spirit. – Are you poor in spirit? Have you realized your need for a Savior? Have you repented and turned your life over to Jesus Christ? Then, yours is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn. Have you mourned? So many of you have experienced great loss. Jesus has promised to bring you comfort.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness. Do you hunger for more of Him? Do you desire righteousness like you desire water? He can be water for your soul. He has promised to fill you.
You are blessed! You are blessed when people insult you. No, I have not lost my mind! Do you have friends and family who have hurled insults at you because of Christ? Do they think you have lost your mind because you are praying for marriage restoration? Jesus says you are blessed!
I know these days are long. I understand that they are hard. Some of you are facing an upcoming court date where you will sit across the room from the person you once shared a life with. Others are facing children who have walked away from the Lord. Regardless of where your circumstances have you today, rest in the assurance that you are blessed!
“Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Matthew 5:12
Rejoice and be glad today! Great is your reward in heaven. Jesus Christ loves you. He has not forgotten you. He hears every prayer you cry and sees every tear that drops. Today, rest in the assurance that He knew what we would face. He knew there would be hard times but rejoice in the fact that
YOU ARE BLESSED!
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