231122 – A Different Kind of Peace 不一样的平安

John 14:27 (NKJV) Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

It is God’s will for us to have peace in our lives. God has given us His peace which is different from the peace given by the world. God’s peace is present even in the midst of a perfect storm. It is a supernatural and inexplicable peace that surpasses all understanding.

The peace that He gives us is divine in origin.  It is a kind of peace that cannot be disrupted by the problems, disturbances, and difficulties of life.  It is a peace that will not waiver and cannot be shaken or destroyed. It is God’s own peace. As our covenant partner, what He Himself possesses has been given to us because all that He possesses belongs to us. Therefore, draw upon His peace when you are troubled and anxious, and rest in His love and faithfulness.

Philippians 4:9 (NKJV) The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

Peace comes about when we are aware that God is with us. It is always God’s desire to be with us. Jesus assured the disciples of His presence with them, while we have the Holy Spirit living in us. He is our teacher, helper and comforter and He is always there for us. The Holy Spirit, who is our counsellor, helps us in our time of need, and He is the one who will bring Scriptures in our remembrance so that we can maintain the peace which can be otherwise stolen if we choose to rationalise and worry about our problems. This peace of God is proportionate to how much we allow our circumstances to affect us, and we also need to remember that the devil wants to steal the Word from our lives so that he can rob us of our peace and joy.

Jesus and the Apostle Paul were essentially saying the same thing to us to not be anxious and not let our hearts be troubled. Anxiety, worry and concern will never help us to overcome the problem or situation. Instead, we need to begin to pray and cast our cares, anxieties and concerns to the Lord, and thereafter begin to thank and praise Him. 

When we know who we are in Christ, this truth drives out all fear, and the peace of God belongs to us. This foundation gives us the assurance to approach God in faith and the confidence to pray.

Sermon Series: Keep the Peace (Part 1)


不一样的平安

约翰福音 14:27  我留下平安给你们,我将我的平安赐给你们;我所赐的不像世人所赐的。你们心里不要忧愁,也不要胆怯。

神希望我们在日常生活中保持平安的状态。神赐给我们的平安不像世人所赐的。即使在真正的暴风雨之中祂的平安也与我们同在。这是种无法用语言来解释的超自然而又莫名的平安。

祂所赐予我们的平安是神圣的。 这种平安不会被生活中的任何问题、扰乱和困难所毁坏。这是一种不会被放弃,不能被动摇或是破坏的平安。这是神自己的平安。作为我们的盟约伙伴,祂把自已拥有的一切都已赐予了我们,因为祂所拥有的一切都属于我们。所以当你不安和忧虑时,请依靠祂的平安,并在祂的爱和信实中得安息。

腓立比书 4:9你们在我身上所学到的,所领受的,所听见的,所看见的,这些事你们都要去行,赐平安的神就必与你同在。

当我们意识到神与我们同在时,平安便会降临。神总是渴望与我们同在。耶稣向祂的门徒保证会与他们同在,而我们有圣灵在我们里面。祂是我们的导师、帮助者和安慰者,祂总是与我们同在。圣灵是我们的谋士,在我们需要的时后帮助我们,是祂帮我们想起圣经的话,这样我们就能保持平安之心,否则当我们选择担心和合理化我们的问题时,平安就会被偷走。神的平安与我们允许环境影响我们的程度成正比,同时我们还要记住魔鬼想要从我们的生命中偷走神的道,这样牠就可以夺走我们的平安和喜乐。

耶稣和使徒保罗实质上是对我们说的是同一件事,不要忧虑和心里不要忧愁。忧虑,焦虑和顾虑从来都不会帮助我们解决问题或改善境遇。相反,我们需要开始祷告,将我们忧虑的、焦虑的的和顾虑的交托给神,然后开始感恩和赞美祂。

当我们知道自己在基督里是谁时,这真理就能驱散所有的惧怕,因为神的平安与我们同在。这个本质让我们有信心来到神的面前并在祷告时有确信。

讲章系列:保持你的平安 (第一部分)

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