Saturday, January 29, 2011

The Key to Continuing Peace

My notes from Charles Stanley's sermon on The Key to Continuing Peace:

Peace with God is a one time decision.  It occurs when you become a child of God by accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior (Romans 5:1). To have the peace of God you must make peace with God, that is deal with your sin and your relationship with God. There is no peace for the person who deliberately and willfully rejects God. Peace with God is the fruit of oneness with God. It is your responsibility to be one with God.

The peace of God which is a continual decision (Philippians 4:6-7). The peace of God comes from living a surrendered life that is to live in agreement with God. If you are not doing God's will, you will not have peace.  

Jesus is the source of peace.  The peace that Jesus offers to us does not come and go as our circumstances change.  All too often people look for peace in their circumstances which are always changing, but the key to peace is in our relationship with Jesus. Peace does not mean an absence of trouble, but knowledge that no matter what happens our souls are tranquil and stabilized because of our relationship with Jesus. When a person has peace, there is true joy which will overide the frustrations of life.

The believer's responsibility: 
  1. Claim what is yours - the power of the Holy Spirit within you as a child of God;
  2. Get your focus on Jesus. Trust Him for who He is and what He said He would provide (John 14:1, 27 and 16:33). Do not give in or give up, but trust God.
  3. Make a choice to rest in His peace and yield to Him.

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