We made it through our first Sunday Sermon Series. We’ve experienced a little over 8 weeks of expositional study in Philippians 4:4-9, and I pray it’s been as significant for you as it has for me.
Today we will do a quick review of Philippians 4 and then look at one other verse in order to put a beautiful capstone on our study of biblical peace.
If this is the first you’ve heard of this study, please feel free to jump in “Peace In: Part I – What is Peace?”
The Peace Prerequisites
God-created peace is conditional. You can’t have it if you choose to live a life dominated by anger, doubt, anxiety, and depression. But when we do the following, God is pleased to visit us with a divine peace that defies human comprehension.
- Find your sole source of happiness in God. Nothing else should matter. As long as you have God, you’ll have joy.
- Be gracious and gentle to all men because it’s God’s grace that empowers you and because He may return at any time and you desire for Him to find you faithful.
- Don’t be anxious. Period. Instead, take all of your burdens to God with a spirit of thankfulness, knowing that He’s brought these circumstances into your life for your greatest good and His greatest glory.
- Think only those thoughts that please God.
The Peace Promises
Two times in six verses we encounter the precious promise of peace.
We saw that as we work through God’s power to make these goals and attitudes our highest priority, God promises to bestow on us peace that comes only from Him – peace so strong it’s compared to a military unit led by none other than the Creator and Savior of the universe, Jesus Christ. Peace so immense it’s incomprehensible. Peace that brings soul rest.
The Peace Posture
Lastly, let’s look at Isaiah 26:3.
“The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in You.“
This verse perfectly sums up the necessary posture of someone who lives peacefully: Trust.
People who believe that God deserves first place, that others should be loved as we love ourselves, that there’s no reason to fear when God is on the throne, and that their minds should only be filled with God’s truth are people who believe (trust) what God has revealed to them through His perfect Word.
If you question God, you won’t have peace.
If you doubt God, you won’t have peace.
If you think He’s wrong, you won’t have peace.
we must wholeheartedly accept everything the Bible says with full assurance and complete surrender in order to experience the peace of God.
Trust God. Take Him at His Word. Make His priorities your driving motivation. Live in the reality He created for you. Don’t fill your mind with the tawdry things of Satan.
Choose to love Him with all of your heart, and . . .
“the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Thank you, God!