Sunday, August 31, 2014

REJOICE BECAUSE GOD BRINGS PEACE: SCS No. 17


(We at Project Dream Again hope these sermonettes bring some measure of peace to your soul and maybe spark a thought you then share with someone else in your life. Stoney Creek Sermonettes are not meant to replace your participation in a faith community.) 

Scripture Lesson for Today: Philippians 4:4-9 (ESV)

4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.
5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand;
6 do not be anxious about anything, 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 understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

Sermonette for Today:

Whether I am preparing a full sermon or one of these sermonettes for this blog, I usually start by simply reading in my Bible until a verse or verses jump off the page at me.  I consider this to be the Holy Spirit guiding me.  Don’t tell me there isn’t a Holy Spirit working in the world today and ruin my Sunday morning.  If I am going to preach the sermon rather than just put it up on this blog as a Sermonette, I just make a brief outline instead of writing it out so the Holy Spirit still has a chance to move as I preach the sermon.  My point is that too many of us today don’t believe that the power we read about in the Bible is still alive and moving among people today.  The promises in our Scripture lesson for today are as valid this morning as they were when Paul wrote them to the Philippians.

We should be rejoicing if we have a relationship with the Savior and the Holy Spirit indwelling in our souls.  A peace will take over your heart and mind that is beyond human understanding because it comes from a power we cannot fully comprehend.  The thing to remember is that one does not have to understand or prove the existence of God in order to reap the rewards of believing in the promises of God.

Paul says we do not have to be full of anxiety, but to live in moderation and think on the things that are pure, just and virtuous.  Paul says if we do that “the God of peace shall be with you.”

In an age when many people take a pill for every little worry, this scripture is saying that if we put our lives in order then God will bring a peace to us that is so great that we can do nothing but rejoice and be filled with wonder.  It is our lack of belief that God will take care of us that prevents us from receiving His gift of a peaceful soul.  Maybe trying the path to peace would be worth the effort.  It just might be true.  God might be as powerful today as He was during Bible times.  The Bible might just be true.  I know the Biblical promises are true because each time I surrender myself totally to Him and stop trying to run everything myself a tranquility comes over my entire being.

Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
  

Prayer for Today:

Father, as wars rage around the world between tribes and families fight among themselves; may the nearness of your Son begin to heal some of these wounds and bring peace to a broken world which is why You sent Your Son in Whose name we pray.  Amen.



© Ed Cooper, August 31, 2014, Stoney Creek, Tennessee
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