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The Peace of God

The Peace of God

God’s 7 ways of guidance Part 6
By Nathan Hay

RECAP: The 7 Ways God directs our life…
The Word, The Inner conviction of The Spirit, Circumstances, Prophetic confirmation, Godly wisdom, peace of God, and the final one NEXT week PROVISION!!

Peace of God and peace with God are two different things

Peace with God is:

Rom 5:1  Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 

The peace with God is talking of your SALVATION and it means that no longer are you enemies of God!!
He will not make war with you, you are now a son or daughter of God!!!

The way we once thought, the way we conducted business, the way we had relationships, made us enemies of God. But not NOW!!!!  You made peace with God through submission to His son and His word!!

Joh 19:30 Jesus said, It is finished! And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit. 
Meaning: He Paid in full, the sufferings and agonies in redeeming man were over, completed!!

 

Nothing you and I can do could earn it, it is a FREE gift from God when you make Him the ruler of your LIFE through Jesus!!  Peace with God is given!  Today we are looking at Peace of God

Col 1:21  And you, who were once alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled (bought you back to Himself through the death of His Son at the Cross)

If you are an enemy to God, let me tell you, you want to make peace with Him.
If the devil fell like a flash of lightning to the earth…that tells me we wouldn’t stand a chance being an enemy!

 

SO Christ Jesus became our peace offering at the cross!!
Through Him we gained peace with God once when we are born again! This doesn’t have to keep happening.

Peace with God is a one off moment.

God won’t be against you from this point on if you follow in His commands..
– He can chastise you, correct you, but He will never go against you or the cross was sufficient

(This doesn’t take into account those who have tasted of the heavenly gifts and willing turn their backs on God)

It is FINISHED!!

 

Col 3:12  Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13  bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14  And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15  And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 

 

 

Step 1: Peace with God = Salvation
Step 2: Peace of God = is allowing God to rule on the inside of the believer

Peace of God is a guidance system for those who have made peace with God.

Thayer Definition:

1) to be an umpire

2) to decide, determine

3) to direct, control, rule

So now the Spirit of God working in you is done through giving you PEACE in your decision making…He is your UMPIRE…He will keep you from going out of bounds, where you can be taken out of the game by your ENEMY!!!

He the Spirit displayed in the form of PEACE, He knows the GAME better than you and He is on your side!!  Don’t ignore Him!!

Have you ever heard: I just don’t feel good about doing that?

You had better listen to it!!!  It is the Spirit of God trying to direct your game of LIFE.
His is trying to keep you from being taken out or penalized
He is going to either call you out of bounds or in-bounds.
He is your UMPIRE!!    Don’t argue with Him.  You don’t know better 😊

Rom 14:17-18  for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18  For he who serves Christ in these things is well-pleasing to God, and approved by men. 

 

What is righteousness?  Right standing with God, its walking right with God

Then comes the peace of God
Lastly the Joy of the Holy Spirit comes..

 

So if you don’t have JOY

Look where you lost your PEACE! Then look, where you’re not standing right!!

JOY is the byproduct of PEACE…PEACE is the byproduct of right living with God

 

How can you tell if the Kingdom of God is working through your;

 

  1. Marriage, Business,  3.Work   4.Relationships   5. Finance

 

Right standing or right living according to Gods standard, inward Peace of God and JOY!!

 

If you have confusion, constant strife and chaos, no balance, no order…That’s not God. You need to make change and get back to the model!!

The Kingdom of God isn’t that..Righteousness, Peace and Joy!

 

What does the word say about: my relationship, my finance, my business, my fathering?

 

For example:
My relationship: Am I loving my wife as the Word says, am I faithful to her?

My finances: am I giving according to Gods word, am I robing God with a tithe?

My business: am I paying my workers correctly or my ethics?

My Fathering: am I raising my children up without causing stumbling blocks for them?

 

THE UMPIRE WILL CALL THESE THINGS OUT OF BOUNDS..OR FOUL

 

These are all areas that we can fall short in…
But all we need to do is get back to RIGHT STANDING with God so that the UMPIRE in my heart can do what He does best in my life!!  Let Him umpire your game of life!

 

Of course we can choose to do whatever we want!!!  But life will not work!!

 

Can you violate the PEACE principle?  Yes you can!!

But also realise, it’s not always NO, it might be NOT YET!

SO if you are MISSING JOY somewhere in your LIFE…You are missing the PEACE of God most likely because of wrong standing somewhere.

 

The Hebrew word for PEACE is Shalom and it means more than just the absence of strife:

It means: peace, harmony, wholeness, completeness, prosperity, welfare and tranquility

Does anyone want these in your home, finances, marriage or work?

Rom 14:19  So then let us pursue (follow after) the things of peace, and the things that lead to building up one another. 

 

Sometimes it’s not that important to be right…its better to have peace than always having the last say!!  Husbands, Wives: You can be right but still be wrong. Right?

 

Not everything is worth bringing up as a correction with your partner or your work mate?  Right.. the scripture says “rather follow PEACE that will rather build up!!!

 

CONFRONTATION: Yes there is a time to confront and deal with issues, but not all the time.

DID YOU KNOW: We don’t need to agree on everything?  Somethings are just preferences

Somethings aren’t clear in the BIBLE. Those things that are, we agree to, if you like it or not!

Remember, the reason why we need the GUIDANCE through The Peace of God is:

We have an opposition, an enemy who wants to rob, kill and destroy us!!

He only has two weapons,  1. He is the deceiver   and   2. He is the accuser

He will try to deceive you, if you fall for it…You lose your PEACE

Then he will tell you how bad you are and start to accuse you…

 

Your enemy has NO new tricks, these ones have worked through all the years.

WORTH NOTING: He cannot take your peace with God, but He can steal your peace of God

We must learn to TRUST our UMPIRE, the Spirit of God to rule within our HEARTS in the form of PEACE!!

IF the devil deceives you, he robs your right standing with God, then goes your Peace, then goes your JOY!

Why do so many people live miserable lives?  No righteousness with God, no peace and no joy!!

GOD NEVER INTENDED US TO LIVE THAT WAY!!!

IN CLOSING

What does God think about us?  I’m glad you asked

  1. He says we are loved
  2. We are worthy through Jesus
  3. We have a future of hope
  4. With Him we can do the impossible
  5. We are redeemed
  6. We are the pupil of His eye
  7. We are His ambassadors
  8. We are His chosen people, a royal people
  9. We know that God never ever once made JUNK, He made us in His awesome Image
  • So that we might walk the earth reflecting this image to mankind!!!

 

 

Php 4:6  do not be anxious for anything, 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 your minds in Christ Jesus. 

 

The Peace of God when followed will be your Guard in life!!

 

We need to simply let the Holy Spirit UMPIRE our lives in an atmosphere of PEACE and not chaos!!

 

The Peace of God