“To be or not to be ? This is the question. Beatitudes ” by Richard Daughtridge

richard2“To be or not to be ?  This is the question. Beatitudes ” by Richard Daughtridge

True Christianity is a result of becoming rather than doing. Do we “do” because of what we’ve become through conversion, or do we become converted when we do? It’s important we answer this question correctly.

Many have gone through the motions of trying to do enough to be a Christian.  Was it in vain?

Christ taught that it was an inside-out process. It all starts in the heart and works its way out. Today we will begin school with Christ and the disciples. We’ll examine the temptation of Christ in the wilderness and compare his answers to our life’s questions to our trials.

No one ever graduates without first taking the test. In ministry, in school, in an occupation there are many tests.

As we look into the life of Christ we realize that his time on earth was filled with many lessons. All seem to come with a test. We, like Christ, are tested on what we’ve learned. The test verifies and fortifies what we’ve learned.

We know that Christ had a mission on earth to redeem mankind. The cross was the completion of that mission.

Ever count up the tests that prepared him for this ministry?

The ways he suffered were all individual lesson exams.

They were not exams to prove his ability or worthiness.

They were lessons on life applications. They were stepping stones, that isolate conflicts, right choices and the examples that we can learn from.

Turn your Bibles to St. Matthew, Chapter Four, and let’s examine for the next few weeks what he taught his disciples by example, by real life situations and by instruction. Over the next few weeks we want to follow Jesus’ life and sit at Jesus’ feet in a classroom with the disciples. We will realize true Christianity comes from within.

First Test

Rate yourself on a scale of 1-10, with ten being the highest score.

1. Spiritual  Leadership (Led of the Spirit)

Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

2. Self Control ( Fasted)

Galatians 5:17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

3. Prayer (Attitude of Prayer)

Philip. 4:6  Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

4. Temptation (Be ready)

1 Cor. 10:13  There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

5. Disappointment ( The tempter came )

2 Cor. 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

6. Provision (If you are hungry turn the bread to stone)

Matthew 6:25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

7. Temples and religious pinnacles (Religious traditions can be empty. Know the difference.)

James 1:25  But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

8. Greed (All about me.)

Matthew 4:9-10  And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. [10] Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

Jesus came out of the first chapters passing the test with high marks. I mean he was God.

As you marked yourself try not to get discouraged because, like his disciples, we still haven’t taken the class.

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