Saturday, November 4, 2017

Live Triumphantly

It’s good to live in a state of blessedness and glory.  This is achieved by living in dignity.  With joy believers proclaim the victory won by the risen Christ.  These individuals are traversing the paths of holiness because their hopes and dreams are fulfilled.

Charles Stanley (b. 1932), a senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Northern Atlanta, Georgia, said, “To have God speak to the heart is a majestic experience, an experience that people may miss if they monopolize the conversation and never pause to hear God’s responses.”  While in a state of blessedness means we are prepared to listen to the plights to the least among us - the poor, hungry, suffering, and homeless.

Holy Cheerfulness

Holy people are filled with an admiration of Christ and know his love.  They accomplish these divine attributes through their works and praise him.  In blessedness they express majestic sounds, and sweet melodies praising God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  For them mourning, and suffering aren’t impediments because they have won the battle.

C.S. Lewis (1898–1963), a theologian reminded us: “We all want progress, but if you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.”  Simply put, if we find ourselves careening down a wrong path we must not give up.  The lesson learned from our mistake is be sure go down the road which leads to victory.

The Highest Praise

People praise God by raising their voices to the heavens.  Some rejoice with chords of stringed-instruments accompanied by choirs at churches.  From their hymns flow fountains of joy celebrating joyfulness that are blessed by Christ.   

Ayn  Rand (1905–1982), a Russian-born American philosopher wrote, “I could die for you.  But I couldn’t, and wouldn’t, live for you.” This is what Jesus did for us.  People must live accordingly, make choices, and if doing wrong, return to do what’s right.

Flame of Love

Blessed spirits are love with shining lights.  Its right to know such goodness never ceases.  Its infinite brightness enlightens the darkness which lies in the inner recesses of our souls.  Love never fails, for it drives out sins that tarnish our hearts.  By Christ’s grace comes empowerment which leads to salvation.

Joseph Barber Lightfoot (1828–1889), an English theologian and bishop wrote, “Eternal truth, eternal righteousness, eternal love; these only can triumph, for these only can endure.”   The paths of blessed lives are triumphant ones.  All that’s necessary is to grow in the faith.          

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