Happy Are the Holy Podcast by Pastor John MacArthur for Grace to You
Matthew chapter 5 and verse 8. I want to read to you all the verses in the Beatitudes as the setting for our thoughts and then we’ll have prayer together and we’ll look together at this one verse. Beginning in verse 1, Matthew records, “And seeing the multitudes, He went up into a mountain and when He was seated His disciples came unto Him. And He opened His mouth and taught them, saying, ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they who do hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God. Blessed are they who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye when men shall revile you and persecute you and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad for great is your reward in heaven. For so persecuted they the prophets who were before you.’” Let’s share together in prayer.
Father, we come to You tonight with – deep sense of need in our own lives. It only takes a cursory look at this verse to know that we, in and of ourselves, can’t qualify. For Lord, in our lives there are things that are not pure. There are always those things that are not right. And Lord, we are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness. A righteousness we know in and of ourselves is an absolute impossibility. We are those who desire to be pure in heart, Lord, but the battle is so hard. And the purity that we seek is so elusive. Just when we think we have it, we lose it. Lord, I pray that You’ll help me by the search light of the Word of God in the hands of the Holy Spirit of God to look at my own life tonight. And every one of these dear people gathered here to look at their lives as well.