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December 1, 2020 7:00 am
Listen to Adrian Rogers. This is the first king to bless all the incident. What you talking about well is really talking about being a bag to say Blessed are the beggars well came to love worth finding featuring the powerful, timeless truth. God's word presented simply by Adrian Rogers in today's world there's a stronger emphasis on what we have and what we are the world says Blessed are those with wealth, strength, power, knowledge and popularity.
But in his sermon on the Mount, Jesus puts an emphasis not primarily on what a man had what a man is the first of these character qualities is a poorness of spirit you have your Bible turn to Matthew chapter 5 is Adrian Rogers reveals when bankruptcy becomes a blessing chapter 5 journey through the sermon on the Mount. I think all of us have read the sermon on the mount and have enjoyed it, but we're going to look at it. I trust and note a fresh way and today we're going to start with that part of the seminal amount that we call the beatitude someone is called these Beatitudes the attitudes that all to be the Beatitudes and what they are really a blueprint for happiness what they are foundation stones for building your home and your life really what they are. They are the keys to the kingdom begin reading in Matthew chapter 5 verse one. It speaks of the Lord Jesus says in the same multitudes, he went up into a mountain and when he was set, his disciples came under him and he opened his mouth and taught saying, Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn for they shall become 14 Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit their 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. One day you shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God Beatitudes that ought to be these wonderful Beatitudes.
I've read a big dog saw little dog chasing his tail said the big dog to the little dog why are you going that the smaller dog said well I have been studying philosophy and I believe that I have mastered philosophy. I have discovered the deepest need of a dog is happiness, he said. I've also discovered that happiness lies in a dog's tail.
That is why I am chasing my tail. He said if I can ever apprehend that tail. Then I shall be a happy dog behold all who was wise and said I to have studied philosophy. I too think it is a good thing for a dog to be happy and I to believe that to some degree happiness lies in a dog's tail, but he said I have made a discovery that the more I chase my tail, the more it runs away from me, but he said when I forget about chasing it and go about my business. It always comes after me. So that is what is the more we pursue it the more it runs away from us, but when we go about our business.
It comes after us.
But my dear friend happiness is not in the dogs tail even for a doll. But for those of us who know the Lord Jesus Christ.
There is happiness there is joy. That's what this word blessedness me. It's a word almost hard to be translated it could be described to be full of joy it could mean to be congratulated to be self-contained. I have more to be within you, and we call it blessedness and so we gotta be thinking about a blueprint for blessedness laws for living attitudes that ought to be and the first one is found in verse three Blessed are the poor in spirit for the fairies is the kingdom of heaven.
This is the first key to the king, bless, Blessed are the floor instead. Now notice in all of these Beatitudes Jesus Christ is talking about what we are not primarily what we have we have a world today that puts the emphasis primarily upon what you have blessed are those who have well. Blessed are those who have strength. Blessed are those who have power. Blessed are those who have knowledge. Blessed are those who have prestige. Blessed are those who have popularity behold the big trees box the brain's beauty. The brawl those are the things that people think bring happiness. A lot of people have those things that all have joy but all have blessedness. Jesus here is putting emphasis, not primarily upon what a man had what a man is.
Blessed are and then he describes character qualities and the very first of these character qualities is a character quality called poorness of spirit. So I want us to think about this number one key to the kingdom poorness of spirit and what you talking about, well, he's really talking about being a bag she sang. Blessed are the beggars.
Blessed are the beggars that are several words in the Bible for being cool.
One word is a word that just speaks of poverty like the widow who put her two lights in the offering plate to remember that store the widows might.
She was cool but at least she had two lights she had something to give. That's one word for poverty that's found. But that's not the word was found here.
The word that is found here does not speak of that kind of poverty it's another word to word it means a beggar, a man that has absolutely nothing. It's a word that was used in Luke chapter 16. Remember the story of the beggar that was at the gate of the rich man named Lazarus and the dogs came and licked his sores and he ate the crumbs that fell from the rich man's table.
That is, he was absolutely, totally, completely destitute. That's the word was used in a bag not just a poor man but a person who is absolutely, totally, devastatingly impoverished Jesus goal, such one blessed, blessed are the poor in spirit. Blessed are the beggars who are these blessed beggars on a what what is all of this, the whirlwind say that's a way to be bless. Not at all with three basic things I want to see with me today.
