Day 205: July 24, 2014

Today's Reading(s)

Matthew 5:6
Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness are blessed, for they will be filled.

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Sermon on the Mount Reflections
by Roger Severino, Adult Discipleship Minister, Brentwood Campus

Read the scripture above and use the questions below to meditate on today's reading.

Praxis

  1. Most of us never know what it means to have to miss a meal, or really be deprived of food or water. Can you think of a time in your life when you felt really hungry or thirsty? What were the circumstances? What was the outcome?
  2. There may be a certain progression in these Beatitudes (the “blessings” that Jesus proclaims). Those who recognize their poverty of spirit will mourn over their sin and be comforted by God’s grace and forgiveness through Christ. This experience of grace should cause us to be gentle and humble towards others. Now, how might this progression lead you to hunger and thirst after righteousness?
  3. What does your heart and soul hunger for? Be honest. What do you desire more than anything else? An honest assessment may help you identify your idols, those things which you desire more than God. This can be an occasion for repentance.
  4. Righteousness in the New Testament has many aspects, including legal righteousness and moral righteousness. Legal righteousness is being declared righteous before God because you have placed your faith in what Christ has done for you on the cross. Moral righteousness includes our character and living a life pleasing to God. This we pursue our entire Christian lives as we allow God’s Spirit to conform us more into the image of His Son (see Romans 8:29). Do you hunger and thirst for righteousness? Why or why not?
  5. Meditate on Isaiah 55:1-2:
    Come, everyone who is thirsty,come to the waters; and you without money, come, buy, and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost! 2 Why do you spend money on what is not food, and your wages on what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and you will enjoy the choicest of foods.
  6. As you meditate on this passage ask yourself
    (1) Do I have a spiritual thirst?
    (2) Where am I spending my “money” or what am I chasing after? Does it satisfy?
    (3) Am I hungering and thirsting for the Lord?
  7. Jesus said, “I am the Bread of Life” (John 6:35). How will you feast on the Bread of Life today?
  8. As you reflect on Jeremiah 2:13, consider whether you are seeking “living water,” or digging your own cracked cisterns that cannot hold water.
  9. For My people have committed a double evil: They have abandoned Me, the fountain of living water, and dug cisterns for themselves, cracked cisterns that cannot hold water.

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Today's devotional series accompanies the Spiritual Practices Foundations Curriculum which deals with 24 different spiritual disciplines. We will break for an Advent series in December and continue the second half of Spiritual Practices during the first quarter of 2015.