Living not striving…

Random thoughts and daily adventures in my life

Bless – ed, what? March 3, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — erikaivory @ 10:43 pm

Now don’t get me wrong.  I love the Beatitudes but honestly they really don’t make a lick of sense when you get right down to it.  All this stuff about blessed… bless-ed, but it doesn’t mean blessed.  What?

Well they seem to be a running theme right now as the Monday night small group I go to is studying them and the Bible study (Beth Moore) on Psalms that I am reading is also focused on the “blessed” theme.  So I really am trying here.

Matthew 5:4 says, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”

Thought I might pass on something Beth says on this confusing topic.  She always seems to shed a clearer light on things:)

“‘Biblically, one is pronounced blessed when God is present and involved in his life. ‘……  Sometimes the circumstances of our suffering may not change, but the circumstances of our hearts are changed in the midst of them through a keen sense of God’s presence and a lively perception of His activity.

Blessedness describes the condition of a person who reveres God, steeps her life in Him, and follows His ways.  She doesn’t just look to God in spiritual or religious matters.  She looks to Hiim in every matter.  He’s not just the most important part of her life.  He is her life.  The result of this divine invasion is that the life operates overall at optimum earth-satisfaction, joy, and purpose and without the crushing burdens of self-glory and sin.  In other words, her life actually works.”

Wow, so that is what the Lord was talking about.  I want that.  A life that actually works.  Sometimes I have moments of that, that freedom of total trust in Him.  Complete belief and loss of control on my part. Handing the reigns over to Him.  If I could just do it all the time, or even most of the time.


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