The Kingdom of God is Peace…
The Kingdom of God is Righteousness, PEACE and Joy in the Holy Ghost…
Righteousness – you are “Right with God”!
You are “Justified”… That’s “Just as if I’d Never Sinned!”
And, it means that the Holy Spirit is now ONE with your Spirit and you are a New Creation!
So, once you have RIGHTEOUSNESS you can begin to have REAL PEACE!
But most people in the world and even in the Church don’t have that REAL PEACE…
Instead, they WORRY!
Worry is a state of distress, tension, uneasiness; it comes from a word meaning to choke or strangle…
Worry brings – tension, ulcers, heart conditions, heart attacks, blood problems, stress, aging, headache, grouchiness.
Worry steals your Peace! Worry doesn’t change circumstances… IT KILLS YOU!
God’s Word gives us Ammunition against Worry
Matthew 6:31 – 34 Don’t worry and ask yourselves, “Will we have anything to eat? Will we have anything to drink? Will we have any clothes to wear?” Only people who don’t know God are always worrying about such things. Your Father in heaven knows that you need all of these. But more than anything else, put God’s work first and do what he wants. Then the other things will be yours as well. Don’t worry about tomorrow. It will take care of itself.
Philippians 4:6 – 7 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.
What makes people worry?
Here’s what the Word of God says in Matthew 13:22
“The seeds that fell among the thorn bushes are also people who hear the message. But they start worrying about the needs of this life and are fooled by the illusions of what having wealth would do for them. So the message gets choked out, and they never produce anything.”
When we get our eyes off of the Lord and look at what we see in front of us we worry!
So what is REAL PEACE???
REAL PEACE is not the absence of conflict…
REAL PEACE doesn’t come to you when you have a lot of money
You can’t get REAL PEACE because you’ve passed a test
You can’t get REAL PEACE because someone gave you something
You can’t get REAL PEACE because your spouse went out
You can’t get REAL PEACE because you finally got divorced
You can’t get REAL PEACE because that witch on the job is out sick for a week
You can’t get REAL PEACE from CIRCUMSTANCES or THINGS!
REAL PEACE is SPIRITUAL
Philippians 4:7 The peace of God, goes beyond all of your understanding… And REAL PEACE will guard your heart and your mind through Jesus!
Jesus said in John 14:27 (KJV)
Peace I leave with you, MY PEACE I give unto you: I don’t give you what the world does… Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
The World cannot give you REAL PEACE…
It’s the Gift of God!
It comes from God because you are RIGHTEOUS!
When you’re “Right with God” you can receive Real Peace!
One of the most unlikely people that God ever used was Gideon. He was called “A mighty man of valor” in Judges 6:12 while he was hiding from the enemy!
Gideon had no confidence in The Lord
He was nervous and full of anxiety
He had no trust in the Lord
He was full of insecurity because of his circumstances
Yet Gideon went on to become that “mighty man of valor”.
So, what changed Gideon?
We need to read from Judges Chapter 6 to find out…
Judges 6:10 A Prophet of the Lord came and told the people that they were oppressed because they were disobedient.
Disobedience to The Word of God brings Oppression!
Vs. 18, In obedience, Gideon brought a gift to the Lord and was blessed with the “Peace of the Lord”. So he built an altar there and called it “Jehovah Shalom” meaning “The Lord is my Peace”.
Obedience to The Word of God brought God’s Peace!
Obedience to The Word of God is not a “One time things”!
The Lord told him to throw down the altar of his father.
He removed those idols even though he was afraid of the consequences.
Now look at verse 34… Because of his Obedience…
“The Spirit of the Lord came upon Gideon”
He became “anointed”.
Obedience to The Word of God brought The Anointing!
Isaiah 10:27 It shall come to pass in that day that his burden will be taken away from your shoulder, And his yoke from your neck, And the yoke will be destroyed because of the anointing.
Gideon went from fear to faith because the “anointing destroys the yoke of bondage!
So how do we move from fear to faith???
From worry to Peace???
You need RIGHTEOUSNESS… So get right with God!!!
Stop being DISOBEDIENT to God’s Word
Become OBEDIENT instead!!!
Philippians 4:4 – 7 (NKJV) Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! 5Let your moderation be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. 6Don’t be anxious for anything, but in everything with prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done; 7and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
No matter what’s going on in your life your Real Peace doesn’t come from things or circumstances…
Jesus left us HIS PEACE… Not like the world gives!!!
Real Peace comes from the Throne of God!
It goes beyond what’s happening to what happened on Calvary!
It brings Resurrection Power to us and the Holy Ghost!
The Kingdom of God is Righteousness, Peace and JOY in the Holy Ghost