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Summary: It’s time for us to talk about peace: peace with God, peace within ourselves, & peace with one another.



ILL. If you have had your TV on late at night during the past year you’re probably aware of the fastest growing businesses of 1996 & 97. They have made millionaires many times over of their owners who have saturated the late-night TV advertising market. Can you guess what businesses I’m talking about?

They are the psychic hotlines where you can dial a 900 number & for a few dollars a minute receive personal attention from one who is advertised as a psychic & therefore supernaturally gifted in knowing your deepest needs. If love or happiness or peace of mind are eluding you, then dial a psychic hotline & they advertise that your needs will be met.

People by the thousands have dialed these 900 numbers, spending hundreds & even thousands of dollars each in desperate attempts to fill some void or seek some guidance in their lives.

But sadly, even though their advertisements mention love, happiness, & peace of mind, in most cases they’re offering something they can’t deliver. Yet the psychic industry boasted profits of over $3 billion last year alone.

APPL. Now if you really want love, joy, & peace in your life, then pay particular attention to the 5th chapter of Galatians. It’s a chapter of contrasts, contrasts between freedom & slavery, between law & grace, & between walking in the Spirit & walking in what Paul calls "the sinful nature."

He tells us that if we’re walking in the sinful nature, then we’ll produce the fruit of a sinful nature, & he lists some of them, things like "sexual immorality, impurity, ...hatred, discord, jealousy..." He goes on to say, "I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God" [Vs. 21].

But on the other hand, if we’re walking in the Spirit, then we’ll produce the fruit of the Spirit - "...love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness & self-control" [Vs. 22].

PROP. Well, we’ve recently talked about love & joy, so let’s now talk about peace - peace with God, peace within ourselves, & peace with one another.


A. Maybe the best thing to do would be to go back to a time of perfect peace & look at it as a lesson for us today. But to what time shall we go?

What about when Jesus was born & the angels sang "Peace on earth, good will toward men"? No, even though the Prince of Peace had come, it was not a time of peace for Rome ruled the world with a cruel & oppressive hand.

B. Well, was there ever a time of perfect peace? Yes, there was. But to see it we’ll have to go all the way back to the book of Genesis, chapters 1, 2 & 3. There we see Adam, created in the image of God & placed in the Garden of Eden, surrounded by all the ingredients that make for perfect peace.

1. First of all, he was in a perfect place, a paradise designed & created by God, Himself. And God gave Adam a perfect body with no flaws or blemishes in it, & provided him with a garden in which there was perfect food to eat.

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