The Peace of God

Supernatural peace is available to all who place their faith completely in the Lord.

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Encarta World English Dictionary [North American Edition] © 2005

PEACE

  • Freedom from War:
    freedom from war or the time when a war or conflict ends
  • Tranquility:
    a calm and quiet state, free from disturbances or noise
  • Mental Calm:
    a state of mental calm and serenity, with no anxiety
  • Harmony:
    freedom from conflict or disagreement among people or groups of people

Holman Bible Dictionary © 1991

PEACE

  • Spiritual:
    sense of well-being and fulfillment that comes from God and is dependent on His presence
  • Old Testament:
    wholeness or well-being
  • New Testament:
    well-being, restoration, reconciliation with God, and salvation

Scripture

Philippians 4:4-7 (KJV)
4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. 5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. 6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

or…

Philippians 4:4-7 (NASB)
4
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! 5 Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Opening Prayer

Heavenly Father, the peace of this world cannot compare to the peace that comes from You. Lord, help us to experience your peace, the peace that surpasses all understanding. Lead, guide, and direct us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Proposition

Supernatural peace is available to all who place their faith completely in the Lord.

Probing Question

What is the “Peace of God,” which surpasses all understanding?

Transitional Sentence

The “Peace of God” is…

Main Points

1. The Gift of God

Psalms 29:11 (NASB)
11 The Lord will give strength to His people; The Lord will bless His people with peace.

2. Equated with Salvation

Its presence can be equated with salvation

Isaiah 52:7 (NASB)
7 How lovely on the mountains Are the feet of him who brings good news, Who announces peace And brings good news of happiness, Who announces salvation, Andsays to Zion, “Your God reigns!”

Its absence can be equated with judgment

Jeremiah 12:12 (NASB)
12 “On all the bare heights in the wilderness Destroyers have come, For a sword of the Lord is devouring From one end of the land even to the other; There is no peace for anyone.

3. Available to All Who Will Trust in God and Love/Obey His Law

Trust in God

Isaiah 26:3 (NASB)
3 “The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, Because he trusts in You.

Love/Obey His Law

Psalms 119:165 (NASB)
165 Those who love Your law have great peace, And nothing causes them to stumble.

4. Identified with a Righteous Life

Peace is clearly identified with a righteous life

Isaiah 32:17 (NASB)
17 And the work of righteousness will be peace, And the service of righteousness, quietness and confidence forever.

Isaiah 57:1-2 (NASB)
1 The righteous man perishes, and no man takes it to heart; And devout men are taken away, while no one understands. For the righteous man is taken away from evil, 2 He enters into peace; They rest in their beds, Each onewho walked in his upright way.

Apart from righteousness, no one is able to find true peace

Isaiah 48:22 (NASB)
22 “There is no peace for the wicked,” says the Lord.

5. Recognized in Jesus Christ, Who Is “Our Peace”

We are justified through Him

Romans 5:1 (NASB)
1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

Reconciled through the blood of His cross

Colossians 1:19-20 (NASB)
19 For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, 20 and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say,whether things on earth or things in heaven.

Made one in Him

Ephesians 2:14 (NASB)
14 For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups intoone and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall,

In Him we discover that ultimate peace which only God can give

John 14:27 (NASB)
27 “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.

6. Experienced as an Inner Spiritual Peace by the Individual Believer

Inner spiritual peace

Romans 15:13 (NASB)
13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Associated with…

  • Receptiveness to God’s salvation

Matthew 10:12-13 (NASB)
12 “As you enter the house, give it your greeting. 13 “If the house is worthy, give it your blessing of peace. But if it is not worthy, take back your blessing ofpeace.

  • Freedom from distress and fear

John 16:33 (NASB)
33 “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”

  • Security

1 Thessalonians 5:9-11 (NASB)
9 For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with Him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.

  • Mercy

Galatians 6:16 (NASB)
16 And those who will walk by this rule, peace and mercy beupon them, and upon the Israel of God.

  • Joy

Romans 14:17 (NASB)
17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

  • Grace

Philippians 1:2 (NASB)
2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

  • Love

2 Corinthians 13:11 (NASB)
11 Finally, brethren, rejoice, be made complete, be comforted, be like-minded, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.

  • Life

Romans 8:6 (NASB)
6 For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace,

  • Righteousness

James 3:18 (NASB)
18 And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

7. A “Fruit of the Spirit”

Fruit of the Spirit

Galatians 5:22-23a (NASB)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; …

Forms part of the “whole armor of God”, enabling Christians to withstand the attacks of the forces of evil

Ephesians 6:10-18 (NASB)
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,

Conclusion

True peace, the peace of God, is not the absence of danger; it is the presence of God.

