Matthew 5: 1-12

Pastor Carolyn Sissom

Sunday, February 23, 2020


In the Spirit, I hear the roar of the Lion of Judah, I hear the sound of the trumpet when the Captain of the Angel Armies calls the host of heaven and the armies of the earth to war.  I heard the sound of war on 9-11.  I stood in battle against the army of the sons of Belial as they fought and do fight to take over and destroy Christianity.  Yes, they continue in battle, but for this season the war has been won.  I know a battle will be fought in the upcoming election; but in the realm of the Spirit, that battle has already been won.  


Ecc 3:1 -8: To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:

A time to be born,
And a time to die;
A time to plant,
And a time to pluck what is planted;

A time to kill,
And a time to heal;
A time to break down,
And a time to build up;

A time to weep,
And a time to laugh;
A time to mourn,
And a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones,
And a time to gather stones;

A time to embrace,
And a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to gain,
And a time to lose;
A time to keep,
And a time to throw away;

A time to tear,
And a time to sew; A time to keep silence,
And a time to speak;

A time to love;

And a time to hate;

A time of war,
And a time of peace.


We have been through a very dark time of war over our nation and the war has been from within.  It is now time to rebuild and to heal. It is now time to possess the land and rule in righteousness.


Amo 9:13 - Behold, the days come, says the LORD, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt.


How do I know this?  The same way I knew to pick up my weapons of warfare and go into battle against the persecution of the prophetic; the same way I knew we (the church) had moved from revival to warfare in the year 2000. 


Who will hear the sound of the trumpet to lay down your weapons of war and proclaim peace and rule and reign with Christ Jesus?  


Warriors do not fret, if the Commander of the Host of Heaven’s Armies sounds the call, as long as I am in this earth-suit I will hear it. 


In the United States of America, we had become a persecuted church.  Our church leaders had become oppressed and cowered down to the Sons of Belial and like the Levite Priest of Judges 19, thrown their congregation as a concubine to the lust of homosexuality and corruption to appease the sons of Belial.


Persecution is proof of a changed nature.  Now that we have received the life of Jesus and released the life of Jesus, we come into conflict and clash with the kingdom of darkness.  This must be so, for we as peacemakers have declared war on anything that disturbs HIS PEACE.  Now we must rule and reign as peacemakers.


But we must be very careful that the persecuted do not become the persecutors.  We could begin with Luther and the Reformation and trace Church history to the present.  Each time God brought his people a step further out of darkness, men would stop moving with God, write down their doctrine, and become apostate.  Those who at one time were persecuted became the persecutors of what the Spirit was saying to the churches.  God moves on into Himself (Light) and in Him there is no darkness.  He is calling His church to reign with Him as overcomers.


The invisible Church (universal Church) is a spiritual Body for the habitation of the Holy Spirit, with Jesus Christ as Head.  We will hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches.  We will know each other by the Spirit and by our love. 



(a)    Matt. 5:9:  Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be called the children of God.  Only those who are merciful and pure in heart can produce His peace.  This is a deeper ministry.  A novice has no business coming between two warring spirits.  A real mark of being a Son of God is being a peacemaker.  In a deeper sense, the sons of God are going to deliver this creation from the abomination of condemnation.


God is a PEACE-CREATOR.  Those in his image also have a creative word of reconciliation in their mouth. Col. 1:20: And having made peace through the blood of His cross, by Him to reconcile all things to Himself; by Him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.


As Ministers of the Gospel, when we lose our peace, we are disqualified to minister into a situation.  All of us have lost our peace one time or another.   That is the key.  When you know you have lost your peace, disqualify yourself from the race until you are able to regain that inward working of the peace that passes all understanding.


Satan knows the power of the spoken creative word.  The only way he can stir up trouble in the home or local church is with the tongues of men.  A peacemaker (peace-creator) is not just peaceable.  He is a producer and manufacturer of peace.  And this peace is not mechanically made, but flows from a changed nature (James 3: 13-18).  This changed nature is the nature of King Jesus, who is the Prince of Peace.


