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What does God want for your life. Listen to Adrian Rogers knowing God thinks of you know what God wants for you. These God is not some vengeful deity sitting up in Rome making a lot of rules and laws to make you squirm like a worm in hot ashes trying to keep them going down thunderbolts of wrath. That's not the idea of God. God says the thoughts I have for you the plans that I have reviewed their plans of these welcome to find between the dynamic lesson insight from Adrian Rogers knowing part one of today's message.
We learned that until we are right with God will be troublemakers not peacemakers and peace is not appeasement. In fact, appeasement never brings peace, Jesus Christ, the Prince of peace himself was not an appeaser he will never make a truce with sin. Jesus came to put a line of demarcation between truth and error between the light and dark sin and righteousness and as agents of peace, we need to learn to do the same. If you have your Bible turn to Matthew chapter 5 verse nine is Adrian Rogers shares more about the priority of peacemaking.
Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God that we are very intelligent people we know a lot we can build jet airplanes. We can build rockets, we can build all of this we have television that can circle the globe. We made the world a neighborhood but we haven't made it a brotherhood. There is a desperate cry, a desperate need for peace, my dear friend until you're right with God in this world you go to be a troublemaker not peacemakers but a damn big and plainest right and you're right with God in this world you can be a troublemaker and not a peacemaker. Now the Bible says Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the sons of God. First thing you want to see today the attributes of peace.
The attributes of peace. What do we mean by peace. Peace my friend is not appeasement don't get the idea. If your peacemaker that you are an appeaser. Appeasement never brings peace don't think that your honor bound to get along with everybody. There is something wrong, something desperately wrong with the person who can get along with every product you just can't do it that you can try.
The Bible says if it be possible as much as lie, then you live peaceably with all men. Which means that is not always possible to matter fact, sometimes you go to be known by the enemies you might bring, listen, Jesus Christ did not get along with everybody and everybody did not get along with Jesus Christ and peace is not appeasement and peace is not truce making.
Now you can have a truce and a truce is better than pop or perhaps but that only means that is the secession of hostility and there can still be a Cold War that goes underground to fester and grow and then perhaps the break out again peace is not even the absence of war, of any kind hot article that there's no strife in the cemetery about that. Incidentally, is not peace Everyman into going to the cemetery and you see where it says on the headstone rest in peace friend I want it takes more than a grave marker to bring peace to the trouble, so peace is not just simply the absence of will. When the Bible uses the word peace board peace is not a negative word. The absence of war is a positive word now my dear friend, let me tell you what peace is, peace is not appeasement. Peace is not truce making peace is not even merely the absence of war. What is peace peace is a right relationship, listen carefully, because this is a technical point, but a very important point. Peace is a right relationship with God that leads to a right relationship with self and guides us in a right relationship with other people. That's what peace is.
It is a sense of well-being and literally literally. Peace is the result and the fruit of righteousness that you don't see anything else I want to get this now. I want to see how righteousness and peace are linked. This is not an artificially if you're not a righteous person, you can never have peace. There is no peace at my God, to the wicked. The only way that you can have peace is to have righteousness. Notice the Beatitudes.
Blessed are the pure in heart, and then Blessed are the peacemakers, there is no peace without purity, put these verses down in your margin. First of all James three verse 17 the wisdom that is from above is first and then peaceable, did you get first purity, then peace.
Blessed are the pure in heart. Blessed are the peacemakers, the wisdom that is from above is first pure, and then peaceable, put this one down.
Psalm 85 in verse 10. Mercy and truth are met together.
Righteousness and peace have kissed one another and a great verse righteousness and peace Kissed one another. There's a love affair between righteousness and peace. There is a marriage between righteousness and peace and what God hath joined together, let no man put asunder in Hebrews chapter 7 verse two. The Bible shows Melchizedek is a picture of a type of the Lord Jesus Christ and Melchizedek is called two things.
First of all, King of righteousness. And secondly, King of peace. First, he must be king of righteousness after he is King of righteousness, then he becomes king of peace. You see righteousness and peace have kissed one another. My dear friend you cannot have peace without righteousness. What is peace peace is a right relationship with God, a right relationship.
Therefore, in your heart and a right relationship with one another.
It is a positive thing.
It is the righteousness of God ruling and reigning in your heart.
Now that is the attribute of peace. Secondly, not only do I want to see the attribute of peace, but I want you to see the adversary of peace.
Let me give you these verses Isaiah chapter 48 in verse 22. There is no peace. Saith the Lord unto the wicked, that's it. You won't peace this world wants peace. Sin is the problem.
Can you imagine standing up in the Pentagon and saying gentlemen. The problem is sin. Can you imagine standing up in one of the great universities and saying gentlemen the problem of sin people saying why are we going to do about all always problems ladies and gentlemen, there is no peace.
