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LIVING WITH A MIND AT PEACE

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Living in Peace (United,Joyful, in prayer)

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Great tranquility results when the Prince of Peace is present.

“A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him,
‘Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?’
Mark 4:37–39 NIV
A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, ‘Quiet! Be still!’ Then the wind died down and it was completely calm” ().

He can calm any storm no matter how great the wind or the waves become in our lives. Yet it seems....

On the other hand, sometimes He does not calm the storm for people who think independently of God and with their own intellect try to deal with this storm on their own...

Let me say this though, if a man encounters Jesus he will feel the peace of God’s presence and it can effect anybody’s actions to be changed if they apply the word.

On the other hand, sometimes He does not calm the storm for people who think independently of God and with their own intellect try to deal with this chaotic storm on their own.

but a promise is given to those who are into him and his way’s of thinking He calms us while we are in the midst of

Let’s look at a promise that’s given to those who are into him, And his way’s of thinking, And how he calms us while we are in the midst of a storm.

but a promise is given to those who are into him and his way’s of thinking He calms us while we are in the midst of

the storm.

John 16:33 NIV
“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.”
If you will turn in your bible to PHIL 4:2-9....
I will show you several admonitions that, if we adhere to them, you will “have a mind of peace”.
Philippians 4:2–9 KJV 1900
I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord. And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life. Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
(NIV)
Philippians 4:2–9 NIV
2 I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. 3 Yes, and I ask you, my true companion, help these women since they have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life. 4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
Philippians 4:2–9 NIV
2 I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. 3 Yes, and I ask you, my true companion, help these women since they have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life. 4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
2 I beseech YOOdia, and beseech SINtiKee, that they be of the same mind in the Lord. 3 And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life.
2 I plead Yoodia and I plead with SintiKee to be of the same mind in the Lord.
3 Yes, and I ask you, my true companion, help these women since they have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.
4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. 5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. 6 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. 8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. 9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
Final Exhortations
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Paul was writing to the Church at phillipi from his prison cell, this was anything but a joyful moment for him, his letter was to thank the church because he recieved a financial gift from them.

Fortunately he returned to phillipi and rejoiced greatly whenever he thought of them.

But now, Paul is back and there is a disagreement with two woman in the church.

Help
I’m sure beneath this disagreement laid a self-seeking, self-serving attitude. Which conflicts with the attitude of Christ.
I remember a couple guy’s who rented a house from someone in the church: (Bill & ED)
But one in the house of God. We would beg them to make peace.
When there is a dispute, you have to sometimes get an outside help who won’t take sides, but bring peace.
Unity will always bring.......

Peace in the house of God

God desires that each of us strive for peace.
Tranquility comes from truth and truth sets us free, If we want harmony in the church, it must come through the word....
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Ephesians 4:1–3 NIV
1 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
To properly maintain peace and harmony among members of the body of Christ, there must be submission and obedience to Jesus Christ.
1. To properly maintain peace and harmony among members of the body of Christ, there must be submis- sion and obedience to Jesus Christ.
A person’s foot has no conflict with his hand when there is proper communication with the brain.
If every member in the church is properly connected to the head—Jesus Christ—they will function in peace and harmony.
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STARTING POINTS
If every member in the church is properly connected to the head—Jesus Christ—they will function in peace and harmony.
Prayer is a good action to take if were joined together, When someone is in a storm we need to pray. (EX: Maurice at the hospital)
Yo-Dia and SintiKee, members in the church at Philippi, had a problem between themselves that reached a level whereby Paul believed it was necessary to state their names when writing to that church.
“I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to agree with each other in the Lord” ().
Philippians 4:2 NIV
2 I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord.
We must each be on guard concerning our influence among other members of the body.
Works of the flesh divide us.
Galatians 5:19–21 NIV
19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Proverbs 6:16–19 NIV
16 There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: 17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, 18 a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, 19 a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.
Proverbs 6:16–19 NIV
16 There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: 17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, 18 a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, 19 a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.
Being a Peacemaker proves your a Child of God.
Matthew 5:9 NIV
9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Paul called upon an unknown “yokefellow” to help bring peace between these two former laborers of his.
He meant a team member so to speak,
Philippians 4:3 NIV
3 Yes, and I ask you, my true companion, help these women since they have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.
There is a difference between being a peacemaker and a meddler.
1 Timothy 5:13 NIV
13 Besides, they get into the habit of being idle and going about from house to house. And not only do they become idlers, but also busybodies who talk nonsense, saying things they ought not to.
A peacemaker may not say anything, but simply monitor a situation in prayer.
A peacemaker may become a circuit breaker of gossip.
5. A peacemaker can bring unity by refusing to take sides.
But, become busy with the kingdom of God and you will find...

