For the past several weeks, we've been taking a fresh look at the Beatitudes through Angela Thomas's "Beautiful Offering". I’d like to share Angela’s explanation of how we are a beautiful offering to God “when we are.....”
...Poor in Spirit
"Your life is a beautiful offering to God, even when your spirit is poor, because THEN you are very close to the kingdom of Heaven."
"Even when you are mourning, your life can be a beautiful offering to God because in HIS presence and by HIS healing, your empty soul will find all the comfort it's aching for"
"When you are sure that you are not enough and in desperate need of the Savior's strength, then your life is a Beautiful offering because God comes to the rescue with all the resources of HIS Kingdom here on earth."
...Hungry and Thirsty for HIM
"Your life is a beautiful offering to Me when you are crying out for God to come and make you hungry for HIS righteousness, because HE is the only One who will satisfy your spiritual appetite with the food that will fill your very soul."
"It is a beautiful offering to me when you lay down your judgement and choose compassion. When you love others the way I love you, when you hold back the consequences they could have deserved, and when you treat them the way you want to be treated, then you shall receive mercy as well"
...Pure in Heart
"It is a beautiful offering to Me when you are pure in heart. That kind of heart gives you spiritual eyes to see God"
"Your life is a beautiful offering when you are a peacemaker, because then you look like you belong to the family of God"
...Persecuted for Him
"It is a beautiful offering when you are persecuted because you look more and more like Me, stand for the things I would stand for, love the ones I would love, and hate the injustice I would hate. I am proud of you when they lie about you and accuse you falsely because you are acting like Me. And when that happens, then I want you to know that I will draw you deeper into My Kingdom Blessings."
Join us this week as we begin the Part 2 of Beautiful offering as we learn how our lives are a Beautiful Offering to God “As we Go”.