Why did Jesus say those who mourn will be blessed? Given our prosperity, it would make sense that mourning is neglected in the church of America.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. (Mt. 5:3-4)
Godly sorrow or mourning are a supernatural work of the Spirit that will lead you to salvation or deliverance from a dull spirit and a powerless ministry. This mourning is God’s gift to us. Your desire for God is His gift to you. This gift of mourning is rare, precious, and powerful and it cannot be bought with gold. Therefore, we must refuse to be comforted by anything except the breakthrough of the fullness that the Lord promises us in His Word. We must actually pray regularly and grow in this!
10Godly sorrow produces repentance [wholeheartedness] leading to salvation [breakthrough]… 11What diligence it produced in you…what indignation [against compromise], what fear [fear of God], what vehement desire [for Jesus], what zeal, what vindication! (2 Cor. 7:9-11)
We mourn because we see how much God longs to give to our life, ministry, church, and in the nations. It refers to the pain we feel in seeing the gap between what God has for us and what we are experiencing. Isaiah was undone because he saw the spiritual state of his life and nation.
So I said: “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King…” (Isa. 6:5)
We mourn over our double-mindedness, failures, and lack of follow-through in spiritual things. James developed mourning in James 4.
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands…and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord… (Jas. 4:8-10)
We must continually be aware of who we are in Christ and what we are experiencing in God. while at the same time growing in our awareness of how much more there is to experience. We experience a measure of joy with gratitude for what He has given us while yet mourning to experience so much more. Mourning does not negate our confidence that God enjoys us and values our small efforts and ministry impact (Mt. 25:21). We are grateful for all that we experience in God’s grace, but we are never content without pressing in for His fullness. We must never despise the measure of blessing that we experience, but must seek a greater measure.
Feeling the pain of this godly desperation and holy discontent causes us to be extreme in rearranging our life to spend our strength, time, and money to seek God for all that He will give. Our cry for more cannot be answered by a human solution. Our culture so values comfort that our tendency is to seek and give the wrong comfort. Refuse to be comforted by anything less than God’s highest. Refuse false comforts that are rooted are in human sentiment. Don’t let a well-meaning believer give you false comfort that steals your vision to experience all that Jesus has provided for you. Believers who have never been pained by their spiritual lack will miss out on much of what God desires for them. They are stuck in barrenness without being aware of it.
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