In the midst of great turmoil & distress among all nations these days, this message about lasting PEACE through JESUS is a very important one! There is great need for PEACE! Praise God that there is a place of PEACE to be found. There is only one who can give true PEACE. It cannot be found in any other. The gospel of Jesus Christ is a message of PEACE and goodwill toward people all over the world.
Ephesians 2:14-17 – For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation … so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, … 17 And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near.
Acts 10:36 – … preaching PEACE THROUGH JESUS CHRIST.
Acts 4:12 – …nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
Isaiah 9:6,7 – For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and PEACE there shall be no end…”
John 14:27 – “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (Jesus)
GOD’S THOUGHTS TOWARDS US ARE THOUGHTS OF PEACE
Jeremiah 29:11 – I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of PEACE, and not of evil, to give you an expected end (a future and a hope).
THE WAY OF PEACE
Luke 1:78-79 – … to direct and guide our feet in a straight line – into the way of PEACE.
(Personalized) -… to guide my feet … into the way if PEACE.
NO PEACE TO THE WICKED
Isaiah 48:22 -“There is NO PEACE,” says the LORD, “for the wicked.”
Special note: True peace is not just a state of mind that can be achieved by human effort. It comes from a source outside oneself. It is available as we truly repent and receive Jesus as our personal Savior & Lord, and continue to live under His Lordship. It is a special gift from Jesus. It is not just problems that rob our peace – it is a lack of the presence of God in our lives. One of the fruit of His presence in our lives is PEACE!
The wicked and evil doers cannot experience true peace.
There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death. (Proverbs 14:12; 16:25)
(However) — In the way of righteousness is life, And in its pathway there is no death. (Proverbs 12:28)
THE GOSPEL OF PEACE
Luke 2:14 – “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth PEACE, goodwill toward men!”
Ephesians 6:15 – …having shod your feet with the preparation of the GOSPEL OF PEACE;…
Romans 10:15 – “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the GOSPEL OF PEACE, who bring glad tidings of good things!”
Romans 5:1 – “Therefore being justified by faith, we have PEACE WITH GOD through our Lord Jesus Christ:…”
Colossians 1:20 – And by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made PEACE through the blood of His cross…
Isaiah 53:5 – “…But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our PEACE was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
THE GOD OF PEACE
Romans 15:33 – Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.
Romans 16:20 – …the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly.
2 Corinthians 13:11 – …Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.
Philippians 4:9 – The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.
I Thessalonians 5:23 – …may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Hebrews 13:20-21 – Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 21 make you complete in every good work to do His will, …
PEACE THROUGH FAITH
We can find peace in our relationship with Him, if we know Him by faith!
Luke 7:50 – Then He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”
Romans 5:1 – Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
peace through the words of our Lord Jesus Christ
We can have peace through His words, for in His words we find hope and assurance.
John 16:33 – These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 – For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.
peace and comfort through His Holy Spirit
Romans 15:13 – Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and PEACE in believing, that you may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Galatians 5:22 – …the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, PEACE, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control.
Philippians 4:7 – And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS RIGHTEOUSNESS & PEACE
Romans 14:17 – The kingdom of God is not meat and drink, but righteousness, PEACE and joy in the Holy Spirit.
Isaiah 32:17 – …the work of righteousness shall be PEACE; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.”
Luke 19:38 – Saying, Blessed be the King that comes in the name of the Lord: PEACE in heaven, and glory in the highest.
Colossians 3:15 – … let the PEACE OF GOD rule in your hearts…
Psalm 34:14 – Depart from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.
Job 22:21 “Submit to God (Get acquainted with the Lord), and you will have peace; then things will go well for you.
Special note: Getting acquainted with the Lord, and submitting to His rule brings Peace.
Peace Is a blessing
Psalm 29:11 – The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with PEACE.
COVENANT OF PEACE
Numbers 25:12 – Now tell him that I am making my special covenant of peace with him.
Isaiah 54:10 – For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but My kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall My covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has mercy on you.
Ezekiel 34:25 – I will make a covenant of peace with them, and cause wild beasts to cease from the land; and they will dwell safely in the wilderness and sleep in the woods.
PEACE LIKE A RIVER
Isaiah 66:12 – For thus says the Lord: “Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, And the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream…
Isaiah 48:18 – Oh, that you had heeded My commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea.
PEACE IN THE MIDST OF THE BATTLE
Psalm 55:18 – He has redeemed my soul in peace from the battle that was against me, for there were many against me.
PEACE IN THE MIDST OF THE STORM
MARK 4:39 – Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.
Special note: Jesus can give us a great calm & PEACE in the midst of the storms of our life that none other can.
PEACE CAN BE HINDERED
BY TROUBLED AND FEARFUL HEART!
John 14:1,27 – “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God ; trust also in me... let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
BY WORRIES AND ANXIETY
Worry and anxiety are like robbers, they rob us joy, peace, energy, strength and purpose!
Worry can rob us of years of life!
When you worry, which do you worry about…what might happen or what might not happen?
According to statistics – an average person’s anxiety is focused on:
40% – things that will never happen;
30% — things about the past that can’t be changed;
12% — things about criticism by others, mostly untrue;
10% — about health, which gets worse with stress
8% — about real problems that will be faced.
WORRY & ANXIETY ARE DEADLY
A John Hopkins University doctor says, “We do not know why it is that worriers die sooner than the non-worriers, but that is a fact…
GIVE ALL YOUR WORRIES AND PROBLEMS TO GOD
Philippians 4:6-7 – Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
1 Peter 5:7 – …casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
Psalm 37:3-4 – Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. 4 Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.
Hebrews 13:8 – Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Special note: His promises are always true, and faithful! He is worthy to be trusted! Trust and faith in God produces PEACE!
he HELPs IN times of TROUBLE
Psalm 46:1 – God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
JESUS IS OUR SOURCE OF LASTING PEACE
WE CAN EXPERIENCE PEACE IN THE MIDST OF STORMS, BATTLES AND ADVERSE CIRCUMSTANCES…
WE CAN OVERCOME WORRY, ANXIETY, and FEAR — AND EXPERIENCE PEACE.
2 Thessalonians 3:16 – Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all.
Psalm 37:37 – Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is PEACE.
Is. 26:3 – You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.
Special Acknowledgement: Thanks to Evelyn Asuncion for assistance in preparing and sharing this message at our online service.