TEXT: Matthew 5:1-12:
1 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:
2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
After preaching the Gospel every day for 367 days straight throughout the 2016 presidential campaign season, I am preaching the Gospel every day throughout the first 100 days of President Donald Trump’s term. If you think a new president being in office is the only thing needed to save America and ‘make America great again’, you are woefully deceived. The church must follow through and “keep the main thing the main thing: and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, ‘Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature,’ and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to ‘pray without ceasing’ for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders.” So, we encourage you to pray for the new president, but not to get caught up in the political happenings like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord. And that is what this campaign is all about.
This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”
This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 157, day 524 since Jan. 1, 2016.
Zac Poonen said, “The kingdom of God is righteousness and peace. True wisdom is never argumentative or quarrelsome. It does not strive. It maintains harmonious relationships with everyone, as far as possible. It is impossible to quarrel with a man who is filled with Divine wisdom, for such a man is a peaceable man.”
Today, we will continue looking at the seventh of Jesus’ laws for supreme blessing. To recap:
#1 is to be “poor in spirit,” that is, to live in accordance with one’s true standing as an undeserving sinner before God. It is these who will obtain the kingdom of heaven.
#2 is to “mourn” over sin, especially one’s own sin. It is these who will be comforted by God in the end.
#3 is to be “meek,” to depend entirely on God in every situation and not one one’s self. It is these who will “inherit the earth.”
#4 is to “hunger and thirst after righteousness.” Those who do so will experience the fullness of God in their life.
#5 is to be “merciful” so that we might receive “mercy.”
#6 is to be “pure in heart” so that we can “see God.”
The seventh law of supreme blessing is: “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” Those who are peacemakers follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace. He came to do the most important peace-making work — that of making peace between man and God. Every Christian has a responsibility to be a peacemaker. Ephesians 6:15 tells us that our feet ought to be “shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace.” When a horse’s hooves are shod, he is fitted with metal horseshoes so that he is ready to run anywhere no matter the terrain. Likewise, when we carry the Gospel of peace, we ought to be ready to go anywhere, to wade into any conflict no matter how fraught, in order to make peace — between God and man and between man and man.
Peacemaking is not pacifism, sweeping issues under the rug, or accommodating sinful behavior. Rick Ezell said, “A peacemaker is someone who is actively seeking to reconcile people to God and to one another.” Sometimes, helping a person find peace with God and others means confronting them about their sinful behavior and leading them to salvation and repentance. When we come on the scene in any conflict — whether in the church, in the home, or in the community — people ought to know that we are there to make peace, not to fuel trouble and conflict. To put it simply, discord is the work of the devil. And those who get a kick out of real-life drama are playing at the devil’s game.
Peacemaking, on the other hand, is a divine work. God is a peace-loving God, and a peacemaking God. But peacemaking does not come naturally to our fallen nature. When we let our passions and our flesh rule us, we are prone to argument, conflict, and fighting. It is easier to take sides and defend ourselves than it is to take the high road of sacrificing what we feel to be our rights in order to bring warring parties together. That is why Jesus’ commands to love our enemies, pray for those who persecute us, and do good to those who hate us were radical in His day and are radical in ours. When we seek to resolve conflicts, we are doing the work of God. One who loves peace loves the ultimate and final work of God: “Peace on earth and goodwill to all men.” And those who make peace show that they are the children of God who will one day abide in his eternally peaceful kingdom where the conflicts of this world are unheard of.
Carolyn Winfrey Gillette wrote:
Blest are God’s peacemaking ones,
Sent to work in countless ways —
God’s own daughters, God’s own sons,
Serving without seeking praise.
Yet like leaven in our bread,
They persist to change us all.
By God’s Spirit, they are led
To pursue God’s peaceful call.
If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, understand that He came to make peace between you and God. You can live the life of supreme blessing only by beginning a relationship with Him. Allow me to show you how:
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to GospelLightSociety.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.