Green Valley Sermons

The Peace of God - The God of Peace

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Phil 4:4-9


4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! 5 Let your forbearing spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. 6 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 comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things. 9 The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things; and the God of peace shall be with you. NASB


What do we need to do to experience the peace of God?

Rejoice in the Lord

Be Gentle with others

Recognize the Lord is with us

Do not worry

Ask God with thankfulness.


Then Paul says you will experience the peace of God. That peace will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.


This is how we live in harmony with others. This is how we live at peace with one another.


Notice this is like a double-decker sandwich. The bread relates to the Lord. The filling relates to others and to our own desires. This is our Peace of God sandwich. Living like this brings us into harmony with God, with others and with things. Worry is the opposite of peacefulness. When you are worried about things or people, you are not in a right relationship with them. To get into the proper relationship with them, first go to God. Rejoice that He is with us, and talk to Him about the problems you are facing. Thank Him that He gave you what you have, things or people in your life. When we wrap the problems we face in this sandwich, we begin to get the relationships straightened out.


First turn to God, praying and being thankful, rejoicing in that relationship. This prepares us to love our neighbor and to trust God to do what needs to be done in the circumstances of our life. It is in His hands. We are just recognizing that truth and aligning ourselves with that truth. This is getting in to the right relationship, the right attitude. Remember attitude is our relation to other things and other people. Altitude is how high we are, attitude is the relation to the ground, to other people or things.


What are the two great commandments? Love God and love others. This sums up what Paul was saying about having the peace of God.


The peace of God – The God of Peace.


Do you just want the peace of God? Or do you want the God of Peace? You do not get one with out the other. Get your thinking, your attitudes, right and you will experience the Peace of God as He draws near to you, or rather as you draw near to Him. He has not moved away from you.


Paul said think about …

What do you spend your time thinking about? What fills your mind and heart? What keeps you up at night? Train your mind to go to God instead of to your worries. Take your worries to Him. Lay the problems you have about things and people at the feet of Jesus. Trust Him to be in control of those things. Trust Him to help you to live according to His plan.


Paul said think about . . .

Phil 4:8 . . . “whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.”


So what do we fill our minds with? The news? Facebook? Computer games? Our worries? Our health? What do we dwell on?


Some of us spend our days talking. We never shut up and listen to God or other people.


Many of us fill our lives with any thing and everything to keep from facing the problems we believe are insurmountable. We fill our time with any thing to keep from thinking about the problems of life. It does not work. The problems do not go away.


There is nothing wrong with reading for pleasure, or working puzzles, or watching television, but if we are using those things to escape from the problems of life, we need to stop and eat our peace of God sandwich.


We are not in control of life. But we know who is. It is as we live in the proper relationship with Him that we experience the peace He brings. He is the God of peace. He is the God of Harmony.


Living right starts with getting our relationship with Him straightened out. Trust Him to love you and do what is best for you. Trust Him to lead you to rejoice in your relationship with Him and to be gentle and loving with those around you. Trust Him to love you and then you are freed to love Him and others. Trust Him to Lead you and you are freed from the worries of life.


The Peace of God comes with the God of Peace.


It starts with getting into the right attitude toward God, and then allow Him to get your attitudes about others straight.


This is the difference between walking in the flesh and walking in the Spirit. This is living with Him as the Lord of your life, not just giving lip service to His Lordship.


Paul said, “the things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things”.


Find someone who is living in a right relationship with God and start spending time with them. Watch them as they relate to the problems they face. They do face problems. They are not the way they are because God has taken their problems from them. They have learned to face the problems with God instead of facing them on their own.


Sometimes when we pray about our problems, we pray God will remove those problems. What we need to do is to go to Him and allow Him to change us so we can face them with Him.


We think God should step in and change the circumstances when what He wants to do is to change us.


So what do you fill your mind with? Are you spending your days worrying, or are you thinking about the things that are true. The truth is, God is in control. He will never leave us nor forsake us. He is bigger than our problems.


Close one eye. Look at me. Hold up your hand in front of your open eye. Can you see me? Which is bigger, me or your hand?


God is bigger than any problem you face. If you are focusing on the problem and holding it close to you, it will block out God. Hold God close. Focus on Him. Think about the truth that God loves you and that He is Lord, He is in control. Trust Him. The problem may not go away, but God will help you deal with it.


Phil 4:8 . . . “whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.”


Let your mind dwell on these things! Not the worries and problems. God will help you deal with the problems. Remind yourself that God loves you. Is that true? Is it honorable, is it right? Is it lovely, is it excellent and worthy of praise? YES!!!


There is only one thing worthy of praise. That is God himself! We live to glorify Him. All good things come from Him. All truth comes from Him. What is honorable and lovely and pure is determined by God, not by us. He is Lord.


What do you fill your mind with? What do you dwell on? Have a Peace of God sandwich today.