As we look at this passage of Scripture and first of all I want you to see the spiritual beggar and his bankruptcy. The spiritual beggar and his bankruptcy. What does Jesus Christ mean when he says Blessed are the beggars. Blessed are the beggars. Blessed are the bankrupt. What is the meaning of this. Let me say right away. Jesus is not talking about financial poverty.
Jesus never said it's a blessing to be financially cool. Don't ever get that in your head. The Bible never puts a premium upon being financially cool. Now the Bible teaches we ought to have compassion for the pool. The Bible teaches we ought to help the pool. The Bible teaches we are to get to the pool.
The Bible teaches that many times people are rich in faith, but never any place does the Bible teach that material poverty as such is a blessing Jesus Christ is talking about the blessedness of financial bankruptcy, then it is our job to make everybody on this earth to forgive for ourselves and our responsibility to immediately divest ourselves of any wealth and help everybody else to do the same thing and just have one world people so everybody could be bless. Does that make sense to you to think that's what Jesus Christ was teaching, not at all. Jesus Christ had many friends who have material blessings talk about financial poorness here is not talking either about a person being poor spirit. He says Blessed are the poor in spirit. But it is a blessing of the poor spirit that is a person all hung over sort of a milquetoast type of person there is no good for me what some people call humility. I call poor posture, that's not what our Lord is talking about when he says Blessed are the poor in spirit before spirit if he's not talking about some outward expression going around with a face as long as a saxophone looking like a cruise director for the Titanic is not what is telling that even matter fact Jesus Christ said why so little at your face so you don't appear to other people to be fast. This is not the way he's not talking about that is not talking about a person being poor, spirited, what you talking about.
Blessed are the poor in spirit. Our human nature is made of body soul and spirit with your body. You have physical life with your soul. You have psychological life and with your spirit. You have spiritual with your body and all the world beneath you with your soul. You know the world around you with your spiritual world above you the spiritual world. God is a spirit, and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
But before a person can enter into the kingdom of heaven, he must first of all, admit that in his spirit, and all around us. No matter how much he may have in the material realm, no matter how much he may have in the psychological of the social realm in the spiritual realm. He is absolutely totally bankrupt and a beggar before God. If he doesn't see that he will never ever get into the kingdom of heaven. Not just that he is spiritually poor but that he is spiritually a bag that he is bankrupt.
So when you come to Jesus Christ and do not strut in his presence. The very word for beggar in the very word for poor comes from a root word which means to cringe at the cow shrink by Bento peacocks in heaven. He's talking here about a person who is totally complete name devastatingly bank to the point of being reduced to being a banker and when it comes to God, he must say in my hand.
No price I bring simply to buy cross I cling where it begins. That's where it began, as that's the reason that this character quality is put first. Blessed are the poor in spirit, now you see some people who sit in the congregation like resumes.
I well be a pastor. I. I'm not perfect, but I'm not as bad as some other people. I say different. You are not yet bankrupt you not yet bankrupt when you have a predicament not my fault will him pastor and some pretty good things about me when you've never seen yourself never discover what the Bible says that even your righteousness is as filthy rags side of a righteous and holy God where you go to see later on in the seminal amount of Jesus Christ except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will in no wise enter the kingdom of heaven. They were better outwardly than any man, woman, boy, girl in this building today.
Alright, so what were talking about now is the spiritual beggar and his bankruptcy but now I want you to think about the spiritual beggar and his brokenness because you see brokenness follows bankruptcy and what is the, the brokenness, the broken behavior that follows will first of all, a man must discover and admit just two years many people have never really seen this for most people, their greatest need is to see their name.
Most people sit in churches on Sunday morning and the glad rags had a haughty, high-minded, thinking they're doing God a while favor by being strip most of the people I've said before our egomaniacs running the hell thinking they're too good to be damn, but there must come a discover. I know how that discovery comes back discovery comes my dear friend when we see just who God is and then we understand who we are.
For example, Simon Peter, Simon Peter was naturally an aggressive man. Simon Peter was a take charge type of fellow Simon Peter, the big fisherman you know it was always giving his opinion because he was frequently wrong but never in doubt about he said. About the only time he ever open his mouth with just exchange feet is putting his foot in his mouth all the time but Simon Peter one day at a glimpse of the majesty, the glory of Jesus Christ and then you know what he said he said to be part for me for a sinful man. He finally sows bankruptcy Isaiah the prophet, what a great man was Isaiah the prophet with you read the book of Isaiah chapter 5D is thundering out woes against this sin, and woes against that country and woes against this people will resume will is you as you when you come to Hosea chapter 6 where he said I also saw the Lord how I am lifted up, sitting upon a throne. Then he said what was me. Woe is me from a man of unclean lips and I dwell in the midst of the people of unclean lips on mine eyes have seen more Isaiah had put us in spirit.
