Fruit of the Spirit

Lesson 4

Galatians 5:22-26

The Fruit of Peace

The world is looking for peace. When asked what would you do if you had the power to change the world, you often hear people say, "I would bring world peace" Well peace can not be obtained by physical efforts of the world. And world peace will never come until the world is at peace with God and then they will have His peace.

Isaiah 59:8 The way of peace they have not known, And there is no justice in their ways; They have made themselves crooked paths; Whoever takes that way shall not know peace.

Isaiah 48:22 “There is no peace,” says the Lord, “for the wicked.”

In John 14:27 Jesus said Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives to I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

That is why there is no peace in the world, fear has gripped their hearts. They believe the bad reports. The papers, the news, the doctors, whatever brings them bad news, they believe it. If people need to believe in God, then they will have peace. Who’s report will you believe? The world’s or God’s? Peace is not something you can work up. Same as the rest of the fruits, it has to come from within.

Philippians 4:6-9
New King James Version
6 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 understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Meditate on These Things
8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

You can’t "figure out" God’s peace, it is beyond your intellect. Just let God’s peace rule and it will guard your heart and mind against the things that satan would bring to disturb you and bring you stress. In every day life there are constantly things that are coming against your mind to bring you down. Satan will attack your mind, trying to cause you to worry and be upset, anything to rob you of your peace.

So how do we avoid this? By thinking on the truth, things that are just, lovely things, things of good report, things of good virtue and anything that is praise worthy. Satan doesn’t want you to do that. He wants you to believe lies and bad reports, ugliness in the world, sin. Don’t give him the satisfaction of falling into his trap.

Do a check list and if it isn’t listed in Phil 4:8, don’t think about it. Don’t even give it the time of day. If you think on the things listed in verse 8, the peace of God will rule in your heart and mind. When the stress of life comes your way, get into a quiet place with God and let his peace pour over you. But what if it is true??? Is it of a good report? Don’t believe it. Don't trust in it! We walk by faith, not by sight. What we see with the eye is not what you should go by. Jesus already paid the price for your peace.

Isaiah 53:5
Amplified Bible, Classic Edition
5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.

As well as physically abusing Jesus, they mentally abused him too. They swore at him and said he wasn’t who he said he was. And the ultimate mental torment was when God had to turn His back on him when he was on that cross. Jesus cried out "My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?"

Imagine the torment he went through, so that you might have forgiveness of sin, healing and PEACE. If you accept salvation, why would you not accept healing and peace? It is a package deal...part of our redemption! You don't have to take one without the other.

Eph 2:14 He is our peace, who has made us one and broken down the middle wall of division between us.

There was a wall between us and God called sin. Jesus broke it down. Now we have freedom to go into the Father and seek peace and all He has for us.

Romans 15:32-33
32 that I may come to you with joy by the will of God, and may be refreshed together with you. 33 Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.

Isaiah 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.

Mark 4:38-40
New King James Version
38 But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” 39 Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace,be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. 40 But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?”

If we keep our mind stayed on Christ, our mind stayed on God, we will have peace. Peace in the midst of the storm. The disciples woke Jesus and said, "Don’t you care that we perish?" Can you imagine anyone saying that to Jesus? Jesus woke up and spoke to the sea and said, PEACE, be still. And immediately the sea became calm. Then he turned to the disciples and said "Where was your faith?" With all the time that the disciples had been with Jesus they could have spoken to the storm and got the same results. That is why he asked them...Why are you fearful...and where is your faith?

When you are tossed with the storms of life, Jesus will calm the storm, have faith in Him. And he will ask us the same question...where is your faith? You speak to the storm...that is where Peace comes in, when you speak to the storms in your life! God wants you to have peace. Jesus paid an terrible price for your peace, don’t let it be in vain.

2 Peter 1:2 I pray that grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

Multiplied: Increase or cause to increase greatly in number or quantity.

Peace will not just be added...but multiplied, just for the knowledge of knowing God and Jesus and what he has done for you.

Let people see God’s peace in you. Face the storms of life with Him and His peace. Peace is knowing God will never leave you or forsake you, and that He loves you and cares about every area of your life. And impart Peace to others. Don't feed into what the media is saying...feed into the Word of God so that you can teach others how to get peace. Be a bearer of good things!

Romans 10:14-15
14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard?15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace,Who bring glad tidings of good things!”

Hebrews 13:5-6
New King James Version
5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” 6 So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”

What can man do to me, to You...When you have the Lord in your boat! Speak Peace to the storms of your life and they will cease!

Jesus is our Peace!
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Written by Judy Warren

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