True Peace!!!

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Rejoice In The Lord Always

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

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Galatians 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
When things aren’t going our way. When we have had a bad day, or something bad happens, or we are a little nervous about something, how do you help yourself to feel better? I believe one of the best methods is to eat desert; Maybe it’s a piece of pie, or cake, maybe throw some ice cream on top, have some chocolate and coffee . . . and now you’re talking!! However that just covers up things and we all know it is not good for us.

Sometimes you need something to settle yourself down. More than anything, we want God’s peace, but we settle for a piece of pie or cake, or ice cream . . . or maybe it’s another drink, or we hit the Internet for a few hours, or we sit mind numbed in front of the television. How about Prayer and a Psalm????
We’re wanting to experience the peace of God, but that’s not always easy. So we find it easier to absorb ourselves into things other than God, and grieve the fact we can’t figure out where our Father is in the midst of our struggles.

Most of us are busy. Whether we are in school, retired, working, or anything in between, there’s always something to do. Something needs to be fixed, someone needs to be taken care of. And sometimes we want a break, to take time to rest.
But more than rest, we’re really seeking peace. Yet, peace isn’t something we can easily grab a hold of. It’s not tangible, it’s not like a piece of pie.

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Galatians 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
None of the 9 virtues are tangible, yet we’re called to make them a tangible reality in our lives, so others can experience the power of Christ, through the way we live our lives.
Peace can be very allusive. At the end of a long day you want a few minutes of peace and quiet. That’s easier said than done when the phone rings, the kids won’t settle down. Your mind won’t turn off once you get into bed. Or you wake up in the middle of the night and your mind kicks into high gear?

What about when you need to have that difficult conversation with someone, Where’s peace? The fear and anxiety of going to the doctor. Preparing for surgery or treatment. Decisions that need to be made, where’s peace? A piece of pie sounds good, but it’s not going to give us peace. How do we experience peace when our spouse, parents, children or grandchildren, our siblings, aren’t handling life well and you’re taking on the burden.
Add to that the world of sin which surrounds us, gossip, abuse, terrorism, senseless killings, drug use. It can cause us to feel anxious.
Let’s set the stage! The Passover dinner is over. Judas is gone! Jesus is going to be betrayed and arrested! beaten, humiliated and hung on a cross. Jesus looks at His disciples and made this astounding statement!
John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
John 14:28 Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.

Aren’t those great words from Jesus? Notice Jesus is really clear about where peace comes from. It comes from Him. From a relationship with Christ. Jesus’ peace is not the same as the world’s peace. That’s a huge point for us to remember. We can’t replace or substitute the world’s peace for the peace of Savior of the world.
When we embrace the worlds peace, we end up with a distorted view of peace. We buy more, we sin more, we do things we normally wouldn’t do, because we’re following the world’s plan, not God’s plan. Jesus tells us to embrace His peace You see, the peace of God is not temporary. All the world offers is temporary.
So, take heart! Jesus has overcome the world. He has defeated the evil one.

Because Jesus paid the price, God now declares us NOT GUILTY!! (After We Are Saved). Not because of what we’ve done . . . but because of what Jesus did for us. Because of His death, God now looks at us as forgiven, clean, pure, whiter than snow. It’s only because of the work of the Son, that the Father can declare you not guilty.

The Peace of God comes from knowing God loves and forgives you. We don’t need to live in fear that our sin, guilt and shame will be exposed and we will be condemned.

Why else did Christ die? Did He die so you could still be declared guilty? Did He die so you would always fear you haven’t done enough?
Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Romans 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

We don’t have to be afraid that an angry God will condemn us. Jesus paid the price for our sins on the cross. We are forgiven. The only one who is trying to condemn us is Satan. Sometimes our self. But trust in the end of the story!!! Satan already lost the war and we win!! That’s part of the great news. There’s no one in heaven who will condemn you, nobody will bring any charges against you. Because we’re forgiven by our Father, and our relationship with Him has been restored.

Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

Do you see that?! Our Father does not want to condemn us. There should be no fear in His love. Because perfect love always casts our fear.

Because we have the Peace of God, we can live at peace with God, with others and even with ourselves. The peace we have with God takes care of the past, our sins are forgiven. We don’t have to be afraid to talk to God. We have 24/7 access to God and can bring our prayers, praise and concerns to Him. And we have the promise of living in God’s peace.

Because we have the Peace of God, we can also work to restore peace with the people in our lives. We are called to seek reconciliation with people. Paul reminds us in Romans 12 ~ 17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.
I love that last line . . . if possible, live peaceably with others. So far as it depends on you. If you do your work, and I do my work, then inspite of differences, we should still be able to have peace. It’s looking for the good, not the bad in others. We have a way of looking for what’s wrong, what we don’t like about others, instead of looking for what is good and honoring.

God’s peace should change the way we look at others. Just as God took steps to restore peace with us, we may have to take the initiative to restore peace with others.

Ultimately we can learn to live at Peace with ourselves. Since God loves and forgives us, we can love and forgive ourselves. We can receive God’s peace when we accept His invitation to turn to Him for help in the storms of life. The storms will come. But peace comes when we know and trust the Lord is with us.
We Need To Rejoice Daily In Our Precious Lord, Be Thankful!!!

Rejoice in the Lord always:
again I say, Rejoice!
Rejoice in the Lord always:
again I say, Rejoice!
Rejoice, rejoice,
and again I say, Rejoice!
Rejoice, rejoice,
and again I say, Rejoice!
Rejoice in the Lord always:
again I say, Rejoice!
Rejoice in the Lord always:
again I say, Rejoice!

Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee, God of glory, Lord of love;
Hearts unfold like flowers before Thee, opening to the sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness; drive the dark of doubt away;
Giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day!
All Thy works with joy surround Thee, earth and heaven reflect Thy rays,

Stars and angels sing around Thee, center of unbroken praise.
Field and forest, vale and mountain, flowery meadow, flashing sea,
Singing bird and flowing fountain call us to rejoice in Thee.
Thou art giving and forgiving, ever blessing, ever blessed,
Wellspring of the joy of living, ocean depth of happy rest!
Thou our Father, Christ our Brother, all who live in love are Thine;
Teach us how to love each other, lift us to the joy divine.
Mortals, join the happy chorus, which the morning stars began;
Father love is reigning o’er us, brother love binds man to man.
Ever singing, march we onward, victors in the midst of strife,
Joyful music leads us Sunward in the triumph song of life.

Love and Prayers

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