Divine Blessing Recap Part 2 – Traits Jesus is looking for in His followers.

Nov 11, 2021 | 8 Divine Blessings

God wants to challenge the way we live!

In Matthew 5:3-11, Jesus gives us Divine Blessings that will clash with this world. How does God expect us to live in this sinful world? How should we prepare for persecution?

Posted by MaryWinn Lent on Thursday, November 11, 2021

In John 8:12, Jesus declares, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk-in darkness, but have the light of life.” (Cf. John 1:4-9; Psalm 36:9; 27:1) The world is in darkness apart from Jesus but His light brings sight to the spiritually blind! (Matthew 11:5; cf. Isaiah 9:2, 6-7) “Light” is understanding God’s Word. If you are a Christian, you are the light of the world. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16; cf. 1 Peter 2:9). IF we are Jesus’ followers, we must abide in Him, His words abide in us, and we must bear much fruit, so you will be His disciples (John 15:8). Bearing fruit is doing what is pleasing to God. Works never bring salvation, but prove our faith (James 2:14-24). We are to walk in God’s ways so we will have a bright future (Cf. Proverbs 4:10-23).

As the moon and stars light the darkness, so we need to shine brightly in this dark world. How can we shine? By obeying the Word of life (the Bible). Our lives will be characterized by purity, patience, and peacefulness (Psalm 119:9, 11, 14-16, 50, 67, 105, 165-168; Proverbs 3:1-2). A transformed life is an effective witness to the power of God’s Word! (2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 Peter 1:22-25; cf. 1:3-5) When we keep God’s commandments, we will abide in His love and be full of true joy (John 15:10-14). Joy comes from a consistent relationship with Jesus. Being intertwined with Him, He will help us walk through adversity with joy and peace, and aid us in managing our victories with humbleness.