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The Promise Of God's Peace (4 of 5)
John 14:27; Philippians 4:6-7
Stress is taking a terrible toll on the nation's health and economy. More than sixty percent of all visits to physicians is for stress-related disorders. Job stress costs American industry more than $150 billion a year in absenteeism, lost productivity, accidents and medical insurance. Every week 112 million people take medication for stress related symptoms. Are you under stress? Complete these sentences:
I am ready to throw in the
I am at the end of my
I am just a bundle of
My life is falling
I am at my wit's
I am about to come
I feel like resigning from the human
If you could fill in the above blanks and they are true of your life, then you are dealing with stress. If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, you have more resources to deal with stress than just therapy, fads, diets and exercise programs. All of those are a part of dealing with stress, but as a Christian you have the resource and promise of God's peace.
Jesus said, "I leave my peace with you." What a wonderful promise! Jesus says that peace is a gift. It is not something you work for, not something you earn, not something you buy, not something you learn, but it is a gift. God's peace is unique in that it is not fragile. Human peace is based on circumstances. If everything in my life is satisfactory and running smoothly, then I am at peace. But if everything is in chaos, then I am not at peace. The peace Jesus gives does not depend upon the present circumstances. It is an eternal peace which cannot be effected by external influences.
Like all of God's promises, the promise of His peace has to be possessed. You must claim it ...
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