We all need to understand that the force of life is the drive for fulfillment; we all have a need to experience a life of meaning. Fulfillment can only be achieved through a pattern of living in which we focus on our spiritual needs.
There are three C's of Life: Choices, Chances, and Changes. You must make a Choice to take a Chance or your life will never Change! In Matthew 6: 1-4, God teaches about Charity. Make certain you do not perform your religious duties in public so that people will see what you do. When you help a needy person, do it in such a way that even our closest friend will not know about it. Then it is private matter. Then you will receive your reward.
The Book of Matthew in the Bible is said to be the Teaching Chapters. One of the places that God spoke and taught lessons was "The Sermon on the Mount." The Mount is so named because Jesus taught his disciples and the crowds that followed him from a mountainside at the beginning of his public ministry (Matthew 5:1). The traditional site of the sermon is marked today by a beautiful little church, the Chapel on the Mount of Beatitudes, one of the major stopping points for tourists who visit the Holy Land.
The ten major sections of the Sermon on the Mount are as follows: (1) True happiness: the blessed rewards of living as citizens of Christ's kingdom. (2) The lessons of salt and light: The effects of Christian living on the world. (3) True righteousness: the deeper meaning of the law of God. (4) Practice without hypocrisy: the right motives for giving, praying, and fasting. (5) The Christian's concerns: serving God with singleness of purpose and putting the concerns of his kingdom first are actions that free us from anxiety over lesser things. (6) Warning against judgment: the dangers of judging others harshly and carelessly. (7) Invitation to prayer: the blessings and privileges of prayer. (8) The two ways: choose the narrow way, not the broad way that leads to destruction. (9) A tree and its fruit: "Be on your guard for false prophets." (10) The importance of deeds: to obey God is far better than talking about your obedience.
We all have needs, but why do we do what we do? How is it that one person will sacrifice his own life for another, while another will murder a stranger for sheer pleasure? What is the force that drives and shapes all of our emotions, actions, qualities of life, and ultimately, our destinies? We all have the same basic nervous systems, and they all function the same way. As humans we have basic needs and our nervous system has these encoded. (1) Certainty: assurance you can avoid pain and gain pleasure. (2) Uncertainty/Variety: the need for the unknown, change, new stimuli. (3) Significance: feeling unique, important, special or needed. (4) Connection/love: a strong feeling of closeness or union with someone or something. (5) Growth: an expansion of capacity, capability, or understanding. (6) Contribution: a sense of service and focus on healing, giving to and supporting.
Some of us pursue these needs by striving to control all aspects of our lives, while others obtain certainty by giving up control and adopting a philosophy of faith. Variety makes us feel alive and engaged. We all want to believe that our life has meaning and importance. Some people will pursue the need to compete with others by destroying and tearing down those around them, while others will strive to fulfill this need through connection with others.
We all want fulfillment; we all want to experience a life that has meaning. In other words, we must continually grow. Here is where the 3 C's of life come in: You must make a Choice to take a Chance, or your life will never Change! Changing can be scary, because we need to contribute beyond ourselves in a meaningful way. Even if our attempts fail, we will settle for comfort or for meeting our needs on a smaller scale. Then you have to replace any disempowering ways of meeting your needs with things that empower and support your needs.
At this point is where you can begin to empower yourself by growing spiritually. Theodore Roosevelt told all his children, "A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education." In Matthew 6:34 Jesus tells us: "Don't worry about tomorrow; it will have enough worries of its own. There is no need to add to the troubles each day brings. Learn to seek out what you need." Our ancestors did just that. Our America was built on words and actions: We the People; In God We Trust. As on the Sermon of the Mount: when Jesus finished saying these things, the crowd was amazed at the way he taught. He wasn't like the teachers of the law. Instead, he taught with authority. Our ancestors built this America on the authority of God, and their needs were provided. See ( Luke 11: 9-13).
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