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Summary: As we commit God’s Word to our memory and implant it in our hearts, we provide ourselves with an internal peacemaker that goes with us wherever we go. We can have fresh air wherever we go. What exactly will this peacemaker do for the believer?

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Peacemakers of the Heart

“An Internal Peacemaker”

Introduction:

1. According to Philippians 4:6-7, God never intended for His children to live stressed-out lives. God’s plan for His children is one of peace.

2. Peace will only come at the root level of our inner spirit. We must put in place a solid root system that will sustain us when the storms of life blow. We have already examined three of these roots:

• Our quiet time with God

• Our quiet time of rest and relaxation

• Our quiet time with our spouse

3. All three of these peacemakers are wonderful and necessary, but we desperately need a life support system that we can carry with us through the stressful grind of daily life – something reliable, dependable, and available at a moment’s notice.

• Breathing the thin, polluted air of your surroundings can leave you gasping.

• Illustration: Astronauts depend on a life-support system they carry with them.

4. What would the Christian’s spiritual life support system be? The living Word of God! Hebrews 4:12; 2 Timothy 3:16

5. As we commit God’s Word to our memory and implant it in our hearts, we provide ourselves with an internal peacemaker that goes with us wherever we go. We can have fresh air wherever we go.

6. What exactly will this peacemaker do for the believer?

First, it will change the negative aspects of your personality.

1. Everyone has sinful and obnoxious aspects to their personality. These can be ingrained in our being in a variety of ways:

• Through the genes (we inherit negative tendencies from our parents)

• Through established, negative habits (it starts early in childhood)

• Through ungodly attitudes and actions before salvation (Illustration: Do you think Jesus wanted the maniac of Gadara’s personality to stay the same?)

2. These negative aspects in our personality cause us to respond to situations in a wrong way, which creates stress and robs us of our peace.

3. God’s plan is for the believer to change! This is what the Christian life is all about. Romans 8:29; Ephesians 4:13-15

• The excuse, “that’s just my personality,” won’t cut it. God has given us a way to change and expects us to change.

4. The only way for us to change is to renew our minds (Romans 12:2). This will only come as we implant God’s Word into our minds and hearts.

5. We then begin to respond to stressful situations in ways we would have never imagined. When the air begins to get polluted, we breathe in the fresh air of God’s Word, and it calms our spirit.

Second, it will help you to rise above adverse circumstances.

1. Too many times we become “victims” of our circumstances. Our joy and peace level is controlled by our surroundings. We’re like a thermometer instead of a thermostat.

2. In John 14:26-27, the peace promise from Jesus came at a time when the disciples’ lives were falling apart.

3. Yet Jesus was guaranteeing peace. Obviously, the peace Jesus has to offer has nothing to do with how things are going.


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