THE BEATITUDES OF GODS KINGDOM.
THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT.
In this sermon Christ speaks of manifest sonship within the Kingdom of God.
In introduction to this I want to share with you a word spoken by the Lord to His servant J Leland Earls.
“Now consider the mount on which Jesus taught His disciples, and that which is revealed in what is commonly called the ‘Sermon on the Mount.
Were there not multitudes which came to hear that which Jesus spoke?
And were not the disciples taken apart and instructed in that which the multitudes were not ready to hear?
I say to you, I am calling to Myself a people who will sit at my feet and hear my words who will be instructed in the truths of My kingdom and My righteousness.
That which is revealed in the Sermon on the Mount is what I require of those who would enter My heavenly kingdom.
For was it not said, You shall be perfect as your heavenly father is perfect? (Matt. 5:48) Will I not do a perfecting work in those who are to be received of Me in my own realm?
For I say, except your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the nominal Christian of today, you shall not enter My heavenly kingdom (Psalm 15 and Psalm 24. The kingdom of heaven is the outer court realm called paradise whereas the kingdom of God is mount Zion.)
My kingdom is not for babes and toddlers but for those who have been brought to maturity.
For My kingdom is a ruling kingdom, and only those qualified to take a responsibility in My kingdom shall be admitted there to.
Others, though saved, will be barred until they have come into that minimum perfection which I require.
I say to you, study carefully the precepts of the kingdom as revealed in the Sermon on the Mount, for therein is the pattern of righteousness which I require. It is for those who are willing to be My disciples.
Others will hear the words and know the outer husk thereof, but only those fully instructed into My kingdom by My Spirit shall reap the benefits of this righteousness of the heart.
Therefore hear My word My people! Will you be among those I am drawing to My mount? And will you sit at My feet day by day and let Me teach you My ways?”
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Matt 5:1 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came to him: 2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying, 3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. 5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. 6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. 7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. 8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. 10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are you, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. 13 You are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his flavor, with which shall it be salted? it is thereafter good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. 14 You are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it gives light to all that are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
God says, Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”.
Jesus said to me “see all of your faults, your failures, your shortcomings, your imperfections and weaknesses as a cry of desperation for God to intervene on your behalf, for indeed you are like a fish on dry ground without My Holy Spirit operating through your life. So be encouraged because My kingdom does not belong to those that are self sufficient, but to those who are poor in spirit.
The only way to discover the richness of God is to allow oneself to be made poor in spirit. This attribute found in the nature and the character of a true follower of Christ is completely opposite to those who are arrogant, those who are self-willed, those who walk according to the desires of the flesh, those who are self-sufficient, self-righteous and wise in their own eyes.
It is a godly attribute and it is something that we grow into and is worked into our nature and characters as we are being brought to the very end of ourselves and as we discover just how very needy and dependant of God we actually are as finite human beings.
Even Jesus himself proclaimed in John 5:19 the Son can do nothing of himself, but what He sees the Father do. In John 5:30 He declares, I can of my own self do nothing, because I seek not My own will, but the will of my Father which has sent Me.
Then again in John 15:5 of His disciples the Lord says these words, I am the vine, you are the branches; he that stays in Me and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without Me you can do nothing.
I have learned in my pursuit of God that I am a man in desperate need of God. I am a very needy person in the presence of an all-sufficient God. Without Him I am nothing, I can do nothing, I can teach nothing, I can heal no one, I have no lasting abilities or recources that can keep me in the will of God.
Of myself, I cannot obey, of myself I cannot be holy, of myself I cannot be righteous, of myself I have no real strength and no power.
By my fleshly abilities I cannot resist temptation, understand the ways of the Spirit, understand scripture or even read the Bible not even to mention praying correctly.
In my poverty of spirit I have discovered Him as my all-sufficient eternal and enduring source of existence and in Him and by Him I need to live and move and have my entire being. Without the operation and empowerment of the Holy Spirit in my life I am indeed like a fish on dry ground.
