These are the heart virtues that will be the primary measure of reward at the Judgment Seat (Mat 5:19)!!
19 Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven (Mat 5:19).
God started with a blank slate here, He could have chosen anything, but this is what Jesus said the Father is working on in the Bride. These are the fullest expressions of our maturity. This is what the Holy Spirit is fighting to bring forth in us. These are some of the good gifts the Father wants to give to His children.
All the good things come from God, we need to ask for them to be made fruit in us by the Holy Spirit, and cultivate them. So below I’ve made them prayer and given cultivation instructions. With most Kingdom things we are empowered to become them, by asking for them and also by beholding them in Jesus. For example to be more humble, we study Jesus’ humility.
FLOWERS to GROW (As virtues in our heart)
1. Help me to Be poor in spirit (for theirs is the kingdom, Mt. 5:3, 9:15) – to acknowledge that we, like most, are in great need of help to sustain wholeheartedness and passion for Jesus. This is to understand that we are in a serious dilemma in needing a breakthrough in our heart and ministry (Spirit-outpouring), and to go after God for it. It is also the understanding of how much more the Father is willing and able to give those who hunger and ask Rev 3:17 You think you are rich and in need of nothing but I tell you that you are (spiritually) poor. I counsel you to buy from me gold (knowing of God) refined by fire, so that you may be rich.
2. Help me to Mourn for breakthrough (for you shall be comforted [by Him], Mt. 5:4, Mt 9) – Which is to be desperate enough to be “extreme” in pursuit of a progressive breakthrough in our heart (insight/power) and ministry.
3. Help me to Walk in meekness (shall inherit the earth, Mt. 5:5) – which is to walk in the fasted lifestyle (SOTM) or to have a servant spirit in the use of our strengths (time, money, energy, reputation, authority etc.) [The greatest among you will be the servants (Mat 20:26, 23:11).] [Phil 2:3 prefer others over yourselves]
4. I ask for Hunger for righteousness (for they shall be filled, Mt. 5:6) – which is sustained faithfulness in seeking God with spiritual violence and passionate wholeheartedness through the changing seasons of our life instead of being burned out by our disappointments with God or by offense at the way people treat us.
5. Help me to Relate to others with mercy (for they shall obtain mercy, Mt. 5:7) – which is having a tender spirit in how we treat others who fail spiritually as well as those who attack, resist or disappoint us. To respond with the opposite Spirit, and speak the truth in love.
6. Help me to Be pure in heart (they shall see God, Mt. 5:8) – breakthrough of purity in our thoughts (bitterness, immorality) and motives (helping people for their benefit without any personal gain). To “see God” even in a small measure causes our spirit to be bright (i.e., fascinated with God). To vow to not look at evil, not listen to evil, and think on ‘that which is pure.’
7. Help me to Become an anointed peacemaker (called sons of God, Mt. 5:9) – which is the anointing to bring peace (healing, restoration) to that which is out of God’s will (broken relationships, sick bodies, etc.)
8. Help me to Endure persecution (theirs is the kingdom, Mt. 5:10-12) – which is bearing the counterattack for plundering Satan’s Kingdom because we operate in power and/or stand for righteousness. We rejoice for the glory of knowing Jesus and the privilege of suffering for His name (Acts 5:41).The joy of the Lord is our strength
1. Jesus revealed these 8 beatitudes or 8 attitudes that release blessedness on our lives. To be blessed is to experience abundant life which is the happiness, greatness and freedom that God created us for. The beatitudes are like 8 beautiful flowers in the “garden in our heart” that God wants to fully blossom. They define love, godliness and spiritual maturity and describe life in the Spirit (true discipleship and/or spiritual maturity). They also describe how God wants to bless us and what He wants to duplicate in disciples through ministry.
2. These 8 flowers need to be carefully and continually cultivated as we “weed our garden” by resisting the 6 negative influences (toxins/poisons) related to our natural lusts (Mt. 5:21-48) [listed next] and as we “water our garden” by pursuing the 5 positive nutrients (prayer, fasting, giving, serving and blessing enemies, Mt. 6:1-18) that position us to receive a greater impartation of grace.
I will detail how the sermon says to weed and water here:
Jesus gave six practical areas in which we must wage war against lust (1 Pet. 2:11): anger (spirit of murder, Mt. 5:21-26), adultery (spirit of immorality, Mt. 5:27-30), disregarding the marriage covenant (spirit of treachery, Mal. 2:13-17 that breaks covenant for selfish pursuits, Mt. 5:31-32), false commitments (spirit of manipulation that seeks to promote ourselves, Mt. 5:33-37), demanding justice (spirit of pride or bitterness that insists on personal rights, Mt. 5:38-41) and retaliation (spirit of revenge/animosity in relationships, Mt. 5:42-47).
Because straight is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads to life, and few find it (Mat 7:14).
Pray: I ask for revelation on this verse. Father I ask for you to lead me in the narrow way, a lifestyle that leads to real Spirit life. You said that those who keep this lifestyle of the Sermon on the Mount will be called great in heaven, I ask for power to live it (Mat 5:19). Help me to sustain this by walking in the Spirit by talking continually with the Spirit (Gal. 5:13–18, 25)
Meditate: My lifestyle is a way to demonstrate my love in obedience. You love my choices that I make for You.
A Study on the Sermon on the Mount
Whoever hears these sayings of Mine (Sermon on the Mount), and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall… (Mt. 7:24-25)
A wise man builds his “house” (life and ministry) on the “rock” which refers to relating to Jesus according to the Sermon on the Mount. This lifestyle is doable for every believer and is the only way to experience God’s Kingdom. To neglect this lifestyle is to neglect and miss the Kingdom.
5 foundational Kingdom activities of the Sermon on the Mount Mt. 6:1-18.
1. First and second, do charitable deeds by serving people and giving money to the Lord(Mt. 6:1-4).
When you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 that…your Father who sees in secret will reward you…openly. (Mt. 6:3-4)
2. Third, pray to engage with God through His Word instead of to please men (Mt. 6:5-13). This is essential and is how we are to be transformed into His image.
You shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray…that they may be seen by men…7 When you pray, do not use vain repetitions… (Mt. 6:5-7)
3. Fourth, forgive and bless those in an adversarial relationship with us (Mt. 6:14-15; 5:44).
If you do not forgive men…neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. (Mt. 6:15) 44 Bless those who curse you…pray for those who spitefully use you… (Mt. 5:44)
4. Fifth, fast food (Mt. 6:17-18).
When you fast, anoint your head… (Mt. 6:17)
These 5 Spiritual disciplines (prayer, fasting, meditation, etc) are ordained by God as a necessary way to posture our heart to freely receive more grace. These activities do not earn us God’s favor but give us the opportunity to express the value we have for our relationship with Jesus.
God gives more to those who are hungry for relationship with Him. Our hunger for Him is an expression of our love for Him. God gives more to our heart but does not love us more when we live in spiritual disciplines.
This is the best Analogy: we put our cold heart before the bonfire of God’s presence. The power is in the “bonfire of God’s presence” not in the “cold flesh” positioned in front of it.