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Lesson # Matt. 5:4
Study Material - Matt. 5:4
You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
4 'Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Those who mourn are all who have received God in salvation as noted in the former verse, with which eternal life comes, and now remain in this world, the jungle, and still subject to its pressures. Pressures come from all sides and in various manners.
We receive pressure from our own thoughts. We receive pressure from people near us and from people that are far off. We receive pressure from systems of social life, from systems of government, from systems of bureaucracy of all types. We receive pressure from the weather and disasters that may drop into our laps without warning. Accidents can occur in our life. Physical impairments can rise up in our life. The possibilities of pressure and therefore the grief that accompanies it is almost unlimited.
Mourn, 'pentheo', to grieve, sorrow, pressure from experiences, to be consumed, grief. This is a sorrowful situation that can happen to anyone, whether believer or unbeliever, but there is a difference between believers with doctrine in their soul and those who lack doctrine. Comfort.
Comfort, 'parakaleo', to bring comfort, to call near, to be relaxed from within. This is the relaxed mental attitude which develops inside each believer, who is positive toward Gods Word, as a result of their consistent study.
In fellowship, every believer in Jesus Christ has access to the power of God with respect to the power that spiritual growth brings them from their study. In fellowship the Holy Spirit has control over ones life. The sin nature is not in control and the sins in ones life have been washed away by virtue of the believers confession of them directly to God the Father. This makes way for the learning process of Bible doctrine.
Doctrine is taught from whatever source. The Holy Spirit brings that doctrine into the human spirit of the believer (in fellowship) and from there the believer learns it, believes it and transfers that Biblical knowledge into their soul. This becomes the foundation and structure of the doctrinal complex that you build inside your soul. You sooner or later apply that knowledge to your daily life. That cycling of doctrine through your soul provides the furnishings, the muscle as it were, as though you were working out in a gym, but in this sense you are exercising your spiritual muscles. This strengthens your soul. The more you learn, the more you grow, the more you begin to understand, the more you gain a relaxed attitude in life. You build up your sense of security, you become more poised, you are not as bothered in life over the many pressures that this world can throw at you.
Therefore, you may have pressures and you certainly will in this life, so you will be comforted. Why? Because you understand that these pressures are only temporary, never permanent. Pressures will come and go. And no matter what pressures attack your life, God has already worked out a solution for them. He worked it out in eternity past, therefore you have only to sit back, handle them as they come along and trust in God. He will present to you the answers you need in order to free yourself from whatever pressure has come along in your life.
If your pressure is one of those types that will never go away, like say a terminal illness, then your escape will come in death. That will be your moment of freedom as you advance to heaven, a winner. Remember Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego? And remember their answer to King Nebuchadnezzar? God may deliver us, or He may not. In either case we will not fall down to the image. So they had doctrine clear in their minds. Death faced them with virtual certainty, and they trusted their lives to God. You may have a cancer and may very well lose that battle, but your life is not intended to be forever in this world. None of our lives are intended for that. So you relax. You study your Bible. You grow up spiritually. You relax even more as you learn and gain even more trust in God. You place your life in His hands.
God has your best interest at heart, and He will never forsake you. You may very well become the focus of someone else's attention as they watch you in your final days. You may be that inspiration that someone else needs to get them to begin their Bible study. None of us are alone in this world. There are many who watch, even when we do not know that they are watching. So our lives become symbols of victory for others, and most of the time we will never know who we influence.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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