Peace & Rest

November 23, 2014

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PEACE & REST

 

  1. Christ gives peace and rest to all who come to him in faith.

Matt. 11:28-30. Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

  1. Peace comes through justification by faith in Jesus.

Rom. 5:1. Since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

  1. Jesus give us peace.

John 14:27. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

  1. Jesus was punished for our sins so that we may have peace.

Isa. 53:5. The punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.

  1. The penitent woman, who wept at Jesus’ feet, found peace through him.

Luke 7:36-50.

Luke 7:48. Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”

Luke 7:50. Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

  1. Humble trust in the Lord gives peace.

Ps. 4:8. I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.

  1. God promises peace to his people.

Ps. 85:8. I will listen to what God the Lord will say; he promises peace to his people, his saints – but let them not return to folly.

  1. Peace is the result of being controlled by the Spirit.

Rom. 8:6. The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace.

  1. Peace is the fruit of the Spirit.

Gal. 5:22-23. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

  1. God give peace to those whose minds are fixed on him.

Isa. 26:3-4. You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.  Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord, is the Rock eternal.

  1. The peace of God comes through praying in faith.

Phil. 4:6-7. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcend all understanding, will guard you hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

  1. Jesus is the Prince of Peace.

Isa. 9:6. He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

  1. Those who walk uprightly enter into peace.

Isa. 57:2. Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death.

  1. God revives, heals, and gives peace to those who are contrite.

Isa. 57:14-21.

Isa. 57:19-20. “Peace, peace, those far and near,” Says the Lord.

“And I will heal them.” But the wicked are like the tossing sea, which cannot rest, whose waves cast up mire and mud.

  1. There is no peace for the wicked.

Isa. 57:21. “There is no peace,” says my God, “for the wicked.”

  1. False prophets will say, “peace, peace,” when there is no peace.

Jer. 8:11-12. They dress the wound of my people as though it were not serious.  “Peace, peace,” they say, when there is no peace. Are they ashamed of their loathsome conduct? No, they have no shame at all; they do not even know how to blush. So they will fall among the fallen; they will be brought down when they are punished, says the Lord.

PEACE

 But only as Jesus Christ possesses our hearts can we know true peace. In this section, we shall deal with only two aspects of the subject.

Peace With God:

Peace with God comes to us in the forgiveness of sin through the merit and suffering of our Savior.

Peace with God means a cessation of hostilities.  When a person confesses his sinful pride, admits defeat, and submits to God, our war with God is over. “Being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1, KJV).

 

Peace with God means reconciliation to Him. We are no longer alienated. “And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblamable and unreprovable in his sight” (Colossians 1:21, 22, KJV).

“And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things to heaven” (Colossians 1:20, KJV). “That God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them” (2 Corinthians 5:29, NIV).

Peace with God brings a sense of well-being and confidence “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13, NIV).

Peace of God:

The peace of God is the legacy of Christian believers and comes as we walk in obedience to His will for our lives.

Many Christians have peace with God but have never gone on to experience the peace of God in their lives.  They are torn with anxieties and fears that destroy spiritual stability and joy in the Lord. Peace is a gift from God and the rightful legacy of all believers, but far too many do not enjoy it.

The peace of God flows from a full, unhindered fellowship with Him who is our peace of God in their lives.  They are torn with anxieties and fears that destroy spiritual stability and joy in the Lord. Peace is a gift from God and the rightful legacy of all believers, but far too many do not enjoy it.  The peace of God in their lives.  They are torn with anxieties and fears that destroy spiritual stability and joy in the Lord.

Peace is a gift from God and the rightful legacy of all believers, but far too many do not enjoy it.  The peace of God flows from a full, unhindered fellowship with Him who is our peace.

 

Here is a simple formula from the Word of God for enjoying the peace of God.

Psalm 37:1-6 (NIV) tell us:

  1. Do not fret (v. 1)

  2. Trust in the Lord (v.3)

  3. Delight yourself in the Lord (v.4)

Philippians 4:6, 7 (NIV) tells us:

  1. Be anxious for nothing (v.6)

  2. Be prayerful in everything (v.6)

  3. Be thankful for anything (v.6)

“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7, NIV).

Six Steps to Inner Peace

Be made right with God.  The one who has placed his faith in Jesus Christ is made right with God and can, for the first time, have real peace (Rom. 5:1).

Let the peace of Christ always be present in your heart. Peace of heart comes from Christ (Col. 3:15.). So, when we give Christ first place in our life and live as he wants us he to (Matt. 6:33), he gives us peace of heart. As members of the body of Christ, this is our responsibility and privilege (Col. 3:15).

Fix your thoughts on the Lord and what is good.  Those who trust in the Lord and turn their thoughts often to him will have perfect peace (Isa. 26:3). And the God of peace promises to be with those who fix their thoughts on what is true and good and right, and on those things they can praise God for (Phil 4:8,9).

Confess your sins to God. One method God uses to keep us pure and in close fellowship with him is to take away our peace when we sin against him and refuse to confess it (Ps. 32).

Before he will restore our peace, he requires that we confess our sins to him. Then he will forgive and cleanse us from every sin (1 John 1:9).

Resist the devil. James writes that if we submit to God and resist the devil he will flee from us (James 4:7). One of those times we should resist the devil is when he points his finger at sins that have already confessed.  Another time is when he causes us to have feelings of guilt that are so general we cannot identify the sin which must be confessed.  The devil hates God’s people and wants to destroy our peace of mind, so he falsely accuses. In Revelation 12:10, the devil is called the Accuser. Don’t ever let him get away with accusing you.  Instead, resist him in the name of Jesus and he will have to flee from you.

 

Remember, when God the Holy Spirit convicts of sin, he puts his finger on something specific, a sin you have not confessed; and he does it because he loves you and wants you to enjoy his peace.

 

“So give yourself humbly to God. Resist the devil and he will flee form you” (James 4:7).

Praising and thanking the Lord is the most powerful way to resist the devil.

 

Forget the past.  Although God has forgiven and cleansed us of our sins, we have a tendency to remember and impose self-condemnation. But the Apostle Paul tells us that the learned to forget his past sins and present imperfections, and look to Jesus Christ and his promises (Phil. 3:12-14).  If Paul, who claimed to be the greatest of all sinners (1 Tim. 1:15), was able to forget his past, the we should also be able to accept God’s forgiveness and forget.  The one thing to remember is that God is able to forgive and forget our sins (Jer. 31:34). “He has removed our sins as far away from us as the east is from the west” (Ps. 103:12).

Micha the prophet wrote that because God has compassion on us, he “will tread our sins beneath (his) feet” and “will throw them into the depths of the ocean” (Mic. 7:19)! Someone has said that “God has thrown our sins into the depths of the ocean, and put up a No Fishing sign.”  We have no right bringing up those issues God has forgiven, buried, and forgotten. Forgetting what God has forgotten brings peace.

 

We pray that the one who is suffering from inner turmoil will take the necessary steps to find real peace in Christ. We encourage youto thank the Lord that in the midst of a troubled world, we can have the peace that Jesus gives, a peace which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand (Phil. 4:7).

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

 

 

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