North Anderson Baptist Church
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    2308 N Main St, Anderson, SC 29621, United States
    Sunday 10:30 AM
I want to remind you that in the teachings of Jesus, He has laid down a way to live for Him and to walk in righteousness. We find it here in the Scriptures before us called The Sermon on the Mount. Jesus shares with us a life that is pleasing to Him; a life lived this way, with the characteristics of Christ and His attitudes of life, will bring God’s favor to your life. The first 12 verses are called the Beatitudes. These thoughts should be our attitudes of life.
A week ago before I got sick, we began this message about the “Sermon on the Mount” with the first 4 verses of Matthew 5. Now to go back and look again at the Beatitudes. We want to start at verse 5, “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.”
What does meek mean here? You may have heard the following description of meek before, but it is the best. Being meek is like taking a wild stallion and capturing it and training it. The stallion is still powerful but broken and has all his characteristics that made him a powerful horse, but he is now under the control of another. When the power is needed it comes but the horse is now meek.
Others describe meek as “absence of pretence but generally suggests gentleness and self-control.” (Expositor’s Bible Commentary) Sometimes people mix up the truth with what is considered to be “False News.” Greeks did not like people who exhibited humility or meekness because they thought is was condescending. Specifically the Greeks considered meekness a vice because they failed to distinguish it from servility. But the truth is if one is meek it implies that the person is free from malice and vengeful spirit. A person who is meek has to recognize their own spiritual bankruptcy and mourn over the loss.
Many look at the word meekness as - not strong, or not aggressive, harsh, tyrannical but Jesus says a meek person is one who is not like the world but like the Savior who is truly meek. Meekness is not produced by self-effort but by Spirit effort. Only the Holy Spirit can produce meekness in the heart of a yielded Christian.(Thru The Bible with J. Vernon McGee) True meekness is a fruit of the Holy Spirit as He has complete control over a life dedicated to the righteousness of God. It will be those who inherit the earth.
Inherit the earth? Scholars say this word relates to the entrance to the “Promised Land.” They say this is not talking about the meek will inherit “Israel” or any other land mass, it is a phrase, used in certain Psalms to express the Messianic thought for Jesus’ day. The phrase to “inherit the earth” here speaks of those who belong to Christ Jesus, as our entrance into the New Heaven and the New Earth which is the consummation of the Messianic Kingdom.
Are you displaying meekness in your life? Are you free from malice and and a vengeful spirit? Has self become more important than others? Are you responding to the work of the Holy Spirit on your heart and life to help you realize the need for a quiet spirit, directed by love and compassion, just like Jesus displayed in His life? My point is, where are you on the Meekness table?
Verse 6, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”
Being thirsty or hungry in not an unusual condition in the Bible or our regular life. The children of Israel displayed those characteristics of thirst or hunger when they were in the desert, being led by Moses. They mostly complained about what God hadn’t given them, This is not the “hunger and thirst” that Jesus spoke of here. The physical hunger one feels is real and will cause a person to do just about anything. Esau gave up his birthright for just a pot of porridge. Or, it might be a deep hunger for other than food; Judas had a hunger for money, 30 pieces of silver to be exact. There have always been people who thirst after wealth and who would do anything for it. But we are not talking about the physical hunger or thirst we all have.
If God’s creation would truly hunger and thirst after God and a Godly life we all would be better off. Jesus is telling us that there is an attitude that we all need; it is like the example in the Psalms found in 42:1-2,1 “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?”
Or Psalm 63:1, “O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.”
Friends, a Christian should have such a longing for God and a hunger and thirst after God and His righteousness, like a deer who pants after the water or the man whose body needs water in a desert place. Man or beast will search for the water until he finds it because it is so necessary to his life and existence. A believer cannot live without the righteousness of the Lord God. He or she will not be able to live the “Jesus life” as long as they seek out their desires and ways of thinking and attitudes that come from the world. This act is not physical but spiritual. The physical and spiritual work on a different level and are at times at war with one another. To overcome the physical desires, the spiritual life must find priority in our lives. Righteousness is of God and can be received in no other way but through surrender to Christ who lives in us and to the Spirit of God working in our hearts.
Jesus says that those who genuinely search will find fulfilment of their hunger and thirst. He tells the woman at the well, John 4:14,“but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” He also speaks about those who come to Him will find the spirit food they need as well having their thirst satisfied. John 6:35, “Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.”
Is your spiritual hunger and thirst so great in your life that you are longing for that fulfilment from Christ? What are you doing to fulfill that spirit urge that God has set in your heart and life?

