Hearers don’t have peace. If you want to be a peaceful parent, you need to be a doer. Join AMBrewster as discusses the final parental Peace Prerequisite.
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Thank you again for joining us. Today we discuss the fifth and final Peace Prerequisite and get a full picture of the type of parent we need to be if we want to experience incomprehensible peace.It’s possible, but it will take some work. But don’t worry, God doesn’t leave us to accomplish what’s only possible through Him. No, He gives us everything we need for life and godliness.
But more on that in a minute.
We have an acronym we use a lot at Truth.Love.Parent. It’s LSR and it stands for “Listen, Learn, Subscribe, Share, Rate, and Review.” Subscribing, Rating, and Reviewing you only need to do one, but Listening, Learning, and Sharing can be done all the time. If you haven’t done all six of these steps, will you consider embracing LSR for us? We’d greatly appreciate it!
Once again, I cannot being to express the blessing this study has been to my soul. Just like you, there is so much in my personal parenting and my professional parenting that dangles huge temptations to anxiety and anger, but God’s truth has bastioned me and Christ Himself has taken charge of the garrison keeping a daily watch over my heart and mind. So, thank you for this opportunity to study God’s gracious, ever sufficient truth with you.
I foresee that — including today — we have only two more parts of our study left. Today we’ll look at the last Peace Prerequisite and next time we’ll see the final Peace Promise.
If you are new to our study, I strongly encourage you to start with episode 69. The experience will be immeasurably valuable.
But even if you’ve been with us since the beginning, it’s important to have a quick review:
1. Our Responsibility to God
And today we look at the fifth and final parental Peace Prerequisite from Philippians 4.
But first I have clarify something. Do you really want peace in your parenting? I know it’s easy to say you do, but if you’re not willing to intentionally and premeditatedly take steps to be the parents God wants you to be then you have to get real with yourself and admit that you don’t really want God’s peace.
What do I mean by that? It works like this.
Sometimes what we want is the destination without the journey. You want a fit body, but you don’t want to embrace the diet necessary to attain it. You want a higher standard of living, but you don’t want the non-existent weekends and overtime necessary to make the extra money. You say you want peace in your home, but you’re not willing to really rejoice in God, be gentle with your kids, shun anxiety by thankful prayer, and think in a sanctified way.
If that’s the case, the best thing you can do for yourself is admit that you’re not really interested in God’s unfathomable peace, but that instead you really want everything to go your way and for everyone in your family to be okay with that.
And you know as well as I do that that’s never going to happen.
But if you really do want God’s peace, and you’re really interested in fulfilling your responsibility to God, others, yourself, and reality, then you’re ready for the fifth and final Peace Prerequisite.
5. We have a responsibility to Truth.
Paul puts the finishing touches on his dissertation on peace with an umbrella-like admonition to do all that Paul has revealed about our responsibilities toward God. Once again, he layers the verbs in order to leave nothing out.
Have you learned from me? Do it.
Have you received it from me? Do it.
Have you heard it from me? Do it.
The surface implications are two-fold:
So, we see that peace is the natural and inevitable by-product of a life that . . .
Peace Promise II
“And the God of peace will be with you.”
This promise has a slightly different flavor than the first. 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 in 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 times we see a prerequisites/promise pair.
So Why The Prerequisites?
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? Love is doing what is in the best interest of the thing loved.
Everyone agrees that sending people to heaven is loving, yet send someone to hell and you’re a hateful monster.
We barely have time to even glimpse at this doctrine, but we must understand why God 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.
Isn’t that Earning Grace?
When we work out our faith in God, we are 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 will never experience it.
We will 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.
And to help you understand and review it, we have free episode notes for you linked in the description of today’s show.
On our next episode we finish our study in Peaceful Parenting by looking at the second Peace Promise in Philippians 4. I hope you’ll join us as we put on the finishing touches, stand back and enjoy the immense vista that is God’s promise of peace, and then roll up our sleeves and take our first steps to being an intoxicatingly peaceful parent.
See you next time.
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