THE PEACE OF GOD – Dr. Paul Enenche

SCRIPTURE(S): PHILIPPIANS 4:6-7

SERVICE OBJECTIVES:

1. Understanding what peace is all about
2. Understanding the necessities of peace
3. Understanding Scriptural facts on peace
4. Understanding the demands for peace

Peace is a universal craving of all humans; peace with their world and peace with their Maker.

WHAT PEACE IS ALL ABOUT:

1. Peace is freedom from anxiety or distress; a state of tranquility
2. Peace is a state or period where there is no war or war has ended (Freedom from conflict or crisis)
3. Peace is the stability of heart and mind in the midst of confrontations or adversities
4. Peace is the state of calmness and restfulness in the midst of pressures or ‘urgencies’
5. Peace is the state of quiet assurance and confidence under all circumstances (Isa. 32:17; 2Thess. 3:16)

NECESSITIES OF PEACE:

1. Peace (the peace of God) is needed to withstand and overcome the regular pressures and troubles of this world (John 16:33)

2. Peace (the peace of God) is needed to confront and conquer sudden storms that may arise through life (Mark 4:35-39)

3. Peace (the peace of God) is needed for the workings of God/When man goes to rest, God goes to work (Gen. 2:21-22; Acts 12:6-8; Exo. 14:13; 2Chron. 20:17)

4. Peace (the peace of God) attracts instruction, revelation and direction from God (Ps. 46:10; Num. 9:8; Isa. 55:12)

5. Peace (the peace of God) is the fountain for true joy (Prov. 12:20; Rom. 15:13)
It is impossible to be excited/happy when you are worry/ anxious

SCRIPTURAL FACTS ABOUT THE PEACE OF GOD:

1. God is the God of peace – Owner, Custodian, Author of peace (Rom. 15:33; Rom. 16:20, 1Cor. 14:33, 1Thess. 5:23, Heb. 13:20-21)

2. Peace is a blessing and provision of God for His people (Ps. 29:11; Isa. 26:12; Rom. 14:17)

3. The Covenant of Peace connects God’s people to the peace of God (Isa. 54:10; Ezek. 34:25-26; 37:26; Mal. 2:4-5; 1Pet. 2:9)

DEMANDS FOR EXPERIENCING THE PEACE OF GOD (ROM. 14:19):

1. Justification by faith (Rom. 5:1, Isa. 53:5, Luke 1:76,79, 2:14, Eph. 2:14-15-16, Isa. 9:6)
2. The mind stayed on God (Isa. 26:3, John 14:27)
3. Handing over cares and worries to God (Phil. 4:6-7, Matt. 11:28, 1Pet. 5:7)
4. Intimacy with God (Job 22:21)
5. Hearkening to God’s Word and commandments (Ps. 119:165, Prov. 3:1-2, Isa. 48:18, Acts 10:36)
6. Access to the Voice of God (Ps. 23:1-2, 85:8, John 16:33, Col. 3:15)
Don’t force yourself to be at peace with what you have no peace about
7. Walking in wisdom (1Kings 5:12, Prov. 3:13-17, James 3:17)
8. The working of the Spirit (Rom. 14:17, Gal. 5:22, Rom. 8:6)
9. Walking in meekness and humility (Ps. 37:11, Matt. 11:29, Phil. 4:9)
10. Walking in love and unity (Eph. 4:1-3, Col. 3:14-15)
11. Walking in goodness and peacefulness (2Kings 9:22-24, Isa. 57:21, 48:18, Rom. 2:8-10, Isa. 48:22, James 3:17-18)
12. Walking in righteousness and the fear of God (Ps. 37:37, 85:10, Isa. 32:17, 59:7-8, Mal. 2:4-7, Rom. 3:13-17)

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