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1
What is in your heart?
  • (Matthew 51-12 NKJV) And seeing the
    multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He
    was seated His disciples came to Him. 2 Then 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 those who
    mourn, For they shall be comforted. 5 Blessed
    are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.

2
What is in your heart?
  • 6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for
    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 sons of
    God. 10 Blessed are those who are persecuted
    for righteousness sake, For theirs is the
    kingdom of heaven.

3
What is in your heart?
  • 11 Blessed are you when they revile and
    persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against
    you falsely for My sake. 12 Rejoice and be
    exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in
    heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who
    were before you.

4
What is in your heart?
  • When one has these conditions of heart he will be
    "blessed" or happy!

5
What is in your heart?
  • When one has these conditions of heart he will be
    "blessed" or happy!
  • "True happiness is a continual state of mind, in
    contrast with the superficial happiness of the
    world which is enjoyment without joy and pleasure
    without peace." - Joe Corley

6
What is in your heart?
  • When one has these conditions of heart he will be
    "blessed" or happy!
  • "True happiness is a continual state of mind, in
    contrast with the superficial happiness of the
    world which is enjoyment without joy and pleasure
    without peace." - Joe Corley
  • You will never find this peace from the advice
    the world gives! (Jn 1427 1631-33)

7
What is in your heart?
  • (John 1427 NKJV) Peace I leave with you, My
    peace I give to you not as the world gives do I
    give to you. Let not your heart be troubled,
    neither let it be afraid.

8
What is in your heart?
  • (John 1631-33 NKJV) Jesus answered them, Do
    you now believe? 32 Indeed the hour is coming,
    yes, has now come, that you will be scattered,
    each to his own, and will leave Me alone. And yet
    I am not alone, because the Father is with Me.

9
What is in your heart?
  • 33 These things I have spoken to you, that in
    Me you may have peace. In the world you will have
    tribulation but be of good cheer, I have
    overcome the world.

10
What is in your heart?
  • Are you able to make the hard decisions in the
    Christian life?

11
What is in your heart?
  • Are you able to make the hard decisions in the
    Christian life?
  • Too often many choose the path of silence rather
    than be willing to step up and be counted out of
    a fear of consequences.

12
What is in your heart?
  • Remember the fruit of that kind of spirit! (Jn
    1242-43 Rev 218)

13
What is in your heart?
  • (John 1242-43 NKJV) Nevertheless even among
    the rulers many believed in Him, but because of
    the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they
    should be put out of the synagogue 43 for they
    loved the praise of men more than the praise of
    God.

14
What is in your heart?
  • (Revelation 218 NKJV) But the cowardly,
    unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually
    immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars
    shall have their part in the lake which burns
    with fire and brimstone, which is the second
    death.

15
The sign of true Christian Character --- Meekness
  • What is meekness? (Mt 55)

16
The sign of true Christian Character --- Meekness
  • (Matthew 55 NKJV) Blessed are the meek, For
    they shall inherit the earth.

17
The sign of true Christian Character --- Meekness
  • The word used here "parus is seen in that it lies
    between excessive anger (Gr. origates) and
    exessive angerlessness (Gr. aorgisia). It is true
    composure, i.e., the ability to be angry at the
    right times and never angry at the wrong time.
    Rightly so, the Greeks used praus (meek) for a
    tamed beast (a horse once wild, but now obedient
    to bit and saddle).

18
The sign of true Christian Character --- Meekness
  • It is strength under control - submissiveness.

19
The sign of true Christian Character --- Meekness
  • "There is logical order to the beatitudes up to
    this point awareness of dependence upon God
    ("poor in spirit") leads to a true view of what
    sin is in all its ugliness ("they that mourn").
    This leads to submissiveness to God ("blessed are
    the meek"). "Meekness" is therefore that
    disposition in man that makes him esteem himself
    as small before God and men, taking a low
    estimate of himself.

20
The sign of true Christian Character --- Meekness
  • "We like to think blessed are the strong, the
    shrewd, those who stand up for their rights,
    those who refuse to be taken advantage of, those
    who always look out for slights, those who strike
    it rich and make it a success. We have a tendency
    to put high value on self-assertion.

21
The sign of true Christian Character --- Meekness
  • The natural standpoint is that a strong person is
    one who not only does what he wills but also
    bends others to do his will. The Biblical concept
    of meekness, however, is different. Meekness in
    the Greek is used to describe an animal which has
    been trained by its master.

