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Jesus Teaches Us

Jesus Teaches Us

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A series of 20 messages on the key teachings of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount.
A series of 20 messages on the key teachings of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Nov 19, 2008
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BY GLENN PEASE1. THE POWER OF PREVENTION Based on Matt. 5:13-162. THE LUMINOUS LIFE Based on Matt. 5:13-163. THE LAW AND THE LORD Based on Matt. 5:17-204. THE TRIVIAL AND THE TREMENDOUS Based on Matt. 5:18-195. LEGALISM VERSUS LOVE Based on Matt. 5:206. RESPECT VERSUS CONTEMPT Based on Matt. 5:21-267. THE NOW LIFE Based on Matt. 5:21-268. THE LURE AND CURE OF LUST Based on Matt. 5:27-309. THE CAUSE AND CURE OF DIVORCE Based on Matt. 5:31-3210. SIMPLICITY VERSUS COMPLEXITY Based on Matt. 5:33-3711. THE REVERSAL OF REVENGE Based on Matt. 5:38-4212. LOVING OUR ENEMIES Based on Matt. 5:38-4313. TURNING THE OTHER CHEEK Based on Matt. 5:38-4814. WHAT IS SUCCESS? Based on Matt. 6:1-615. HELPFUL AND HARMFUL HYPOCRISY Based on Matt. 6:1-616. PREVENT BEING OUT OF ORDER Based on Matt. 6:1-617. THE REWARD MOTIVE Based on Matt. 6:1-618. THE SIMPLE LIFE STYLE Based on Matt. 6:1-819. SUCCESSFUL PRAYER Based on Matt. 6:1-820. SUCCESS IN SIMPLICITY Based on Matt. 6:1-8
1. THE POWER OF PREVENTION Based on Matt.5:13-16
A great cholera epidemic sweep through London in the 19th century. John Snowobserved that those who pumped water from the Broad Street pump tended to getcholera, but those who took their water from other pumps did not get it. He knewnothing about germs, bacteria, and polluted water, but he removed the handle from theBroad Street pump, and because he did many did not die. He used the logic of prevention. If you stop people from doing what leads to cholera, you will stop cholera,and it worked.Prevention is one of the great powers of life. Some things cannot be cured, so theyhave to be prevented. All the kings horses and all the kings men couldn't put Humptytogether again. He couldn't be cured, but with a little forethought they could haveprevented him from falling in the first place. Just a little sign saying no eggheads on thewall could have done it.
You cannot cure murder or suicide, but you can prevent them. You cannot make anysin you commit not to be. You can forgive it and even forget it, but the fact is it will leavesome scar or blot on life that cannot be eliminated. That is why prevention is evensuperior to forgiveness. The Proverb that says, an ounce of prevention is worth a poundof cure is not in the Bible, but it is as biblical as any Proverb you can utter, for it is one othe primary themes of the Sermon on the Mount. If this greatest sermon of all time weretitled it could very well be called, The Power Of Preventative Thinking. Some exampleswe see are-1. Christians are to be the salt and light of the world to prevent the world from decayingand being dominated by the forces of darkness.2. Christians are to prevent violence, murder, and breakdowns in human relationshipsby learning to deal wisely with anger.3. Christians are to prevent all of the sorrows of immorality by learning how to deal withlust.4. Jesus goes on and on trying to help the believer prevent divorce, revenge, hypocricy,greed, worry, judging, and folly in general.Prevention is where its at in living the effective Christian life. That is why Christiansare strong supporters of the prevention movements of even the secular society of ourday. Christians are a strong force in the health movement. Good food, good exercise,good rest, and balanced living all prevent unnecessary suffering, and Christians are allfor it, and rightly so, for it fits God's ideal for wise living. Christians are all for crimeprevention, fire prevention, disease prevention, or the prevention of any form of evil.To prevent a war is far superior to the winning of one. That is why Jesus is primarilyconcerned with Christians learning to practice preventative thinking and action. Thefoolish man who built his house on the sand may have built a solid and lovely a home asthe wise man. His folly was due to the fact that he did not think ahead to theconsequences of the rainy season, and the result is he did not prevent his home frombeing destroyed. The wise man did prevent this foolish loss by his choice of foundations.The difference between the fool and the wise man is in preventative thinking. Almostevery foolish and sinful thing we do that robs us of God's best could have been preventedby