I remember reading in the Bible about a woman who was a sorrowful nation that is she was a pagan woman. She was from Phoenicia and Jesus happen to be there in that place in this sorrowful nation woman came to Jesus Christ. She had a daughter that was demon possessed, and she wanted Jesus Christ to heal her demon was has daughter in Jesus Christ in order to bring her to appoint a brokenness of spirit said something that sounds awfully cruel to her.
She said, Master, have mercy on me and Jesus said, I haven't been sent to you. I have come to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Jesus said, is it reasonable that we would take bread from the children and give it to dogs and in fact he was calling her a dog sound very good coming from Jesus that he would would call her a doll and here he used the word for dog.
That meant household. You take the food off the table and give it to the dog to give it to the children.
Jesus said I've come to the lost sheep of the house of Israel and that sorrowful nation woman. You would think she would've gone off in a huff and said I've never been talk to such a way in all of my life, some religious leader he is. I thought it was a man of compassion. She did say that no she said. She said you're absolutely right. She said that's the truth Lord, which she said even the dogs get the crumbs that fall from the table and when she used the word dog. This time she can use the same word Jesus used.
She used the word admittance grungy back alley car may initiate all ravenous County doll. This way she describes Jesus heart was. He said woman great visual thing you're going to have exactly what you asked what happened to this woman. The same thing that happened to Simon Peter when he saw the Lord. The same thing that happened Isaiah when he saw the Lord. The same thing that happened to this woman. When she saw the Lord.
They became spirit beggar's cyber righteous and holy God in these measures in the side of the righteous and holy God got exactly what they wanted. The apostle Paul. If there was ever a man but was hard for him to see himself as bankrupt. It was impossible. The apostle Paul personally had the right birth. He was a Hebrew of the Hebrews. Secondly, he ran in the right society. He was a Pharisee thoroughly had the extra accouterments of being a Roman citizen. Next of all he had best education that money can buy. He was learned at the feet of Gamaliel and he would have to grade equivalency of a triple, PhD he was fluent in many languages. It was a world traveler he had been keeping the Jewish laws with an exactitude that was amazing. One day he caught a glimpse of Jesus Christ reset all these things like out again.
I now count as loss. I took them from the asset side of the ledger, not put them on the liability side of the ledger.
All these things.
I was depending upon. He said I count them. Are you listening as though DU NG excrement. That's what I count the man's that I might gain Christ spiritually bankrupt. I totally totally totally a bigger in the side of God, a friend, you talk about something knocks the legs out from underneath human pride that does doesn't mean a lot of people listening to me today support, don't go that route as he think he's talking to.
I'm a pretty good guy will you and all the rest are pretty good guys will go straight to hell on till you see yourself as a in the side of our righteous and the Holy Ghost. Blessed are the poor in spirit about when he discovers this.
Then he gets a different dependency is not depending upon the things that you used to depend upon it will depend upon your natural birth your pedigree what your parents maybe you may be from the finest family in the city last night encounter the judgment. God has children but has no grandchildren yet to be born again.
Oh I love that last thought from Adrian Rogers. God has children, but he has no grandchildren. You must be born again we hear part two of this important message coming up tomorrow, but if you have questions about who Jesus is about what he means to you how you can surrender your life to him fully today were discovered. Jesus email@example.com/radio to find resources there and materials that will answer questions you may have about your faith again go to LWF.org/radio and click discovered Jesus. Now if you like to order a copy of today's message. Call us at 1877 love God and mentioned the title when bankruptcy becomes a blessing. This message is also part of the insightful sermon on the Mount series. The keys to the kingdom with the complete collection all eight powerful messages: number 1877 love God or go online to LWF.org/radio to order, or you can write us at love worth finding box 38, 600 Memphis, TN 38183 thanks for joining us and studying in God's word today. Remember this from Adrian Rogers for most people, their greatest need is to see their knee discovery or spiritual bankruptcy depend on God's promises and declare it to others. Today join us next time. For when bankruptcy becomes a blessing your heart to write on love with a listener reached out recently on Facebook and left a word of encouragement, love worth finding continues to lead people to Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and Lord.
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