THE BEATITUDES by Dr D.K. Olukoya

MOUNTAIN TOP LIFE DAILY DEVOTIONAL



THE BEATITUDES by Dr D.K. Olukoya


FIRE SCRIPTURE: Matthew 5:1-12


MEMORY VERSE:

Matthew 5:8 "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God."


PRAISE AND WORSHIP


MESSAGE:

Jesus promised to make His disciples fishers of men. We cannot forget that these men were earlier on fishermen; hence the need for Jesus to make them know what is expected of them as they began to operate among men in their individual capacity as proclaimers of the Kingdom of God. This was the beginning of His teachings to those He would hand over the Commission to (His disciples).


Jesus purposely avoided the crowd from coming to Him; hence, He went and sat down on a mountainside in order to have ample time in teaching His disciples. The Beatitudes is the first and longest message of Jesus that we have in the gospel. Before now, Jesus was announcing that the Kingdom of God was at hand, calling people to repentance. He needed to equip His immediate aides, who having known the demands of the Kingdom, shall be able to live accordingly and also teach others to do the same.


The sermon tells us how righteous we must be to enter the Kingdom. It is a teaching that brings out the qualities and character of a true candidate of heaven, fit to receive the full blessings of the Kingdom. It shows us the perfect picture of a true disciple of Christ who is qualified to be a joint heir of the promise.


Jesus addressed those who are poor in the spirit and gave them the assurance that they would gain eternity in heaven. Those who mourn shall have the assurance of divine comfort by the Spirit of the Lord (Isaiah 61:3). The meek shall inherit the earth. He stressed that those who hunger and thirst after righteousness shall be filled. As many as are merciful shall receive mercy, while only those who are pure in heart shall see the Lord. The peacemakers shall be called sons of God, because Jesus is Himself the Prince of Peace.


He rounded off by making His disciples realise that they shall be persecuted for righteousness sake, even as older prophets were persecuted, but enjoined them to rejoice because they have a reward in heaven. This message is still relevant to us today, if truly we are children of God, who are looking forward to make heaven and see God at last.


MOTIVATIONAL QUOTES:

Let your attitude and conduct be a true representation of heavenly bound Christians.


PROPHETIC WORD FOR TODAY:

I DECREE THAT ANY BEHAVIOUR THAT WOULD BRING DISGRACE TO GOD IN YOUR LIFE MUST DIE, IN THE NAME OF JESUS.


PRAYER POINTS:


MORNING

1. O Lord, help me to be loyal to You at all times, in the name of Jesus.

2. O Lord, help me to be merciful to others and show me mercy, in the name of Jesus.

3. Spirit of ingratitude, lose your hold over my life, in the name of Jesus.


EVENING

4. Lord Jesus, help me to become more like You, day by day, in the name of Jesus.

5. Holy Spirit, help me to increase my trust in God's word, in the name of Jesus.

6. Power to live a righteous life and make heaven, come upon me, in the name of Jesus.

7. I shall not be a castaway, in the name of Jesus.


BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Numbers 13:26-33, Numbers 14, Luke 4:14-37, Psalm 36:1-12


SOURCE: MOUNTAIN TOP LIFE is a daily devotional by Dr. D.K Olukoya (General Overseer, Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries Worldwide)

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