Peace with God is much easier attained than peace with men, all we can do is our best. God encourages us to live peaceably with all men as much as possible. IF two men can agree on the truth they can have peace between them. When men reject truth you cannot reason with them.
Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers; they will be called the children of God.
A peacemaker is one who makes peace by reconciling parties that are at variance. I was raised to ignore problems and just waited for them to go away. This contributed to my “weak character.” Those who knew me had no confidence in me. No one could count on me because when things got precarious I bailed on them. I hated confrontation, it was easier to just let people believe what they wanted to. I did God this way too, I was afraid to admit to my sins because I dreaded my punishment.
Isaiah 43:25 I, even I, am He that blots out your sins for My sake, and will remember them no more.
God is the original peace maker. He wasn’t out to “get me” as I thought. He was wanting to have an intimate relationship with me. He just needed for me to be honest with Him and myself. The thing I dreaded the most became the best thing that ever happened to me. My Lord forgave me and gave me a new beginning. He made me a peacemaker. I no longer fear having to sit down with someone and confront them with the truth.
1 Corinthians 5:1 It is reported commonly that there is fornication in your church, you are permitting things even the gentiles abhor.
In the church at Corinth a man was openly engaged in sex with his father’s wife. The church leaders didn’t think it was all that bad. Perhaps they were afraid of the “fallout” from confronting this man! Maybe he was a board member or praise and worship leader or a faithful tither. These people were peace keepers not peacemakers. This appears to be the trend in many of our modern day churches. The leaders have a “live and let live” attitude. They don’t want to risk offending anyone. A peace keeper is a compromiser. They will do whatever it requires to keep a person in the pew.
Matthew 11:6 Blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in Me.
If a man is practicing a certain sin and God calls him out, this man may take offense. Who has the problem, God or the man? Jesus spoke the truth always and He offended everyone including His disciples. If we take offense this means we are protecting something in our life that is harming us. God uses the truth to make peace, the truth has no regard for our feelings. If God will not tell me the truth and He leads me to believe a lie, then He doesn’t love me.
Correction will benefit you.
Criticism will benefit me.
Men have taught me the Word of God so, I sow into their ministry.
I am grateful to them,
I pray they help many others.
I put my trust in God,
He is faithful and just.
I will reap what I sow,
I will sow to the Spirit.
You will declare a thing, and it will be established for you
Declarations over our children:
I declare my child(ren) shall be taught of the Lord
I declare great is the peace of my child(ren)
I declare my child(ren) hear God’s voice and walk in truth
I declare my child(ren) serve God all the days of their lives.
Declarations over America:
We declare that the power of Christ’s redemption is greater than the power of sin and death in America
We declare that America will be saved
We declare that truth will win in America. Lord send revival
We declare that life and decency will prevail in the United States
We declare that the Supreme Court will honor truth and justice, not their own ideals and desires
Declarations over our church:
We declare that FOJ will have a platform for the Holy Spirit to work from
We declare we are making room for the gifts of the Spirit to flow
We declare the spirit of boldness is replacing the spirit of fear
We declare we are putting every distraction, anything that would entangle us and we run with endurance in our vision.
We declare and believe revival is coming