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God Is Our Peace

A state of calmness and security one feels in life because his or her faith/hope in God.

The ability to fight disquieting or oppressive thoughts that jeopardize your spiritual well being.

Maintaining harmony in personal relations with your family, friends and strangers.

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God Is Our Peace

  1. 1. DIDYOU KNOWTHAT…… • ONE MINUTE OF ANGER WEAKENSTHE IMMUNE SYSTEM FOR 4TO 5 HOURS. • UNCONTROLLED ANGER & OUTBURSTS ARE LINKEDTO HEART ATTACKS & STROKE. • IT’S EASIERTO FEEL ANGERTHAN HURT. • ANGERTRAPSYOU. • ANGER CAUSES SEPARATION.
  2. 2. DIDYOU KNOWTHAT…… • ANGER, HOWEVER, IS A NORMAL EMOTIONTHAT WE ALL WILL FEEL. IT IS HOW WE CHANNELTHAT ANGER OR HOW WE REACTTHAT DETERMINES WHETHER WE WILL MAINTAIN OUR SPIRITUAL INTEGRITY. • PAUL STATED IN • EPHESIANS 4: 26 …"Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:” • Proverbs 15: 1, “A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.”
  3. 3. DIDYOU KNOWTHAT…… • ANXIETY CAN BE PHYSICALLY PAINFUL. • ANXIETY CONSUMES OUR BODY’S AND BRAIN’S ATTENTION. • ANXIETY PROHIBITSTHE GROWTH OF NEW BRAIN CELLS. • ANXIOUS PEOPLE ARE MORE OBSERVANTTO CHANGES IN FACIAL EXPRESSIONS BUT ARE MORE LIKELYTO MISINTERPRET .
  4. 4. DIDYOU KNOWTHAT…… • DEPRESSION AFFECTS OVER 18 MILLION ADULTS (one in ten) IN ANY GIVENYEAR. • ISTHE LEADING CAUSE OF DISABILITY AGES 15-44.4. • ISTHE PRIMARY REASON SOMEONE DIES OF SUICIDE EVERY12 MINUTES. – over 41,000 PEOPLE AYEAR.
  5. 5. LETSTALK ABOUT PEACE…… • All of these emotional states or conditions can impact the peace that we are supposed to radiate day in and day out. • What is true peace according to God’s standards? • We say it every Sabbath because it is a part of the law, • “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God, “(Matthew 5: 9). • We know it to be a fruit of the spirit, • But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,” (Galatians 5: 22)
  6. 6. PEACE IS……… • A state of calmness and security one feels in life because his or her faith/hope in God. • The ability to fight disquieting or oppressive thoughts that jeopardize your spiritual well being. • Maintaining harmony in personal relations with your family, friends and strangers.
  7. 7. HOWTO OBTAIN PEACE • To gain peace of mind, spirit and soul, you must do so through obedience to His law. • Only through obedience can you develop a bond with God accompanied with the assurance that though you may face trials and tribulations, you maintain a sense of peace because you have hope for better days on this earth and ultimately in heaven. • Ask the Lord to grant you peace through your daily prayers. • Listening to spiritual music or singing praises to God, can aide in giving you comfort and peace, on a physical, mental and emotional level. • While in my car, I listen to church songs in between patients. It helps me cope throughout the day and it keeps me calm.
  8. 8. PEACE STARTS WITHYOU • As with all things spiritual, peace starts with you. • We are liken to a temple (I Corinthians 3: 16-17). • Consider this. A temple is holy. It is God’s dwelling place. • We want God to dwell with us. To become one with us. • When that is so, we begin to take on His characteristics, His attributes, including that of peace. • The Lord is also known as the “God of Peace” in the scriptures (IThessalonians 5: 23)
  9. 9. PEACE STARTS WITHYOU • When we have peace within ourselves it helps us to better manage our emotions, particularly that of anger, sorrow and anxiety so that we do not sin. • When your emotions get the best of you, when you lose control…it can be liken to a house subjected to a violent storm. • We don’t want our emotions to cause us to waver from the truth or to knock us down. • Instead, we must be like the wise man who built his house upon the rock (Matthew 7: 24-27). That rock is Jesus Christ. • Consider the song lyric from,“When the tempest rages, I shall not be moved.”
  10. 10. PEACE INTHE HOUSEHOLD • If you can maintain peace from within, then you will be able to show forth peace to your loved ones within your home. • We must make every effort to not cause confusion through our actions or words. • Do not be deceived. Offensive words can sometimes be just as harmful as a physical blow. Words leave emotional scars and can remain a permanent memory of a loved one. James warned us about the tongue in James 3: 3-10 • When offenses come, we must turn the other cheek and remember that a soft answer turneth away wrath, (Matthew 5:39 & Proverbs 15: 1). • Use discretion. When you anticipate or foresee that certain words or actions could result in conflict or trouble then you should avoid it.
