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R.I.P. (Sermon)

October 16, 2016

By Pastor Whited

One Sunday morning, the pastor noticed little Alex was staring up at the large plaque that hung in the foyer of the church. The plaque was covered with names, and small American flags were mounted on either side of it. The seven-year-old had been staring at the plaque for some time, so the pastor walked up, stood beside him and said quietly, "Good morning, Alex."
      
      "Good morning, Pastor," replied the young man, still focused on the plaque. "Pastor McGhee, what is this?" Alex asked.
      
      "Well, son, it's a memorial to all the men and women who have died in the service."
      
      Soberly, they stood together, staring at the large plaque. Little Alex's voice was barely audible when he finally managed to ask, "Which one, the 9:00 or 10:30 service?

RIP- DOESN’T NECESSARLY MEAN WHEN WE DIE, BUT IT IS PUTTING TO DEATH THOSE THINGS THAT ATTEMPT TO DISTRACT OUR LIVES AND PURPOSE. LETTING GOD BE IN CONTROL, EVEN IF WE CAN HANDLE IT!

Philippians 4:6–9, "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. 9 The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you."

Peace of mind is something that we all want.  We all want to be able to rest, to not have to worry, to feel free to enjoy life, family, friends, work, church, hobbies, entertainment, etc.  We want to be able to enjoy ourselves and not be burdened down with worries that rob us of vigor, life, and purpose.

Sometimes when we can't find peace of mind, we get depressed, test results come back.  We often get angry, fearful, and lash out at God or those around us.

What do you do to get peace?  I mean real peace in your life.  Where do you start?  What do you do?

Well, the best place to start is with God.

Turn with me to Philippians 4:6-9.

  1. God wants you to have true peace by having you not worry - about anything (act of thinking)
    • Worry is sin.  It means you are not trusting in God.
    • God says in verse 6, "Do not be anxious about anything."  That means don't worry.  The word for "anxious" in the greek here means to be troubled with cares
    • He hasn't given you that command without you being able to carry it out.

I noticed the other day my wife Marsha got some scary news and we became upset, but it wasn’t long until there was a peace that came to us. How?

I immediately called on some of my prayer warriors and they all seemed to be having the same response, “I AM PRAYING FOR PEACE IN YOUR LIFE!”

Marsha called and said they have found two spots on my breast and I am so scared!

I remembered quickly- FEAR, DOUBT, and CONFUSION are not from GOD!

2 Timothy 1:7New King James Version (NKJV)

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

The quicker you recognize the battle the faster you can start the fight!

 

  • He said to the man with the withered hand, "Stretch forth your hand" (Mark 3:5)
    1. But the man could not -- yet He obeyed and did it!
  • Because the Holy Spirit is in you, you are able to live by faith, and not worry... no matter what happens.  Because the Spirit empowers you to be faithful, to trust, to yield to the Lord's will.
  • With the Spirit, you are able to trust God beyond your ability to know what will happen in your life.

We called people that had been there before knowing they know how it feels and that they would take the prayer time seriously!

  • Matthew 6:25,27,31-34 ~ 25 "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear.  Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?  27 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?  31 So do not worry, saying, `What shall we eat?' or `What shall we drink?' or `What shall we wear?'  32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.  33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Then there was this next message that kept coming from those Praying!

“GOD IS IN CONTROL”

  • 1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety (same word) on him because he cares for you. (NIV)
  • John 14:1 "Do not let your hearts be troubled.  Trust in God; trust also in me. (NIV)
  • God doesn't want you to worry because worry means you do not trust God, that you are not taking Him fully at His word.
  • God has been providing for you all along - look at the cross.

Peace had started in infiltrate our lives our situation by Prayer!

  1. God wants you to have true peace by praying - about everything (act of doing)
    • v. 6 "But in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God."
    • All things in your life are of concern to God
  1. The big and the small: where to move, who to marry, what job to get, even your hobbies, and leisure times.
    • The peace that God gives you will guard your minds.
    • The peace that God gives you will strengthen you.
    • Because of the cross, you have access to the throne of God.
      1. which is why it says "with thanksgiving," because of the cross, the proof of God's faithfulness.
      2. In the presence of God, there is peace.
  1. Then I went back to the past and remembered the healings in the past, all the things he had done for us, his promises, and his faithfulness. His none wavering relationship his constant flame of love and Grace.
    1. Romans 15:13, "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."
    2. Psalm 16:11 You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
    3. Practice what we preach – We must pray!
  1. In prayer you are transformed
  2. By praying you will intern want to think about holy things. That is why...
  1. God wants you to have true peace by meditating on what is holy (act of thinking)
    • Your minds have been set free from slavery to sin.

Romans 8:6 The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; (NIV)

He is not wanting Resentment or Regret instead he is looking for REJOICING!

  • God wants you to fill your heart with what is good.

Phil. 4:8, "whatever is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, of good repute, excellent worthy of praise.  Let your mind dwell on these things." (NASB)

  • God wants you to think, to meditate on truth, purity, and excellence.

Psalm 119:78 "...I will meditate on your precepts."

The precepts of God, the Word of God, is truth, purity, and excellence.

Meditate on the Word of God so that you might be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

God wants you to have true peace by putting into practice what you have learned. (act of doing)

  • He wants you to...
    1. trust Him for everything

Philippians 4:6a "Don't be anxious for anything."

  1. pray to Him for anything

Philippians 4:6b "but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." (NIV)

  1. meditate on what is holy

Philippians 4:8 "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. (NIV)

Then there was a song that kept coming on the radio and even a friend texted some of the Lyrics

In the eye of the storm-by Ryan Stevenson

God was reminding us that he is with us! Why so we could find our PEACE in him!

Conclusion:

Let’s all stand and read:

Psalm 91

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”  ( AMEN )

This is about you finding your dwelling place in the PEACE OF GOD, KNOWING THAT HE IS TRULY WANTING YOU TO FIND SHELTER IN HIS LOVE, MERCY, GRACE,  PEACE SO YOU CAN ENTER INTO HIS REST! IT IS TIME FOR YOU TO R.I.P  A PEACE ONLY GOD CAN OFFER!

John 16:33New King James Version (NKJV)

33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will[a] have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

 

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