by Jim Perdue

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Blessed Are the Humble (2 of 9)
Series: Blessed
Jim Perdue
Matthew 5:3


*Our society places a great emphasis on self-reliance and self-confidence. That's why self-esteem is the core value of the present generation and is the fundamental basis of our educational system. If you want to be a success in this world you have to believe in yourself. For instance, how can you be a good salesman if you don't have confidence and assurance? You want to impress the customer right? If you want to be a success, you have to give the impression that you are a success. In fact, you have to come off as more successful than you actually are. This is a fatal flaw of our government as well. There is a tragic confidence that education and knowledge can save men and make them into decent human beings. If we provide better education or enhance self-esteem, then life will be better. The world says, ''Blessed is the man who is strong, blessed is the man who is confident in himself, blessed is the man who rules, blessed is the man who is rich, blessed is the man who is popular, blessed is the man who has his own reality TV show and can look across the table and say, ''You're fired.'' Against this backdrop we hear the revolutionary words of Jesus. And with one statement He contradicts the wisdom of His age and of this present age…''blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.''*

This morning we continue our series entitled Blessed as we look at the first of nine beatitudes found in Matthew 5:3. READ TEXT I want to encourage you to memorize these beatitudes over these next few weeks. Memorize this text as we walk through the Word together.

Here, Jesus teaches us a very simple truth, Blessed Are The Humble. Now this beatitude is first because humility is the foundation of all other graces. It is a basic element of becoming a Christian. Pride has no part in Christ's kingdom, and until a person surrenders pride he cannot enter the kingdom. We ...

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