We live in the riches country in the world and the most powerful nation on the face of the universe. Now here we are in the 21st century daily awaken to headlines reading; half of our high school seniors are dropping out and not graduating, 28 million people are now receiving food stamps, our soldiers are returning from the war zone and not able to receive proper medical treatment. Some are living on the streets, seniors have to go without their daily doses of medication because of the high cost, 40 million Americans do not have health insurance, and the headlines continue to broadcast more doom and gloom. Where will it all end, and is there a way for a new beginning?
These Stats are just part of the problem. What we want you to understand after looking at the picture above is this; the harvest is plentiful, because God has provided more than enough food to feed the world many times over. Given us enough resources to last forever. But until we learn how to share and truly love one another there will never be enough to go around. Now click on this video clip that is being presented by ABC News and Diane Sawyer, then we will meet you on the other side and see how God wants us to deal with this vast problem.
Now take a moment and meditate on what you have seen and heard, and allow it to stir up feelings deep in your soul. Because, I personally believe there is a solution to this problem, if we are willing to set aside our own selfish pride and seek the one who can change the condition of this world as well as our own personal circumstances. In these first four lessons, you have learned how to first bless yourself and then how to begin the process of blessing others. You see everything is a process; you must go through the process in order to get to the end where your crown of glory is waiting for you. The problem is, no one wants to go through the process.
Our government seems to be paralyzed when it comes to helping the poor among us. Jesus told us that the poor will always be with us, but we must not wait on the government to provide for us, some things we must do on our own. Jesus told us that if we had the faith of a grain of mustard seed that nothing would be impossible for us. We must learn to stay focus; always keeping our eyes stayed on Jesus who will never fail us or forsake us. He is truly our crown of glory and nothing must ever deter us from reaching our goal.
When Jesus preached his Sermon on the Mount, he spoke these words, “Blessed are you poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be filled. Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh. Blessed are you when men hate you, and when they exclude you, and revile you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of Man’s sake. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy! For indeed your reward is great in heaven. Now let us pause our reading for a moment and look at some of the people Jesus was speaking of. Watch, and we will continue on the other side.
We see here that at face value, it appears that Jesus was making a blanket promise of salvation and blessing to anyone below the poverty line. In this view, the poor are seen as God’s chosen people. Though they suffer now, they can expect glorious blessing in the world to come. Moreover, the adherents of this view believe that while in this world the people of God should do everything possible to alleviate the suffering of the poor. In this way, the kingdom of God is extended.
However, when we do not offer ourselves up as servants of Christ or our brother’s keeper, listen to what Jesus issues out as His Woes in the same sermon. He says, “But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation. Woe to you who are full, for you shall hunger. Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep. Woe to you when all men speak well of you.”
Jesus wanted us to know, that we have the opportunity to change the conditions and circumstance in which we find ourselves living in. If we don’t step up to the plate now there will be a price to pay latter, this is His warnings in the Woes.
Jesus wants us all to experience the hope and joy that he freely offers to those of us who recognize our spiritual poverty before God. When a person rejects worldly value and embraces the godly teachings of Jesus, then that individual begins to experience the reign of Christ in his or her life. This is how we enjoy the kingdom of God now in this fallen world. One day we will experience the joys of this kingdom in a fuller, more glorious way.
To summarize, anyone, rich or poor (and in a spiritual sense we all are poor), can taste the deep joy of God’s rule and blessing of His kingdom. Nevertheless, doing so requires that we renounce the ways of the world and humbly submit our ways to God. This kind of poverty, an emptying of ourselves of our self-centered desires, is what God expects from everyone.
In concluding lesson five we hope it has touched your heart in some way that will allow you to reach out to those who are less fortunate than you are and seek to bless them with the blessings God has blessed you with. We have ministered this lesson today from a position of God’s love, His purpose and power to help you find peace and joy within your soul, because He truly has provided the prosperity for the world to enjoy. I remain your brother in Jesus Christ, Pastor Davis/Master Teacher!
Finally we leave this last video clip as our prayer blessings for you. Do enjoy the rest of your life’s most precious moments in Jesus name.
- Recognizing Your Real Self As Blessed (lesson Four) (vineandbranchworldministries.com)
- Recognizing Your Real Self As Blessed (lesson Three) (vineandbranchworldministries.com)
- The Kingdom of God Is at Hand and Jesus Preached It (vineandbranchworldministries.com)
- The Beatitudes: Living a Blessed Life (dailybibleplan.com)
- Beatitudes (tukwutramblings.wordpress.com)
- On the perfection of Jesus’ moral teaching (choiceindying.com)
- Paul Ryan Claims Jesus Supported Small Government; Catholic Bishops Disagree (skydancingblog.com)
- 04 The Manna from Heaven (sabbathsermons.com)
- The Sermon on the Mount (brakeman1.wordpress.com)
- What are your motivations as a Christian? (writenwodexpress.com)
- The Beatitudes (pttyann2.wordpress.com)