August 26, 2018 AM
Dr. Michael Catt - 1861
#3 in series
Galatians 5:22, 23
In the last message, we talked about joy – an attitude, a disposition, or a deep-settled confidence that a loving heavenly Father is in control of the details of my life. We talked about the things that seek to steal our joy (guilt, fear, anger, discontentment, etc.) and what joy looks like as it is lived out in the body of Christ. We talked about joy in the midst of pain and difficulty and learned that joy is learning to practice the presence of Christ in every area of our lives at all times.
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Joy and peace go hand in hand. These verses are packed with powerful life principles. They only work when they are applied in the crucible of life. These verses aren’t theories to be studied but attitudes to be lived out.
“Like a three-strand rope, joy, along with peace and prayer are woven together by those who have come to the end of their own rope. They are not ashamed to admit they have come to the end of themselves and their own resources. They are relieved to let go and let God have what they have made. They gently yield to Him to put His hand prints all over their lives.” - Gary Miller
“A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.” Proverbs 14:30
I. THE PRINCIPLE OF PEACE
A) Peace Revealed
Psalm 29:11 Peace in the storms of life
Psalm 85:8-10 Peace is a promise from God
Isaiah 26:3 He will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Him
John 14:27 My peace I leave with you...
Acts 10:36 Preaching peace by Jesus Christ
Romans 10:15 The gospel of peace
Romans 14:17 The kingdom of God is righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit...
1 Thessalonians 5:13 Be at peace among yourselves
1 Thessalonians 5:23 The God of peace
Hebrews 12:14 Pursue peace with all men
B) Peace Applied
Peace with God:
The peace of God means the hostilities have ended. I’m a friend of God. I’m part of the family of God. I’m not knocking on the door of a stranger. I’m a child of the King, talking to my heavenly Father.
The peace of God grows out of peace with God.
The God of peace is God’s own assurance – the calming impact of the abiding presence of the Spirit in my life. When I abide in Him and He abides in me, I don’t have to be stressed out. Why? God is not anxious or stressed out. I don’t have to be. When I’m in a tough situation, I rest in the fact that God is guarding my heart. The enemy is trying to tear down this fortress, this garrison God has built, but he can’t.
Ron Dunn said Philippians 4:4-9 can be divided into an easy to remember outline. We have a praise list in v. 4, a prayer list in v. 6, a list to ponder in v. 8, and a list of things to practice in vv. 9.
II. THE PRACTICAL ASPECTS OF PEACE
B. Church Health
C. In Prayer