Matthew 5:4: Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted
Just as “poverty of spirit” has nothing to do with our finances,
• “mourning” has nothing to do with the natural life
• but, rather…like poverty of spirit…refers to our spiritual condition.
One definition of Mourning or to mourn
• To Mourn: is to feel regret or sadness about
o Like we would after the death of someone we love
o Unless they are a Christian
o We will miss them
• But we like to say that have received “THEIR CORONATION DAY” (THEIR CROWNING DAY) WITH JESUS CHRIST
JESUS IS ALSO TALKING ABOUT A MOURNING OF THE SPIRIT
• TO Mourn over sin
Luke 18:9-14: Jesus addresses the Religious Hypocrite and Ones that had no religion. Vs 9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
IN VERSE 11 OF LUKE CHAPTER 18 THE PHARISEE WAS COMPARING HIMSELF TO PEOPLE AND NOT GOD
• He was self-righteous
o said in vs 11 God I thank you that I am not like other man are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican
• A hypocrite will always find someone that they feel they are better than
• A Christian is not better than anyone else
• We are not the judges of the World Jesus is
Romans 3:10: As it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one:
Romans 3:23-24: All have sinned and come short of the glory of God 24 24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
Romans 4:24-25 But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;25 Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.
1 Corinthians 6:11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
THE PUBLICAN KNEW HIS SINFUL STATE
• He saw himself in the Light of Jesus
• A sinner, he mourned his sin
Vs 13: And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
Psalm 51:17: The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
James 4:8-9 Tells Christians to mourn, grieve and howl over their sins
8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.9 Be afflicted, (grieved) and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
• Sin is deceitful
• A person that is deceived doesn’t know they are deceived
• Sin change our thinking we will not even realize we are deceived when we sin!
Heb 3: 12-14: 12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end;
Give your heart to Jesus today by saying this prayer:
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank you for dying on the cross for my sin. Please forgive me. Come into my life. I receive You as my Lord and Savior. Now, help me to live for you the rest of this life. Fill me with your Holy Spirit. In the name of Jesus, I pray.