THEY THAT HUNGER AND THIRST
(PAGE 1414 "COME ALIVE BIBLE")
JESUS CHRIST spoke the language of the common people but He gave
it an uncommon application.
The Greeks had a word MAKARIOS. They used it to describe the
blissful state of their gods. The Athenians used it to describe
the living conditions of the very wealthy who were thought to
have no cares. Jesus brought it down to Earth and shared the
secret of how such a state can be achieved by anyone regardless
of their station or rank in life.
The root word from which we get our word beatitudes is the Latin
BEATUS, which means blessed or happy. The happiness of which
Christ spoke is not a happy passing moment of merriment but a
state of well being involving an internal joyousness.
No nation can exist and prosper if its internal affairs are
controlled by outside influences. Colonization is depleting.
Spiritually our feelings, emotions, and sentiments are not
determined by what happens around me as much as by my attitude.
I am no person's marionette unless I will to be.
Jesus knew this, and He spoke of happiness as being given birth
from within. This is a beatitude related to ambition. It
speaks of a strong desire.
I. P R O M I S E = BLESSED
New book by an M.D. "Smile or I will kick your bed."
II. C H A R A C T E R = HUNGER
HUNGER = to avidly desire something. It signifies a need for
nourishment. A desire, fed by a painful lack, that God's will
be done. Athletes hunger to win.
THIRST = A yearning, passionate desire for spiritual good. The
present tense of the par ...
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