The Peace of God that surpasses comprehension depends on our willingness to stop the warring, rebelling, and the selfish spirit of the carnal mind.
4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! 5 Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. 9 The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” Phil 4:4-9
a. Stop the Inner war by putting away Lust and have Peace. In this text, Paul says, “Be anxious for nothing….” Contentment and Inner Peace can’t get along with a striving spirit. Life isn’t perfect, the grass on the other side of the fence isn’t greener, so take a look again at what you have. Put a stop to the carnal lusts that drive the spirit of discontent and learn to enjoy some peace.
b. Stop the warring with your fellow man and have Peace. Paul says, “Let your gentle spirit be known to all men.” Hebrews tells us to “pursue peace with all men” and Paul said, “so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men”, Heb 12:14; Rom 12:18. The command to love your neighbor can’t compete or be reconciled with the scared and fearful spirit. Too many are too fearful to ever allow God to guide them safely through the “valley of the shadow of death”. Peace with all men is aided by loving their souls more than we fear what they can do to us. Unity in the Church is impossible until we begin to love the Brethren. People might be mean or just quirky, but our love for them must be greater than any excuse we have to avoid them. On the cross Jesus was still driven mostly by his love for the vilest of sinners. Love your neighbor more than you fear all the “what ifs” that could happen.
c. Stop the warring with God and have Peace. Paul says for Christians to pray with thanks to God and to “practice” the things we have learned in Scripture. We trust God, understanding that we don’t know as much as He does. Trusting God entails putting His will first and extinguishing our own will. The one that trust God can finally rest. The old saying, “No God, No Peace; Know God, Know Peace” is true. Inner peace and peace with man isn’t possible if we are warring with God. Trusting accepts that God doesn’t work on my timeline and He doesn’t grant me my every wish like a Genie in a bottle. Accept this and you will be on the path to peace. Have trust in Almighty God that He hears you and that he rewards you according to faith. Many are conflicted and two-souled. They readily accept the truth above, and then they say, “I would have these if only my husband wasn’t such a jerk”, or “I do trust God but that isn’t going to put bread on the table.” When we don’t have peace, it’s not because someone took it away or because God hasn’t blessed us enough. If we don’t have God’s peace, we are still warring in our soul.
No one steals our peace.
• We give it away by inner lust which destroys peace
• We give it away with fear and hate
• We give it away by our lack of faith and trust in God
– Dan Mayfield