Key Passage: Matthew 5:1-12
We often confuse being blessed with being happy. Whether we’re happy or not is usually tied to our circumstances, while being blessed is about our relationship with Jesus Christ. Jesus began the Sermon on the Mount with the definition of what it means to be blessed according to the promises of God. We know these twelve verses as The Beatitudes because He teaches us who we are to be, not what we are to do.
Blessing comes from within because of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, but we have to appropriate those promises personally. When I believe by faith that He has given me the ability to live a blessed life, then the Beatitudes become a reality in my life. So being blessed is the result of being in a personal relationship with the Lord and maintaining that relationship rightly.
Now, when Jesus said, “Blessed are you” He didn’t mean “untroubled are you.” When I am secure and content in God, then I’m prepared to deal with the troubling circumstances around me. A person is instantly and eternally blessed by surrendering his or her life to Jesus. At the moment of salvation we receive the forgiveness of sins, we are infused with the righteousness of Christ, and we are granted eternal life in Heaven. I’m blessed, not because of what I possess, but because of Who possesses me.
In the next several devotions, we’re going to talk about how to appropriate each of the Beatitudes in our lives. As we do, I pray that you’ll understand that blessing is part of your character when you live in surrender to Jesus Christ; submitting your will to His will. Remember, the possession of blessing is found in the One who possesses you.