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Key Passage: “Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward[...]

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Key Verse: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” Matthew 5:9 Satan’s rebellion against God was a declaration of war. Because Adam and Eve joined that rebellion, we were all plunged into spiritual warfare, making us enemies with God. But God was not willing to[...]

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Key Verse: “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” Matthew 5:8 Religious hypocrisy has always been a problem. Hypocrites value outward appearance more than inward purity. That’s why the religious leaders in Jesus’ day were so angry with Him. He exposed the sinful condition of their hearts, calling their[...]

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Key Verse: “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” Matthew 5:7 As we continue looking at the Sermon on the Mount, it’s important to recognize that the Beatitudes are not commands to obey but rather the character of Christ to display. In His righteousness, Jesus displayed mercy and forgiveness; whereas[...]

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Key Verse: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” Matthew 5:6 Diet and exercise are critical to physical health and maturity. Can you imagine eating just one meal a week and sustaining an active and productive life? You might succeed for a week or two[...]

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Key Verse: “Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.” Matthew 5:5 The third Beatitude, gentleness, is not the absence of anger but the discipline and discernment to be angry over the right things, at the right time, and with the right tone. Those who are gentle rest in[...]

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Key Verse: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4 One of the greatest deterrents to revival in the American church is a lack of grief over our own sin. The baseline for what the average professing Christian considers sinful has been lowered tremendously in recent[...]

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Key Verse: “Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3 The crowd listening to Jesus that day was made up of all kinds of people, including those who were very religious. These people were working hard to prove their goodness and their religious[...]

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