  • Man was made to have a relationship with God
  • Unbelievers are unable to experience peace unless they reconcile with God
  • Believers are able to rejoice knowing it doesn’t depend upon their temporary circumstances, but on God’s eternal presence and faithfulness

Philippians 4:4-7 (NASB)
4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! 5 Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Illustration

When John was an 11 year old boy, his father trained him in the art of being a master Captain of a trade ship.  When the British Navy drafted him – he could have done well as the Captain of the Royal Navy ship, but he lacked self discipline, and got in with the wrong crew – John was arrested for desertion, publicly flogged and demoted to common sailor.  At 21, John hopped on board an outbound ship from the African coast, and continued in the depravity of his teens, getting involved with the lowest of crew members.  He ridiculed the seamen in his company, ridiculed the ships’ Captain, and even ridiculed a book he had found on board, entitled “The Imitation of Christ”.

One night the ship sailed into a violent storm and John awakened with a cabin filled with seawater.  The ship’s side had caved in and ordinarily such damage would send a ship to the bottom within a few minutes.  The buoyant cargo, however, bought a few hours of precious time.

After nine hours at the pumps, John overheard a desperate remark form one of the crew; they were all goners.  For the first time in his life he prayed, “If this will not do, the Lord have mercy on us.”

Miraculously the ship did not go down.  Did John’s forget his prayer?  No, it was remembered with prayer and fasting, every year on its anniversary as the most significant incident in his life.

John Newton retired from the sea to become a minister.  He wrote these words to a popular hymn we sing:

“Amazing grace.  How sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now am found, was blind, but now I see.”

John Newton had found that night at sea that peace with God, in Christ Jesus, that passeth all understanding.

Illustration

Danny Simpson, a 24 year old Canadian, went to jail for robbing a bank, in Ottawa.  He was arrested for robbing a bank of $6,000 and then sent to jail for six years.  His gun went to a museum.

He had used a .45 caliber Colt semi-automatic, which turned out to be an antique made by the Ross Rifle Company,Quebec City, in 1918.  The pistol is worth up to $100,000.  If Danny Simpson had just known what he carried in his hand, he wouldn’t have robbed the bank.  In other words, Danny already had what he needed.

There are so many Christian in the world today who are searching for peace, not knowing they already have what they need in their heart, what they need in their hands.

Philippians 4:4-7 (NASB)
4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! 5 Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Illustration

One of the great hymns of faith we sing was written by a man who was a successful attorney in Chicago.  The Father of five children, and active member of a Presbyterian church, his successful life suddenly turned to disaster.

Without warning his only son died.  Then in the Chicago fire he lost all his real estate investments.  He decided to take his family to Europe to lift their spirits and assist Dwight L. Moody in his evangelistic campaign.  He sent his wife and four daughters ahead by ship.

Halfway across the Atlantic their ship was struck by an English ship and sank in 12 minutes. Tanetta, Maggie, Annie, and Bessie drowned in the watery grave.  Miraculously Mrs. Spafford was saved.

When Horactio was standing on the ship carrying him to rejoin his sorrowing wife in Wales, the ship passed the approximate place where his precious daughters had drowned.  Overwhelmed in his grief, he took out a legal pad and wrote:

“When sorrows like sea billows roll,
whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.”

That is a peace within that passeth all understanding.  Only God can give it to sustain us, to keep us in the midst of the storm.

Closing Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father, peace, true peace, only comes from You. The world’s peace is hollow and fleeting; but, Your peace is complete and everlasting. For those who do not have a relationship with You, I pray that You will prick their hearts through the conviction of the Holy Spirit, that they would feel that irresistible call to surrender their life to You. Your peace is only accessible through a close, personal relationship with You, made possible only through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Draw all of us closer to You that we may feel the warmth of Your love, the safety of Your strength, and the peace of reconcilliation to You. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Gospel Invitation

Is the Holy Spirit stirring within your heart? Is He convicting you of the need to make changes in your life and/or calling you to take action? The Bible says:

James 4:17 (NASB)
17 Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.

1 John 5:3 (NASB)
3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.

If the Holy Spirit is urging you to take action, it is important to respond with immediate obedience. Delayed obedience is disobedience. Please read the following sections that apply to your current situation and prayerfully consider the suggested course of actions.

I am lost. I need to accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.

John 3:16-18 (NASB)
16 "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 "For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 18 "He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Action

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I am saved; but, I have sin in my life that I need to confess and repent.

1 John 1:8-9 (NASB)
8 If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Acts 3:19 (NASB)
19  "Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord;

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Praise the Lord.

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Heavenly Father, I have fallen short of Your glory and have failed to live up to Your expecttions for me. Please forgive me. Lord, I rededicate my life to You. Not my will; but, Your will be done. Thank You for being a God of second chances. Use me Lord. Shape me and mold me into the person You would have me to be. I pray this in the name of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior. Amen.

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Malachi 3:10 (NASB)
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I need to discuss my situation confidentially.

James 5:16 (NASB)
16  Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.

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