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Peace For Believers

on February 20, 2015

PEACE AND BELIEVERS

Memory Verse: 2 Corinthians 13:11

 

Life Application: God’s peace is with me.

 

Bible Text:

2 Corinthians 13:11

Philippians 4:7

Colossians 3:15

2 Thessalonians 3:16

John 14:27

Psalm 23:1

Psalm 23

 

Believers Should Live In Peace

2 Corinthians 13:11 NKJV

“Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.”

Peace means the absence of hostility, strife, and disorder. It is also the condition and sense of being safe and secure. Peace describes a state of physical and/or spiritual well-being. As a believer, our peace comes through Jesus.

In his writing to the Corinthians, Paul encouraged the believers to live in peace. In order for them to do that they need God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. They need grace from Jesus, the love of God and the power of the Holy Spirit. When believers have grace from Jesus, the love of God and communion with the Holy Spirit they will live in peace – peace will rule their lives. Instead of fighting and living in conflict they will walk in love, harmony, unity, and encouragement.

 

God’s Peace Should Rule The Believer’s Heart And Mind

Philippians 4:7 NKJV

“…and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

God’s peace can guard our hearts and minds. It (the peace of God) protects the mind and heart from untruthful, bad, evil, and wicked influences and it keeps us focused on God’s truth.

Colossians 3:15 NKJV

“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.”

God’s peace should guide and rule the actions of the believer. When it doesn’t we should pray to God and ask Him to fill us with His peace.

2 Thessalonians 3:16 NKJV

“Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all.”

Before Jesus returned to heaven He gave a farewell to His followers. He told them that He was giving them His peace. His peace would be different than that of the world. The peace that Jesus gave them, and us, banishes fear and dread from the heart because He is in control of everything – all situations and all circumstances.

John 14:27 NKJV

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you: not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

When Jesus Is Our Shepherd

Psalm 23:1 NKJV

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.”

We should not fear when Jesus is our Shepherd. Sheep can trust their shepherd in every situation. When the sheep are hungry, the shepherd takes them to pastures where they have plenty to eat. When the sheep are thirsty, he leads them to a quiet stream where they can drink. When the sheep are in danger of being eaten by wild animals, the shepherd is their protector. The sheep can trust the shepherd in every situation.

Psalm 23 NKJV

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness

For His name’s sakes. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Surley goodness and mercy shall follow me

All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord

Forever.”

Jesus is our shepherd and we can trust Him in every situation. We must cast our cares on Him because He truly cares for us and He is in control of all our situations and circumstances.

Review

1. “Finally, ______________, farewell. Become _____________________. Be of good _________________ , be of one mind, live in ______________; and the God of _____________ and peace will be with you.” 2 Corinthians 13:11 NKJV

 

2. Believers should live in peace. How does this apply to my life?

 

3. What does peace mean?

 

4. Peace describes a state of physical and/or spiritual _______________________.

 

5. As a believer, where does our peace come from?

 

6. Can a person experience peace even when things are going bad?

 

7. In order for us to live in peace we need…

* _____________ from Jesus.

* the ____________ of God.

* the ____________ of the Holy Spirit.

 

8. When peace rules our lives we will walk in ___________, harmony, _________, and ________________________.

 

9. God’s peace should _____________ the believer’s ____________.

 

10. God’s peace protects the _______________ and _______________from untruthful, bad, evil, and wicked influences and it keeps us focused on God’s truth.

 

11. What should guide and rule a believer’s actions?

 

12. Before Jesus returned to heaven He gave a farewell to His followers. What did He say to them?

 

13. The peace that Jesus gives banishes ________________ and ______________ from the heart because He is in control of everything – all situations and all circumstances.

 

14. What does a shepherd do for his sheep?

 

15. Jesus is our shepherd and we can _________________ Him in every situation.

 

16. Jesus is in ___________________ of all our situations and circumstances.

 

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