COME, FOLLOW JESUS: “Exceeding Peace”

Philippians 4:6-7

“The lowly will possess the land and will live in peace and prosperity.” (Psalm 37:11, NLT)(Background illustration by Jenn Webster)

This coming Tuesday will mark 17 years since terrorists have made a surprise sneak attack on our great American soil; Yes, those events that have occurred on September 11th, 2001 are forever etched in all of our memories…

Even today, there has been enough hatred and violence to make one wonder, “Will there be any kind of peace in all of our lives?! And where can we ever find peace?” Yes, friends, we have seen every scene of hatred, crime, greed, and violence that has been displayed on the network evening news of late, and like yourselves, we have been asking the very same things. Where can we find peace, the right kind of peace? Well, for one thing, you cannot find peace in the material things that you almost buy every day, and you certainly cannot find peace in such despicable vices as drugs, alcohol, porn, or even gambling; My dearest friends, I have found the answer to your question of how you can ever find such lasting peace, and that peace can only be found in the person of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who has paid for your freedom with His very own body on the cross at a place called Calvary, and He suffered, bled, and died so that you could have your sins repented and be free of your sins.

When you invite Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, then you shall very well have that peace, but only if you do not worry about anything and pray about everything! The apostle Paul said this himself in the 4th chapter of Philippians, verses 6-7(NLT): “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”

Now, take a moment to imagine a place in which you do not have to worry about anything; We all worry about things at school, work, and even in our homes! Imagining a place in which you do not have to worry about anything seems like the most impossible task around, isn’t it? Well, it is. However, the advice that comes from Paul is that we need to turn away from our worries while we turn them into prayers-If you want to worry less, then you need to pray more! And do you want to know why we need to pray more? Because it gives us the most wonderful peace that only our Lord God can give through His only Son, Jesus Christ, because His peace is so very much different from the peace of this world, and it certainly does not ever come from positive thinking or even good feelings; Nope-it comes from knowing that our Heavenly Father is in control, not us. The Kingdom of His Son Christ Jesus has our citizenship in which it is sure, and that our destiny is set, so that we can have that most incredible victory over sin.

But what about you? Have you been in hard times all your life, and that you need peace so very much? My friend, I have finally found the most perfect peace just for you: The peace that can only come from our Savior Jesus, who was sent to earth by our Lord God to be born in a stable in Bethlehem, to grow up, and to save us all by allowing Himself to be beaten, whipped, forced to carry, and then be nailed to, suffering, bleeding, and then dying so that His shed blood would be the payment for our sins, both in the past as well as the present. Then, three days later, God raised His only Son from the dead, defeating death as He went out of that cold, dark tomb, so that every one of us could very well have life eternal.

“For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, in His grace, freely makes us right in His sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when He freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed His life, shedding His blood. This sacrifice show that God was being fair when He held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, for He was looking ahead and including them in what He would do in this present time.” (Romans 3:23-26, NLT)

And so, my friends, are you ready to have that most blessed peace by inviting Jesus Christ into your heart? Then I ask that you please pray this prayer with me: “Lord Jesus Christ, I admit that I am a sinner. I believe that You have died on the cross for my sins, and have been risen from the dead on the third day, defeating death so that I could have eternal life. I ask now that You please come into my heart, and let me follow You always as my personal Savior. Thank You so very much for giving up Your life for me. In Your holy name. Amen.”

If you have just prayed this prayer with me, then I would very much like to welcome YOU into the Family of God! Now, the very next thing that you need to do now that you have become a follower of Christ would be to read the Holy Bible, God’s most blessed Word, each and every day, and then I would very much like for you to go to a good, Christian church each and every Sunday, so that you could praise, worship, and thank our Lord God for sending His Son to take your place on the cross. I hope as well as pray that you make this most important decision of your life by following Jesus today. I would like to thank you so very much for taking the time of of the beginning of this week to read this message today; Until next time, Lord willing, may the God Who has sent His Son to die for us bless you ever so richly.

Glory be to the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

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