Bible Study/Topical

How Can I Experience (Seek After) The Peace Of God?

We need self-control when we experience anxiety because if anxiety is left alone, it can consume our way of life. When we live life in fear and anxiety, our thoughts are consumed with uncertainty. This is a life of spiritual decay, not growth. I’m sure anyone who has experienced anxiety to this level knows it has no benefits. Instead, anxiety is quite crippling. 

This series is finally coming to a close, but if you haven’t caught up or would like to learn more. Here is what has been covered so far.

Anxiety Crushes Our Spirit & Affects How We Love God (Anxiety affects all aspects of life.)
Anxiety’s End Goal Is Death | Is Anxiety Sinful?
How Can God Save The Crushed In Spirit? (Brokenness affects all aspects of life.)
What Is The Peace of God? (Pt. 1) (Peace affects all aspects of life.)
What Is The Peace of God (Pt. 2)

If anything has come out of this series, it’s that God doesn’t want us to live a life in fear. God will use our weaknesses for His glory and our good. He will direct us to the truth of Jesus Christ, who lived a life as a poor, common man, and understands all of the hardships we could ever go through. Christ experienced something on the cross no one has to, for all who put their faith in His death and resurrection. Our eyes need to be open to the fact that we are sinners, and we need a Savior.

Our life is about loving Christ, serving Him, and the Church body.

(ESV) Matthew 6:34, “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” 

Each Day Has It’s Own Worries & Trouble

When Jesus was at the home of Martha and Mary, Martha became upset because she was trying to get everything done. While her sister, Mary, sat at the feet of Christ and listened to what Christ was saying. Jesus kindly rebuked Martha for becoming upset over what didn’t matter. 

What Martha thought was so important wasn’t. The only thing that was truly necessary was for Martha to listen to Christ and find rest in Him. (Luke 10:40-42)

Every single day we will have anxieties and worries that pop up. It is vital that our focus is not on ourselves or our to-do list, but instead our focus needs to be on Jesus Christ. 

(ESV) Philippians 4:06-07, “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
(ESV) 1 Peter 5:06-07, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.

You’ve heard about praying without ceasing? (1 Thessalonians 5:17) We need to be praying every day, and throughout the day. We need to give all fears, uncertainties, worries, and anxiety to Christ as they come and enter our mind. Please understand, these daily battles are not solved with one or two prayers. We need to be actively seeking the Lord with prayer, Bible reading, and worship of honoring Him in our daily life, following what He has commanded us to do. Love God and love others. This requires us to have self-control. Remember, self-control works against anxiety because self-control does not allow us to spiral out of control.

Where Do We Receive Peace & Self-Control?

Understanding we can have self-control against anxiety is encouraging. There is something we CAN do. We do not have to feel helpless and hopeless, as anxiety promises. Rather, instead, we turn to the One Who gives us hope. Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith. (Hebrews 12:02)

For all of those who have put their faith in Christ, they have received the Advocate, the Holy Spirit. The fruit of the Holy Spirit is 9 parts. Love, patience, joy, peace, goodness, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control. So, if we are to have self-control, it can only come from the Holy Spirit. It is not something we produce within ourselves. It is something GIVEN to us. Yes, self-control is a gift. (Galatians 5:22-23)

Did you notice something else?

Peace is a gift, too. Now, I dove into the peace of God and what it means a couple of weeks ago, how it is so much more than just a feeling. See posts 1 & 2 of What Is The Peace of God, if you want to learn more or need a refresher. The peace of God is about the assurance we have in Jesus Christ. It’s not about US, the peace of God is about HIM. (Caps are for emphasis)

One major role of the Holy Spirit is to constantly point us and the world to Christ. John 16:08 tells us the Holy Spirit points out sin, righteousness, and the judgment to come. Now, Christ is righteousness. He is the only One in Whom we receive righteousness. See: Righteousness Points To Jesus | Christ In The Old Testament

How Do You Seek Christ?

Jesus is our assurance of our salvation. So, if we want to experience the peace of God, then we need to be seeking Christ. If you are not seeking Christ, maybe you do not really know how to seek Christ, I have a few suggestions for you.

First, you need to understand Who Jesus is. You need to understand the Gospel message. Why did God come down to the earth and live a humble life? How can God be 3 Persons and 1 Essence (this question you might need to research later after understanding the Gospel more clearly)? Why is sin bad, and are we good people? Can we save ourselves? What does it really mean to be a follower of Christ? What does it mean to put our faith in Christ?

I wrote a post to really break down the Gospel message and connect how God was writing the story of the Messiah all the way from the beginning of Genesis. Check out: Why Did A Loving God Kill His Son? (Does God Hate?) And if you are familiar with the Gospel, check out this 30 question quiz to see how well you can defend your faith. 30 Question Quiz: Can You Defend Your Faith?

You need Jesus Christ in order to receive the peace of God. I mentioned we CAN do something. What is that, exactly? What can we do after we have sincerely put our faith in Christ? We see ourselves as a sinner, we see the need of our Savior, we have sought His forgiveness, and we have repented from our sins. What’s next?

Now, the Holy Spirit, who we receive from Christ, He will continue to point us to sin, righteousness, and the judgment to come. He will help us grow through the renewing of our mind. He will continue to convict us of sin. There will be many things we will need to turn away from, and this does not happen overnight. It’s a relationship, there’s a process that leads to progress. (John 16:08, Romans 12:02)

We need to be justified by Christ first before the process of sanctification begins. Again, if you do not understand your Savior, if you do not know why you put your faith in Him, then everything else isn’t going to be helpful. Go to Christ. Go to scripture. If you would like resources, like me know below. (Galatians 2:16, Romans 6:22)

… Well, this post again is getting long so I’m going to finish up this series next week. I will cover where are we finding our peace- in God or in other places. 🙂 See you then!

*To learn more about what Jesus did on the cross and why His atonement sacrifice is so needed please see: Why Did A Loving God Kill His Son? (Does God Hate?) 
*If you do not know the Gospel, do not turn away. If you think you know the Gospel, check out these questions and see how prepared you are for the day someone might ask you why you believe: The Gospel Challenge (30 Question Quiz) – Are You Ready To Defend Your Faith?

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