Unshakeable Peace – Guest Speaker, Pastor Kyle Mills – Elevate City Church, Fort Wayne, IN.
(Luke 6:46-49 MSG) “Why are you so polite with me, always saying ‘Yes, sir,’ and ‘That’s right, sir,’ but never doing a thing I tell you? These words I speak to you are not mere additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundation words, words to build a life on. “If you work the words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who dug deep and laid the foundation of his house on bedrock. When the river burst its banks and crashed against the house, nothing could shake it; it was built to last. But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don’t work them into your life, you are like a dumb carpenter who built a house but skipped the foundation. When the swollen river came crashing in, it collapsed like a house of cards. It was a total loss.”
When we understand who we are & whose we are we will not be shaken
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(John 16:33 MSG) “In this world you will experience difficulties! But take heart! I have conquered the world! I’ve told you this so that in trusting me, you will be unshakable and deeply at peace.”
(Isaiah 53:5 NIV) “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.”
We don’t follow a frail Jesus he was a stud – strong
Jesus went through 4 types of torture before giving up his life
Then to the Praetorium – Military headquarters for Roman guards
The guards mocked & messed with Jesus for hours
Jesus already – skin off from his ribs, back and spine
Cut off a huge piece of a branch – fashioned it together
Big branch more like a helmet covered his head – crown of thorns
Thorns about 1 inch that were forced into his head
Beat the thorns into his head- gave him a stick like a scepter
Knelt before him in mockery – Spit on Him, pulled out His beard (Is 50:6)
Beat His head with a stick – migraine of all migraine headaches
Through the thorns he brought us peace
- He was punished; We have peace.
Why? He took the punishment that brought us peace
That punishment gave power to restore our mind
Many people misunderstand this peace
Jesus did not come to earth to bring peace
(Luke 12:51 NIV) “Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division.”
He came so that we could have peace in the middle of a troubled world
(Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT) “Trust the Lord with all your heart. Don’t depend on your own understanding. Honor the Lord in everything you do and he will give you success.”
What does trouble look like how does it come into our lives?
There are times & seasons when you do not understand life
(Psalm 10:1, 17 NIV) “Why, O Lord, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble? …You hear, O Lord, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry.”
It feels like God hears you and ignores you – unnecessary pain in your life
Even Jesus felt that way…
(Matthew 27:46 NIV) “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
Why am I going through all this pain?
There was a moment that Jesus felt far from his Father
(Hebrews 4:15 NLT) This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin.
Jesus went through this pain to put your heart at peace
Not to give you all the answers
Even on the other side of trouble we don’t get all the answers
On the rise in this nation like never before
All over TV – If you take this drug it might help you take it 75x
It might help you – Then the next hour tells you that you might poop on yourself, right eye goes blind, can’t eat pancakes
Things don’t go our way – we don’t understand
Minds run wild – Hearts sink – My life is a wreck
Maybe God won’t come through – This pain is for nothing
If you are feeling this way then you are in good company
Most of the bible is written & lived by a bunch of messed up people Who figured it out in the end
(Psalm 42:3-5 NLT) “Day and night I have only tears for food, while my enemies continually taunt me, saying, ‘Where is this God of yours?’ My heart is breaking as I remember how it used to be: I walked among the crowds of worshipers, leading a great procession to the house of God, singing for joy and giving thanks amid the sound of a great celebration! Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again—my Savior and my God.”
“I remember how it used to be”
Our minds are tormented by wishing it was different
Worship is always a part of the solution
Remind yourself of what God has done & who He is
- Worry and fear.
Begin to spend emotional energy on things out of our control
Bethany – Fear with spiders story from home in Ohio – I tease her with it
90% of our energy is directed at things we have no control over
10% of our energy is focused on things that we can control
Jesus said it adds no value to your life
(Matthew 6:27 NIV) “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?”
No benefit of worrying
What we are doing when we worry is saying God is not enough
I have to carry this burden for him
We have to trust that God has everything worked out
He gave us a gift in this part of his torture – peace
(John 14:27 NLT) “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” Billy Witt
How do you find this peace?
1. Accept God’s grace.
Have to understand what Jesus has done for you
Most NT letters open or close by wishing Grace & Peace
(1 Corinthians 1:3 NLT) “May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.”
You don’t have peace unless you have grace – interconnected
Grace keeps us where we feel like we have to work it out on our own
It’s hard to wrap our human minds around grace
Greek word for Grace is the word “charis”
Means a gift or blessings, favor brought to man by Jesus
Literally means, “God is treating you as his child as though you have never made any mistakes in your life”
God’s message to us is you cannot earn it
Nothing you can to do lose God’s love – or earn his love – Grace is a gift
Paul was wrestling with a situation like ours
Trying to make sense of things – Trying to do it on his own
(2 Corinthians 12:8-10 NLT) “Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, ‘My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.’ So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
Instead of getting stressed out – Flip the whole deal – Grace
How is it going to happen, I don’t know but God’s grace is sufficient
2. Surrender to the Holy Spirit.
The enemy attacks you in your mind
Thoughts that tell you how worthless you are, things won’t work out, steal peace
(Romans 8:6 NLT) “So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. (sin brings death/separation) But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.”
Ask the Holy Spirit to help guide your thoughts
You need the Holy Spirit’s activity in your life
He’ll bring counsel, direction, peace
Read God’s Word ask the Holy spirit to guide your thoughts
3. Pray about everything that bothers you.
God is not freaked out by your problems – Talk to Him
God is not saying hey Jesus did you see this going on, “Oh myself” what is going on.
(Philippians 4:6-7 NLT) “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.”
The time I find myself at great stress is when I drift from God
Remind yourself you are not in control nor is the devil in control – God is
Peace comes to guard your hearts and minds
Salvation Call – Jesus, forgive me for all of my sins, I give my life to you, make me brand new. I believe you died for me so that I can live. Fill me with your spirit that I would know you, & serve you with my life. My life is not my own, I give it to you. Thank you for loving me, in Jesus name, Amen!