PEACE IN THE HEART

It will make you Joyful in the Lord
Philippians 4:4 NIV
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
Paul was encouraging the Philippians to be joyful at all times, no matter what the circumstances. Even the scientist support this theory
here
Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations 2814 Joy: Beneficial in Every Way

Joy: Beneficial In Every Way

Scientists have been studying the effect of laughter on human beings and have found, among other things, that laughter has a profound and instantaneous effect on virtually every important organ in the human body. Laughter reduces health-sapping tensions and relaxes the tissues as well as exercising the most vital organs. It is said that laughter, even when forced, results in beneficial effect on us, both mentally and physically. Next time you feel nervous and jittery, indulge in a good laugh.

Sometime having fun together can bring a Joy. (Mike Emery) Men’s trip, ladies day.
He reminded them that while they may experience personal storms as a result of tragedy or illness, they
could still experience the joy of the Lord in their hearts.
In every situation, a person can find joy from the presence of God’s Spirit in his life.
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Proverbs 14:10 NIV
10 Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can share its joy.
B. Don’t Be Anxious
Peter encouraged his readers to allow God to carry their worry and anxiety.
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“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” ().
Philippians 4:6 NIV
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
One man said.....“Skip lightly over trouble! Skip lightly over wrong! You only make them double, when dwelling on them long!
Be specific in what your prayerfulness, “what you want him to do”
Blind bartimeus (MK 10:46)
He responds to a Thankfulness in Everything

and Thankful in Everything

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1. Every person has the privilege of prayer. 2. If anyone in this world should be filled with thanksgiving, it should be those who have been born again.
“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” ().
1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV
18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
“An attitude of gratitude always brings peace, even when in a storm”

PEACE—IS A WORK OF THE SPIRIT

Peace of Mind

“Prescriptions and drugs, together with the use of alcohol, are all sought after by scores of people in this generation who are striving to find peace of mind.
The tragedy of tragedies is that they cannot and never will find the peace they are looking for through the mind altering effects of alcohol, drugs, chemicals, and the illicit thrills of this world. Only when they come to the Prince of Peace can they hope to find true peace!”
Ephesians 2:14–18 NIV
14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. 17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.
The cross of Jesus Christ was the catalyst that brought the peace of God to all people in the body of Christ.
When individuals humble themselves under the mighty hand of God and submit to the cross of Jesus Christ, great fellowship results.
Philippians 4:7 NIV
7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Although one may not understand how it happens, God’s peace is able to guard a person’s emotions and thoughts.
B. Manifest to the World

The World Will KNOW.....

A person who has the peace of God in his heart and mind will manifest that same peace in his attitude toward others.
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Matthew 12:34 NIV
34 You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.
We see in the news how people are like snakes, animals, and have only evil to say.
Their heart are full of what their mouth speaks.
LIVING WITH A MIND AT PEACE, at the .....
“The heart is the incubator of attitudes and actions.
STARTING POINTS
If one fosters a heart that is at peace with God and himself, his actions will automatically reveal such”
“The heart is the incubator of attitudes and actions. If one fosters a heart that is at peace with God and himself, his actions will automatically reveal such” (Davis & Johnson, 2003, spring, p. 67).
Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, emanated peace everywhere He went.
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Luke 19:41–42 NIV
41 As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it 42 and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes.
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Luke 19:41–42 NIV
41 As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it 42 and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes.
He came to bring Jerusalem peace, but the people of that city could not see His purpose.
He came to bring Jerusalem peace, but the people of that city could not see His purpose. 4. Just as Jerusalem was spiritually blind to His purpose, so the understanding of many today is darkened.
Just like today people, They see peace in the earth, good health, Job security, or even retirement funds.
He came to bring Jerusalem peace, but the people of that city could not see His purpose. 4. Just as Jerusalem was spiritually blind to His purpose, so the understanding of many today is darkened.
But only touching jesus and encountering him will you have emotional and thoughtful peace.
How?
Like the woman with an issue of blood, She Thought, Reached Touched, heard of him, Saw him.
5. People will experience the peace of God only after they have received true enlightenment in Jesus Christ.
“You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you” ().
IN MY CONCLUSION, I want you to experience the life changing Peace of God, First you must encounter him.
The Prince of Peace came out of the stern, and Spoke “Quiet, be still”
2. Repentance begins the peace process. 3. As a person learns to walk with God, the peace of God that passes all understanding will keep his heart
And the storm was calm.
The disciples asked “don’t you care if we drown”?
Jesus has it under control, your
Repentance will begin the peace process.
Repentance (A new walk) will begin the peace process.
and mind through Jesus Christ the Prince of Peace!
As a person learns to walk with God, the peace of God that passes all understanding will keep his heart and mind through Jesus Christ the Prince of Peace!
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me— put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you” ().
Philippians 4:8–9 NIV
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
people can’t receive from God because there independent in their mind,
let’s read what....
“Thomas Elmore, a psychiatrist in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has traced the rising rate of mental depression to our excessive emphasis on possessions. It is rooted in our lack of ability to distinguish wants from needs.
Do you need peace? If so then come and we will lay hands on you to receive what God has for you.
5. We need to develop the attitude of Fannie Crosby.
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