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Beatitude Series #12: Peacemakers Part 2

What is our calling as Christian peacemakers? Psalm 34:14 tells us to “seek peace and pursue it.” We do that, not by evading or ignoring the sin problem; but by facing the fact of sin and dealing with it by showing people that Christ is the answer to the war between God and man. We are peacemakers when we reach out to the enemies of Christ with the message of God’s reconciliation. II Corinthians 5:18-21 We are peacemakers when we show people that they can have peace with God when they are justified by faith. Romans 5:1 teaches us “Therefore, being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

When we have peace with God, then we can experience the peace of God in our lives. When we are enjoying the peace of God in our lives, then we can work for peace with one another. Hebrews 12:14. It is the responsibility of every Christian to make every effort, as far as we are concerned, to live peaceably with everyone. Romans 12:18-19 We do that, not by appeasement and compromise with sin; but by forgiving those who have personally offended us.

The Responsibility of Human government.

The responsibility of the leaders of our nation is a totally different matter. Romans 13:1-5 teaches us that our national leaders have the responsibility of protecting the citizens of their nation with lethal force if necessary.

For example, a police officer is a servant of God sent by government to protect her citizens. That officer bears a gun and has the authority to use it when necessary to protect himself and others from violent criminals.

Our national leaders have the God-given responsibility to protect our citizens from foreign and domestic dangers. In World War II they protected us from the Nazi and Japanese invaders. In our present war against the terrorists, they continue to have God’s authority for using whatever force is necessary to destroy the power of terrorists.

Dealing with our Personal Enemies

But let’s get back to our responsibility as Christians in dealing with our own personal enemies. What are we to do? We are to be peace makers. Look at Romans 12:18-21 again. “If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mind; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” When dealing with our personal enemies we are to do everything in our power to get along and show kindness to them. We are not to pay back or try to get even. We are to leave all that in God’s hands. He is far more able to even the score than we can ever accomplish in our anger. My preacher uncle, now with the Lord, had a simple motto concerning his personal enemies. “No attack; no defense!” For years I have lived by that motto, leaving my attackers in God’s hands and I have seen Him wonderfully protect and vindicate me.

Perhaps the best way we are peacemakers is to take the Gospel to those around us who are still without Christ. In Romans 10:9-11 we have the message of salvation. “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 with the heart man believeth unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on Him shall not be ashamed.”

Then in Romans 10:15 we are told that those who take the Gospel to the lost are the real peacemakers. “How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the Gospel of peace and bring glad tidings of good things.” If you are a Christian, it is your calling to be one of those peacemakers.

March 3, 2006 Posted by | Beatitudes Series | Comments Off on Beatitude Series #12: Peacemakers Part 2

Pray for Our Leaders

In I Timothy 2:1-4 "Paul exhorts therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the Truth." Paul was requesting prayer for Nero, the wicked Roman Emperor. God is the One who in His sovereignty according to Daniel 2:21 "removes kings and sets up kings.".

Thank God for many today in leadership positions who are seeking God's will for the direction of our nation in these troubled times.

Pray for our President and Vice President that God will protect them and give them direction and courage to do the right thing. Pray for the President's Cabinet and for all his advisors.

Pray for Congress as they make the Law of our Land. Pray that God may be glorified and Satan may be defeated in the decisions they make.

Pray for our Judicial system from the Supreme Court down to our lowest courts that our judges may conduct themselves honorably under God and that justice under God may be meted out.

Pray for our Governors and for state legislators, our city mayors, city councils, our police officers and firemen. Pray for their protection and for wisdom in carrying out their responsibilities.

Pray that God will raise up godly, charactered leaders and that He will remove from office those who dishonor Him.

Pray for our men and women in the military. Pray for wisdom and direction for those involved in Homeland Security. Pray for God's hand of protection upon us as a nation as we take whatever steps are needed to protect ourselves and other freedom loving people around the world. Pray that they may be aware and encouraged that a grateful nation supports them and honors their heroic efforts.

Pray for the citizens of our nation that we may recognize our dependence on God and our responsibility to honor and obey Him.

And while you are praying for America, don't forget to pray for Iraq and for other nations who are discovering the joy of freedom and self-government.

Praise God that Christ's Kingdom is coming and one day HIS WILL will be accomplished on earth as it is in Heaven.

March 3, 2006 Posted by | Prayer Series | Comments Off on Pray for Our Leaders

Church Series: Christ is building His Church

“I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH!”

said Jesus in Matthew 16:18

What a wonderful, encouraging announcement Jesus made! Through the centuries, in spite of the difficulties and set backs, in spite of the denominational differences, in spite of the Satanic opposition, in spite of the carnality and confusion in churches today; Christ IS building His Church, His beloved Bride, His spiritual Body on earth and Satan cannot stop Him.

This is a comforting, encouraging truth for any faithful pastor and his congregation to remember when confronting opposition and persecution or when chided that we need to be more “seeker sensitive”. It helps us keep a Scriptural perspective.

It’s true that we need to be kind and sensitive to the feelings and needs of strangers and to those to whom we minister; but far more important, we need to be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit and faithfully proclaim the whole counsel of God.

It is not enough to simply preach the Gospel. That’s part of our commission, but there is much more. We are to teach all of God’s Word so that the saints are built up in The Faith. We are to warn of false teachers and doctrines of demons. I Timothy 4:1

Paul warns and charges Timothy in II Timothy 4:2-5 “Preach the Word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the Truth and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.”

“We are to understand that the church is “the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of The Truth” according to I Timothy 3:15

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