Joy: Peace and Joy part 2
Topic: Biblical Passage: Philippians 4:5–4:9
The Peace of God
- Stops the ups ans downs of a "sea roaring day." Peace creates an equilibrium...a state of being. Philippians 4:11-12
- Not something YOU produce...it's something given, something you gain. It is the peace of GOD.
Means of Grace for PEACE
- Thanksgiving..."but in everything, with prayer and supplication, WITH THANKSGIVING..."
A. Gratitude will not come by more stuff, better stuff, or different stuff. It comes primarily from a growing awareness of the presence of God!
Psalms 139:1-6; Psalms 139:13-17; Psalms 42:1-5
B. Gratitude (from presence) grows in humility and kills pride.
"According to Chistian teachers, the essential vice, the utmost evil, is pride. Unchastity, anger, greed, drunkenness, and all that, are mere flea bites in comparison: it was through pride that the devil became the devil: Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind... it is pride which has been the chief cause of misery in every nation and every family since the world began." C.S. Lewis
C. The depth of gratitude is infinite, "IN EVERYTHING."
"He who enjoys anything without a blessing commits a misuse..." Babylonian Talumud
Whatever is TRUE, Ephesians 1:13
Whatever is worthy of honor, 1 Timothy 1:17
Whatever is RIGHTEOUS (just), Romans 3:25-26