The scripture reading in my Mosaic Bible for today is Psalm 121:1-2, I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
Help comes from only God. God is the only one who can help us since He is the Creator of all things. I will look to God for my help in times of need but also ask for guidance even when things are going good. Help me God to remember, You alone are my very present help. I will turn to You when I need help but also I will look to You for guidance and wisdom to walk the path straight.
Trail to the Tree
Day 11- Upside Down Kingdom
The scripture reading is about Jesus’ sermon on the mount, the beatitudes.
Ann says: Today live out the radical ways of Jesus’ sermon on the mount.
Wikipedia – The beatitudes are nine blessings recounted in the Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew. The term beatitude comes from the Latin noun beatitudo which means “happiness.” Here they are:
- Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven. (5:3)
- Blessed are those who mourn: for they will be comforted. (5:4)
- Blessed are the meek: for they will inherit the earth. (5:5)
- Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness: for they will be filled. (5:6)
- Blessed are the merciful: for they will be shown mercy. (5:7)
- Blessed are the pure in heart: for they will see God. (5:8)
- Blessed are the peacemakers: for they will be called children of God. (5:9)
- Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (5:10)
- Blessed are those when men shall revile you and persecute you and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely for my name sake
- The Be- Attitudes the way I understand them:
- 1. Be humble/ do not have spiritual pride
- 2. Be mournful over my sin
- 3. Be gentle and quiet
- 4. Be hungering and thirsting for right standing with God
- 5. Be merciful, have mercy toward others
- 6. Be pure in heart, have right motives and do things from the right motives
- 7. Be a peacemaker, making peace instead of chaos where ever I go
- 8. Be persecuted for Jesus’ name sake, because you have right standing with God
- 9. Be ready to accept persecution and all manner of evil against you falsely because of your relationship with Jesus
- What I am getting from this is that Jesus was telling us a path to blessings and happiness. Ann calls it upside down because it’s the opposite of what the world teaches. God’s kingdom is not of this world and if we want to enter it and be a part of it we have to be the opposite of this world. True happiness and joy lie in the boundaries that God and Jesus have set. The ten commandments give us boundaries and a code to live by. These beatitudes from Jesus give us further instruction about the way to get to God’s Kingdom.
- Day 1- Get your thinking straight and be in God’s presence
Day 2- Be reading the Bible and trust God
Day 3- Reverence, worship and praise God and Jesus for who God is and what Jesus has done.
Day 4- Be faithful to Him and He will be faithful to fill you. Look to Jesus with gratitude and prayer.
Day 5- Notice the miserable and suffering, ask God to reveal them so I can tell them the Good News that there is hope and there is a Savior, His name is Jesus!
Day 6- Stay close to God with a repented heart. He will bring life out of the mundane if I trust Him to do it.
Day 7- Relationship means dependence. Depend on your relationship with Jesus to do God’s will and bring Him joy and joy to yourself.
Day 8- Don’t hesitate to ask God for help out of all temptations, trials, distresses and troubles. Keep God on your mind, always.
Day 9- Being thankful and having faith for the presence of God in my life will prompt miracles.
Day 10- Let my heart stay vulnerable so God can multiply His love through me.
Day 11- God helps us through the words of Jesus.