Blessed Is the Man…

In the Bible, blessed means happy. How can a born again Bible believing follower of Christ find happiness? The answer is dispersed throughout the Bible. Psalm one discusses how a true believer can be blessed. Jesus also discusses true happiness through His Sermon on the Mount. In Matthew 5:1-12, Christ spells out the Beatitudes for the crowd during His sermon. The Beatitudes show each believer how to find true happiness through Christ alone and the reward that comes to those who allow Christ to live in their hearts.

For believers to be blessed or happy, they have to humble themselves before the Lord. After salvation, prideful flesh must die.  A true believer depends on the Lord every second of the day to guide him/her into righteousness. This is the first step to finding true happiness. As stated in Psalm 1, the Lord is only able to bless those who are humble in spirit and seeking after righteousness. Blessed is the man who walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly.

Dying to flesh and turning from wicked ways allows Christ to live in believers, which brings forth grieving and mercy for the lost. The Lord is faithful to show us all of the godless sins in our lives, so we may quickly repent. Believers of Christ do not have a desire to continue in sin, but rather their desire is to please the Lord in everything they do seeking His will for their lives. This type of surrendering allows believers to reach those who are lost. True happiness through Christ brings forth freedom and followers of Christ have a desire for all those that are lost to experience true freedom. It is vital for believers to live a humble life that seek after righteousness in order to show Christ’s love to those who are lost and on a path to Hell.

The Lord is also quick to convict His children of their sins in order to bring forth a pureness of the heart that can only be found through His love. This pureness of the heart allows believers to be obedient by asking for forgiveness of any sin that has crept into their lives. This pureness leads to a peaceful life. True believers do not thrive on strife. True Christians love peace and despise discord. Christ’s desire for believers is to bless them through His love and peace.  His love brings true joy.

As a born again Christian, it is my desire to experience true joy by always seeking the Lord’s will for my life. I am grateful that Christ’s desire for my life is to feel His peace as I seek His righteousness. It is my desire to show Christ’s love to others so they may come to have a personal relationship with Him. His eternal blessings are far greater than the persecution that comes forth on this Earth!  Eternal blessings are all that matter! This world will soon be gone, but His love is eternal. He died for you and me.  Seeking His love and delighting in His law brings forth eternal blessings. Please pray that I will always be willing to die to the lust of my flesh in order to show others Christ’s love! It is His commandment that we love one another as He loves us!

Matthew 22:37-40 – Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.  On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

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**This is my third essay for the Reformers Unanimous discipleship class.  If you want a closer relationship with the Lord, I urge you to find a Reformers Unanimous chapter in your area.  Be prepared to be changed for His glory!  If you live in my family’s area, please join us at Chilhowie Baptist Church every Friday at 7:00 pm!  We look forward to growing in the knowledge of the Lord with each of you.

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