Blessed are the Merciful, for They Shall Receive Mercy

March 26th, 2018

“Blessed are the Merciful, for they shall receive mercy.”

 March 25,2018

 

We are not meant to _______________ our Christianity. 

          Our Christianity is meant to _____________ us!

 

The Roman philosopher said that mercy was “the disease of the soul”...a sign of ______________!

 

The Greek word for mercy is “eleos”, which means to be merciful or sympathetic.  It recognizes _______ in another person, and reaches out to meet that _____.  

 

The Hebrew definition is “the ability to step into another person’s skin until we can see with that persons eyes, think with that persons mind, and feel with that persons heart.”

 

Love acts out of ________; mercy gives out of _________.... Mercy lends its help.... Love gives its heart!

 

It IS genuine compassion, with pure unselfish motives that reach out to help.

 

Mercy is____________ the need, not just ___________ it!!!

 

God is the _____________ of mercy.  Ephesians 2:4-5
4  But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us,
5  even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved

This points out that while Mercy springs forth from the Love of God, it is linked to forgiveness of God by _____ _________! 

 

We should be moved with compassion when we are confronted with those in need, resisting the temptation towards ________________.

 

mercy must always be based on truth, thus it goes beyond sympathy... it does not overlook or condone sin.  In fact, the merciful thing to do is to ___________ wrongdoing. 

 

We do not earn mercy by showing mercy... rather we recognize God’s mercy toward us and then we demonstrate it to others. 

It is our __________ __________ to God for mercy every time that we sin.... And as we receive more mercy we are able to demonstrate more mercy...

 

So, how do we demonstrate mercy??? 

Spiritually:

by sharing the gospel with those who are lost,

confronting others about their sin,

Practically:

helping a hurting child,

visiting a hospitalized friend or even an enemy,

forgiving an offender,

befriend a loner,

feed a hungry person, etc.etc.. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Blessed are those who hunger and thirst….

March 19th, 2018

Matthew 5:6(ESV)

  “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied (filled, completely satisfied).”

 

 March 18,2018

 

... we are not meant to hunger and thirst after ___________

... we are not meant to hunger and thirst after ____________

... If we want to be truly happy, and blessed we must hunger and thirst after_________________...

 

Just what is Righteousness??

it means a desire to be free from sin, because sin ____________  ___ from God. 

Therefore, it means a desire to be ______________with God...

 

.... it is that desire to be free from the___ _____________ to sin and for sin.

 

  To hunger and thirst after righteousness is nothing but the longing to be ___________ _______.

 

Just what does it mean to hunger and thirst...

It means a consciousness of our need to the point of ___________....

it speaks of something that keeps on until it is ______________.

 

The words that Jesus uses here are framed in the continuous ... the ones who ARE hungering... the ones who ARE thirsting...

 

What is the result of this? ….They shall be filled!!!!

it speaks of an ___________ satisfaction.  They have all that they want. 

 

So, how do I know if I’m really hungering and thirsting after righteousness?? 

  1. Are you ___________ with yourself?? Or do you feel a constant pain of always falling short???
  2. Does anything ____________ satisfy you? Do you find that things have a lot of influence on how you feel?
  3. Do you have an ____________ for the Word of God? If we do not spend time in God’s Word, we will never greatly desire to live for God.
  4. Are you digging the sin out of your life?? Sin short-circuits the ______________ line between God and us.
  5. How is your _________ _______?? The secret of a victorious walk is to keep in constant communication with the Commander.
  6. Finally, to be spiritually strong, we must spend time with the right kind of people... Heb 10:25 encourages us to forsake not the assembling of ourselves together....
  7. That includes sharing your _________....
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Jesse Doughty March 11th 2018

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