Save my God, to the wicked righteousness and peace are linked together. Sin separates man from God. Sin brings inner turmoil and a separates man from man.
There's another verse put it down. Jeremiah a, 11 and 12 key verse for they have healed the hurt of the daughter of my peace slightly, saying peace, peace when there is no peace. And then he says in Jeremiah verse 12 were they ashamed when they had committed abomination may, they were not at all ashamed. Neither could they block Raven group of people in a yelling peace. They can even blush over their sins.
Did you know that a human being is the only animal I can blush friend. He's the only one that needs to but that we we forgotten how to block these people going around saying please please please abomination this generation of online symbols, wondering why peace is very obvious.
The adversary peace is sin.
That's the reason the Bible does not teach peace at any price. One of the strangest verses that ever fell from the lips of the Prince of peace. Jesus is this, he said, think not that I've come to send peace only or I came not to send peace, but a sword. That's incredible because the Bible calls them the Prince of peace I buy.
He's known as the Prince of peace when he was born. The angel said peace on earth, goodwill to men. The Bible says Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the sons of God and yet in this passage, Jesus Christ. I don't think I came to simply I come to send peace, I came to send the sword what you talking about, he is saying. I did not come to bring some sort of a false peace and amalgamation of good and evil.
I came with the sword to put a line of demarcation between truth and error between light and dark between sin and righteousness and what Jesus is saying is this, that when God's standard of righteousness is set. There will always be a division without righteousness there can be no godly peace, and the sword that Jesus has is like this, it must first hurt before it heals. Peace can never, are you listening. Peace can never come where sin remains God will never make a peace treaty with sin. I remember reading years ago in history about Adm. Nelson Lord Nelson he want to see battle and it was a French admiral who was surrendering the Lord Nelson that French admiral came and was dressed up in all of his regalia with a special hat he had all the scrambled eggs on his shoulders and he came up with spit and polish approach.
Lord Nelson on the deck of a ship. He had his, yet his sword down by side in the scabbard Lord Nelson saw him coming. Remember that he was coming. The surrender admiral with us almost a smile on his face as an equal put out his hand. Lord Nelson Lord Nelson just stepped back and said your sword first laid on you so my dear friend. A lot of people just think they walk up and glad hand the Lord Jesus Christ. He said your sword first surrender first. Jesus, my dear friend is not appeasing and he will never make a troops with sin never to that degree. Jesus, I don't think that I came to send peace, I came to send the sword what he meant by that is this there will be no peace that can never be peace without first of all, a surrender to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Now here's the third thing I want you to see. I've talked to you about the attribute of peace which is righteousness. I've talked to you about the adversary of peace which is sin. There is no peace. Save my Lord the wicked. Now I want to talk to you about the attainment of peace, the attainment of peace.
How can you obtain peace limited to some wonderful news. First of all, this piece has been planned by the father.
Jeremiah 29 in verse 11. You don't know this verse you need to learn it. Jeremiah 29 verse 11 for I know the thoughts that I think toward you set the Lord's thoughts of peace, not of evil, to give you an expected end. Knowing God thinks of you know what God wants for you. Peace. This is what God desires for you, God's thoughts to you are not thoughts of malevolence. He God is not some vengeful deity sitting up there on a throne making a lot of rules and laws to make you squirm like a worm in hot ashes trying to keep them drawing down thunderbolts of wrath.
That's not the idea of God.
God says the thoughts I have told you the things that I think you the plans that I have for you there plans of peace, six times in the New Testament.
He is called God of peace.
The book of Judges Judges chapter 6 and verse 24. He is call Jehovah shalom Jehovah shalom the Lord our peace. Peace. Peace has been planned by the father.
Secondly, peace has been purchased by the sun, planned by the father purchased by the sun. Put these verses down Ephesians 2 verses 13 and 14, but now in Christ Jesus ye who are sometimes far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ, for he is our peace, you were far off you were enemies you made near nigh by the blood of Christ, for he is our peace, then put this winter. Colossians 1 verses 19 and 24 please the father that in him should all fullness dwell that is in the Lord Jesus Christ and having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things up himself. Jesus Christ on the cross, provided this piece. How does the cross bring peace at the cross. Wickedness was not a P wickedness was confronted at the cross was not at the cross. Sam was a toll been paid for, and God's greatest righteousness confronted man's greatest wickedness and righteousness. One.
Peace was a pain through the blood of the cross.
Thank God for that. Thank God for that I say thank God for the lady who lay dying, some people did not know her very well. She was a stranger and those parts they thought they ought to witness to one came and stood by her bedside and said Mme. you know how well you are. She said yes. I believe I'm dying. They said well we don't want to alarm you but have you made peace with God. She said no, they said, may we help you to make peace with God. She said no, don't you realize you're dying.
