Perfect Peace

Perfect Peace

Isaiah 26:3

Preached Sunday, July 23, 2017 – AM Service

 

Isaiah 26:3

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

 

 

Introduction:

 

We are now entering a wonderful time of year.  It is a time where the phrase “peace on earth, and good will toward men” can be heard in a crowd.  Where is that peace?  We have wars.  We have strifes!  We anguish over the loss of loved ones.  What about your soul?  Are you at peace?  Do you enjoy the sense of being at rest, free from the anguish of inner conflict?  Perhaps you are hear today and you are still at war with an Holy God.   Today you can have peace.  Perhaps you claimed that peace that comes through salvation, but the circumstances that you have endured in this sin cursed world has left you languishing deep within your inner man.  Today you can get peace…  and keep it!  This morning we will study this simple promise in God’s perfectly inspired and preserved word.  Today you can have perfect peace!

 

  1. Perfect peace is possible.

 

  1. Perfect = Hebrew construction shows this to be an emphatic phrase: you can have peace, peace.
  2. Peace = a sense of completeness, free from harm, absent from war in one’s inner being.
  3. This peace does not need to be temporary.

 

  1. Peace comes when we are reconciled with God through saving faith.

 

Romans 5:9-11

9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. 10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved

by his life. 11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.

  • This peace brings healing.

 

Isaiah 57:19-21

19 I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the LORD; and I will heal him. 20 But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. 21 There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.

 

  • This peace transcends worldly, temporal peace.

 

John 14:27

27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

 

  1. This peace can be kept = guarded.

 

Jeremiah 17:7-8

7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. 8 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.

 

  1. Perfect peace depends upon one’s state of mind.
    • Stayed = take hold of
  2. Peace comes through God’s Word.

 

Psalm 119:165

165 Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.

 

John 16:33

33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

 

  1. Peace comes through the renewal on one’s mind.

 

Romans 12:2

2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

2 Corinthians 10:4-5

4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)  5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

 

  • Perfect peace depends upon the object of your trust.

 

  1. No Jesus, no peace – Know Jesus, know peace.

 

Isaiah 31:1

Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the LORD!

 

1 Chronicles 5:20

20 And they were helped against them, and the Hagarites were delivered into their hand, and all that were with them: for they cried to God in the battle, and he was intreated of them; because they put their trust in him.

 

2 Chronicles 20:20

20 And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.

 

  1. Peace comes when you trust God.

 

Psalm 28:7

7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.

 

  1. Trust is demonstrated through prayer.

 

2 Chronicles 16:8-9

8 Were not the Ethiopians and the Lubims a huge host, with very many chariots and horsemen? yet, because thou didst rely on the LORD, he delivered them into thine hand.  9 For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.

 

Philippians 4:6-7   Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

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