A peacemaker is concerned with the GLORY OF God among men.  He knows that trouble distracts.  This mature ministry intervenes to make peace.  The proof that we are a Son of God is that we are a peacemaker.


The enemy attacks the house of God with the tongues of men.  Slander is speech that injures another, whether true or false.


A peacemaker gives no ear to slander.  A peacemaker learns how to keep their mouth shut.  ‘Is it true?”  “Is it necessary to say?”  “Is it kind?”  A peacemaker minds their own business.  They are not busy bodies wanting to know what is “going on”. 


The talebearer himself has deep problems.  He belittles others to exalt himself.  He makes a short man tall by cutting a tall man’s legs off.  He is often under tremendous condemnation.

(b)    Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs in the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are you, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for My sake.  Rejoice, and be exceeding glad for great is your reward in heaven; for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.



This clash of two kingdoms is spiritual warfare.  The key to understanding persecution is to understand the importance of the written and spoken word.  The instruments in this spiritual warfare are men.  Saul will always try to pin the man after God’s heart to the system (wall).  Persecution is proof that one is under the rule of God.  1 Tim. 3:12: Yea, and all that will live Godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.  The word “will” means “desire” and points to our new nature.  Putting on the whole armor is not any option. 


Here is another Key.  We must understand why we are persecuted---it is for righteousness’ sake.  However, we must be sure that we are being persecuted for righteousness sake and not for our own folly:  foolish and unwise- novice; self-righteous-proud look; overzealous without knowledge-“shotgun” evangelism”;  a nuisance or busybody-always butting in; good, noble or sacrificial---and letting everyone know it;  God’s right-hand man” – always doing; God’s savior; healer – saving and healing everybody; God’s spokesman – everybody has to hear what He says; my message or my sermon; God’s sacrifice’ somebody need to tell this brother that human sacrifice went out with Isaac; God’s judge – this critical spirit is going to straighten everybody else out.



This law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus is a declaration to the citizens of the Kingdom of God in how to live by the power of the indwelling life of Christ.  The Beatitudes are a declaration of blessed qualities and attitudes which should be the character of all Christians. 


Matthew 5 is the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount which is a message brought by Jesus to His disciples to explain to them the LAWS of the Kingdom of God.  It is the New Testament equivalent of the Ten Commandments.


 Matt. 5:1:  And seeing the multitudes, He went up into a mountain: and when He was set, His disciples came to Him: And He opened His mouth, and taught them saying:


Christ gives us the key that as Peace-Creators in the image of the King of Peace, we then become spiritual warriors in the image of the Commander and Chief of the Armies of Heaven.



The Beatitudes are commandments of an impossible life-style.  The key to living this supernatural way is a change of nature.  This life is not lived by duty, but Christ’s nature of love.


Old Testament                                                                       New Testament

Tables of Stone                                                                      Tables of our Hearts

External-Flesh                                                                       Internal – Spirit

What we do                                                                            What we are

Condemned the Act                                                              Condemned the thought

Law of sin and death                                                            Law of the Spirit of Life

Moses the mediator                                                               Jesus the Mediator


We hear a cry from the bowels of our nation to preserve the Constitution of the United States of America.  As a nation, if we will return to the Constitution of the Kingdom of God, we can turn the nation to its destiny for which it was created. 


Blessed means happy, to be envied, great, rich and prosperous.


They are keys to entering and living in the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in Heaven.   Unless these inward workings have been wrought in us, we cannot operate in the power and presence of the fullness of Christ. 


Overall Pattern:




(c)    Mt. 5:3:  Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. This is the first step which will cause a man to call on God.  These are people with a conscious and confessed need of Jesus.  This is an attitude that says, “I need you Lord!”  My personal cry is “Help me Jesus”.   This is when we face life’s challenges and we know that there is no way through, around or over unless the Lord moves for us.  The word for poor here is helpless, those in poverty, empty, those who need help.  We can contrast this with the self-sufficient “rich man” of many of Jesus’ teachings. 

