iWant 2 Experience Peace

Posted by Perry

Peace. What is it anyway? Is it a state of harmony or the absence of hostility? Maybe it's the opposite of war. More generally, the presence of calm, serenity, silence or a state of tranquility. Here's what peace is "technically" speaking...to make ONE. The opposite of peace is to be "fragmented", for the various parts of the whole to be out of harmony with one another. If we're talking about warring nations having peace, those nations would have to experience oneness. If we're talking about a church or a family having peace, then there's going to be unity or oneness of spirit among that unit. If we're talking about you or me having peace, it means that our body, soul and spirit are all going to be operating in oneness.

Here's some reasons people, when asked, want to experience peace:

* sick and tired of all the war, famine, crime, injustice, and so forth.

* so much craziness in the world that we want peace whenever we can get it. I know that I try to get it whenever I can, but with an 18 month old running around unfortunately that doesn't happen very often.

* it provides hope that things will be okay again.

* I don't like getting upset or feeling out of control. There's nothing like the feeling that your mind, body and soul are in sync.

* because we need peace to keep our sanity in this crazy place!

* peace means to me...calm...no fighting...just a calmness...I like peace.

* it's our soul's natural state. We are looking to get back to the core.

* in our world things happen that are troubling; car accidents, terminal illness, shootings at malls, war...we need inner peace. If we are in a panic - scared out of our minds - without peace; we can't focus and mentally shut down. Worse yet, if we do not have peace - we lose hope. We need peace to have hope.

All of us want peace. National, financial, marital and most importantly, inner peace. We want to be able to lay our heads down at night and know things are going to be okay. We want to be able to relax, to enjoy the days we're given with hope and assurance that in the midst of the crazy, troubled, stressful world we live in there is life to be lived and enjoyed. We want to be able to believe that real relationships can be formed and that marriages can last and that kids don't have to experience so much heartache. We want fulfillment in our jobs instead of just a paycheck, and we want to know that not only are we making some sense of it all, but that our lives are making a difference to those around us.

Good news is that as much as we want peace, God wants it for us even more and has gone to great lengths to secure it for us. The Bible tells us that because of the fall of Adam, humanity was cast into sin, and as the result, we were separated from paradise and God. Our sin was and is offensive to God, and where sin and offense are, there is no peace.

Let me show you how to fix the real problems in your life...war at home, at odds with your boss, neighbor, kids or even yourself.

Paul said in Romans 3:17 that before we know Christ as our Savior, we don't have a clue as to the way of peace. In other words, people without a saving relationship with Jesus Christ can't havae peace, not real satisfying peace. Trusting Christ as our Savior, repenting of our sin and putting our faith in Him brings us PEACE that passeth understanding. Romans 5:1 says, "Therefore, being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ."

Why? What is it about a relationship with Christ that gives us peace? The key word is "JUSTIFIED". It means that God declares you free from the guilt of your sin. Jesus died on the cross to pay for your sins. He died on the cross to suffer the wrath of God... His judgment against your sins. When you repent and put your faith in Him, you're admitting that you are a sinner and that you know you caused the death of Christ and you're sorry for what you did and you're trusting that the payment Jesus made was sufficient for you. You are accepting God's gift of Jesus to you. Now when you do that, God, considering what Jesus has done, declares you free from your guilt. You are made right in His sight, and because you're now right with God, because the guilt is gone, you can be a PEACE with Him.

Truth is many have done that and peace still evades you. Being at peace with God concerning your relationship with Him and experiencing that peace on a DAY TO DAY basis are two different things. IT'S DAILY PEACE WE'RE AFTER, ISN'T IT?

Php 4:6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Php 4:7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Php 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
Php 4:9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me--practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

Let's make this very practical:

1. Make a deliberate choice not to worry. If there's nothing you can do about the situation, then there's no use worrying about it. And if there's something you can do to change it, then get off your padded pew and do it, and quit worrying about it.

2. Pray. Tell God what it is that you need. Maybe why you need it. Maybe why it is a need and not just a want. may ye need to tell God your motive.

3. Pray some more. Thank God for His provision in your life. Thank God that the amount of (money) [could be anything], in the bank has nothing to do with how blessed you are. Thank Him for the opportunity to have your faith tested, and thank Him for using (money) to make you teachable and hungry for Him.

4. Take control of your thoughts. You choose to think about (money) all the time. Think about something different by feeding on positive, wholesome messages.

5. Imitate Paul's life. Learn to be content with what you have. Be thankful for all things. Simplify and examine whether you're living like a pilgrim passing through, or like a permanent resident, buying up all you can to secure personal peace and comfort.

Someone has said that the peace Jesus gives is not the absence of trouble, but is rather the confidence that He is there with you always. You can know and experience PEACE because of the oneness that Christ offers: oneness with Him, oneness with others in your life, and oneness of self: body, soul and spirit.


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