Matthew 5

“God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.”

Matthew 5:11-12

Dying to self

“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Galatians 2:20

To live you must die. To be born again you must allow your flesh to die.

To be alive in Christ you must be dead to your self.

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Why Suffering?

“More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”

Romans 5:3-5

Raising The Standard

“But this is not the way of life that Christ has unfolded within you. If you have really experienced the Anointed One, and heard his truth, it will be seen in your life; for we know that the ultimate reality is embodied in Jesus!

And he has taught you to let go of the lifestyle of the ancient man, the old self – life, which was corrupted by sinful and deceitful desires that spring from delusions. Now it’s time to be made new by every revelation that’s been given to you.And to be transformed as you embrace the glorious Christ-within as your new life and live in union with him! For God has re-created you all over again in his perfect righteousness, and you now belong to him in the realm of true holiness.”

Ephesians 4:20-24

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A House With No Locked Doors

“For if you choose self-sacrifice and lose your lives for my glory, you will continually discover true life.

But if you choose to keep your lives for yourselves, you will forfeit what you try to keep.”

Matthew 16:25 (Passion Translation)

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Rest, Work and Being Rooted in Jesus

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
– Matthew 11:28-30


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To Build

Denial is easier than acceptance.

Negativity is easier then positivity.

Dying is easier than living.

It’s easier to tear down than to build up.

We can say we will die for someone but refuse to live for another’s good.

We can spend all of our time looking at all the hardships of life but refuse to see all the blessings.

We can refuse to allow all the good and healthy things into our lives.

We can block out what Jesus is offering us. We can refuse to believe or listen.

It’s easy to let life destroy you, to sit and stew over all the bad breaks and mistakes you have made. We can easily let our world “go to rot”. We can choose to ruin our relationships, health, and well-being. That takes no work at all.

Yes. Building is difficult, but there is a finished product, a sturdy foundation that can withhold pressure.

For joy, peace, and satisfaction to be ours, we must accept the God who made us. In accepting, not rejecting, we have hope.

When we have hope we will see the good in our lives. When we see the good in our lives we will know we have a life worth living and fight for all that God has intended for us.

These are the tools and materials for the building of a full life.

May you accept the Savior, Jesus Christ, and all that He offers you.

May you build your life upon Him and may your foundation be strong in His truth.


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