Matthew 5:3-11 blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek; for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are they which are persecuted for persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are ye when men shall revile you and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake.
Rejoice and be exceedingly glad. Great is your reward in Heaven, for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. We are the salt of the earth, bright lights shining in a very dark world; God is gone to prepare a place for us for we are the salt of the earth. Persecution means to afflict or harass constantly so as to injure or distress; oppress cruelty; for reasons of religion, politics, or race to trouble or annoy constantly.
Our life in Christ is for eternity; when we are no longer on earth we have a heavenly home not made with hands (I Cor. 5:1) eternal in the heavens. Itís lasting and enduring (Matt. 24:13) for he that endures to the end, the same shall be saved. Our love must not wax cold but it is supposed to grow and grow in Christ. We are to thirst after righteousness. Righteousness of necessity and always the basis of the idea of righteousness is conformity to a standard of perfection. As an attribute of God it signifies holiness, justice, and right living. When applied to man, righteousness signifies the possession of the Christian virtues, faith, hope and charity a life which conforms to the Divine Law of God.
Righteousness is ours when we observed to do all the commandments of God before Him as he has commanded. If we desire to be blessed we must walk upright, work righteousness and speak the truth in our hearts. We canít back bite one another with our tongue and most definitely evil is not named among us. Our hands must be clean of anything not like God (sin) so that our hearts are kept pure. That means we will not lift our soul to vanity or swear deceitfully. We are to do righteousness at all times. Treasures of wickedness profit nothing but righteousness delivers us from death.
The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way. It will deliver us if we donít forget to do it. In the way of righteousness is life and it exalts us in life if we fear His Name for He The Son of Righteousness will arise with healing in his wings (Malachi 4:2). Our righteousness need to exceed the righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees of Jesusí day if we plan to enter heaven. Our members in our body are to be yielded to God that we become the servants of righteousness unto holiness. We are to live honestly and have the Word in our hearts. We must continue to hear the Word, keep it in our hearts, and bring forth fruit with patience. If we do the truth we come into the light that our deeds are made manifest that they are wrought in God. When we have received Jesusí Testimony we set His seal that God is true. God wants to fulfill his righteousness in us when we walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit.
The three principal uses of the verb bless in Scripture are (1). Godís bestowal and conferring of His favors and benefits (Gen. 1:22, 2:3, 9:1-7); (2). Manís adoration of God for His goodness and the returning of thanks (Psalm 103:1; Matt. 26:26; Mark 14:22; Luke 22:19 and I Cor. 11:24) and (3). The invoking of Godís favor on a person (Gen. 27:4, 27-29), (I Chr. 16:2; Psalm 129:8) including the greeting ďpeace be with youĒ (I Sam. 25:5, 6, 14; II Kings 4:29). Blessing ins a declaration of divine favor on someone or something, a benediction; a wish of happiness pronounce or a gift.
Genesis 22:17 in blessings I will bless thee and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is upon the seas shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies. God promises to protect us and abundant blessings will fall on the saint who is willing and obedient to do the Word and keep it in their heart. Temporal blessings God our Father what will help us has promised to us that he would shower blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lies under, blessings of the breasts and of the womb (Gen. 49:25). Deuteronomy 2:7 the Lord thy God has blessed thee in all the works of thy hand. God shows mercy upon all that love Him and keep His Commandments.
Godís blessing come upon us and overtakes us when we are in obedience to Him. Now after God have taken care of our natural needs He will also bless us with spiritual blessings. The fact is He gives us our daily bread (I Cor. 2:9). He has prepared blessings weíve never seen yet and He promises to supply all of our need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:19). He also blesses us to hold on spiritually. He is our strength and song and has become our salvation. God will not plead against us with his great power but he will put strength in us. He makes us to lie down in green pastures and leads us beside the still waters. He restores our souls. He leads us in the path of righteousness for his name sake.
When it comes to God blessing us spiritually we have to be courageous; it is He that strengthens our heart as we wait on Him and hope in Him. Walking upright ensures that no good thing will be withheld from us. God is able to make us stand. It is but one God but many works. We are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation, ready to be revealed in the last time. God works in us His Will and to do of His good pleasure. It is by Godís grace we are blessed with these temporal and spiritual blessings.
If we be faithful unto death we will receive that crown of life He has promised to bless us with (II Peter 1:3-4). His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue. Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lusts. Every good and perfect gift is from above!