22
The sign of true Christian Character --- Meekness
  • Wild and unruly animals are worthless but when
    trained they become meek, that is teachable and
    quiet. If we remember this background of the term
    we will see that meekness is strength under the
    control of God and that gentleness is true power.

23
The sign of true Christian Character --- Meekness
  • Wild and unruly animals are worthless but when
    trained they become meek, that is teachable and
    quiet. If we remember this background of the term
    we will see that meekness is strength under the
    control of God and that gentleness is true
    power.
  • Moses is a great example of meekness. (Num 123)

24
The sign of true Christian Character --- Meekness
  • (Numbers 123 KJV) (Now the man Moses was very
    meek, above all the men which were upon the face
    of the earth.)

25
The sign of true Christian Character --- Meekness
  • How do you respond to men who complain and
    murmur? (Prov 1632)

26
The sign of true Christian Character --- Meekness
  • (Proverbs 1632 NKJV) He who is slow to anger
    is better than the mighty, And he who rules his
    spirit than he who takes a city.

27
The sign of true Christian Character --- Meekness
  • A great test of meekness is your response to
    unfair and unreasonable people. Do you really
    trust God? (Rom 1221)

28
The sign of true Christian Character --- Meekness
  • (Romans 1221 NKJV) Do not be overcome by evil,
    but overcome evil with good.

29
The sign of true Christian Character --- Meekness
  • Consider the fruits of meekness.

30
The sign of true Christian Character --- Meekness
  • Consider the fruits of meekness.
  • Related to humility (1 Pet. 56-7).

31
The sign of true Christian Character --- Meekness
  • (1 Peter 56-7 NKJV) Therefore humble
    yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He
    may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your
    care upon Him, for He cares for you.

32
The sign of true Christian Character --- Meekness
  • One of the meekest men in history was John the
    Baptist. He was such a powerful figure that
    Josephus, the great Jewish historian, reports
    many years later when John's name was mentioned
    people still trembled at the thought of him.
    Jesus' eulogy of John was that he was "greater
    than any man born of woman."

33
The sign of true Christian Character --- Meekness
  • Yet when he saw the Christ, instead of giving a
    speech about his own great accomplishments, he
    sent his disciples to Jesus telling them, "He
    must increase but I must decrease." When asked
    who he was, he simply said, "I am nobody. I am to
    be heard, not to be seen. I am just a voice."

34
The sign of true Christian Character --- Meekness
  • Did you ever notice that David never describes
    his victory of Goliath in all of the psalms? We
    live in a time of superlatives -- the greatest
    evangelist, the greatest preacher, the greatest
    theologian, the greatest actor -- we desire
    dignity, position. We want some title and to be
    addressed properly.

35
The sign of true Christian Character --- Meekness
  • No wonder Christ cannot be seen. Paul called
    himself "the least of all the apostles." Where is
    our pride? Where is our meekness?

36
The sign of true Christian Character --- Meekness
  • No wonder Christ cannot be seen. Paul called
    himself "the least of all the apostles." Where is
    our pride? Where is our meekness?
  • An ornament in God's sight (1 Pet. 34).

37
The sign of true Christian Character --- Meekness
  • (1 Peter 34 NKJV) rather let it be the hidden
    person of the heart, with the incorruptible
    beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is
    very precious in the sight of God.

38
The sign of true Christian Character --- Meekness
  • Makes one safe in the day of anger (Zeph 23).

39
The sign of true Christian Character --- Meekness
  • (Zephaniah 23 NKJV) Seek the LORD, all you
    meek of the earth, Who have upheld His justice.
    Seek righteousness, seek humility. It may be that
    you will be hidden In the day of the Lords
    anger.

40
The sign of true Christian Character --- Meekness
  • It is soothing to all (1 Thess. 27).

41
The sign of true Christian Character --- Meekness
  • (1 Thessalonians 27 NKJV) But we were gentle
    among you, just as a nursing mother cherishes her
    own children.

42
The sign of true Christian Character --- Meekness
  • "Meekness means to submit to God's will in a mild
    and gentle spirit, even in circumstances of
    great difficulty." - Joe Corley

43
The sign of true Christian Character --- Meekness
  • "Meekness means to submit to God's will in a mild
    and gentle spirit, even in circumstances of
    great difficulty." - Joe Corley
  • Submit even when adversity comes. (Job 121)

44
The sign of true Christian Character --- Meekness
  • (Job 121 NKJV) And he said Naked I came from
    my mothers womb, And naked shall I return there.
    The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away
    Blessed be the name of the LORD.