To be poor in spirit is to realize my constant need of God. This also why Jesus said these words of those who trust in their self-sufficient riches, Mark 10:23 And Jesus looked round about, and said to His disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! 24 And the disciples were astonished at His words. But Jesus answers again, and said to them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!
Earthly treasure many times blinds people from realizing their intense need of God because money produces a sense of false security. This can clearly be seen in the 7th letter in the book of Revelation chapter 3 to the church of the Laodiceans where the Holy Spirit sends forth a clear rebuke and admonition that they need to repent because their riches and earthly treasures has blinded them from the truth. He calls for discernment to distinguish between earthly treasure that blinds and ensnare compared to that which God esteems as the real spiritual treasures that has eternal value. People who are in pursuit of money becomes spiritually bankrupt before God.
Isa 66:1 Thus said the LORD, The heaven is My throne, and the earth is My footstool: where is the house that you build to Me? and where is the place of My rest? 2 For all those things has My hand made, and all those things have been, said the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembles at My word..
A person that was brought by God to the very end of himself will discover the supreme happiness to be poor in spirit in the presence of the all-sufficiency of God because in this poverty of spirit all of God is made available unto Him as the scripture declares in Col 2: 9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10 and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.
A person that realises by revelation of the Spirit his total poverty of spirit will tap into the fullness of who God is and not himself, he will be a God-centered man and not a self-centered person.
He will discover the Lord as the eternal fountain of divine pleasure, enjoyment, fulfillment and satisfaction. The peace of the King, the joy of the King and the righteousness of the great King will forever be his portion. O that we may come to the very end of ourselves so that we may discover the supreme riches of God.
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Mourning in the order of the Spirit and in the life of the disciple has to do with true heart-felt repentance and the scripture which the Lord gave me to explain this is found in James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up.
This is the kind of mourning that God calls blessed.
You must realize your utmost sinful state and need of his great mercy as a person that was born into sin through the fall of Adam. When we are rescued by God out of the depths of depravity we have great need of deep repentance and repentance is a process and a journey of healing and restoration with Him into the deepest parts of your being that has been severily defiled by the influence of the fallen nature.
It takes great patience, a long journey and a deep work by the Holy Spirit to become a fully sanctified vessel and to be fully sanctified is to have every part of your life in subjection to the love of God by His indwelling Holy Spirit.
Through much and great mourning we are brought into the kingdom of God and not one stone is left unturned because He is holy. The mourners are they that weep and grieve over their sinfulness before a holy God and being exposed in the light of His loving presence, they allow themselves to be cleansed and transformed by the grace and the power that can only come from Him. Remember what the Lord said to Peter in John 13:8 If I dont wash you, you have no part with Me.
The mourners are those that truly repent and turn away from the desires of the flesh to be brought into agreement with the desires and the divine agenda of the Holy Spirit. The true mourners before God have discovered that the only way to become useful in the kingdom and the only way to be placed in a position of authority and rulership under Christ is to renounce those things that are offensive to the King.
These have truly renounced their sinful and rebellious ways and they refuse to abuse or rape the grace of a sovereign loving God. Through their season of mourning they have discovered the Lord the Holy Spirit as their only great Comforter.
True comfort is only found as we turn away from our sins to pursue peace with God.
Again I call 2Tim 2:19-21 to remembrance that says 19. However Gods firm foundation stands, having this seal, The Lord knows those who are his, and, Let every one who names the name of the Lord depart from unrighteousness. 20 Now in a large house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of clay. Some are for honor, and some for dishonor. 21 If anyone therefore purges himself from these, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, and suitable for the masters use, prepared for every good work.
The true mourners before God are they who allow the grace of the Lord to completely dethrone sin in their lives so that they might live for God and His purposes alone. Self is the principle of sin, we sin because we yield to that which self desires but repentance is to walk away from, and renounce the cause of sin which is self-desire so that one can embrace the purposes and desires of God by the influence and operation of His Spirit in our lives.
