PEACE BE STILL

SERIES: FRAYED

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Journey Church

 

Question: What is your response to worry?

 

Worry demands a response. So, what’s your response to worry? What helps you to hold it together or what holds you together when your world is coming apart? This is where secular culture has little to offer. So, they borrow from faith.

 

CONTEXT

  • Someone who understood pressure and problems and the worry that comes with it was the Apostle Paul
    • 2 Corinthians 11:23-27 (888)
    • We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. 10 Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies. – 2 Corinthians 4:8-10 (884)

 

  • Many of Paul’s letters, which later became a chunk of the NT, were written from jail. Including the letter to the Christians in Philippi (Greek city)

 

TEXT

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 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. – Philippians 4:6-7 (901)

 

  1. Prayer is an antonym to worry.
    • Don’t WORRY about ANYTHING, instead PRAY about EVERYTHING.
      • Anything = medeis (may dace) = one person, one thing
      • Everything = pas (pos) = all, whole, all things (TOTALITY)

 

  • What do we do when we pray?
    • DEFINE the problem – Tell God what you need

 

  • DRAW on the past – Thank Him for all He has done
    • Looking BACK on what God HAS DONE can help you look FORWARD to the future

 

When we choose prayer rather than worry – what happens?

 

  1. Then you will experience God’s peace.
    • Every response has a result (earlier responses)

 

  • The result of prayer is experiencing God’s peace.
    • “Peace that exceeds anything we can understand.”
    • “Peace that passes understanding.”
    • Peace that doesn’t make sense (I should be worried, but I’m not)

 

  1. God’s unfathomable peace does a couple of amazing
    • It will guard your heart (EMOTIONS)
      • Christianity: Don’t bury them, don’t hide them, don’t pretend you don’t have them, don’t let them drive your life…
        • Let God guard them – let Him guard your heart
          • Guardyour heart above all else, for it determines the course of your – Proverbs 4:23 (483)
          • Sometimes you have to trust God to guard your heart when you can’t

 

  • It will guard your mind (THOUGHTS)
    • You: I’m not a “feelings” kind of person – it’s your MIND

 

  • HEART: Will I ever be happy again? MIND: How can I fix this?

 

What Paul never says is, “Don’t worry, pray. And when you do, give God about 15 minutes and He’s going to fix everything. Promise.” He doesn’t promise us a change in circumstances, he does promise a change in us. And that’s more valuable, because circumstances ALWAYS change, but God’s grace in our lives NEVER changes.

 

  • “Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. Peace means to be in the middle of all those things and still be calm in your heart.”

 

  • Matthew / Mark / Luke – “Jesus calms the storm” / Jesus rebuked the wind and waves / Mark: “Peace! Be still!”

 

  • Sometimes God will calm the storm AROUND you, often He will calm the storm WITHIN you.

 

  • Lyrics: Peace Be Still by The Belonging Company

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