The Angels Song “Gloria” 12-11-16
- 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom His favor rests” (NIV)
The word peace appears over 400 x’s in the Bible
The word PEACE – Eiréné – “i-ray-nay”
“Tie together/joined/wholeness, all essential parts are joined together”
PEACE WITH GOD – “God and sinners reconciled”
Isaiah 9:6– For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His government and its peace will never end.
Colossians 1:20– For it was the Father’s good pleasure … through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross
Romans 5:1– Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.
PEACE WITH OTHERS – “Blessed are the peacemakers” (Matthew 5:9)– “the ones who work for peace”
2 Corinthians 5:18-21– And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to Himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And He gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making His appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.
2 Corinthians 13:11– Be joyful. Grow to maturity. Encourage each other. Live in harmony and peace. Then the God of love and peace will be with you.
2 Timothy 2:22– pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace
1 Peter 3:11– turn from evil/do good; seek peace and pursue it.
PEACE OF GOD – “A Peace that surpasses understanding”
God is the Source of our Peace
Psalm 29:11– The LORD will give strength to His people; The LORD will bless His people with peace.
- Father God (Philippians 4:7)– 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.
- Jesus Christ (John 14:27) – I am leaving you with a gift–peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.
- Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22)– one of fruit of the Spirit
Isaiah 26:3 – You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in You, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! (Shalom peace – “completeness”)
Yesterday I attended a family picnic and I got ketchup in my hair. My uncle made me a cheeseburger and I topped it with all the fixings – lettuce, tomato, onions, and ketchup. The wind was crazy. I believe what happened was ketchup dripped to my plate and the plate flew into my hair. I remember having to catch it a few times. When that ketchup was in my hair, I could not stop messing with my hair. It became my primary focus. I wanted so badly to get it out of my hair, though I’m sure if I didn’t know it was there I would have been none the wiser.
When we have problems in life we do the same thing too often. We know about the problem and we focus on the problem. We continue to think about the problem. We continue to consider the need to fix the problem. It almost becomes an obsession. If the problem is small, we spend our time figuring out how we will resolve the issue. If it is a bigger issue or something we do not have the means to fix alone, we continue to look at the problem as an impossible hurdle and depression sets in soon after. Sometimes we make ourselves sick as we continue to fixate on our current circumstances.
Just as I should not have been so focused on the ketchup in my hair (it was only a little ketchup and there is a thing called shampoo), we cannot be problem focused. We have a God Who is a God of the impossible. Our focus, whether we have no pressing problems or we are buried knee deep in problems, should always be on God. When He is our focus, when He is first in our life, then our circumstances, our struggles, our problems won’t control us, depress us, or weaken us. Remember, in our weakness, He is strong (see 2 Corinthians 12:9).
In Isaiah 26:3 we read, “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in You, all whose thoughts are fixed on You!” Do you know what is so awesome about that verse? The word keep is “natsar” which means “to watch” or “guard.” The word for peace is “Shalom,” which means “completeness” or “peace.” The word for perfect is also “Shalom.” This verse says if we are fixed on God, if we trust in Him, we will be kept (watched, guarded) so that we are in completeness and peace.