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To those of you who’ve made it all the way through this study, I say thank you joining me and congratulations for seeing it through to the end. You won’t regret it.
And for those of you just joining us, welcome to Truth.Love.Parent. TeamTLP and I are passionate about equipping Christian parents to be intentional, premeditated, disciple-making parents.
And one of the great things about our show is that the episodes never go out of style. Episode 2 has just as much relevance today for all of us as it did the day it was posted. If you’re new to the show, I recommend you start with Episode 1 and cruise on through.
If however, you’re tuning in specifically to learn to be a Peaceful Parent, then I suggest you start with Episode 69 as that was the beginning of our Peaceful Parent series.
And when you’re done with that, you can subscribe and scan around for other topics of interest, or start working your way through from the beginning. So, I’ll see you again when you work your way up to today’s episode.
But for you regular listeners, I’m excited to not only look at Paul’s second Peace Promise, but also to discuss some practical ways to start being a Peaceful Parent today.
Okay, let’s jump right in.
The second Peace Promise comes at the end of verse nine. Paul’s just instructed us to do everything we learned and received and heard and seen, and then he says, “and the God of peace will be with you.”
This promise has a slightly different flavor than the first Peace Promise we saw in verse 7. The first promise said that our hearts and minds would be protected in Christ. This one promises that the God who creates the peace and Who is the eternal source of the peace will be with us!
The simple beauty is staggering.
“I will be with you.”
Eleven times in the Old Testament God speaks these words to His children, and every time we see a prerequisites/promise pair.
And I believe some of you may still be struggling with why there have to be prerequisites to peace.
It’s been said and sung that love should be unconditional. I agree with that. God loves us even though we haven’t done a single thing to deserve it.
But what is love?
Simply put, love is doing what’s in God’s best interest for the thing loved.
Everyone agrees that sending people to heaven is loving, yet suggest that someone be sent to hell and you’re a hateful monster.
We barely have time to even glimpse at this doctrine, but we must understand why a loving God puts prerequisites on things as important as salvation and peace.
Please remember that the sole end of all things is God. He’s the only One that matters. Our salvation and sanctification are all about Him. Therefore, when an individual rejects God, His preeminence, and His glory, God cannot simply lavish His blessing on them for two reasons.
Some may ask, isn’t that Earning Grace?
When we work out our faith in God, we’re not earning salvation. We are simply being what we have become in Christ.
Receiving God’s gift of incomprehensible peace only when we submit to His way of living isn’t earning peace. Oil and water do not mix, but once two drops of water have joined, you will never separate them. As long as we keep living like oil, we’ll never be able to appreciate the benefits of being water. God’s perfect peace is waiting like an ocean of water for our tiny drop to disappear into its depths, but until we start living like a drop of water, we’ll never experience it.
We’ll only experience divine peace when we start living like the divinely regenerated people we are. Do you want to have the peace of Christ? Live like a Christian. Do you want God’s soul rest to wash over you? Live the way God lives.
What comes next will be an experience of providential watch-care that you’ll never be able to fully comprehend.
Up until now we’ve experienced a little over a month of expositional study in Philippians 4:4-9, and I pray it’s been as significant for you as it has for me.
So today as we do a quick review of Philippians 4, I want to look at one other verse in order to put a beautiful capstone on our study of biblical peace.
Let’s review The Peace Prerequisites
God-created peace is conditional. You can’t have it if you choose to live a life dominated by anger, doubt, anxiety, and depression. But when we do the following, God is pleased to visit us with a divine peace that defies human comprehension.
The Peace Promises
Two times in six verses we encounter the precious promise of peace.
We saw that as we work through God’s power to make these goals and attitudes our highest priority, God promises to bestow on us peace that comes only from Him – peace so strong it’s compared to a military unit led by none other than the Creator and Savior of the universe, Jesus Christ. Peace so immense it’s incomprehensible. Peace that brings soul rest.
Lastly, let’s look to Isaiah 26:3 to learn The Peace Posture
“The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in You.“
This verse perfectly sums up the necessary posture of someone who lives peacefully: Trust.
People who believe that God deserves first place, that others should be loved as we love ourselves, that there’s no reason to fear when God is on the throne, that their minds should only be filled with God’s truth, and that they should be living the Truths of Scripture are people who believe (trust) what God has revealed to them through His perfect Word.
If you question God, you won’t have peace.
If you doubt God, you won’t have peace.
If you think He’s wrong, you won’t have peace.
We must wholeheartedly accept everything the Bible says with full assurance and complete surrender in order to experience the peace of God.
Please trust Him today. Take Him at His Word. Make His priorities your driving motivation. Live in the reality He created for you. Don’t fill your mind with the tawdry things of Satan.
Choose to love Him with all of your heart, and . . . “the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
So, for those of you who not only want God’s peace, but you really want to be the type of person God will give peace to, let’s get practical. What should you start doing today?
As always, today’s episode notes are available on our blog called Taking Back the Family.
Our next episode is in celebration of Family Day, which is the first Sunday in August. I hope you celebrate that day, but I hope you do it the right way, and I hope you listen to our next episode entitled, “What’s a Family Anyway?”
And then I just want to give you a sneak peek at our next short series all about educational choices. I have a number of Special Guests lined up and we’re going to discuss everything from whether Christians should send their kids to the public school, private school, boarding school, or homeschool. I’m also going to sit down with the president of Bob Jones University to discuss the future of Christian higher education and whether or not Christian parents should be parenting their children in that direction.
I’m very excited about our line-up as we cruise into September, roll-out more amazing resources on TruthLoveParent.com and celebrate our one year anniversary.
Thank you for joining us today, and I look forward to serving your family in the future.
Have a great week!
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