His Story - Week 26

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How can I be happy?

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“Makarios”

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Matthew 5:1-3

Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

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Poverty of spirit means you embrace daily dependence on God for all that you need.

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The despised will inherit the kingdom.

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God only fills empty hands.

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Matthew 5:4

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

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Mourning means being relationally connected to others.

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Blessed are those who…

– Foster children.
– Are involved in ministries.
– Give to Kingdom Forward.
– Choose to have kids.
– Engage in overseas missions.
– Love their community.

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Matthew 5:5

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

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Matthew 5:6

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

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Matthew 5:7

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

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Matthew 5:8

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

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Matthew 5:9

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

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Matthew 5:10-12

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

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Happy Thoughts According to Jesus:

– Happiness is not a set of circumstances, but the fruit of a right relationship with God.
– Happiness is a response to the gospel.

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The 10 commandments were not ways they should live in order to be saved, but because they had been saved.

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Because Jesus Saved Us…

– We can be poor in spirit because we know he promises to be our sufficiency in all things.
– We can mourn with others in their pain because that’s what he did for us.
– We can be meek and take second place because that’s what he did for us.
– We can hunger and thirst for righteousness because the God of righteousness has become our Savior.
– We can be merciful to others because that’s how he was to us.
– We want to be pure in heart so we can know him more.
– We can be a peacemaker instead of seeking vindication because that’s what he did with us.
– We can endure persecution because Jesus’ resurrection shows us it is worth it.

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– Have you received Jesus as your Savior?
– Have you embarked on the life of discipleship?

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