“The Fortunate Unfortunate”
In Matthew 5:3 Jesus says, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” In other words, blessed are those who know they need God. It goes against everything in our culture, and may go against what you’ve heard about God, but our Lord has designed life to be lived in dependence upon Him. Whether your life feels like a mess, you’ve gone through a cycle of poor decisions, or you feel like you’re living the dream, lean on God and you will live a life with more joy and peace, knowing you need Him through it all.
Receive His grace and respond with gratitude. Most of us completely ignore all the blessings in our life. As John Ortberg put it “Gratitude is the ability to experience life as a gift. It opens us up to wonder, delight, and humility. It makes our hearts generous. Gratitude is not something we give God because he wants to make sure we know how much trouble he went to over us. Gratitude is the gift God gives us that enable us to be blessed by all his other gifts, the way our taste buds enable us to enjoy the gift of food.”
Read Psalm 25; this is a prayer to God written by David, who knows he needs God
“One Thousand Gifts” by Ann Voskamp
“10,000 Reasons” by Matt Redman
“I Need You More” by Kim Walker
Primary text: Matthew 5:1-10
Other texts in this message: Deuteronomy 8:11, 17-18, Isaiah 66:2, Psalm 25
WORSHIP SONG LIST
I Am David Crowder and Ed Cash
Lord, I Need You Jesse Reeves, Kristian Stanfill, Matt Maher, Christy Nockels, and Daniel Carson
I Need You More Lindell Cooley and Bruce Haynes
10,000 Reasons Jonas Myrin and Matt Redman
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Troy Champ, The Good Life, Deuteronomy 8:11, 17-18, Isaiah 66:2, Psalm 25, Matthew 5:1-10, Blessed are those who know they need God.