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A GUIDE FOR PEACE IN THIS LIFE

July 25, 2021

Sunday Sermon

A GUIDE FOR PEACE IN THIS LIFE

Psalm 37: 1 – 7


Introduction: Peace means to be in the midst of chaos and still be calm in your heart. If we aren’t at peace, it is because of our choices we make.

There once was a King who offered a prize to the artist who would paint the best picture of peace. Many artists tried. The King looked at all the pictures, but there were only two he really liked and he had to choose between them. One picture was of a calm lake. The lake was a perfect mirror for peaceful towering mountains that were all around it. Overhead was a blue sky with fluffy white clouds. All who saw this picture thought that it was a perfect picture of peace.

The other picture had mountains too. But these were rugged and bare. Above was an angry sky from which rain fell, and in which lightening played. Down the side of the mountain tumbled a foaming waterfall. This did not look peaceful at all. But when the King looked, he saw behind the waterfall a tiny bush growing in a crack in the rock. In the bush a mother bird had built her nest. There, in the midst of the rush of angry water, sat the mother bird on her nest………..perfect peace.

The King chose the second picture. Do you know why? “Because,” explained the King, “peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. Peace means to be in the midst of all things and still be calm in your heart. That is the real meaning of peace.”

Four words will enable us to have: A GUIDE FOR PEACE IN THIS LIFE!


I.

THE FIRST WORD IS TRUST

v. 3

A. Trust is another word for faith

1. The Christian life begins in faith

2. Without faith it is impossible to please God

B. Christians are to live by faith

C. The peace of God comes through faith (Phil. 4:6-8)

1. Fear (worry) is the opposite of faith

2. Faith drives our fears away

D. Faith cures fretting, and leads to peace in life


II.

THE SECOND WORD IS DELIGHT

v. 4

A. To delight is to take great pleasure

1. We are to take great pleasure in the Lord

2. Our walk with Him is to be our delight

B. What gives us pleasure reveals the reality of our faith

1. If money is our delight, we will fret at the thought of losing it

2. If success is our delight, we will fret at the thought of failure

3. When Christ is our delight, we will find pleasure in reading His Word and in prayer


III.

THE THIRD WORD IS COMMIT

v. 5

A. To commit is to entrust something to another person

1. We are to entrust our way to the Lord

2. We are to give Him our trials and treasures, our todays and tomorrows

B. At salvation, we entrust our souls to Christ

C. We can then safely entrust the future to Him


IV.

THE FOURTH WORD IS REST

v. 7

A. To rest is to relax completely

B. Christians are to relax in the love and care of Christ

1. Why then are there so many restless Christians?

2. We can rest because the future is in His hands

3. Resting in Jesus brings peace in daily life

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