HOW CAN I FIND THE PEACE OF GOD?
Scriptural References: Php 4:6-7, Ps 100:3-5, Php 4:8, Jn 14:26-28
There is a peace that passes or goes beyond the normal range of our understanding.
There was peace in the garden of Eden - but it was lost. That peace was won back in a battle that
appeared to be finished on a hill called Calvary but the victory was shown complete three days
later at an empty tomb.
The peace of God comes from the presence of God
A -How do you lose the peace of God?
1 - through seeking to exalt yourself (example Adam and Eve - Ananias & Sapphira )
2 - through sinning among God’s people (example - Achan - King Saul)
3 - through iniquity - more than sin - bound in your heart
B - How do we get the peace of God?
1 - Be careful or anxious for nothing
merimnao (mer-im-nah’-o); to be anxious about from 3308 (through the idea of distraction)
a - stop worrying
b - it distracts you from the matters at hand
2 - In everything with prayer and petition ....
a - prayer and petition forces you to come into God’s presence
b - you begin to remember other peoples needs .... maybe - forget self for a moment
3 - by prayer and petition, WITH THANKSGIVING present your requests to God
a - thanks EVEN when worried? ESPECIALLY when worried!!
reminds you of your blessings
reminds you that God comes through when we trust Him
b - I will come into His presence with thanksgiving (example King David danced)
4 - the peace of God is found in the presence of God
C - What does the peace of God bring us?
1 - peace keeps your hearts through Christ
(Jesus ‘let not your hearts be troubled’ - God want peace for you ) Jn 14:26-28
2 - peace keeps your minds through Christ
a - stop thinking on the problem
b - start thinking on things of God
Phil 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever
things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of
good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Do you have Jesus? Without Him there will be no peace like what I have spoken of.
Other Scripture references
Adam and Eve - Gen 3:5-7
Ananias and Sapphira - Acts 5:1-10
Achan - Jsh 7:1-24
King Saul - 1 Sam 15:12-28
King David - 2 Sam 6:14-15