Blessed are the Peacemakers

BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS
(THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT, PART 7)

(Pastor Lee Jackson FFWC)

I) INTRODUCTION – CONTINUING ON WITH THE SERIES ON THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT WE COME TO THE SEVENTH INJUNCTION OR BEATITUDE GIVEN BY JESUS IN Matt 5:9: Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. NIV. My paraphrase: “Blessed of God are those that desire and work to bring about peace; they will be called the children of God for they do the same things that Jesus did.”

ONE OF THE METAPHORS USED IN THE BIBLE FOR THE PEOPLES OF THE WORLD IS THE SURGING, RESTLESS SEA.
A) Isaiah 57:20-21: “the wicked are like the tossing sea, which cannot rest, whose waves cast up mire and mud. 21 “There is no peace,” says my God, “for the wicked.” NIV
B) Jude 1:13: They are wild waves of the sea, foaming up their shame; wandering stars, for whom blackest darkness has been reserved forever.
C) Rev 13:1:And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. He had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on his horns, and on each head a blasphemous name. NIV

II) EXAMPLES OF PEACEMAKERS
A) ABRAHAM – GEN 13:7 – 9 – ABRAHAM & LOT SEPARATE – LOT GIVEN FIRST CHOICE.
B) ISAAC – GEN 26: 12 – 24 – ISAAC DIGGED WELLS AGAIN.
C) ISRAEL (JACOB) – DEALINGS WITH LABAN THEN HIS BROTHER ESAU
D) JESUS CHRIST – HE IS THE PRINCE OF PEACE: Eph 2:13-15 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ. 14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. NIV

III) PRINCIPLES AND ATTRIBUTES OF PEACEMAKING / PEACEMAKERS
A) PEACEMAKING BEGINS WITH YOU YOURSELF HAVING THE PEACE OF GOD – YOU CANNOT BE A PEACEMAKER UNLESS YOU HAVE THE PEACE OF GOD.
B) PEACEMAKERS ARE SECURE IN THEMSELVES AND THEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD:
1) THEY UNDERSTAND THAT THEIR VALUE HAS BEEN ASSIGNED BY GOD; IT IS NOT BASED UPON THEIR PERFORMANCE,
2) THEY ARE NOT LOOKING FOR THE RECOGNITION OF MEN; THEIR VALIDATION AND RECOGNITION COME FROM GOD,
3) THEY HAVE CEASED FROM STRIVING; THEY ARE WILLING TO GIVE UP THEIR RIGHTS,
4) THEY DON’T HAVE TO WIN; THEY ARE ENJOY AND APPRECIATE ANOTHER PERSON’S SUCCESS
5) THEY ARE LOVING AND COMPASSIONATE TOWARD OTHERS.
IV)
THE REQUIREMENT AND BENEFITS OF BEING A PEACEMAKER
A) WE ARE REQUIRED TO BE PEACEMAKERS: Eph 4:2 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. NIV
B) PEACEMAKERS THEMSELVES HAVE THE PEACE OF GOD
C) PEACEMAKING LEADS TO A HARVEST OF RIGHTEOUSNESS – James 3:17-18: But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness. NIV
D) THEY CALLED THE SONS OF GOD AND WILL INHERIT HIS KINGDOM – Matthew 5:9: Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. NIV

V) THE ORIGINS OF DISCORD, STRIFE AND SPIRITUAL RESTLESSNESS -OUR SINFUL NATURE (OVERHEAD):
A) PROGRESSIVE IN NATURE: (Jude 12 -13, Galatians 5:19 -21)
B) FIRST STAGE: PRIDE AND REBELLION AGAINST GOD AND HIS WORD AND HIS CLAIMS UPON OUR LIVES (THE SEEDS OF UNRIGHTEOUSNESS AND APOSTASY): IMMORAL THOUGHTS, IMMORAL BEHAVIOR AND IMMORAL ACTS.
C) SECOND STAGE (CULTIVATING AND NURTURING THE SEEDS OF UNRIGHTEOUSNESS AND SPIRITUAL APOSTASY): WE DENY OUR CONSCIENCE (THE CONVICTION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT) AND FAIL TO SEEK GOD’S FORGIVENESS. LEADS TO IDOLATRY, SORCERY (WITCHCRAFT). (REPLACEMENT & SUBSTITUTION OF THE GOD AND THE SOURCE OF SPIRITUAL POWER THAT WE HAVE DENIED)
D) THIRD STAGE (THE HARVEST OF UNRIGHTEOUSNESS): SPIRITUAL RESTLESSNESS & LACK OF PEACE OF GOD WITHIN: RESULTANT INSECURITY CAUSES US TO RATIONALIZE AND JUSTIFY OUR ACTIONS AND BEHAVIOR, CONTENTIONS (NEED TO BE RIGHT), SPIRITUAL INSECURITY, HATRED (INCLUDING SELF HATRED), SPIRITUAL TENSION, DOUBLE MINDEDNESS, ANGER (FITS OF RAGE), ENVY & JEALOUSY, GREED, WHICH CAN LEAD TO MURDER.

VI) CONCLUSION – IF YOU ARE HERE THIS MORNING AND YOU YOUR LIFE IS LIKE THAT SURGING AND RESTLESS SEA. YOU NEED THE PEACE OF GOD. JESUS CALMED THE STORM ON THE SEA OF GALILEE AND HE CAN CALM THE STORM RAGING IN YOUR SPIRIT.

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