PEACE, Fruit of the Spirit, pt. 3
09.20.20 // hESS hESTER // lEAD pastor
“I’m ready to throw in the ____________.”
“I’m at the end of my ________”
“My life is falling __________”
“I can’t take it_________________”
The Bible says you can have peace even in the midst of un-peaceful circumstances.
John 16: 33 (NIV), I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Galatians 5:22-23; But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
There are three kinds of peace in the Bible: external, eternal, and internal.
The NT idea of peace is enriched by the OT concept of “shalom.”
In the Bible, shalom means universal flourishing, wholeness, and delight—a rich state of affairs in which natural needs are satisfied and natural gifts fruitfully employed, a state of affairs that inspires joyful wonder as its Creator and Savior opens doors and welcomes the creatures in whom He delights. …(Shalom is) the webbing together of God, humans, and all creation in justice, fulfillment, and delight. –Cornelius Plantinga (Not the Way It’s Supposed to Be, pp.9-10)
Is. 2:4b, “…hammer their swords into plowshares and… nation will no longer fight against nation…”
Is. 11:6, In that day the wolf and the lamb will live together; the leopard will lie down with the baby goat. The calf and the yearling will be safe with the lion, and a little child will lead them all.
Isaiah 9: 2, 6-7 (NIV); The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. … 6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.
Luke 2: 14; “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”
ETERNAL PEACE begins when you surrender to Christ and continues into eternity!
Romans 5:1, Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.”
Jesus Christ also provides you with INTERNAL PEACE.
John 14:27, “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”
1 Peter 5:7 (NIV) Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Isaiah 26:3 (NLT) “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, whose thoughts are fixed on you!”
Phil. 4:6-7 (NIV); 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 transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
The peace of God is ongoing and actively engaged in your heart.
Col. 3:15a (NLT), And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts.
God’s peace is a gift that we are supposed to share.
Matt. 5:9, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”
Ephesians 2:14 (NLT), For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us.
Rom. 12:18 (NLT), Do all that you can to live at peace with everyone.
You reflect Christ as you share peace.
Be a peacemaker by bringing the peace of Christ to those who don’t know Him.