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Marks of True Believers

”“Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.“

Matthew 5:3-4 NKJV

 

Poor in spirit- Jesus is describing the individual believer that acknowledges the fact that he or she is completely depending on God. Knowing for certain that without the Holy Spirit, they have no way of pleasing God.

 

The ones who Mourn- The believers that Jesus is describing here are the ones who treat their sin as a painful event so painful that it’s actually causing physical pain.  If we look at Psalms 32 where we have King David experiencing the weight of a sin. 

”Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit. When I kept silent, my bones grew old Through my groaning all day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was turned into the drought of summer. Selah I acknowledged my sin to You, And my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” And You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah“

Psalms 32:1-5 NKJV

 

What a perfect example of one who mourned for his own sin, and acknowledges sin to God and through his repentance, David was blessed.

  1. Is it a big deal to us when we break God‘s heart with our own sin?

  1. Is it a painful event when we sin against the Holy God?

 

Pray with me- LORD I want to know what breaks your heart I want to know what puts distance between us. O God search me O God cleanse my unrighteousness, all bitterness and all anger. Any malice or jealousy. Clean up me up LORD.. take my heart Lord and use my ransom life in any way you choose LORD.

IN JESUS NAME

 

Pastor William Clendenin

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