January 19, 2019

MATTHEW 5-7        


Focus Verse for Today: Matthew 6:33-34


What is a beatitude? Websters New World Collegiate Dictionary defines beatitude as supreme happiness.  Others define beatitude as a supreme blessing.  The common denominator in all the definitions is the reference to, “The Sermon On The Mount,” wherein Jesus presented the eight blessings: “The Beatitudes!”


The Sermon on The Mount and The Beatitudes is one of the most recognizable of Jesus’ teachings.  Simply stated, Matthew 5-7 tells us how to live a righteous life in God’s eyes.  It tells that living a righteous life is challenging.  The Beatitudes tell us that living a life pleasing to God is to be the primary focus of our life.  It also tells us that living a righteous life is a choice: it is an individual choice each and every one of us must make.  There is not middle of the road.  No one is exempt.  A decision, a choice, must be made.  Reflect on how many times in just the first three weeks of our Journey Through The Bible in A Year the concept of free will came up!  Free will, the ability to make choices.  The most important choice we are required to make is whether to follow Jesus or not.  This is the only choice we make that has eternal effects.  


Matthew chapters 5-7 explains what sincerely following Christ is.  Take out your journal and carefully review the eight areas Jesus covers in the Sermon on the Mount.  How do they apply to your life?  You may go to our articles on the Beatitudes on The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries, Inc’s, website for more detailed review of today’s journey.  


The focus verse for today is Matthew 6:33-34.  It is taken from the part of Jesus’ sermon about worry.  Did you know that worry is sin?  It is sin because it demonstrates a failure to trust God to guide you through whatever circumstance you are in that causes concern which grows to distress.  


33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.  (Matthew 6:33-34, NIV)


Our Journey Through The Bible in A Year is to help us understand God.  It is journey of learning to relate to God - communicate with Him.  It is journey about surrendering all aspects of our life to Him for HIs glory.  Where does your trust lie? This may be a good question to respond to in writing.  Open up your journal one more time.