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”)
My dog Max often has intense dreams that get his paws moving. Early this morning, I woke up when I heard him whimpering. I did what I always do; I said, “It’s okay Max. It’s okay.” That is usually enough to calm him down. My voice. It is a voice he knows well – the voice of his master. It is a phrase I say to him a lot on our walks as I try to encourage him during his anxious, stressful moments.
This week, I am preparing a message about what Jesus said about anxiety and fear. After I told Max it would be “okay,” and he quickly calmed down, I considered how our Lord tells us in His Word that it will be “okay.” Sadly, we do not often take the time to listen to His voice or read His Word. Instead of resting in Him, instead of enjoying the peace only He offers, we allow ourselves to worry our days away.
I have seen anxiety rob friends and family of peace. I have seen the struggles of loved ones cause health problems, hospital visits, depression, and more. Worry, anxiety, fear—we all feel these things. Thankfully, we have a Father Who calls out to us. We have a Father Who still speaks to us. We have a Father Who embraces us, Who cares for us, Who knows our needs better than even we know them. He tells us to cast everything on Him. He promises He hears. He ensures His great purpose. Whatever you may be struggling with today, listen for His still small voice. Listen as He speaks to you. It’s going to be okay, my friends. Maybe it doesn’t look like it right now—but it will be okay.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7 [NASB]
“Let your roots grow down into Him, and let your lives be built on Him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” – Colossians 2:7 [NLT]
I have told so many people that I have an inability to relax. I always try to keep myself busy, partly because I like to be productive, and partly because I really never learned how to relax. Even so, I see relaxation as a sleeping child or a cute, little puppy curled up in a ball. In my eyes, relaxation is peace.
In John 12, Mary anoints Jesus. But if we look only at the anointing, we can miss something that barely sticks out in the text. Verse 2 states, “So they made Him a supper there, and Martha was serving; but Lazarus was one of those reclining at the table with Him” (NASB). Reclining is something one does when relaxing. Some of us sit in a reclining chair and put our feet up. I imagine sitting by the ocean reclining or reclining in a hammock. How peaceful?
At this point in Lazarus’ life, why was he reclining? Yes he was dead not so long ago, and yet brought back to life. But now he had people seeking his life. The chief priests were planning how to have him killed (verse 10). Would you be reclining? I would probably be trying to figure out how to make a fast getaway via whatever mode of transportation was fastest.
Perhaps Lazarus was reclining because he was at peace. He saw first hand the power of God. He was as low as death, and then as high as resurrected. He also knew he had a friend in Jesus. As believers of Christ, we have a friend in Jesus. Although our situation and pressures may be different, we have the ability to recline at the table with Christ. Don’t forget to recline with Christ.
“And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:7 [NASB]
“I lie awake, I have become like a lonely bird on a housetop.” Psalm 102:7 [NASB]
God understands what YOU are going through in life (Hebrews 4:15).
Anger is okay. We all have emotions. We choose our response. (Ephesians 4:26)
If you ask God to be near you, He WILL be near you (James 4:8).
If you continue to share your life, your entire life with Him, you will have a peace that surpasses comprehension (Philippians 4:6-7).
We are to comfort each other (2 Corinthians 1:4, 1 Thessalonians 5:11, Hebrews 3:13)
You are never alone. Not ever. (Deuteronomy 31:6, Matthew 16:20).