obedience to the principles Jesus lays down for us in this marvelous sermon.Jesus is teaching us to be realistic about sin and the weakness of our human nature.You do not wait until your anger is ready to explode and then try to deal with it. Youdon't wait until lust is at a fever pitch to grapple with it. You think ahead, and you knowwhen the first signs of irritability or temptation arise in you. That is the time to act andgain control of your inner nature before sin gets strong enough to take over.David brought down the giant Goliath, and that was great, but Jesus says there is abetter way, and that is to never let the giant grow up. Defeat your sins while they arescrawny weaklings just beginning to develop. Prevent them from ever getting to be giantforces in your life. In other words, get them before they get you. This is done byexercising the power of preventative thinking. It involves being honest about your sinfulnature. It is not wise but foolish to hide from yourself, and pretend you are not tempted
to do evil. Wise is the Christian who says, if I get into such and such a situation I amlikely to fall.The power of prevention is based on being honest with yourself. The Christian whorefuses to admit to himself that he could even murder or commit adultery is theChristian most likely to fall. It is the Christian who knows he is capable of such evil whoprevents it, because he avoids those circumstances that would lead to a fall. The wiseChristian is the aware Christian. He knows his weakness, and he is in touch with hisfeelings. If he senses he is in a very negative mood, and some old resentments begin tosurface in relationship to someone in his life, he will go out of his way to avoid aconfrontation with that person, and so prevent his anger from dominating his life.If he feels strong sexual energy he will recognize it is no time for dropping off papersat his secretaries apartment, or developing any intimate relationship apart from hismate. These same actions on other occasions may be perfectly harmless. It is all amatter of knowing who you are, and what your potential is for being tempted. That iswhat preventative thinking is all about. Preventative thinking is a balance to the populartheme of our day which is possibility thinking. The possibility thinker is always positiveabout his potential, and his ability to move ahead, and achieve higher and higher goals.This is a good and biblical way of thinking. We all need it to press on to what God wantsus to achieve. The danger is pride. We become so sure of ourselves that we can keepclimbing that we forget the reality of our sinful nature. We climb alright, but cease tocare that we step on others as we do. We use people and abuse them, and cease to beChristlike in our attitudes and actions.Christians locked into their possibility thinking become cold and calculating ChristianPharisees. They justify all of their sin as necessary to keep marching toward their goal.They are in a class by themselves, and they say with the Pharisee of old, "I thank God Iam not as other men." Christians in this state of mind are capable of doing any evil, andconsidering it as legitimate. Preventative thinking keeps the possibility thinker in a stateof balance. It keeps him honest about his capability for sinful attitudes and actions. Itprevents his pride from blinding him to the reality that he is as other men. He can stillpress on toward his goals, but not at any price. He sees his tendency to use people, andwill chose to move slower rather than damage the life of a brother.Preventative thinking is simply being honest about yourself; about your feelings,motives, desires, and then choosing to so live that you prevent your evil tendencies fromdetermining the path you travel. Preventative thinking is just the other side of possibilitythinking. Yes, I can succeed and climb, but it is also possible I can fail and fall, and thisnegative possibility can spoil the positive, and, therefore, I can only achieve the positiveby being aware of the negative, and preventing it from becoming a reality.In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus is saying that the key to the victorious Christianlife is prevention. This sermon has no cross in it; no resurrection, and there is no call torepentance. It is not a doctrinal sermon, nor an evangelistic sermon. It is not a messageto the lost. It is a message to the saved, and to those already in the kingdom of God whoare part of the family of God by faith in Christ. Jesus is not preaching the Gospel in this

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