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  • Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. -Psalm 51:10a
    • “Create in me a pure heart oh God…”
  • (THERE ARE NO PURE HEARTS ON EARTH, UNLESS THE LORD HAS MADE THEM SO.) -Ezekiel 36:16-27
  • Why does God do what He does?
    • To glorify HIS name!
  • NO ONE WILL SEE GOD IN HEAVEN UNLESS GRACE HAS PURIFIED HIS HEART HERE ON EARTH.
  • Purity
    • An inward expression of the quality of those who have been purified/cleansed from moral (not ceremonial) defilement
      • The Pharisees always looked outward.
  • BEING PURE IN HEART IS SINGLE-MINDED DEVOTION TO HOLINESS.
  • The absence of hypocrisy, deceit, deviousness, ignorance, self-centeredness, pleasure in sin, unbelief, and hatred of purity.
  • “Heart” is used throughout scripture metaphorically to represent the inner person.
    • Gen. 6:5
    • Sin has always been a heart problem.
  • Pure
    • To be cleansed from dirt, filth, and contamination
  • Those who truly belong to God are motivated to purity.
  • The ultimate standard for purity of the heart is perfection of the heart.
    • God’s standard 100% purity
      • Mathew 5:38 – Himself
  • Intimate knowledge and fellowship with God is reserved for the pure.
  • “Purity of Heart cleanses the eyes of the soul so that God becomes visible” John MacArthur
  • The way to holiness/purity
    • Realize our inability to be holy with out God’s power
      • Proverb 20:9
    • Stay in God’s Word
      • John 15:3
      • Psalm 119:11
    • Walk in the way of the Holy Spirit
      • Galatians 5:16
    • PRAY
      • Ephesians 6:18
  • Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called sons of God.
    • The meek make peace
  • PEACEMAKERS ARE NOTICEABLY LIKE THERE GOD OF PEACE
  • PEACEMAKERS ARE ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN ENDING DISPUTE.
  • Peace does not characterize his earthly existence.
    • Look Around! Peace is not the description of our lives.
  • “PEACE IS THAT GLORIOUS TIME IN HISTORY WHEN EVERYONE STOPS TO RELOAD!”
  • When self is first, peace is last!
    • We should never ourselves seek conflict or be responsible for it.
  • Peacemaking is a divine work.
  • There is no peace without repentance of sins.
  • Until a person acknowledges there enmity with God, it makes no since to offer peace with them and God.
    • Isaiah 48:42
      • “There is no peace, says the LORD, for the wicked”
    • Men are with out peace because they are without God.
      • God is the source of Peace
  • Leviticus 26:6
  • I Kings 2:23
  • Issaih 9:6
  • Romans 15:33
  • I Corinthians 14:33
  • II Thessalonians 3:16
  • EPHESIANS 2:13-14
    • GOD MADE PEACE THROUGH THE CROSS
      • Colossians 1:19-20
    • (AT THE CROSS, ALL OF MANS HATRED AND ANGER WAS VENTED AGAINST GOD)
      • RIGHTEOUSNESS CONFRONTED WICKEDNESS AND WON!
    • We to can have peace in amidst of a chaotic war;
  • The Father is the source of peace
    • Romans 5:1
    • Jonah 12:9
    • I Corinthians 14:33
  • The Son is the manifestation of that Peace
    • Isaiah 9:6
  • The Holy Spirit is the Agent of the Peace
    • John 15:26
  • Only believers can be true peacemakers
    • I Corinthians 7:15
  • The Marks of a peacemaker
    • He himself has more peace with God
      • Phil 4:6-7
      • Ephesians 6:15
      • Colossians 3:15
    • They lead others to make Peace with God
      • Acts 10:36
      • (The opposite of the Pharisees)
    • They help others make peace with one another
      • Matthew 5:23-24
      • Matthew 18:15-17
    • They endeavor to find a point of agreement
      • Ephesians 4:15
      • (They confront without being abusive)
  • Nothing compares to being a child of God
    • “Son’s of God” expresses the dignity and honor of the relationship between a parent and their child.
  • THE PERSON WHO IS CONTINUALLY DESTRUCTIVE, DIVISIVE, QUARRELSOME, PAGINATIONS, CONFRONTATIONAL, ZACH-LIKE HAS GOOD REASON TO DOUBT THEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.
  • God’s peacemakers will not always have “peace” in this world.
    • Persecution often follows peacemaking.
    • The peace of God is available to the children of God even within this world.
  • The meaning of peace
    • Righteousness and Truth
  • The maker of peace
    • God
  • The messager of peace
    • Sons of God, Children of God, Believers
  • The merit of peace making
    • War and Peace
  • THE WORLD CANNOT GIVE THE PEACE OF GOD AND IT CANNOT TAKE IT AWAY!
    • Romans 8:37-39

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