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Hungering and Thirsting for Righteousness: Are You Satisfied? (4 of 8)
Series: Blessing Redefined
As a way of reminder, this series of messages is entitled ''Blessing Redefined'' because in these 8 verses from verse 3 to verse 10 called the Beatitudes, Jesus redefines what ''blessing'' is.
He moves it to the ''internal'' rather than the ''external''.
This was, and is, countercultural to the world's philosophy of what it means to be full of bliss.
These blessings have more to do with the heart and the spirit than with material things.
This block of teaching known as the Sermon on the Mount was in stark contrast to what Israel expected.
These are called Beatitudes, because the word ''beatitude'' is from a Latin word that means blessed or blissful, and these 8 verses start with the word ''blessed''.
So, let's read together aloud the first 6 verses of Matthew that gets us to the fourth beatitude about which I'll be sharing this morning.
TEXT: Matthew 5:1-6
The question I want to pose to you this morning is, ''Are you satisfied?''
I mean, really satisfied?
And if you're not, what are you pursuing that you think will satisfy you?
Isn't that the pursuit of almost every American?
Always looking for something to satisfy them and make them happy?
Even our Declaration of Independence states that this is one of our absolute, indispensable rights: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Americans spend billions of dollars a year on entertainment and possessions in order to be ''satisfied''.
Because people are unfulfilled or dissatisfied with what they have, they try to find satisfaction or fulfillment in all kinds of things.
There is the prevailing sense of ''There's got to be more to this life''.
It's been the struggle since before the creation of man.
Lucifer wasn't satisfied with being one of God's archangels.
He wanted to be like God.
As a result, he was kicked out of heaven.
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