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The Path to Personal Peace (19 of 21)
Series: Joy Book
I speak to people in this building today who want to have personal peace. There's not a person in this building, if I were to talk to you on a one on one basis, who would not say to me that you would really want to have personal peace in your life.
Many people are greatly troubled. They deal with inner turmoil. There are circumstances that so crowd in around them. Worries and difficulties and the tribulations and the turbulences of life are so very great on them that they don't have that settled peace deep down in their heart.
I want to talk to you this morning about the subject of peace, personal peace.
Of course, we know that every born again believer has peace with God. In the book of Romans 5, verse 1, it says, "Therefore, being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." If you have received Jesus Christ as your Savior, peace has been established between you and God. You have peace with God.
But it is an altogether different thing to have the peace of God. You will notice that he specifically refers to the peace of God in these verses. You also notice in the reading of these verses, and if you will examine them very carefully, that there is a contrast drawn here between peace on the one hand and worry on the other hand.
In verse 6 it says in the Kings James Bible, "Be careful for nothing." A better translation would be, "Don't worry about anything." The word for worry is found right there in that verse. What you have in these verses is a contrast between worry on the one hand and peace on the other hand. They are exact opposites. The word worry literally means to pull apart.
You will notice in verse 7 that it talks about the peace of God will keep your hearts and minds. Worry pulls apart. Worry takes our mind and our heart and pulls them apart.
"It is not the work but the worry that makes the w ...
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