Pastor Fredi Vega
The Bible tells us how to find peace...And here are 5 ways...
(1) Receive God’s pardon.
“...Since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:1)
When you read God’s word, have you ever noticed that Paul always started his letters with…”Grace and Peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom. 1:3)?
Paul always ordered them as “grace” first and then “peace.” Never peace before grace. And that's NOT accidental -- The only way you’ll ever have God’s peace is to first receive God’s grace. We are saved by grace!
And Jesus Christ is the “Prince of Peace”!!!
(2) Trust God’s purposes.
“...Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.” (Colossians 3:15)
(3) Understand God’s perspective.
“...And the peace of God,which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:7)
(4) Focus on God’s presence.
“...You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.” (Isaiah 26:3)
The choice is simple – will we focus on God or on our own problems?
What we focus on determines our level of personal peace. Someone once said, “If you look at the world you'll be impressed. If you look at yourself you'll be depressed. If you look at God, you'll be at rest.”
Keeping our mind focused on Christ is the key to peace!!!
God’s Word says, “As a man thinks, so he is.” So you are not what you think you are, but rather: what you think ----is what you are.
· 75% of the general population experiences some type of stress every two weeks.
· 75%-90% of all visits to the primary care physicians are stress-related complaints or disorders.
· Nearly half of all worker-related turnover in the market place is stress related.
The solution to anxiety and stress is to get your focus back on God…
Psalm 46:10 says…Be still and know that I am God.The word for</strong> “be still” in the Hebrew means, “to ease up” or “let go!”
(5) Ask for God’s peace.
Phil.4:6,7 says, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.
7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.