45
The sign of true Christian Character --- Meekness
  • Submit even when we must make great sacrifice to
    serve God as did Abraham!

46
The sign of true Christian Character --- Meekness
  • Submit even when we must make great sacrifice to
    serve God as did Abraham!
  • Submit when we are chastened of the Lord. (Heb
    125-10)

47
The sign of true Christian Character --- Meekness
  • (Hebrews 125-10 NKJV) And you have forgotten
    the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons
    My son, do not despise the chastening of the
    LORD, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by
    Him 6 For whom the LORD loves He chastens, And
    scourges every son whom He receives.

48
The sign of true Christian Character --- Meekness
  • 7 If you endure chastening, God deals with you
    as with sons for what son is there whom a father
    does not chasten? 8 But if you are without
    chastening, of which all have become partakers,
    then you are illegitimate and not sons. 9
    Furthermore, we have had human fathers who
    corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we
    not much more readily be in subjection to the
    Father of spirits and live?

49
The sign of true Christian Character --- Meekness
  • 10 For they indeed for a few days chastened us
    as seemed best to them, but He for our profit,
    that we may be partakers of His holiness.

50
The sign of true Christian Character --- Meekness
  • How do you react when it is hard to do right?

51
Those who hunger and thirst after righteousness
(Mt 56)
  • The words here express strong craving Gr.
    peinontes (peinao), "to be hungry, suffer
    hunger, to be famished, to crave after"
    (Liddell-Scott).

52
Those who hunger and thirst after righteousness
(Mt 56)
  • The words here express strong craving Gr.
    peinontes (peinao), "to be hungry, suffer
    hunger, to be famished, to crave after"
    (Liddell-Scott).
  • The same is true for "thirst," Gr. dipsontes
    (dipsao), "to thirst after, to desire strongly"
    (Thayer).

53
Those who hunger and thirst after righteousness
(Mt 56)
  • We do not know what this kind of hunger and
    thirst is like! This is the same word to describe
    Jesus' 40 day fast in the wilderness. (Mt 42)

54
Those who hunger and thirst after righteousness
(Mt 56)
  • (Matthew 42 NKJV) And when He had fasted forty
    days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry.

55
Those who hunger and thirst after righteousness
(Mt 56)
  • Here it describes a hunger that does not come
    naturally but rather one that is learned. God
    wants it to become overpowering in our lives.

56
Those who hunger and thirst after righteousness
(Mt 56)
  • Hunger and thirst is a sign of life! What if one
    ceases being hungry?

57
Those who hunger and thirst after righteousness
(Mt 56)
  • Hunger and thirst is a sign of life! What if one
    ceases being hungry?
  • Fruits of this craving in our lives.

58
Those who hunger and thirst after righteousness
(Mt 56)
  • Hunger and thirst is a sign of life! What if one
    ceases being hungry?
  • Fruits of this craving in our lives.
  • We want to know more about God and draw as close
    as we can to Him. (Psa 631 Psa 841-5)

59
Those who hunger and thirst after righteousness
(Mt 56)
  • (Psalms 631 NKJV) O God, You are my God Early
    will I seek You My soul thirsts for You My
    flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land
    Where there is no water.

60
Those who hunger and thirst after righteousness
(Mt 56)
  • (Psalms 841-5 NKJV) How lovely is Your
    tabernacle, O LORD of hosts! 2 My soul longs,
    yes, even faints For the courts of the LORD My
    heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.
    3 Even the sparrow has found a home, And the
    swallow a nest for herself, Where she may lay her
    young Even Your altars, O LORD of hosts, My King
    and my God.

61
Those who hunger and thirst after righteousness
(Mt 56)
  • 4 Blessed are those who dwell in Your house
    They will still be praising You. Selah 5
    Blessed is the man whose strength is in You,
    Whose heart is set on pilgrimage.

