Sunday Morning Podcast July 8, 2018. Bro. Dave Goble.

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ROMANS 8:31-39

31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?                                   

32 He that spared no his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?                                   

33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.                                         

34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.                                                                                     

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?     

36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.                                                                   

37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.                                   

38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,               

39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.                 

This scripture is a sure response to the problem of our existence.   And a sure promise because Christ saves us from out of our sin, when we repent and forsake them.  If you don’t know Christ, you don’t have a sure promise yet, until you give yourself to Him.  But if you haven’t,  no one else can take those sins from you.  Satan wants to take away from you the peace and joy that can only come from God.   Peace is related to “attachment”,  a secured place, …in this case to God.  To be attached to God, produces much strength to also stay attached with one another.  Attachment …is related to peace.  And that peace comes from spending more time at the feet of Jesus.  The peace of God takes us out of the spirit of this world, and then prepares us to go back into it with His Spirit, and for His service.

TEXT: JOHN  14:27  Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.   Jesus said, “My peace I leave with you. ” Just as peace is often used in God’s word, so also is fear.  In the midst of fears, Jesus wants us to know that He will give us peace.  Tranquility is a dimension of peace.    JOHN 16:33  These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.   The gospel of Jesus is a response to the earthly conditions of fear.  His peace brings the answer to that which would attack our tranquility.  The human problem of our existence, of itself, is that it is always lacking.  The whole book of Ecclesiastes is a study, of the problems and threats lacking in our existence.  It would seem sometimes that we would wonder why we are even here, for ultimately all is vanity.   For troubles and threats are a part of being alive.   But peace can be the confirmation that can still strengthen and comfort you, if you let it.      

You are entitled to give, or share your peace with others.  For peace is transferable!   We are called to be “peacemakers!”   It’s part of being called the children of God!  “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.”  Matthew 5:9   We can share with others this peace that only comes from heaven.   Peace is as a soft answer which turneth away wrath.  “A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.”  Proverbs 15:1   We live in a world that wants to rob us of our peace.  But Jesus tells us  “but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”   Peace is also to be complete, when you don’t just say it, but live it.   Peace cometh from perfect love.  And it is perfect love that castest out fear, and the torment that comes with fear.  He that feareth is not made perfect in love, (or also peace.)   “There is no fear in love; but perfect love castest out fear; because fear hath torment.  He that feareth is not made perfect in love.”   1John 4:18   God has designed us for peace, and not to be upset and separate from it,  but to also show it to others.