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Here’s why I know Jesus believed ALL LIVES MATTER

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Lately, with everything going on in our nation regarding #whoselifematters, some have even suggested that Jesus Christ would have championed for these groups based on his words in Matthew 5.

                                               Online this read “Jesus vs. #alllivesmatter”
Let’s take a look at what Jesus says, shall we?

Matthew 5:3-12 

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 

Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted. 

Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth. 

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled. 

Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy. 

Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God. 

Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God. 

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 

Jesus Christ certainly listed groups of people He feels should be blessed, but do you note any ethnic groups or races in His wording?  No.  In fact, every single people group listed here could and should represent every person He came to die for (the world).

The Poor in Spirit – Have you ever been poor in spirit?  If you’ve walked in the way of Christ for very long you have….its not always a mountain top experience.  There have been times in my life when I have been so burdened, all I could do was weep before the Lord.  But He is always faithful and has always blessed my poor spirit in His way and in His time.

Those who Mourn – If you’ve lived very long, you’ve felt the sting of death and the pain this type of loss brings.  If we let Him, God will bless those who mourn with a special closeness of the Holy Spirit.  God understands.

The Meek – The definition of meek is this: “quiet, gentle, and easily imposed on; submissive.”  Jesus calls us to be all of these attributes.  Many Christians like the Jesus who flipped over the sellers’ tables in the tabernacle (and yet sinned not); we all like that kind of champion.  But being quiet, gentle, easily imposed on and submissive…these are harder pills to swallow.  Yet Christ, throughout scripture, calls us to be meek and led by example (even when he flipped the tables in the tabernacle).

Those who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness – THIS.  This is what God wants.  He wants His children wanting Him – hungering and thirsting after Him – as much as He wants us.  God gave His only Son, Jesus, to change our lives and eternity, yet often, we have a hard time giving Him a few minutes each day. Want to be blessed?  Ask God to help you every day to hunger and thirst after HIM.

The Merciful – We all want mercy.  Mercy is undeserved.  Mercy is receiving forgiveness in place of punishment.  Being merciful means we’re the ones forgiving the undeserved, the guilty, the unlovable, those who hurt us.  But God says if we want mercy, we need to show mercy. And believe me, even though it’s unnatural to our nature, being merciful will bring an abundance of blessings.

Pure in Heart – Has there ever been a time in history when we are any more about ourselves?   We are solely interested in OUR agendas, OUR ideas, OUR hurt feelings, OUR WAY OR THE HIGHWAY…these come from a heart set on ourselves.  But God wants us to have pure hearts.  Purity comes from refining and God is the Refiner.  When the Master refines, He works in our lives to remove anything that isn’t like Him.  Wow, what a process…a process that will never end until we’re HOME.

Peacemakers – We surely could use more peacemakers these days.  A peacemaker reconciles adversaries rather than running from, arguing with, or ignoring those with whom they don’t agree.  They understand that arguing will not bring about a change of heart – only God can do that.  Being a peacemaker doesn’t make one weak; instead, their confidence in the Lord propels them to react differently…like Jesus.

Persecuted for righteousness sake –  Jesus is our righteousness.  Jesus gave all for me…I can give no less than my all for my Savior.  Jesus already told us that if we, children of God, are hated by this world, we are not to worry because they hated Him first. And, if we are emulating Christ, we will be hated (Satan will see to it). But the reward far outweighs any persecution we will face on this side of eternity.

Every single attribute listed in Matthew 5 is for every child of God.  And when we display them, we will be BLESSED.

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These are not America’s greatest days. The cracks in her foundation are beginning to show and the shifts are increasingly widening by the day due to a great turbulence sweeping the nation fueled by HATE. Americans are campaigning for whose lives matter the most. There is protest against the entire police force nationwide because of […]

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These are not America’s greatest days.  The cracks in her foundation are beginning to show and the shifts are increasingly widening by the day due to a great turbulence sweeping the nation fueled by HATE.

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Americans are campaigning for whose lives matter the most.  There is protest against the entire police force nationwide because of what some see to be a wrongful mistake made by a few officers.  And ironically, for many of these protestors, their antidote is to sacrifice innocent lives either out of retaliation for the families they feel have been victimized or to make a statement of hate (which, in this nation, we have always understood to be terrorism).

Unless the Lord intervenes, this fall I will literally have to vote for the best of the worst in our upcoming presidential election.  And sadly, it appears the worst may win, regardless of evidence proving this candidate to be grossly unqualified to lead our country.

BUT, NONE OF THIS CATCHES GOD OFF GUARD.

In fact, He told us it would come.  I borrow the following scripture from The Message because it literally describes this day in our nation to a tee:

Romans 1:28-32

Since they didn’t bother to acknowledge God, God quit bothering them and let them run loose. And then all hell broke loose: rampant evil, grabbing and grasping, vicious backstabbing. They made life hell on earth with their envy, wanton killing, bickering, and cheating. Look at them: mean-spirited, venomous, fork-tongued God-bashers. Bullies, swaggerers, insufferable windbags! They keep inventing new ways of wrecking lives…They know perfectly well they’re spitting in God’s face. And they don’t care—worse, they hand out prizes to those who do the worst things best!”

Ahem….Paul just described America 2016 as if he were living here today.

Sad, isn’t it?  These unsaved people doing such evil things!  But hey, if they’re unsaved,  they’re fair game for Satan.

But what about those of us who have been saved?  We are redeemed from our wicked ways!  We have been given new life!  Old things have passed away and all things have become new!  We are CLEAN!

So why, then, do we act like typical America 2016 who Paul describes like this:

Romans 2:1 “Those people are on a dark spiral downward…”

Yes, indeed they are.  But the born again Christian is not!  We are the only ones who actually have HOPE!  We know the answer to the cure for evil in this world – Jesus Christ!!

HOWEVER, the verse continues:

“But if you think that leaves you on the high ground where you can point your finger at others, think again. Every time you criticize someone, you condemn yourself. It takes one to know one. Judgmental criticism of others is a well-known way of escaping detection in your own crimes and misdemeanors. But God isn’t so easily diverted.”

There’s a thin line between righteous indignation and judgmental hatred.  We Christians can paint our hate a different color or even try to describe it as something otherwise, but if we’re not burdened to tears and brought to our knees over this nation and the lost people in it – regardless of color/race/ethnicity, then we’re no better than the lost in this world who are fueled by Satan to only want their agendas to be known and their voices to be heard.

God sees all.  God knows all.  God loves all.  He gave His only Son, Jesus Christ, for everyone in the entire world.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

ALL LIVES MATTER TO GOD.

Therefore, as a Christian, all lives should matter to me. Period.  I’ll let Paul sum it up for us:

If you go against the grain, you get splinters, regardless of which neighborhood you’re from, what your parents taught you, what schools you attended. But if you embrace the way God does things, there are wonderful payoffs, again without regard to where you are from or how you were brought up. Being a Jew won’t give you an automatic stamp of approval. God pays no attention to what others say or what you think about you. He makes up his own mind.” Romans 2:6-11 The Message

For there is no partiality with God.” Romans 2:11 NKJV

May there be no partiality with me.