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Blessed Are You


Once Upon a Time

God said

"Let there be"

Light

and

there was

Light.

Once Upon a Time

God said

"Let there be"

Forgiveness

and

He sent His Son.

"Let there be"~

to exist

to come to pass~

a command

bringing forth

what is needed

to brighten the dark

to make things new.

Once Upon a Time

Jesus said

Blessed are

you and me~

*the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven~

______________, (PUT your name in the blanks)

you’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope.

With less of you, ______________, there is more of God and his rule."*

Blessed are

* those who mourn for theirs is the kingdom of heaven~

______________, you’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you, _______________, be embraced by the One most dear to you."*

Blessed are *the meek, for they will be comforted~

______________, you’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less.

That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought."*

Blessed are *those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled~

______________, you’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God.

He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat."*

Blessed are

* the merciful, for they will be shown mercy~

______________, you’re blessed when you care.

At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for."*

Blessed are *the pure in heart, for they will see God~

______________, you’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right.

Then you can see God in the outside world."*

Blessed are *the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God~

______________, you’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family."*

Blessed are *those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven~

______________, you’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution.

The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom."*

Blessed are

*you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me~

“Not only that—count yourself, ________________, blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me.

What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable.

Because you are

Blessed

*Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

"________________, you can be glad when that happens—give a cheer, even!—for though they don’t like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company.

My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble." *

Blessed are~

The Beatitudes

stating

the condition

and the end result

because

God said

"Let there be"

and then there was

and

because

Jesus said

Blessed are

you and me.

What Blessed promise do you need to

Put in your story

this very moment?

Be

Blessed

today, tomorrow, always

because

God Said so

&

jesus made it so!

*Scripture references from Matthew 5:3-11 (NIV and The Message)


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