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Hungering for Righteousness

March 6, 2016 Series: The Beatitudes

Topic: hungering for righteousness Passage: Matthew 5:6

Hungering for Righteousness
Matthew 5:6
The fourth beatitude is about hunger. If only we had the first three beatitudes about being poor in spirt, about being mourners, and about being meek, we could develop a bad self-image. If we ended with just those three, we’d probably admit our sinfulness, our inability to grieve over it and cover it up before others. However, in this fourth beatitude the focus changes from our needs to our desires. Jesus says that the focus of our attention is to be on righteousness. Listen closely

Introduction to this morning’s message:

I. The Analogy of the Beatitude Itself:

§ Food and Water are Necessities of Life

§ Jesus: “Citizens of my Kingdom hunger and thirst for ______________!”

§ People who are starving and thirsty are utterly hopeless:
Jesus reminds us again of our condition without Him!

II. It’s Contrast with the World’s Pursuits

§ To be “Blessed” is to be Congratulated by God

§ Happiness is a byproduct that comes from seeking _______________ goals and having the right priorities!

§ As Citizens of God’s Kingdom the pursuit of righteousness is our number one priority and Happiness will follow!

Simply Put: “Blessed is the man or woman who wants to be like Jesus”

III. It’s Theological Significance: To Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness…

§ It cannot be achieved by our own ___________.

§ We are confessing that we have NONE!

IV. How do I know If I’m Hungering and Thirsting? Three Questions

§ Do you see through your own false ________________?

§ Do you have an appetite for the Word of ________?

§ Do you put aside all the things that “dull” or “curb” your appetite for _____________?

V. The Result and Resons of Spiritual Hunger: “they will be filled!

§ God does not create a desire and then fail to meet it!

§ We are His children: Matthew 7:7-11

(This outline is provided to assist you in understanding and applying this morning’s message. Fifth in a series of messages on the Beatitudes. This message is available on line at www.MidvalleyBible.org MBC 3/6/2016)