Lindsey, the next nine blessings are straight from Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount! This first one I take from Luke’s account, the rest I take from Matthew’s account. Today I have several blessings for you. Yes! Be blessed, Lindsey, when you are poor. Be blessed Lindsey when you hunger. Be blessed when you weep for you shall laugh. Be blessed when those around you mock you, insult you, hate you or exclude you because you are following Jesus. In those times rejoice and leap for joy! Your reward is great in heaven Lindsey.
Heavenly Father, good morning. Thank you for another day with you. Thank you for being with me now and throughout the night. Thank you for guiding me each day. And thank you for the scripture where Jesus said to those who were following him:
And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh. Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets. (Luke 6:20-23)
Lord, it’s me again. I so look forward to coming here to sit with you on behalf of your daughter you love. And today it seems like there is another special blessing that you have for her. And so, Lindsey, this day I say that you are blessed. God blesses you when you are poor, hungry or crying for you shall laugh, rejoice and jump for joy. When you see people insulting you or mocking you or excluding you because you publicly tell about Jesus and your God, remember that is also how the ancient prophets were treated. Look up at those times and consider your coming reward in heaven. I bless you in the name of Jesus, who we will give all the glory to. The glory is all yours Lord. Amen
He looked across the faces of His disciples.
Jesus: All you who are poor, you are blessed
for the kingdom of God belongs to you.
All you who are hungry now, you are blessed
for your hunger will be satisfied.
All you who weep now, you are blessed
for you shall laugh!
When people hate you,
when they exclude you
and insult you
and write you off as evil
on account of the Son of Man, you are blessed.
When these things happen, rejoice! Jump for joy!
Then you have a great reward in heaven
For at that moment, you are experiencing what the ancient prophets did when they were similarly treated by the ancestors of your detractors.
Then Jesus turned to his disciples and said,
“God blesses you who are poor,
for the Kingdom of God is yours.
God blesses you who are hungry now,
for you will be satisfied.
God blesses you who weep now,
for in due time you will laugh.
What blessings await you when people hate you and exclude you and mock you and curse you as evil because you follow the Son of Man. When that happens, be happy! Yes, leap for joy! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, their ancestors treated the ancient prophets that same way.