(d)       Mt. 5:4:  Blessed are they that mourn; for they shall be comforted.    All who realize that they don’t have all the answers and who are tired of living behind a religious façade will admit their need and then, secondly, experience an inward sorrow.  This that Godly sorrow that produces true repentance in the life of those who allow it to work.  


2 Cor. 7: 9-11: Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance. For you were made sorry in a godly manner, that you might suffer loss from us in nothing.  For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.  For observe this very thing, that you sorrowed in a godly manner: What diligence it produced in you, what clearing of yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what vehement desire, what zeal, what vindication! I

(e)     Blessed are the meek; for they shall inherit the earth.  Humility is an aspect of the Divine Nature (11 Pet. 1. 1:1-4).  This is the spirit of the New Covenant (Ez. 36: 24-27).  Meekness is not weakness, but meekness toward God.  In the Hebrew language, “meekness” means “worn out.”  We have exhausted all human strength.  The “fight” is gone out of us.  We are willing for the King to rule us.  We are no longer proud and self-sufficient. We shall inherit the earth.  No longer proud and self-sufficient, we hunger after the King.

(f)     Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness; for they shall

            be filled.”  There is no growth without appetite, and no spiritual maturity

            without righteousness.   No longer proud, we now can be filled with the

            King’s love, presence, and anointing.  We have tasted and seen that the Lord

            is good (Ps. 34:8).    He is righteousness, and we hunger and thirst after him.

            Hunger and thirst are powerful desires denoting the violent pressing in of

            Matt. 11:12.

(g)    Blessed are the merciful; for they shall obtain mercy.  We now begin to release the Lord from within.  Because we have experienced His mercy, we can minister His mercy. (Tit. 3:2-3).  We take on the attitude of God.  A religious spirit is harsh and cruel, for the law of sin and death is a hard taskmaster.  Those who bear the image of the King are merciful, and then receive mercy as their reward.  The Sons of God are merciful. 

(h)   Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.  Those who have cleansed from within can release a pure ministry from within (Rev. 22:1-2)Carolyn teach New Jerusalem as purity”.  This speaks of that people whose eyes of understanding have been enlightened to see Him. (Job. 42: 1-6; Isa. 6:1-7) Eph. 1:18: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened, that you may know what is the hope of His calling, and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.”


In a deeper sense, not only are those sons of God who shall and do rule with Jesus merciful, but they shall manifest the God that they see.  They are delivered from the impurities of selfishness – they are after the heart of God. (Pr. 4:23).  From the saints a river of reconciliation can flow. 11 Cor. 5: 17-18: Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.  And all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ, and has given to us the ministry of reconciliation.  This is the new Divine Nature.



The Positive aspect of persecution is because of this Christ nature in us (Jn. 15: 18-21).  We are “Godly” and we are channels of His light and life.  We have been changed and now possess the nature of the King.  This light exposes darkness and darkness hates this exposure (Jn. 3: 19-20). 



We are told to rejoice in persecution.  We do not rejoice only because of persecution, nor do we have a “martyr’s complex” as in the early church, but we know that persecution is proof of our son-ship and our reward.  We understand that God deals with us as Sons.


We do not respond with feelings of resentment or bitterness.  Then we are no better than our persecutors and we become persecutors.   We do not become depressed.  Depression is caused by a failure to have the right attitude toward conflicts (problems). 


Every Kingdom instrument is tested before God will honor ministry.  If we have a ministry that means God has honored that ministry.  Everything must be after the pattern of Jesus.



Carolyn Sissom, Pastor

Eastgate Ministries, Inc.


Scripture from K.J.V. Bibliography:  Sermon on the Mount by:  Kelly Varner.  Comments, conclusions and testimony are my own.


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