Thursday, October 17, 2013

Expressions of His Life

“Your kingdom come. Your will be done in (our) earth, as it is in heaven.”  Matthew 6:10

This ability to “live” in the Spirit, in which His will is being accomplished in our earthen vessels (our daily life experience), requires that we have a basic understanding of the laws that govern a Spirit-led life.  These “spiritual laws” are set before us by the Lord in progressive order in the Sermon on the Mount, which reveals the requirements for us to live an overcoming life.

These principles do not deal with externals, but primarily with the motives of our heart – that which underlies all that we say or do.

“And seeing the multitudes, He went up into a mountain: and when He was set, His disciples came to Him: And He opened His mouth, and taught them, saying, Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”  Matthew 5:1-3

Being “poor in spirit” means that we have come to the end of our self-life, and in an attitude of submissive dependence, we are being led by the Spirit (for theirs is the kingdom of heaven).  As we spend quality time in His presence, we will be “lifted” into the realms of the spiritual and “enabled” to walk with Him in the outworking of His will and purpose.

“Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.”  Matthew 5:4

We cannot help but mourn, as we have this treasure in an earthen vessel.  The Lord understands that it is not easy for us to give up our own ways, in submission to His will and purpose for us.  Therefore, we will be comforted by Him as we take up our cross and die to all that we desire, apart from His will and purpose for us.

“Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.”  Matthew 5:5

Our being “meek” is not living in a state of weakness, but rather one in which the strength of our self-will has been broken, and the attributes of the divine nature that are resident within us begin to find expression.