Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
This is the seventh of the beatitudes: and seven was the number of perfection among the Hebrews. It may be that the Saviour placed the peacemaker the seventh upon the list because he most nearly approaches the perfect man in Christ Jesus. He who would have perfect blessedness, so far as it can be enjoyed on earth, must attain to this seventh benediction, and become a peacemaker. There is a significance also in the position of the text. The verse which precedes it speaks of the blessedness of “the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” It is well to understand that we are to be “first pure, then peaceable.” Our peaceableness is never to be a compact with sin, or toleration of evil. We must set our faces like flints against everything which is contrary to God and His holiness: purity being in our souls a settled matter, we can go on to peaceableness. Not less does the verse that follows seem to have been put there on purpose. However peaceable we may be in this world, yet we shall be misrepresented and misunderstood: and no marvel, for even the Prince of Peace, by His very peacefulness, brought fire upon the earth. He Himself, though He loved mankind, and did no ill, was “despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.” Lest, therefore, the peaceable in heart should be surprised when they meet with enemies, it is added in the following verse, “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Thus, the peacemakers are not only pronounced to be blessed, but they are compassed about with blessings. Lord, give us grace to climb to this seventh beatitude! Purify our minds that we may be “first pure, then peaceable,” and fortify our souls, that our peaceableness may not lead us into cowardice and despair, when for Thy sake we are persecuted.
From Death to LifeIn the book of Revelation, Jesus sends seven messages to seven churches full of admonition, conviction, and encouragement. These letters, given to the churches at the end of the life of the apostle John, are also instructive, convicting, and encouraging for us today.
In the church of Sardis Jesus could find nothing good to commend. He could only say, “I know your deeds. You have a reputation of being alive, but you’re dead” (Revelation 3:1). One of the greatest tragedies is when a church’s reputation exceeds its reality.
What does it mean for a church to be alive? Firstly, the church must live under the authority of the Word of God and must be determined to obey the Word of God. Secondly, prayer must be a priority. And thirdly, the Holy Spirit must be free to operate. When the Holy Spirit is free to operate, He is going to convict and He is going to convert.
Can a dead church come back to life? Yes. “Wake up!” Jesus says. “Strengthen what remains . . . remember what you have received and heard; hold it fast, and repent” (3:2-3). A dead people must first realize that they are dead. And then they must follow the steps Jesus has given them to restore the church to life: strengthen what remains, remember what they have received and heard, hold on to it, and be changed by it.
This word is for us as well. We must wake up from our spiritual slumber, remember the precious Gospel that we received, and go back to it. We must take that Truth that we knew in the beginning when we first turned to God and received our salvation in Jesus Christ, guard it, and protect it. And we must be changed by it, responding to His love displayed on the cross for us. Wake up! Do you remember that precious Gospel you received in the beginning?
He expounded unto them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.—Luke 24:27
The two disciples on the road to Emmaus had a most profitable journey. Their companion and teacher was the best of tutors; the interpreter one of a thousand, in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. The Lord Jesus condescended to become a preacher of the gospel, and He was not ashamed to exercise His calling before an audience of two persons, neither does He now refuse to become the teacher of even one. Let us court the company of so excellent an Instructor, for till He is made unto us wisdom we shall never be wise unto salvation.
This unrivalled tutor used as His class-book the best of books. Although able to reveal fresh truth, He preferred to expound the old. He knew by His omniscience what was the most instructive way of teaching, and by turning at once to Moses and the prophets, He showed us that the surest road to wisdom is not speculation, reasoning, or reading human books, but meditation upon the Word of God. The readiest way to be spiritually rich in heavenly knowledge is to dig in this mine of diamonds, to gather pearls from this heavenly sea. When Jesus Himself sought to enrich others, He wrought in the quarry of Holy Scripture.
The favoured pair were led to consider the best of subjects, for Jesus spake of Jesus, and expounded the things concerning Himself. Here the diamond cut the diamond, and what could be more admirable? The Master of the House unlocked His own doors, conducted the guests to His table, and placed His own dainties upon it. He who hid the treasure in the field Himself guided the searchers to it. Our Lord would naturally discourse upon the sweetest of topics, and He could find none sweeter than His own person and work: with an eye to these we should always search the Word. O for grace to study the Bible with Jesus as both our teacher and our lesson!
Why I Can’t Say
Why I can’t tell you …
12 mins before mid night thoughts of love, hate, fear and uncertainty strikes you at that time you wish to have the best peaceful rest, why I can’t say ! ….You wish to communicate your dreams, passions, successes and failures but you ask yourself is their anyone who has the ear, the time to listen and care, is their anyone there ?
Why I can’t say – could it be that I’m not willing to face the stubborn truth, or that moment I feared the most has haunted me lol, I don’t know these are just thoughts being thought. Hey….excuse me don’t judge me, you might be that person who is running away from his/her own issues or from self, do you feel like a casteless person ?
The globe is fraught with a great deal of secrecy why I can’t tell ….Might be rapacity but my dear friend you know what type of cancer their is…
One person said its all about not being caught but one wise man mentioned that it’s about your intensions and motives but who can judge fairly, probably the divine.
These 3 keys can help you answer – why you can’t say:
1. Search the truth
2. Seek the truth
3. Speak the truth
To be continued …..
Is Sacrifice worth it ?
Sacrifice involves choices and decisions it’s not the attitude. Obedience is a step further it’s a decision, choice and attitude.
Obedience demands action with a joyful attitude, to not do this its divination. Sacrificing is important how ever it’s to acknowledge not to let your will or submission an attitude and action from the heart. Sacrificing and obedience seems it’s hard to distinguish the difference unless at the end of the assignment – what’s your personal view?
We give to our loved ones, charity and all but obedience is based on trust so we can say sacrifice is transactional; obedience is relational, it’s all about your attitude – what is your attitude like?
Is it about to look good to others or to do what’s acceptable, liken it with a crossroads it’s like going through a change or a transition.
Sacrifice it’s a outward performance rather than obedience which is from the heart, usually something from the heart it’s constructive not destructive.
To be continued !