We must, in the light of the immense price which Christ has paid lament, grieve and mourn before a Holy God, until all darkness and sin has been expelled from our lives for in this is the comfort of the Holy Spirit manifested. Me must humble ourselves and approach the Lord daily with willing hearts knowing that we have been forgiven and pardoned of all of our sins, transgressions and iniquities although the experiencial reality of the cleansing process can be painful and mournful.
As is written in 1John 1:5-19 This is the message which we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him and walk in the darkness, we lie, and dont tell the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us the sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we havent sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.
1John 2:1 My little children, these things write I to you, that you sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for our’s only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
Interesting to notice in the above verse that the whole worlds sins was paid for, but most people have not come to God to receive that forgiveness.
So His grace, through their constant rebellion, is made of no effect in their lives. It is the same in the lives of Christians that lives in wilful rebellion after they have received the knowledge of the truth, they make the grace and forgiveness of God of no effect. We have to appropriate the grace of a forgiving God by being willing to turn away from the things for which Jesus died.
The children of God that walks in the truth have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness but have renounced it because they have come to realize they are children of the light and light has the power, if you embrace it, to expose and expel all darkness, but the power of the light must be appropriated and allowed entrance into every room of a house if one desire to have a house filled with light.
In other words we must come into agreement with the Light as the scripture declares 1John 2:3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep His commandments. 4 He that said, I know Him, and keeps not His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But whoever keeps His word, in him truly is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in Him. People who resist heartfelt repentance in turning away from sin are resisting in actual fact the power of His grace to save them.
So we need to understand that to be brought into His blessed comfort and supreme state of happiness we must renounce sin and walk away from it.
2 Cor 7:9 Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that you sorrowed to repentance: for you were made sorry after a godly manner, that you might receive damage by us in nothing. 10 For godly sorrow works repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world works death.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Through this Holy Spirit endowed meekness we are being placed in a ruler-ship position in Christ. In order for a believer to walk in this kind of divine meekness the King must be allowed sovereign rule in a persons heart.
It is as Jesus declared to me years ago, YOU CANNOT BE ALLOWED TO SIT WITH ME IN HEAVEN UNLESS YOU FIRST ALLOW ME TO DETHRONE YOU ON EARTH.
His rulership within our lives means full surrender on our part. This meekness of which Jesus spoke is brought into full fruition through true repentance and to be brought into its fullness we must humble ourselves before God, acknowledge that the ways of the flesh are wrong and contrary to His will and desire to bring forth the character and holiness of His Son in us.
We must renounce and do away with the pride of the flesh. The flesh is wilful, prideful, self-centered and stubborn. If we want to be truly fully devoted to the will of the Father by walking and living the life of truth in the way of Christ then we need to take heed never to defend the cause or the rights of the fallen flesh.
The god of this world through some form of mental ascend will always attempt to reason us out of the plan, purposes and will of God for our lives as when Jesus discerned him coming through Peter. He said “get behind me Satan because you do not mind the things of God but the things of man.”
The carnal mind must be dethroned so that the mind of Christ may find supremacy within our hearts. Satan rules through the natural mind whereas God rules through the mind of His Spirit. Therefore an important lesson should be learned in our pursuit to live a more devoted walk with God that the flesh will always seek to justify its fallen position or comfort zone and if we side with it we strengthen Satan’s hold on our lives to some degree.
Did not the Apostle Paul count all things loss for the sake of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus?
Did he not declare all that was profit to his flesh as dung compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus his Lord and was he not consumed with a godly zeal to be conformed to the death of Christ and through that death to become a partaker of the resurrection glory and life of Christ?
Then why should it be any different for us?
Should not our attitudes be as it was with Christ that we may always be about the Father’s business? Only we have the power of descision to walk as close to Him as we want to be but let us never forget that a closer walk will always require a greater sacrifice.
TRUE LOVE IS A DIVINE GENTLEMAN AND HE WILL ONLY TAKE UP AND INHABIT THE SPACE IN OUR HEARTS THAT WE ALLOW HIM TO HAVE. A TRUE BOND-SERVANT OF GOD DESPISES ANYTHING LESS THAN GOD.
The Lord loves the meek but He resists the proud. Meekness is a fruit of God’s Spirit that speeks of the mature manifestation of sonship which is Christ likeness.
As is clearly evidenced in Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
You can only be brought into the life of the Spirit as you embrace the work of the cross of Christ in your life by the putting to death the works of the flesh. First death to the old then resurrection into the new.
The Spirit of God spoke these words to me: People who resist repentance by turning away from the things that draws them away from being devoted to the Lord are actually saying to God, “My fleshly desires are more important to me than having a spiritual walk with You and being devoted to things that pertains to life and godliness.”
TRUE LOVE TOWARDS GOD IS RADICALLY DEMONSTRATED THROUGH OBEDIENCE.
Obedience is the only evidence of love and this love is the divine love of the Holy Spirit that is shed abroad in a heart wholly devoted to the life of the Spirit but in order for His love to take root and work in our hearts, all opposing desires must be eliminated. Most Christians are controlled by their own desires which causes them to only live for themselves towards their own fleshly goals.
These goals, pursuits and carnal desires are what Paul spoke off as wood, hay and chaff and holds no value with God. These things will all be burned up in the judgment and only the things of the Spirit, only that which springs forth from the life of Christ that brings glory to the Father will remain and be rewarded.
My fleshly desires will cause me to suffer great loss when weighed in the eternal balance and scheme of things. We must therefore shift our focus and live towards eternity with an eternal perspective asking ourselves the constant question, WHAT HAVE I SACRIFICED TO BE REWARDED FOR IN ETERNITY?
WHAT WILL MY REWARD BE WHEN I STAND BEFORE GOD? DID MY LIFE BRING GLORY TO GOD OR TO MYSELF?
DID I ONLY GLORY IN MY OWN ACCOMPLISHMENTS HERE ON EARTH OR DOES MY GLORY COME FROM WHAT I ALLOWED HIM TO ACCOMPLISH THROUGH ME FOR HIM AND FOR OTHERS ?
The Christian walk is a life lived out to the glory of God in the grace and the transforming power of the Holy Spirit. It is a life of extraordinary power based in holiness, humility and extraordinary love. This life is a life of sacrifice to bring forth the fragrance of Christ to the glory of God.
The church needs to understand that we were called to follow Christ and not ourselves. You will never become like Jesus if you resist the transformation work of the Spirit of Grace by living for yourself.
Jesus Christ is not a self-centered Person but a self-less loving Savior. Self-centerdness is what got us into trouble in the first place. Remember that “my way” is the devil’s way.
The call to discipleship is a call to a life of sacrifice therefore the reason why there are so few disciples following Jesus. The call to be crucified means laying down your life just as He did so that you can serve the Father through the love of the Spirit. There is only one pattern portrayed for us in the life of the only begotten of the Father. Jesus Christ is the blueprint and standard for Christian living therefore the admonition to walk as He did and this can only happen when we yield ourselves to the influence, leading and the unction of the Holy Ghost. Understand that the Holy Spirit has no fleshly desires within Him.
He is radically passionate about Jesus and if you want to experience His passion then you need to allow Him entrance into your heart.
Most Christians only know “about” the Holy Spirit and He is a complete stranger to them because they are so preoccupied with the self-life.
The Holy Spirit is given to inhabit the disciple of Christ and to empower us to live like Jesus, manifesting His nature, His character and His attributes so that people can be drawn to God. You have been called to live out Christ by demonstration and not by theology or theory.
Anybody can talk well of God but how many of the proclaiming Christians of today demonstrate His reality by the way in which they live?
Realize then beloved that before the life of Christ (the way that Jesus walked and lived) can become a living reality through you, you need to lay down, die to and renounce your former way of life. The reality of the new creation in Christ cannot be found in the life of the flesh, rather it is revealed in the life of the Spirit.