One must first surrender their life fully to the Lord without seeking to keep something for yourself.
I Surrender All - Judson W. Van DeVenter
1. All to Jesus I surrender,All to Him I freely give;I will ever love and trust Him,In His presence daily live.
Refrain:I surrender all, I surrender all; All to Thee, my blessed Savior, I surrender all.
2. All to Jesus I surrender,Humbly at His feet I bow; Worldly pleasures all forsaken,Take me, Jesus, take me now.
3. All to Jesus I surrender, Make me, Savior, wholly Thine; Let me feel the Holy Spirit, Truly know that Thou art mine.
4. All to Jesus I surrender, Lord, I give myself to Thee; Fill me with Thy love and power, Let Thy blessing fall on me.
5. All to Jesus I surrender, Now I feel the sacred flame; Oh, the joy of full salvation! Glory, glory, to His Name!
For someone who says that he/she wants to follow Jesus and be the Christian God desires, you must DENY self and be as dead to yourself as being crucified (Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”) and then follow after Christ with that humble and submissive spirit.
When we hear these scriptures and songs of commitment and consecration, sometimes they just go over our heads and right through our hearts without effect. It is just something the preacher talks about but that is not for me. I am not going to give God my everything and if I did my life would have to change and I am not ready for that to happen. Why then do you come to church to worship God if you choose not to consider, with all your heart, to do what the scriptures says and what Jesus teaches about being the Christian that God desires? What is your purpose? For those who are hearing spiritually what God is saying to you, then you understand the need to consider seriously what it means to surrender completely your life to Christ who not only changed your life for the better and has come to LIVE in you in all fullness. We all need to have a hunger and a thirst to be more Christ-like on a daily basis. Won’t you consider starting today your surrender of the life that Christ has given to you by His death on the Cross. Speaking of the Cross! If you are here today and have never been to the Cross, you need to hear the truth. The Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is that He was born of the Virgin Mary, lived a perfect life but was taken by the Jewish leadership of that day tried and convicted, wrongly, but was sentenced to die by crucifixion. He was taken to Calvary, outside of Jerusalem and there killed. After His death He was placed in a tomb and buried there. On the third day, Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God, rose from the dead and was seen by many in the 40 days that He stayed here on the earth but then He ascended to heaven and lives now in the hearts of all who believe in Him by faith, through the Holy Spirit. Now, I ask of you who have never trusted Christ by faith to now repent of your sin, turn from them, and surrender your life to Him and believe that He is who He says He is in the Bible and choose to follow Him today and every day from now on. He will forgive your sin and give you eternal life. It is that simple! Are you willing to do just that? I will lead you to be born again through your faith in Him. Please come right now.

Invitation

Dear friend if you are reading this by way of the internet please know that you are loved and cared for. If you have no relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ His Son, then I invite you to trust Him by faith and receive Him as your personal Savior. Jesus Christ died on the cross for the sin of everyone in the world that they may have eternal life. All of us have sinned and all are guilty before Almighty God who made us to have fellowship with Him. But sin broke that ability to have a relationship and Jesus has restored the possibility to know God personally through His sacrifice. Please know that if you will seek God and turn from your sin and pray He will respond with His love and give to you a personal relationship through your belief in His Son and the sacrifice He made just for you. He will call for a change in your life too. He wants you to follow Him, not the world, not your own desires, but to follow Jesus. That brings a life change when you turn from sin and self and by faith believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. There is no Savior without Him being Lord of your life. Your willingness to change by following Him daily in your life will be the proof of your faith. When life throws its curves your way and you have found yourself broken by others or by the world let us introduce you to the only One who can help you…Jesus! You can write or call the office and we will follow up by contacting you. Office phone number is 864-225-2575 and the website address is www.northandersonbaptist.com and the physical address is 2308 N. Main St., Anderson, SC 29621. Dear friend if you are a believer and you have been touched by the Lord and you would like to talk to someone at the church just contact us in one of the ways you see above. If you are a believer and would like to talk about the church and your interest in being a part, please call and we can set up an appointment for you and get to know you. It would be a great pleasure to share our Lord’s love with you. This is a loving church and you are important to us, so please let us know what we can do for you in the Lord.Pastor Bill Rigsby

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