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Philippians 4:7, “And God’s peace, which is so great we cannot understand it, will keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”

The children are playing quietly, getting along, the bills are paid, and you feel financially stable, your job is going well. How about the calm of a warm summer evening on your porch rocker, sipping lemonade? Maybe a relaxing day by the water’s edge, the hum of nature surrounding you. The stillness of your home in the early morning hours before everyone awakes.

These things can truly make us feel peaceful, right? When we get to enjoy calm, quiet, stillness, we can feel at peace, and we all want for that feeling in our lives.

If this is what makes us feel happy then why is it that we go about fretting about so much? Why do we wring our hands and furrow our brows, pacing with anxiety about our tomorrow's or what is happening around us?

Although Jesus came to bring peace on earth and is our Prince of peace. We will never have peace on earth until there is peace in us. When we do not have inner peace, it leads to all kinds of problems in our health and around us.

We all, in some way or another, have fallen into the idea that peace is obtained by the circumstances around us. If my health was better, I would be at peace. If my financial problems are taken care of then I'd have peace. Yet if you base your financials in the stock market and it crashes, your peace then crashes with it. If my domestic life is at peace, I'll have peace. Yet one argument takes away that peace. If your idea of peace is based on the world and what's happening, don't turn on the news.

John Bunyan has said, “If we have quiet in our minds outward comfort will do no more for us than a golden slipper on a gowdy foot.”

It seems this world is giving us the wrong idea of peace and Jesus is saying I bring peace not through the circumstances around you but in an internal relationship through Me. Peace has to begin in the heart of man. Psalm 29:11; peace comes from God, and when we find God, we will find peace. We don't find God by looking for peace. By looking for God we find peace- Job 22:21, “Obey God and be at peace with him; this is the way to happiness.”

God, King of Kings, Lord of the universe sitting on His throne. Does God worry about the future? Can you ever picture God wringing His hands with worry or pacing the floor wondering how the future will unfold.

Now, are we striving to be more like God? If we are spending our time to become more Christlike and we take the time to spend time with God shouldn't the same peace He has fill you, instead of worry, anxiety, and stress? Philippians 2:5. Your inner peace comes because you know God is in control of all things, He loves you, and He has your best interests at heart- Romans 5:3.

To be centered in the world is misery, to be centered in God is peace- Isaiah 26:3. We need to find our inner peace- Philippians 4:13.

To have the peace of God in you, you have to make peace with God. That requires praying, studying, and obeying. Meditate on God's word and fill yourself with God.

Remember, Jesus has offered to carry our burdens so we can find peace. So why do we still choose to carry those burdens? It's like carrying the burdens twice. Let Jesus carry your anxious thoughts, your worries, your stress and find peace.

When you have accepted Jesus, you have been crucified with Christ and He then promises to fill you with the Holy Spirit, let not your hearts be troubled. If we are filled with Jesus, what can the devil do to destroy your peace? If God reigns in your heart, then peace will reign in your heart.

The dictionary tells us peace is the calm state of mind. Biblically, Jesus is saying Shalom to us all, I wish you peace, safety, happiness, health, prosperity, favor, and anything and everything good God has to offer.

May we all find the inner peace with God each day and fully rely on and trust God in all we face and do. Shalom to you all.

The bible has a lot to say about wisdom (especially in the book of Proverbs).

We as Christians ought to “be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.”-Matthew 10:16. Wisdom is the key for living a contented life in Christ. The Christian experience is a growing experience. If we fail to grow in our Christian journey, then we are at risk of becoming stagnant and failing out of love with our Savior. But there is a difference between reading something and learning something. When we learn, we can apply that knowledge appropriately to our everyday life. That is wisdom! Let's continue our study with finishing 2 Thessalonians chapter 3

Study 3, 2 Thessalonians chapter 3-

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