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Beautiful Choices // Sermon 2

The Beatitudes

Matthew 5:4 NIV and NLT

NIV: Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

NLT: God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

3 different kinds of mourning:

First - Natural Mourning.

Natural mourning is the grief caused by the loss of a loved one.

Our natural response to someone near and dear to us is to grieve the loss, to mourn their passing.

I Thessalonians 4:13-14

13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.Mourn with hope!

Second - Sinful Mourning.

A second mourning is not natural, but truly is sinful. It’s the opposite of being blessed.

It is mourning over what God never intended you have. Natural mourning is grief over something God gave and is now gone.

Sinful mourning is grieving over something God never intended you have.

Sinful mourning is becoming devastated over a relationship God never wanted you to have. And He, in His great love for you, often brings people in and out of our lives to grow us into the people of God He is willing us to become. But there are some who come into our lives who aren’t meant to stay.

Sinful mourning is Ahab stealing a vineyard from Naboth when he already had all he ever needed. But he wanted what he did not have.

Sinful mourning is David mourning over his desire for beautiful Bathsheba, when God had given him everything he desired and said to him, “If that wasn’t enough I would have given you more.”

Or Demas walking away from Paul and Christ because the Bible says, “He loved this present world.”

Fretting and mourning over what you don’t have instead of praising and thanking God for what you do have is sinful.

So many live their lives always wanting something else because what they have isn’t enough. And until you truly find yourself in Christ and His forgiveness and His Purpose, you will always be on an elusive search for happiness.

And let’s be honest. How often has that helped?

1. Work all the time to discover we lost what really mattered.
2. Run after the glitz and the glamour to discover it is an empty well.
3. Travel the world searching for treasures when we discover, sometimes too late, we had the treasure at home all along.

This sinful mourning is living a life of regret. Listen to the words of the Master Jesus:

Luke 12:15 KJV:

And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.

Luke 12:15 NLT:

Then he said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.”

There are consequences to our choices and we get to decide the trajectory of our future.

Third - Spiritual Mourning.

The third type of mourning is different from the rest. Spiritual mourning is godly sorrow over our sins against God. It is not just feeling sorrowful, but a sorrow that leads to repentance.

This is the mourning Jesus is talking about when He says, “Blessed are they who mourn for they will be comforted.”

Paul said it this way in 2 Corinthians 7:10 (NLT):

For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death.

Spiritual mourning does this:

1. It begins with seeing your sins as they are. 

A. Not mistakes or mishaps.

Our culture wants us to believe we are all good and there’s nothing inherently evil about any of us.

But that’s not what God teaches us. Jesus did not come and suffer and die on a cross to make good people better. Jesus did not come to make bad people good, but to make dead people alive (Ravi Zacharias). 

Jesus came to forgive us of our sins, cleanse us from our iniquities, deliver us from our bondages, and free us from our rebellious lifestyles.

David said it like this:

Psalm 51:5, “For I was born a sinner – yes, from the moment my mother conceived me.”

We were not born righteous. We are not inherently righteous. Our propensity is to sin. We are rebels from birth.

Paul said in Romans 7:18-25 (NLT)

And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. 19 I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. 20 But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it. 21 I have discovered this principle of life— that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. 22 I love God’s law with all my heart.23 But there is another power[b] within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. 24 Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? 25 Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.

2. Spiritual Mourning leads us to a life of repentance.

Repentance is not just feeling sorrow for our sins. We all feel bad at times when we do wrong, however, given enough time we get over it and move on.

But repentance is change. It is not just acknowledging our sin, but doing something about it.

Asking for forgiveness
Changing our ways

2 Samuel 12:8-9 NLT:

I gave you your master’s house and his wives and the kingdoms of Israel and Judah. And if that had not been enough, I would have given you much, much more. Why, then, have you despised the word of the Lord and done this horrible deed? For you have murdered Uriah the Hittite with the sword of the Ammonites and stolen his wife.

Repentance – Psalm 51:16-17 NLT

You do not desire a sacrifice, or I would offer one. You do not want a burnt offering.
17 The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.

It is the most blessed of days when we come to terms with who we are in light of God’s holiness and righteousness. You see, we do not change what we aren’t willing to acknowledge.

I want you to walk with God. I want you to know Jesus. I want you to have relationship with this incredible God Who loved you and me so much that He died to pay for our sins…Our sins that we struggle sometimes to even admit we have them.

We are so much like the little boy with chocolate all over his face telling his mom, “I don’t know who ate the cookies.”

But today, your godly sorrow will lead to your moment of destiny. Your spiritual mourning will lead you to a life of comfort and rejoicing.

John 3:16

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

I John 1:8-10 NLT

If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.

Worship Set

Holy Is The Lord 

- Louie Giglio and Chris Tomlin

Verse 1

We stand and lift up our hands
For the joy of the Lord is our strength
We bow down and worship Him now
How great how awesome is He

Misc 1 (Pre-Chorus)

And together we sing
Ev'ryone sing

Chorus 1

Holy is the Lord God Almighty
The earth is filled with His glory
Holy is the Lord God Almighty
The earth is filled with His glory
The earth is filled with His glory

Misc 2 (Bridge)

It is rising up all around
It's the anthem of the Lord's renown
It's rising up all around
It's the anthem of the Lord's renown

Lord, I Need You

- Daniel Carson, Matt Maher, Christy Nockels, and Jesse Reeves

Verse 1

Lord I come I confess
Bowing here I find my rest
And without You I fall apart
You're the one that guides my heart

Chorus 1

Lord I need You oh I need You
Ev'ry hour I need You
My one defense my righteousness
Oh God how I need You

Verse 2

Where sin runs deep Your grace is more
Where grace is found is where You are
And where You are Lord I am free
Holiness is Christ in me
Where You are Lord I am free
Holiness is Christ in me

Misc 1 (Bridge)

So teach my song to rise to You
When temptation comes my way
And when I cannot stand I'll fall on You
Jesus You're my hope and stay
And when I cannot stand I'll fall on You
Jesus You're my hope and stay

Chorus 2

Lord I need You oh I need You
Ev'ry hour I need You
My one defense my righteousness
Oh God how I need You
My one defense my righteousness
Oh God how I need You

How He Loves

- John Mark McMillan

Verse 1

He is jealous for me loves like a hurricane
I am a tree bending beneath
The weight of His wind and mercy
When all of a sudden I am unaware of
These afflictions eclipsed by glory
I realize just how beautiful You are
And how great Your affections are for me

Misc 1 (Pre-Chorus)

Oh how He loves us so
Oh how He loves us
How He loves us so

Chorus 1 

(Yeah) He loves us
Oh how He loves us
Oh how He loves us
Oh how He loves

Verse 2

We are His portion and He is our prize
Drawn to redemption by the grace in His eyes
If grace is an ocean we're all sinking
So Heaven meets earth
Like an unforeseen kiss
And my heart turns violently inside of my chest
I don't have time to maintain these regrets
When I think about the way that

Chorus 2

He loves us
Oh how He loves us
Oh how He loves us
Oh how He loves