In this first message in the Sermon on the Mount series, Pastor Ray lays out the design of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount to straighten out the bitterness of the human heart and put us on the road to righteousness. Because the Beatitudes are sequential, we won’t make spiritual progress if we avoid mourning over the ugliness of our sinful condition. But if we’re willing to mourn, we can move into the meekness described in verses 21 to 48. Will you let the Holy Spirit expose all the sin of your heart? Will you let him take you low enough so that you will be compassionate to all people, and find great happiness in loving those who despise you?
God has delayed His judgments to give Christians time to pray for personal and national repentance and revival. He seeks an Elijah company: individuals who refuse compromise with evil, abandon all hopes for fame, and devote time to earnestly pray. Have you, by faith, been made righteous so that you can cooperate with Jesus in His revival plan? Are you at all sensible of the hundreds around you who are under sentence of death, who will meet you at the judgment, and, if you have done nothing, accuse you down to hell? Beloved, it is time to wake up, get clean with Jesus, and pray!