This book is about God and the powerful place he seeks to occupy within each of us, the incredible spiritual pleasures he seeks to bestow upon us, and the prevailing purpose he seeks to instill in us to live a life that is truly worth living. My fervent desire is that “this generation” of believers in Christ will take up the Beatitudes Quest to walk even closer with God and impact their fellow man more powerfully for Christ.
Below is a map of the Land of the Beatitudes which visually portrays how each Beatitude will impact a believer’s life in a purposefully and sequenced order.
Each Beatitude experience requires surrendering a piece of your heart to God to make that portion of your heart even greater!
To enter the Land of the Beatitudes one must first set aside any and all spiritual pride to take up the Cross of Christ because He did it all! We have done nothing! As the poor in spirit, we recognize our total spiritual poverty before the exhilarating majesty of a God who loves us, in spite of who we are. We contemplate his greatness and grandeur as the Creator of the Universe and intricate designer of every organism within it. Now a true perspective enables us to understand our place in the Kingdom of God.
As mourners, whether from bitterness, loss or remorse, we must release our burdens to Christ and depend totally on God. We relegate all sorrow to the past and depart from the Marshlands of the Mourning. Jesus yearns to carry that wearisome weight for us and give us unsurpassable peace and freedom in him!
Meekness is found when we relegate the demanding ME to the back seat of our life. We voluntarily submit ourselves to the Mirrored Mountains of Meekness where Christ will shine through us. This is a struggling “submit” to accomplish but in his strength it is possible. From the summit Above so much more of his Kingdom is now clearly visible!
With these three severe spiritual distractions cast aside, we salivate for the abounding knowledge of God’s wondrous righteousness to fill us to overflowing. His righteousness is found in his Word—both in Scripture and in the living Person of Christ in us. We eagerly saturate ourselves in both Words on the Rich Ridge of Righteousness! There are no boundaries for those who sincerely seek him and earnestly feast daily on his Word. We come to know and understand him so much more deeply.
The supremacy of his mercy is unlocked to us, his great reaching down for us when we were trapped alone in that Dark Cavern without his powerful presence in our lives. Personal experience and spiritual knowledge abound our understanding of True Love and sacrifice. This depth and debt of mercy penetrates our soul and compels us put it to practice with everyone around us.
A true love relationship with God requires total transparency. We implore him to reveal any impurity and eagerly lay it before him. Such confession requires a deep descent into the Purging Valley of the Pure in Heart. We desperately desire God to make our hearts pure and eagerly renounce all impurities to him as he looks us square in the eye and heart!
Now, we can see the world as he sees it, a Vineyard to work his Peace. Such vision propels us to strive to be peacemakers in every life he brings across our path. We are protagonists for his purposes to pursue his peace on this earth. We are “difference makers” for God in this world. We are his vessels and instruments to be used here!
Peacemaking and purposeful witness brings persecution in a world that opposes God. On the Precipices of Persecution we may suffer daily “in pieces” or be sacrificed all at once, however we find ourselves at dizzying spiritual heights and are willing to pay the price whatever it may be! The welcoming gates of heaven await our arrival at his perfect time.
The Beatitudes equip us to live as power-filled saints in this world and become well equipped citizens one day in heaven.
Original drawings by Marlin Harris, Finished illustrations by Ralph Mark, Jr. Map designed and composed by Donovan Harris