Philippians 4:4-8 4Rejoice in the Lordalway: and again I say, Rejoice. 5Let your moderation be known untoall men. The Lord is at hand. 6Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be madeknown unto God. 7And the peace of God, which passeth allunderstanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8Finally,brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoeverthings are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely,whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there beany praise, think on these things.
Peace issomething that comes from within. Truepeace is not affected by the surroundings or things that come into ourmind. Peace is a state of order, a deepstillness in the soul. A confidence ofmind that God is in control of my life. We can live among conflict without inner turmoil and anxiety.
There arethree areas of peace.
1. God, - You must have peace with God, yourself and withothers. Problems with any one of themwill shatter your peace. But with outpeace with God, the other two will not work.
Isaiah 57:19-21, 19Icreate the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to himthat is near, saith the LORD; and I will heal him. 20But the wickedare like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.21There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.
V19 – Peace, Peace is for great emphasis,which equals a perfect peace. Now thisis the word of the Lord in this case, “Jehovah God”.
This Jehovah is the same God in covenant relation tothose whom He has created. He can onlybe in covenant relation with you if you make Him number one.
Jehovahmeans the Eternal, the Immutable One, He Who Was, and IS, and IS TO COME.
V20– Wicked is lawless. It means you have no respect for the law, commandments, andstatues.
V20– The troubled sea: its talking about a storm; hurricane force storm.
V21– God says there is no peace for the wicked. This is willful sin, disobedience to God and there will be nopeace.
The blood of Jesus Christ paid for our sins and made itpossible for us to be at peace with God. Christ paid for it all on the cross. Romans 5:1 explain our peace with God. “Salvation is your only hope, without it you will have no peacewith God. 1Therefore beingjustified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:”
Colossians1:20-23 tells how to establish peace with God. “20And, having made peace through the blood of hiscross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether theybe things in earth, or things in heaven”. God has requirements just like your boss.
2. Others – effectively you cannot control others on how theytalk and what they do and how they feel toward us. In Romans 12:17-19 gives us specific directions on our responseto others. 17Recompenseto no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. 18Ifit be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. 19Dearlybeloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it iswritten, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
3. Self – when we can control how we react to others andestablish the right relationship with God, God will give you peace.
Peace is agift from God, without God you will not have true peace.
Whenthings come against us we have to look to God for that peace in a storm.
“God has put you in control of your own blessings”
“The devil is an equal opportunity destroyer”.
“Christianity is not a tetanus shoot against thedevil”.
God will supply all your needs. Philippians 4:19, “19Butmy God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by ChristJesus.” God gives us peace about our needs. God will enable you to do allthings through Christ. Philippians4:13, “13I can do all things through Christ whichstrengtheneth me” Do not take your eyes off God, Meditate on God; keepGod in your thoughts.
Pray about all aspects of your life.
Do not get complacent about your problems even thoughHe knows all about them. He stillexpects us to bring them to Him so He can provide us the answer.