Peace with God
When We've Made Peace with God,
We Can Know The Peace of God.
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.
I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your
hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." John 14:27
Only people of faith are given peace, for it comes from God or through Jesus. It is a spiritual blessing. From God's perspective, until your relationship with Him is squared away, He will not allow you His peace. So no matter how many ways people try to find peace, like: money; man's approval; family; friends; living one's "truth"; personal freedoms; fun; education; rest or achievements, it will elude them. Peace is a gift that is Jesus' to begin with (John 16:33), left by Him (John 14:27), and given by God, (Philippians 4:7).
"...In me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33
The Peace Of God
"...Jesus came and stood among them and said, 'Peace be with you!" John 20:19
"Peace", from the Hebrew and Greek, means to be safe; well; happy; prosperous; favored; quiet; still and set at one again (no longer conflicted, separated or double-minded). It is a sense of unity from within and without that makes us feel secure and stable.
Pursuing God's Peace
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." Philippians 4:6
If we have Jesus, we already have His peace in our soul. He left it with us. So if we are upset, anxious, fearful, or in conflict, we are choosing those attitudes and reactions. We can also choose differently, like to be in God's peace. We know we can do this because Paul says, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything"...
By Prayer - Talk It Out With The Lord.
And Petition - Specify Your Problems.
With Praise - Thank God In Advance.
We Present - Cast Your Cares On Him.
Then The Peace Of God protects Us.
"And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."Philippians 4:7
from sermon notes 1/23/2022