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Summary: Learning to walk in the peace that surpasses all understanding takes time and understanding. This message teaches us that we can choose to walk in the peace of Christ and not be troubled by the worries of the world.

Peace is a very familiar word. It is a word we hear all the time and a word that describes a feeling of contentment and rest that few of us manage to walk in every day. Yet, that is exactly what we Christians are called to do. Walk in peace every day regardless of our outward circumstances.

Look at the definition of the word peace

Peace: freedom of the mind from annoyance, distraction, anxiety, an obsession, etc.; state of tranquility; serenity.

How many of you experienced this kind of peace last week? How many of you even in the midst of trouble had an underlying sense of peace?

So why don’t we all walk in peace throughout the week or throughout our entire lives for that matter. Jesus said He left His peace with us. And we are to use the gifts that He has given us. Peace is one of those gifts. So why don’t we use it more often?

John 14:26-27 "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you. Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.”

Deuteronomy 3:8 " The LORD is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed."

So if you are a child of God than you should be able to have this peace every moment of every day, right? What would that mean to truly walk in this kind of gift each day? It would mean…

No Worries * No Anxiety * No Fear * No Stress

Worry is one of the main culprits that will steal your peace in a moment. Worry takes us away from Christ and sets us right down in the middle of the world and all it’s trouble. And the Bible tells us we are not to worry, indeed we are called foolish when we do so, since all authority has been given to the Father. What can we do by worrying anyway? So why do we worry when the Bible clearly tells us that to do so places us among the thorns in life. What is the secret to walking the Pathway 2 Peace.

Don’t let worry control you.

Matthew 13:22 "And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.”

When you worry you’re taking on the burdens yourself instead of letting go and letting God. I know this is easier said than done, I promise. But it is possible and God would not ask us to do anything we were incapable of doing.

We are all called to walk in peace.

Not walk among the thorns, but to walk in the green pastures of assurance and security, and love and hope and grace and mercy. To walk knowing that we serve a God of provision, a God of favor and a God who sees. How many of you know you serve an Almighty God?

We are all called to walk in that peace.

q How many of you know that it is possible to have trouble in your life and still have peace?

q How many of you know that you can be doing something you don’t want to do and still have peace about it?

How many of you know however there is a difference between having peace and walking into that peace?

Ø I have a car, but I have to choose to drive it to get anywhere

Ø I have a computer, but I have to choose to turn it on if I want to see anything

Ø I have a washer, but I have to choose to use it to have clean clothes.

Ø I can have the washer all day long but if I never put any soap in it and add my clothes to it I’ll walk around in dirty clothes all day long as well.

In other words you can HAVE a thing and yet never enjoy it or put it to use in your life. So what do I mean by having peace and walking into peace. What is the difference in your walk with Chirst?

Having Peace = Assurance of Salvation – Security – In the end, we win.

Walking in Peace = Assurance that God is in control NOW and that He is guiding my steps NOW. Security in knowing that I am not alone and that there is a purpose and plan to my life. Walking in peace is knowing that even when you can’t see trouble coming God can, and He is a God of provision. Walking in Peace is knowing that God is looking out for your best interest all the time. The Bible tells us it is possible to walk in peace every moment. Jesus says He left His peace with us. And the Bible even tells us how to find this peace. We have to pursue it.

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