Therefore the glorious statement in 1 Corinthians 15:36 what has been sown cannot be brought back to life unless it has died. The cross is the doorway into this NEW LIFE IN CHRIST. To live in the experiantal reality of the NEW, the OLD must be done away with. The same grace that saved us must also be allowed to change us.
The call to discipleship is a call to a life where the love of God is perfected through a living sacrifice. Jesus was made perfect through suffering because true love requires sacrifice.
A life invested into the purposes and will of God (heaven’s economy) is a life well spent and as the Lord said to me, it has eternal consequences that only eternity will tell. The self-life is a thief that will steal your eternal reward.
There is a beautiful scripture in Psalm 25:8-9 Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will He teach sinners in the way. 9 The meek will He guide in judgment: and the meek will He teach His way.
This means that as you are willing to humble yourself under the mighty hand of the Lord and allow Him to guide you through a life of repentance, exposing and dealing with everything that offends Him then allowing Him to judge it, then you will discover the righteous way of the Lord.
It is the same as Rom 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Meekness is the same as humility and submissiveness. It is the act of submitting; usually surrendering power to another as in yielding ourselves totally to the will of God and allowing Him to have His way in our lives and to do as He please by comforming our lives the standard of Christ.
To walk in meekness is a kingdom position obtained by becoming an obedient servant to the King. To serve God in the grace of the Holy Spirit puts one in a meek state of supreme happiness.
The meek ones in the kingdom of God and of Christ are the ones who will be granted the honor to reign with them over the earth throughout the millennium and then onward into the eternal future. As is written in Rev 21:7 He that overcomes shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. 8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and fornicators, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
The meek are the ones who have lost all control over their lives, yielding their rights to the Lord to be brought into a ruling position with Him. They have allowed the deep cleansing work of the cross of Christ to rid their hearts of all rebellion against the King.
These are the gentle lambs who follow the Shepherd wherever He may lead and they are never wise in their own eyes. They are meek toward their Master but bold and ferocious against the enemy. They are extreme radical lovers of God and allow no compromise whatsoever. The Lords meek love-slaves only have eyes for Him and allow no distractions to come between them and Him.
They are always responsive to His call, always sensitive to His will and always do what pleases the Father in the grace of His Spirit. This proclaimed meekness of a kingdom-dweller is the greatest strength with God because He gives His grace to the humble and nothing can overpower His grace.
To be brought by the Spirit of grace to this place and condition of the meekness of Christ means that you must be willing to be totally stripped of all self-desire, self-reliance, self-trust, self-interest, self-confidence and every aspect of the self-life.
You cannot walk with Him in the meekness of the Spirit if there are anything left of self because self at some point will always take offense, rise up in arrogance, be angered, wanting to rebel and even indulge itself in fleshly vanity of some sort.
Self is a corrupter of the glory of God and must be rooted out by the operation and the working of the cross until one is brought forth and established in the meekness of the Son of God.
THE WORD IS MEEK AND GENTLE AS A CHILD AND ONLY FINDS PLEASURE IN DOING THE WILL OF THE FATHER.
It is a kingdom position and a mature ruling position empowered by Godly authority and character established by the Spirit of meekness. There is no man as powerful as a man in total subjection to God because of the meekness of the Holy Spirit operating within his yielded heart.
A true bond-servant of Christ that walks in the meekness of the Spirit will always acknowledge who God is and will never boast in himself because he is always aware of the reality that without the Lord he is nothing and can do nothing. His desire is only to give glory to God and never to draw attention to himself.
Humility is the highest and most honourable ranking in the kingdom of God and the way up is the way down as is written in Jas 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up.
Isa 57:15 For thus says the high and lofty One that inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
If you are one that desires to be seated with God, ruling from this place of godly meekness, then let Him bring you to the very end of yourself by conforming you to the life and the pattern revealed in the life His dear Son. There is no other way.
Mic 6:8 He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?