George Methodist Church
Sunday, 8 July 2018
Judy van der Westhuizen
Philippians 4: 6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything – but in everything by prayer and petition – with thanksgiving – present your requests to God – and the peace of God – which transcends all understanding – will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Joy, Love and Peace are closely related as the Fruit of the Spirit is a nine flavoured one!
There are many examples in the OT and NT of God’s people knowing His peace in His presence with them in devastating circumstances.
“God will quiet you with His Love”
Peace is not the absence of strife but peace in that strife – peace is the fruit of believing prayer
3 things to remember when you pray:
Love of God – Desiring what’s good for you
Wisdom of God – knowing what’s best for you
Power of God – bringing it all about
Devil tries to throw us off track – bring strife and worry – with strife we learn to agree to disagree
Worrying about tomorrow is time wasted while planning for tomorrow is time well spent
Worry is like a rocking chair – it gives you something to do but gets you nowhere. Worry robs us of our peace
The Peace of God is that eternal calm that lies far too deep in the praising, trusting soul to be reached by any eternal disturbances
Instead of worrying, Jesus tells us to seek God’s Kingdom. You see, worry is banished when God is the dominating power in our lives, live each day as it comes.
Cast our cares on God – God knows our every need and worry shows distrust in God
Perhaps the biggest troubles we feel we have to face are those that never come
So rest in God’s peace
Isaiah tells us about God “ You will guard and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind – both inclination and character is stayed in you – because he commits himself to you – leans on you and hopes confidently in you” Amen