Peace means "being in a right relationship." So peace with one another means being in a right relationship with one another. Peace within means being alright within, & peace with God means being alright with God. Jesus said, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called Sons of God." PEACE WITHIN : Paul talks about peace within. Phil Chap 4: 4: "Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer & petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts & your minds in Christ Jesus." Now, I don t know how you felt as you came to church this morning. Sometimes we feel like we re on top of the world & everything is going our way. But probably, most of the time, we don t come to church feeling that way. Did you come this morning carrying a heavy burden? Maybe you re worried about something. Maybe there is a problem in your life that just doesn t seem to go away. Maybe you feel guilty because of some sins you have committed. Maybe you re concerned about finances. Maybe you re frustrated because you re trying to get something accomplished & you can t seem to get it done. Whatever the reason, here we are. And I think Paul s words are directed at all of us who carry burdens. And we need to realize that as Paul writes these words he is not sitting in some ivory tower. Not all the pieces of his life are in place either. He s in prison & facing trial. He may soon be executed. But in these verses, Paul writes a formula for developing peace within. He says, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer & petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." In other words, "Don t worry. Let God handle it." Someone has observed that worry is the Christian s most popular sin because it is one that we don t even try to disguise. Worry is so common in our lives that we re not even particularly ashamed of it. When we come to church we mouth all the right words, "Crown Him with many crowns. He s Lord of Lords & King of Kings. He is Emanuel. God is with us." But then we leave church & forget that He s with us. We forget He s Lord & King. And we take all the burdens that we brought with us & put them right back on again. And we begin to worry more & more. In Ephesians 3:16 Paul writes, "I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being." Paul is saying that even while we re wasting away on the outside, if we re Christians, we re being strengthened & changed on the inside In Matthew 6, Jesus talks about worry. Now I know you ve heard these words before, but please listen to them again. Listen to how complete & inclusive they are, & listen to it as though you were standing face to face with Jesus & He is looking right into your eyes as He speaks these words. "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, & the body more important than clothes? ... Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? "And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field ...grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these..., "So do not worry, saying, `What shall we eat? or `What shall we drink? or `What shall we wear? For the pagans run after all these things, & your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first His kingdom & His righteousness, & all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, or tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Someone has said that worry is assuming responsibility that God never intended us to have. He will carry the burdens for us. We need to turn our worries over to God. And 1 Peter 5:7 says, "Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you." Do you remember the words that Jesus first spoke to His disciples following His resurrection?
Amen to your message Tinaesanil,
Worrying is a form of fear and is not of God. If we worry, then it shows the devil's nature that is still alive in us. If we are worrying or fearing anything, then we should not ignore it, but try to let this condition of worry alert us that we are still depending on ourselves instead of God. If we are worrying, then we are still in fear of something that we want to try to control. If this is the case, we are still worrying of how we can control something or someone that we should have already laid in the hands of God instead.
We must die to the dependence of our evil nature (selfishness) and totally depend on God instead.
[b]1 John 4:18 - But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. NIV[/b]
Some might say this is easy to say, but hard to do. Whether this is possible or not depends on whom a person loves the most.
This is an excellent message Sister. Worry is something everyone suffers time to time. You said:
[quote]Someone has observed that worry is the Christian s most popular sin because it is one that we don t even try to disguise.[/quote]
You know, I've never thought of worry as being sin before. However, worry reveals a lack of faith and without faith it is impossible to please God. Praise God . . . you are right. We need to turn it all over to Him.
Sister Tina, in this troubled world daily full of new problems, we indeed need the peace of God in our lives and in our minds. Continue to trust Him, do not lean on our own understanding. In all our ways, acknowledge Him and He will direct our path.
Thanks for sharing
From Hwa Silverpen