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We are brought up believing that having more stuff is the ultimate American dream. Our economy highlights the fragile nature of that dream. We are a nation possessed by our possessions. Striving to be bigger, faster, stronger, richer and better looking is the status quo. Scripture gives us a much different picture of what God wants for His children.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:3-10)

The blessed life is not about accumulating more stuff, getting the right look, being with the right crowd, having the right position, landing the right job or getting rich. The blessed life can be attained by people of any income level, status, training, nationality, gender or race. The blessed life is about our heart condition. When Jesus changes our hearts, we have the capacity for so much more than we could ever want or imagine.

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