The Peace of God July 9, 2006 In Search of Personal Peace Humanity is in search of it. Groovy! Money, lifestyle choices, religion Romans 8:19 (NAS) – For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. Importance of Peace • Emphasized by Jesus – His glorified greeting? • Paul’s Letters – Grace and Peace • Grace 116 • Peace 92 3 Kinds of Personal Peace • Peace with God • Peace of God • Peace between one another – Ephesians 4:3 (AMP) Be eager and strive earnestly to guard and keep the harmony and oneness of the Spirit in the binding power of peace. What is Personal Biblical Peace? • 1515 - the tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and content with its earthly lot, of whatsoever sort that is. • Biblical synonym = Rest Peace with God • Grace ~= Peace with • Romans 5:10 & 1 (NAS) For if, when we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to Him through the death of his Son. Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ • Peace with before Peace of Rest • Matthew 11:28-29 (NLT) Then Jesus said, "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls. Peace of Peace with The Peace of God • No earning it! • TRUST & Attention • Isaiah 26:3 (NLT) You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, whose thoughts are fixed on you! Jesus’ Peace • John 14:27 (NAS) – 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. – World’s Peace? Escape. • “Sometimes he calms the storm, Other times he calms his child.” Trusting is Key • Philippians 4:6-7 (NAS) Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 4 Reasons to Trust Do not be anxious about anything? 1. He Cares 1 Peter 5:7 (NAS) Cast all your anxiety on him because He cares for you. 4 Reasons to Trust Do not be anxious about anything? 2. He is Able to Help Ephesians 3:20 (NAS) Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us 4 Reasons to Trust Do not be anxious about anything? 3. He is Willing to Help Philippians 4:19 (AMP) And my God will liberally supply and fill to the full your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 4 Reasons to Trust Do not be anxious about anything? 4. He knows our needs Matthew 6:8 … for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him. Matthew 7:11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him! Trust; then Ask But in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Everything - “Nothing is too great for God’s power, and nothing too small for His fatherly care.” Thanksgiving – Praise from Trust Results in… And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. • Unrest is prayer’s opportunity for peace. Guard = Garrison Our Hearts and Minds Pursuing Peace • Colossians 3:15 (NAS) – Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts... • Psalm 34:14 (NAS) – Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it.