Where is the joy in ill gotten gains?
Will he have peace in his heart?
Only inner peace with Christ
Is peace the absence of problem? No, that’s impossible in life. There’s actually good stress (re: book of Job)
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
Galatians 5:22-23 NIV
There are people who commit suicide
Recently man who “fell” from bridge
Suicide is not what someone wakes up one morning & decides but crumbles under problem faced
Peter had inner peace even though was in chains
How? Known fundamental fruit of God allows him to be filled with serenity
3 basic truths
1. To know that God is there. He sees what we are facing. (Phil 4:6-7). Faith move mountains & opens doors.
Providence = providential (Latin)
Foresight: God has already seen ahead what is going to happen
Do not worry about anything, pray about everything
2. Know that God is aware (Psalms 139)
Peter knew God was aware of his execution
For us to be able to sleep like a baby in all situations
God not only knows, God cares
“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.”
Isaiah 26:3 NIV
In then eye of the hurricane, we can be the “I” in the hurricane – calm even though difficulties
3. God cares. He is the source of all serenity.
““I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.””
John 16:33 NIV