Living Upside Down: Blessed are Those Who Mourn

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MATTHEW 5:4
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

In light of God performing an overwhelming work of grace in our lives, we are more sensitive to the part that our sin played in His death. “If we say, ‘We have no sin,’ we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us…If we say, ‘we have not sinned,’ we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (1 John 1:8, 10). Ask God to be specific in revealing what sins you need to see, confess and repent of in your life.

Below are a list of sins that includes things believers deal with every day. Place a number between 0 and 10, with “0” being no issue at all, and “10” being a point of frequent failure in your life. Go slowly, asking God for a total honesty and refusal to pretend anymore. Consider using these three steps as you humbly talk with the Lord about your sin:

  • SEE IT (change in my mind): “Dear Lord, show me my sin as You see it, and be
    specific as You need to be.”
    “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.” Hebrews 4:7
  • CONFESS IT (change in my heart): “Dear Lord, I honestly agree with You about this
    sin. The problems and pain it causes me, others, and You is real.”
    “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
  • REPENT OF IT (change in my behavior): “Dear Lord, I willingly choose to turn away
    from this sin and turn toward attitudes and actions that glorify You.”
    “Repent and turn back, so that your sins may be wiped out” Acts 3:19
    “Bear fruits in keeping with repentance.” Luke 3:8

PARENTS, CONSIDER DISCUSSING OR WALKING THROUGH WITH CHILDREN.

  • Addiction
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Argumentative
  • Bigotry
  • Bitterness
  • Boastful
  • Bossiness
  • Causing dissension
  • Conceit
  • Controlled by emotions
  • Controlled by peer pressure
  • Covetousness
  • Critical tongue
  • Deceitfulness
  • Depression
  • Dominance
  • Drug dependence
  • Drunkenness
  • Envy (depressed by the good fortune of others)
  • False modesty
  • Fear
  • Feeling helpless
  • Feeling rejected
  • Feeling stupid
  • Feeling worthless
  • Gluttony
  • Greediness
  • Guilt (false)
  • Hatred
  • Homosexual lust
  • Hostility
  • Idolatry
  • Impatience
  • Impulsiveness
  • Impure thoughts
  • Indifferent to others
  • Inhibited
  • Insecurity
  • Intemperance
  • Jealousy
  • Laziness
  • Loner
  • Lust for pleasure
  • Materialistic
  • Must repay kindness
  • Negativism
  • Occult involvement
  • Opinionated
  • Overly quiet
  • Overly sensitive to criticism
  • Passivity
  • Prejudice
  • Profanity
  • Projecting blame
  • Prone to gossip
  • Rebellion to authority
  • Resentment
  • Restlessness
  • Sadness
  • Self-centeredness
  • Self-confidence
  • Self-gratification
  • Self-hatred
  • Self-justification
  • Self-pity
  • Self-reliance
  • Self-reliance
  • Self-righteousness
  • Self-sufficiency
  • Sensuality
  • Sexual lust
  • Slow to forgive
  • Stubbornness
  • Temper
  • Unloving
  • Vanity
  • Withdrawal
  • Workaholic

**Taken from: Downpour: He Will Come to Us Like the Rain by James MacDonald

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