62
Those who hunger and thirst after righteousness
(Mt 56)
  • Hunger and thirst is a sign of life! What if one
    ceases being hungry?
  • Fruits of this craving in our lives.
  • We want to know more about God and draw as close
    as we can to Him. (Psa 631 Psa 841-5)
  • When we know God, we will hunger and thirst! (1
    Pt 21-3)

63
Those who hunger and thirst after righteousness
(Mt 56)
  • (1 Peter 21-3 NKJV) Therefore, laying aside
    all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all
    evil speaking, 2 as newborn babes, desire the
    pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby,
    3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is
    gracious.

64
Those who hunger and thirst after righteousness
(Mt 56)
  • Hunger and thirst is a sign of life! What if one
    ceases being hungry?
  • Fruits of this craving in our lives.
  • We want to know more about God and draw as close
    as we can to Him. (Psa 631 Psa 841-5)
  • When we know God, we will hunger and thirst! (1
    Pt 21-3)
  • These will not run from Bible study and isolate
    themselves from God's people. (Mal 316-17)

65
Those who hunger and thirst after righteousness
(Mt 56)
  • (Malachi 316-17 NKJV) Then those who feared
    the LORD spoke to one another, And the LORD
    listened and heard them So a book of remembrance
    was written before Him For those who fear the
    LORD And who meditate on His name. 17 They
    shall be Mine, says the LORD of hosts, On the
    day that I make them My jewels. And I will spare
    them As a man spares his own son who serves him.

66
The Blessings of these Beatitudes
  • The blessings of these beatitudes

67
The Blessings of these Beatitudes
  • The blessings of these beatitudes
  • The meek shall inherit the earth. (Mt 55)

68
The Blessings of these Beatitudes
  • The blessings of these beatitudes
  • The meek shall inherit the earth. (Mt 55)
  • This is in addition to the new heavens and earth.
    (Rev 211)

69
The Blessings of these Beatitudes
  • The blessings of these beatitudes
  • The meek shall inherit the earth. (Mt 55)
  • This is in addition to the new heavens and earth.
    (Rev 211)
  • We as Christian enjoy the true riches of this
    life! Do you realize what you have?
    (1 Cor 321-23)

70
The Blessings of these Beatitudes
  • (1 Corinthians 321-23 NKJV) Therefore let no
    one boast in men. For all things are yours 22
    whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas, or the world
    or life or death, or things present or things to
    come all are yours. 23 And you are Christs,
    and Christ is Gods.

71
The Blessings of these Beatitudes
  • Those who hunger and thirst after righteousness
    shall be filled.

72
The Blessings of these Beatitudes
  • Those who hunger and thirst after righteousness
    shall be filled.
  • "These words are very strong and graphic,
    originally applied to the feeding and
    fattening of animals in a stall.

73
The Blessings of these Beatitudes
  • Those who hunger and thirst after righteousness
    shall be filled.
  • "These words are very strong and graphic,
    originally applied to the feeding and
    fattening of animals in a stall.
  • What do we feed upon? (Isa 552)

74
The Blessings of these Beatitudes
  • (Isaiah 552 NKJV) Why do you spend money for
    what is not bread, And your wages for what does
    not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what
    is good, And let your soul delight itself in
    abundance.

75
The Blessings of these Beatitudes
  • Those who hunger and thirst after righteousness
    shall be filled.
  • "These words are very strong and graphic,
    originally applied to the feeding and
    fattening of animals in a stall.
  • What do we feed upon? (Isa 552)
  • This is not the false righteousness of the
    Pharisees! (Mt 520 Mt 2328 Lk 189)

76
The Blessings of these Beatitudes
  • (Matthew 520 NKJV) For I say to you, that
    unless your righteousness exceeds the
    righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you
    will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.

77
The Blessings of these Beatitudes
  • (Matthew 2328 NKJV) Even so you also outwardly
    appear righteous to men, but inside you are full
    of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

78
The Blessings of these Beatitudes
  • (Luke 189 NKJV) Also He spoke this parable to
    some who trusted in themselves that they were
    righteous, and despised others

79
The Blessings of these Beatitudes
  • Those who hunger and thirst after righteousness
    shall be filled.

80
The Blessings of these Beatitudes
  • Those who hunger and thirst after righteousness
    shall be filled.
  • We must cease the struggle of putting ourselves
    forward before we can ever find God's
    righteousness!

81
The Blessings of these Beatitudes
  • Those who hunger and thirst after righteousness
    shall be filled.
  • We must cease the struggle of putting ourselves
    forward before we can ever find God's
    righteousness!
  • What are those who find this righteousness like?
    (Mt 633)
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