Actualizado: ene 11
7 days of fasting and prayer
REASON: Sanctify our lives.
DATE: Monday, January 11 to Sunday, January 18
PRAYER THROUG ZOOM AT 8:00 PM - MEETING ID: 897 0425 5751
KEY TEXT: Matthew 5: 1-12
During this week we will pray and fast based on the teaching Jesus left us. Here He reveals to us the characteristics that believers must long for to live in the faith of the Son of God. Every day, you will examine your life and ask yourself what you must consecrate to God so that these characteristics are formed in your life to reflect Jesus.
Characteristic # 1: The poor in spirit
Matthew 5: 3 Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
These people recognize that no one is spiritually self-sufficient. Everyone needs the life, power, and sustaining grace of the Holy Spirit to inherit the kingdom of God. Matthew 9:36
They are humble and small by their own criteria.
They see their need and grieve because of them, they thirst for redemption.
They are always looking for how to help others because the kingdom of grace belongs to these people. Because of these characteristics the kingdom of heaven is for them.
Characteristic # 2: Those who cry
Matthew 5: 4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
These people weep and mourn the condition of others. They always measure the life they lead with the justice of God, not with the human one.
They have a holy sadness that works with true repentance, a humble mind, and a continual desire to be accepted by God's mercy. Luke 19:41
Those tears are crying out for salvation. These people will be comforted by God himself.
Characteristic # 3: The meek
Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
The meek are those who quietly submit to God, those who can tolerate insults.
They are quiet or respond with a soft, non-angry response. They are those who with their patience retain control of themselves when they hardly have possession of anything else. These meek ones are blessed because that quality gives them wealth, comfort, and security in their souls even in this world.
They are people of humble heart; they are those who surrender themselves before God and submit to Him. They find in Him their refuge and consecrate their whole being to Him, these people are more interested in the work of God and in the people of God rather than in what may happen to them personally. For these reasons the meek will inherit this land and live in peace and prosperity. Psalms 37:11
Characteristic #4: Those who hunger and thirst for justice
Matthew 5: 6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Justice refers to all spiritual blessings, these are purchased by the righteousness of Christ and confirmed by the faithfulness of God. Our desire for these spiritual blessings must be earnest.
The spiritual condition of the believer will depend on his hunger for the presence of God in his life.
The believer's hunger for the things of God disappears when the person stops remaining in Christ and where there is a desire for this era, deceit for wealth, greed for material things and money, excessive desire to have the pleasures of life. John 16: 8-13
When the hunger and thirst for God and His righteousness are finished, that person dies spiritually.
That is why it is essential to be sensitive to the voice of the Holy Spirit, examining ourselves all the time if this hunger and thirst are fervent. The promise is that we will be satisfied.
Characteristic # 5: The Merciful
Matthew 5: 7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
These people not only bear their own afflictions patiently but do all they can to help those in misery. Hebrews 2:17
The merciful will always try to lead those who are lost to grace, those who are confused they will lead them to the favor of God. They have compassion for their neighbor that is why they do not judge them, and their desire is to bring them out of the life of sin like coals out of the fire. Because they showed mercy, they will receive mercy.
Characteristic #6: Those who are pure in heart
Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
These people are the ones who fulfill holiness (clean heart) and blessing (see God). Hearts must be purified by faith and kept for God.
Only the pure are able to see God because heaven is NOT promised impure. Just as God does not tolerate seeing iniquity, neither can the impure stand to see God's purity. Psalm 24: 3-5
The pure in heart are those who have been freed from the power of sin by the grace of God and now strive to please and glorify Him. They seek to have the same mind, love for justice and hatred for evil.
Their heart, which includes the mind, will, and emotions, are in harmony with the heart of God and because of that, they will see God.
characteristic# 7: The Peacemakers
Matthew 5: 9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
These people love, desire, and delight in peace. They have been reconciled to God through the sacrifice of the Cross and have made peace with His Father. Romans 5: 1
They keep the peace so that it is not broken and they regain it when it is broken.
Think about this: If the peacemakers are blessed, Woe to those who break the peace!
Peacemakers will reap the great reward of being called children of God.
Characteristic #8: those who suffer persecution
Matthew 5:10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Since these people like to live in harmony with the Word of God, persecution awaits them for the sake of justice. The persecution comes because these people will do the opposite that others who do not love God do. It is there when they are exposed to mockery, fights and many other persecutions that will go through being in harmony with the justice of God.
These people continually strive to: uphold the principles of truth, purity and justice, they refuse to accommodate themselves to the evil of these days and to the lifestyle that lukewarm believers have and for these reasons the Kingdom of God of heaven is of they. Revelation 3:1-4
ALL THE CHARACTERISTICS
May today you examine your life in all the characteristics that Jesus taught us in which we should have and allow your life to reflect each one of them in this 2021.