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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, June 2, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
Each Beatitude tells how to be blessed by God. Blessed means more than happiness. It implies the fortunate or enviable state of those who are in God’s Kingdom. The Beatitudes don’t promise laughter, pleasure, or earthly prosperity. Being “blessed” by God means the experience of hope and joy, independent of outward circumstances. To find hope and joy, the deepest form of happiness, follow Jesus no matter what the cost. (NLT)
Matthew 5:3-12 – [Jesus said] “God blesses those who realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is given to them. God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted. God blesses those who are gentle and lowly, for the whole earth will belong to them. God blesses those who are hungry and thirsty for justice, for they will receive it in full. God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy. God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God. God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God. God blesses those who are persecuted because they live for God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
“God blesses you when you are mocked and persecuted and lied about because you are my followers. Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted, too.”
Prasartporn Tariyo (Chaing Mai, Thaiiland) titled his story “HEAVENLY REWARDS;” here is a portion of Prasartporn’s story:
“. . . God prepares a great reward in heaven for those who live their lives following the way of Jesus. . . .”
Prayer: Loving God, help us believe and trust that you have prepared the way for our lives. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.
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