Jesus Christ stood on a hillside next to the Sea of Galilee and preached the greatest message of all time. We call it the Sermon on the Mount, and the most famous part of the Sermon on the Mount is The Beatitudes. In The Beatitudes, Jesus torpedoed the lies that our culture feeds us about what real winning is.

Now, the word beatitude simply means blessed, and in The Beatitudes, we see the kind of life that God blesses. Beginning in Matthew 5:3, it reads:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.”

If the air inside a balloon is the same as the air outside a balloon, it can’t soar. And Jesus was saying in The Beatitudes, if you want to soar in life, what’s on the inside of your life has to be completely different than the atmosphere on the outside of your life. You can’t breathe in the toxins of our culture and expect to soar in life. You’ll live your life either based on what the Word says or what the world says, but you can’t live with both.

Jesus was saying that if you want to soar, if you want to live a life that’s blessed by God, you have to have something on the inside that’s very different from the atmosphere on the outside of your life. I challenge you today to let Jesus fill you up so that you can soar like never before.