  11. 11. PEACE INTHE HOUSEHOLD • Don’t intentionally start arguments. • Now arguments are inevitable. So when arguing with a loved one, resolve it and do so quickly and peaceably. • Sometimes you have to swallow your pride. You do not have to have the last word. • Forgive one another and move forward. • For spouses, try not to argue in front of your children. • I can say from my own experience, it has a negative impact on them and can influence there relationships in the present and future.
  12. 12. PEACE INTHE CHURCH • It is crucial that we maintain peace & order in God’s house, His dwelling place where the law & truth are • We must love our brothers and sisters, greeting everyone cheerfully as we enter the sanctuary. • If conflict arises, the word of God serves as a guide on how to resolve issues. There are no enemies amongst us. Our enemy is Satan, (Ephesians 6: 12) • Remember that we are all a part of the body of Christ. If we bear ill will towards one another, we are doing it to Christ. (Corinthians 12: 12 & 27 & Matthew 25: 31 & 41 to 46) • Satan wants you to only focus on the offensive things someone has done or said. It is impossible to forgive someone or be at peace with them when you have this mindset. • You have to learn to forgive, let go and let peace have the upper hand. Trust me, you will feel so much better when you do this.
  13. 13. PEACE INTHE CHURCH • When we go up to the altar our words must be salted with salt, meaning they must be holy and clean, (Colossians 4: 6) • We do not speak with the intent to sow discord or to air our grievances. Instead we must speak to elevate God’s truth and to edify, strengthen and comfort one another. • Keep in mind and consider that when you speak at the altar, you are not merely speaking to members of the church but the entire host of heaven. • Therefore, we cannot approach the altar or speak however we choose. We must do what is pleasing and acceptable to God. We want the offering of Abel not of Cain (Genesis 4: 1-7) • To sum it up,“For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints,” (I Corinthians 14: 33) • “Let all things be done decently & in order,” (I Corinthians 14: 40)
  14. 14. PEACE AMONGSTTHE SONS OF MEN • We not only have to be peaceable to those in our inner circle but also to all people in this world, whether righteous or wicked. • The Lord commands us to obey the laws of the land and respect positions of authority, such as an office manager, a police officer or a judge, provided it does not contradict the laws of God ( I Peter 2: 13-16) • It is not wise to be unruly, disruptive or speak in an unseemly way nor should you use your belief in the truth as an excuse to do so. • We must be wise as a serpent and harmless as a dove (Matthew 10: 16) • When we let our light shine and show forth the testimonies, the Lord will cause us to gain favor with the sons of men. • By displaying peace in your words and actions, you can quickly remedy conflict and keep confusion and potential dangers at bay.
  15. 15. PEACE AMONGSTTHE SONS OF MEN • Consider the excessive violence and police brutality we have seen in recent years. • Particularly towards towards black men and even black women now as blatant racism emerges more and more. • So many unnecessary deaths, some possibly avoided • But we are children of the light, we must use God’s law as our protection that we might avoid the “terror by night”or the “arrow that flieth by day” • If we are approached by a police office, whether just or not, we must speak with respect, being cautious of our demeanor, tone and gestures. You can save your life by doing so and maintain godly peace in your life. • We must teach our children to do so as they come of age
  16. 16. CONCLUSION • I hope this lesson helps all of you. Remember that God is our peace and you can indeed find it if you seek it out in scriptures, through song and prayer. Hold onto it daily and let it take effect in your words, in your relationships and in every deed you bring forth. Let God bless you all and may you continue to grow as you work towards your weekly goals. Amen.
  17. 17. WRITTEN BY: Elisabeth C. Tunstall

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