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11 “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

The words of the Lord Jesus recorded in Matthew 5:11-12

In this series I’m outlining pure foundational truths about the Kingdom of Heaven, a spiritual kingdom.

The teachings of Jesus as found in the Sermon on the Mount, in the synoptic gospel of Matthew chapters 5 to 7, are part of the True Christian Gospel.

These amazing teachings of Jesus, recorded in the New Testament of the Holy Bible, are the anti-thesis of the Prosperity Gospel of American Prosperity Gospel so-called pastors and tele-evangelists such as Kenneth Copeland, Benny Hinn, Paula White, and Australians Brian Houston of Hillsong, Phil Pringle of C3 Church, and many other so-called Pentecostal churches throughout the world- who are not really Pentecostal churches at all but Mammon (Money) and Property-Seeking churches.

They have had their reward in full on this earth.

 

Lesson Nine from the Sermon on the Mount

The Sermon on the Mount is recorded in the gospel of Matthew chapters 5 to 7.

I’ve been to the gently sloping hill above Capernaum, near the shores of Lake Galilee in Northern Israel, where the Lord Jesus taught his disciples and the gathered large crowds and gave lessons about the true nature of the Kingdom of Heaven

Matthew 5

New King James Version (NKJV)

The Beatitudes
1 And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. 2 Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:

3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn,
For they shall be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek,
For they shall inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
For they shall be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful,
For they shall obtain mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
For they shall see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
For they shall be called sons of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Believers Are Salt and Light
13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.

14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Christ Fulfills the Law
17 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. 19 Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.

Murder Begins in the Heart
21 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder,[a] and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ 22 But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause[b] shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire. 23 Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. 25 Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison. 26 Assuredly, I say to you, you will by no means get out of there till you have paid the last penny.

Adultery in the Heart
27 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.

Marriage Is Sacred and Binding
31 “Furthermore it has been said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ 32 But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery.

Jesus Forbids Oaths
33 “Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform your oaths to the Lord.’ 34 But I say to you, do not swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is God’s throne; 35 nor by the earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36 Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black. 37 But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.

Go the Second Mile
38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. 40 If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also. 41 And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. 42 Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.

Love Your Enemies
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? 48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.

 

“11 Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

 

Attacks on the mind

One of the tactics of hateful people is to use the tactic of attacking people’s minds.

I hadn’t encountered this tactic personally until I stood up against the Hillsong cult and the Australian Christian Churches (ACC) Prosperity Gospel heresy and other heresies through my writings on this blog-site.

The line against me by Hillsong/ ACC Christians who live in Bellingen and Dorrigo area, where I live, was that I must “be mental” to write against them.

This tactic was used against me by a certain Bellingen Christian, who lost the plot in trying to bring me down for criticising his great leader.

I can’t be bothered “naming and shaming” this individual man again, but longtime readers of this site will know who I’m referring to.

The harassment of o-called Christians culminated in a low-level physical assault on me plus multiple verbal abuse incidents. His daughter was so angry about my blog-site that she phoned me about ten times verbally abusing me and texted me about twenty times . A son of his would give me “the evil eye” every time he passed me in Bellingen town where I live. The older daughter took to her blog-site and made-up character aspersions against me. A lot of the local ACC cult joined in with comments to her blog.

The Australian Christian Churches cult in Bellingen and Dorrigo really got worked up against me. This went on for about a year until the man who pushed me in the back got hauled before the magistrate and was told that he has mental health issues and must cease and desist his behaviour. The Magistrate told him to see a psychologist  to sort his head over his manic obsessive crusade against me.

So the man who was attacking my mind was told by the circuit Magistrate at Bellingen Courthouse that he has mental heath issues and should see a psychiatrist. I think that would be a good idea and I hope he did.

 

Physical attacks

Apart from the above low-level assault, I can’t recall in my lifetime being physically attacked for my Christian faith and Christian beliefs. But the Apostles were.

Most of the Apostles were martyred for their Christian faith. Perhaps we’re not doing enough.

The gospel (message or “good news”) of Christ and the Christian faith was like a spearhead into the philosophies and religions of the Roman Empire almost 2000 years ago.

Christ was born 2017 years ago in Bethlehem, not far from Jerusalem. I’ve been to the ancient Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and there is a star on the mosaic floor marking the birthplace of Christ.

It is the most Holy Spirit anointed place I have stood in on the planet.

The two darkest spiritual spaces I have stood in are a Moslem prayer room under the Mosque built on the spot where it’s believed Abraham was going to sacrifice Isaac before the Lord stopped him and provided the Sacrificial Lamb. It’s called the Dome of the Rock.

The Lamb is a type or symbol of Christ.

The other space is the Elephant Temple in the King’s Palace in Bangkok Thailand.

Both of these places are full of very powerful demons. We should be careful where we go. I hadn’t realised how bad these spaces are spiritually until I went into them and I quickly retreated.

Noel Gibson, the healing and deliverance evangelist, who was from New Zealand like me, but lived for many decades in Sydney, used to caution not to even enter temples or religious worship sites of other religions. He’d delivered many people who’d picked up demons from just being in such places. I wouldn’t enter these types of spaces again, even as a tourist. Ancient ruins are Ok but be careful. It’s the ancient temples and spiritual spaces where religion is still being practiced which are more dangerous for the Christian, and even the unbeliever in Christ.

The Apostle Paul wrote about beatings and imprisonments. We recall how Peter was imprisoned. The Lord Himself was taken prisoner by the Romans and crucified.

 

Spiritual attacks

Since I started writing Christian truth on this blog-site, I’ve had many spiritual attacks on me.

Sometimes strange things have happened in the physical realm that seem to have a spiritual or Satanic origin.

This is normal fare for an active Christian.

 

Seeking Peace and not looking for trouble

The Christian should be a peace-maker and not looking for trouble. I am generally very well liked in Bellingen, and its only this small number of Christians from the ACC and Hillsong church cults that are down on me. They number about thirty people out of 6000 Bellingen residents, and most Bellingen residents don’t like them anyway. The reason many don’t like them is not because of their Christ and the Christian message but because they see them as being hypocrites and Pharisees because the ACC/ Hillsong Christians tend to judge and exclude, like a cult. I read and hear this often in relation to how Hillsong treats people who don’t agree with them.

We must be careful as Christians not to judge others. Its the love of God that leads sinners to repentance.

What the world needs today, as always is the Love and Grace of God.