Summary: Fruit of the Spirit is Peace. (Powerpoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: email@example.com)
(1). The source of peace is God. (3a)
(2). The discipline of peace is a steadfast mind (vs 3b)
(3). The secret of peace is a heart filled with trust (vs 3c-4)
Reading: Isaiah chapter 26 verses 3-4
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law”.
• The opposite of love is hate.
• The opposite of joy is sorrow
• The opposite of peace is worry, anxiety, fretfulness, concern.
• A very worried, anxious, fretful looking Native American Indian walks into a bank;
• He looked at the bank manager and said;
• “Grass gone, well dry, sheep dead”
• The bank manager took him into the back room & the Indian opened up his security box;
• It contained a number of gold nuggets.
• The Indian the replied:
• “Grass green, well full, sheep happy”
• Now the man’s circumstances had not changed;
• But now he realised he had the resources to overcome his circumstances.
• That knowledge removed his worry, anxiety, fretfulness and concern.
• Quote: The Scottish preacher George Morrison defined peace as:
• “The possession of adequate resources”.
• In other words if there is enough money in your bank account;
• You don’t worry when the postman delivers bills.
Now earthly resources are important:
• That is why we go to work to earn enough money to buy these assets;
• But in themselves earthly resources are never enough;
• They may make for a comfortable lifestyle;
• But they cannot bring into our lives that quality of peace that we are need in our lives.
• And of course they were never meant to!
• That is why the Bible calls us foolish when we look to earthly resources;
• For satisfaction, for quality of life and as a means of attaining peace;
• God himself is the source of our peace!
• And apart from him we will never experience true peace of heart and mind.
BACKGROUND TO CHAPTER 26:
• In Isaiah chapters thirteen to twenty-seven;
• We have a number of prophetic messages from the Lord;
• The messages are for a variety of nations, but primarily the nation of Babylon;
• Who will rise up to crush Judah and destroy Jerusalem.
• Isaiah first warns all these nations individually;
• That God is over them and will take away their glory because of their sins.
• Having delivered his messages to these particular nations,
• Isaiah then, beginning with chapter twenty-four,
• Looks to the much more distant future.
• He looks to the destruction and judgement of the whole world.
• But these chapters are not all gloom and doom;
• In Isaiah chapter 26 we are breaking into a ‘song of praise’ to God:
• The theme of the song is ‘Trust’.
• And the song can be summarised in four visual word pictures: