Page Five: “Blessed Are They Which Hunger” 07/08/2012
The moment you forsake your own attempts at righteousness and believe what the LORD says, God gives you His very own righteousness.
First, it’s a righteous that must be desired if we are to discover blessedness.
Second, it’s a true, heart righteousness.
Third, it’s God’s righteousness.
Fourth, it’s given to each one who believes.
And fifth, it’s a gift. Romans 5:17 says this.
Romans 5:17 “For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)
(18) Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
(19) For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.”
Somebody else had to be obedient in order for you and I to discover righteousness. And that Obedient One was Jesus Christ. He never sinned. He never disobeyed. He never disrespected. He never cheated or stole or lied. Yet, He became the Substitute for you and then, at the moment you exercised faith in Him, He gave you His own righteousness.
And it’s still available today. He gives it freely. It’s a free gift, no strings attached.
According to Jesus you can indeed hunger after His type of righteousness. You can do so by simple faith. And faith in Someone else’s works, not your own.
Folks, God’s righteousness is the only kind of righteousness that brings you into the Camp of the blessed, the happy, the spiritually satisfied. And it’s free.
Yet, none of us can receive it unless we change our minds about God and truth. You see, the moment you change your mind about God and truth and Christ, you change your heart. And God grants you this free gift of righteousness; His own righteousness.
God’s work is always that way. God is a Giver and we the receivers. Now, will you choose the blessedness Jesus offers over your own attempts at righteousness apart from Him?
What would hold you back from entering into a state of divine blessedness, a spiritual happiness that only God can give?
Folks, the LORD has shown us His way. It’s yours to apply what He says.
Now you may be here today and know that you are not among the blessed as the Bible describes blessed. As far as worldly things are concerned, you’ve likely experienced happiness; temporary fleeting happiness. But, up to this point in your life, this condition of blessedness has eluded you. And why? Simply because you have insisted on your sins and your ways for your entire life. You’ve never seen yourself as God sees you, a sinner who is destined for the judgment to come. And so, you’ve rejected Christ time and again.
Well, today is the day of salvation. Why would you not stand and repent and receive Christ today as your Savior and LORD. “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth on Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Folks, there is a day of salvation. Today is that day of salvation. Your sins became His sins. He took your sins on His body and paid the penalty for those sins on the tree we know as the Cross of Calvary. Why? Because love is what draws each heart and moves us into the condition of blessedness with God.
What will you do about your sins today?
• “I Repent” = I change my mind about God, Christ, my sin, and God’s free gift of salvation.
• “I Believe” = I simply trust the Lord Jesus Christ alone as the One Who paid the entire penalty for my sins. And in believing, I make Him Lord over my entire life.
Today, will you receive the Lord Jesus Christ as your LORD and Savior? Shall we pray?
Please turn with me in your Hymnal to # 707 “He Giveth More Grace”