Yes, don't you want to make peace with God. She said no she said I have no need to make peace with God, I am resting in the peace that Jesus made had to help her pick which he was way ahead of them by resting please Jesus made.
We will maintain Jesus made peace blood of the scrolls. I listened it was planned by the father, God's as I know the plans I have for you the plans of the purchase by the sun. My dear friend, I want to tell you it is provided by the spirit, the Holy Spirit of God.
To see the Bible says in Galatians chapter 5 in verse 22 of the spirit is peace is provided by the spirit. Remember Jesus in John chapter 14, Jesus I want to pray the father and he will send you another comforter, poor that he may abide with you. He's going to teach you all things, bring them into your remembrance, and then he says in verse 27 peace I leave with you. Peace I leave with you my peace to you in trouble may be afraid always that brings us to our hearts and minds. He's the one who gives us this peace in our hearts tells us that we peace with God planned by the father purchased by the sun, provided by the spirit, the Holy Spirit is the executive tour of the will of Jesus Christ. Jesus last will and testament before he died he said to you. Peace I give unto you. That's what he left you.
That's his legacy. My dear friend just keeps many sonatas the world gives give ion view which peace is that old song says the world and given the world can't take away the world and give it to me and the world can't take it from me is the peace that passes understanding, psychologist, no psychiatrist without Jesus Christ could have any understanding of this, my dear friend now lasted all look at our text and it says that wonderfully blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the sons of God. Let me talk to last all about the agents of peace. The agents of peace. We talk to you about the attribute of peace, the adversary of peace, the attainment of peace. Now here's the agent of peace. That's me that you where God's agents.
I saw cartoon the magazine one time that in breach of study there was this file. You know this board will file and in the one next to the top it said sacred and in the one right at the very top of said top sacred work with her friend Mrs. you are a sacred agent you your sacred agent 777 you are God's agent of peace. Now that's that is so true. You are an ambassador, Lord, you know what we said that peace is it is reconciliation and the Bible says in second Prentice chapter 5 verse 18 all things are of God who have reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, we been saying we been given peace and then he says and had given to us the ministry of reconciliation. That's our ministry.
All my dear friend, what is the ministry of reconciliation is just simply so when simply telling people about Jesus.
He's given to us the ministry of reconciliation.
I was invited to Washington for the inauguration, and after the inauguration I got in the cabin. I came out the door. You know I've been a guest stared at a particular building and the cabdriver thought I was important because of the door.
I came out he said what you do.
I said I am an ambassadorial boy. He looked. He was impressed enough and so really he said after a while he said to represent us in a king but he was really impressed at all. And we went over a while back.
In it he said well Eli said he's the greatest well well known.
I just toyed with them for a while and then I told him I'm on some of God in them as a door Jesus Christ and emissary peace and I preach Christ to that young man in my dear friend, I want to tell you I had rather be an ambassador for Jesus and be a prince or king here on this earth, we are ambassadors for Christ, he has committed to us the ministry of reconciliation.
The grandest thing the greatest thing you can do is to receive the peace that Jesus Christ made on the cross and let the peace of God and reign in your heart and then be not just simply a peaceloving, but my dear friend peacemakers Pisa not making peace with San Juan righteousness but lifting up the precious blood of the Lord Jesus Christ be at peace.
Cole Corrie 10 boom said you look around you will be distressed. She said if you look within you be depressed but she said if you look to Jesus you be at rest. That's where the peace comes, you have peace with God doing. Remember you'll never have peace till something is done about this problem of sin. Father God I pray today that you help us to understand how to be peacemakers, Lord, we know that we cannot make peace until first of all, we received peace and rest in the finished piece of count. Lord I pray today for many who need you if you don't have peace with God. The Bible says therefore being justified by faith we have peace with God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Do not justified any other way but by trusting Christ justified by faith. Today, if you trusting then you can have peace with God and at peace with yourself and speaks with have you placed your hope and trust in what Jesus Christ has done for you.
Are you ready to have peace with God. Peace with yourself and with others.
Let me lead you in this prayer. Pray from your heart. Father in heaven. I know that I'm a sinner. I know that I'm separated from you. I'm your enemy. You tell me that in the Scripture. But Jesus came to give his life so that I might have his righteousness, and right now I trust in what he accomplished for me on the cross. I trust in his blood in his salvation that is offering and I claim him as Savior and Lord. Today come in and change me from the inside out. I pray in Jesus name, amen. If you just prayed to receive the forgiveness and the mercy that God has offered you through Jesus. Let us celebrate with you that were discovered. Jesus page on the website you'll find answers, you may need about your newfound faith.
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