In Matthew chapter 5 we see what is considered Jesus’ greatest sermon, “the sermon on the mount” where He was surrounded by the crowds and He went to the mountainside, sat down and began to teach. (Read the beatitudes slowly)

2 And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. 5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. 6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. 7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. 8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. 9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons[a] of God. 10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Now after reading them let me ask you a question, do you feel blessed (happy and rich) in the different scenarios that Jesus is talking about? What do you feel when you are poor in spirit? (which is spiritual humility) How about when you mourn, His promise is that you’ll be comforted. Do we remember to view His comfort as a true blessing? Or how about being meek?(teachable, strength under restraint instead of sometimes confusing it with being weak.) Blessed? How about when we’re hungry and thirsty for God which may mean still waiting on a filling. Blessed? And on and on….Jesus declaring to us during this time of prayer and fasting that He will use all circumstances, every situation, whatever state that we’re in if the Kingdom of God is the center of where you’re at, you’re blessed! Even in persecution! So maybe rethink today what’s going on and grab the blessing in the middle of it, because YOU ARE BLESSED!