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With Christ... "It's A Wonderful Life" #1 - Finding A Peace That Only Jesus Can Provide


For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6 (NIV)


“…You will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a manger." 13 suddenly a large group of angels from heaven also appeared. They were praising God. They said, 14 “May glory be given to God in the highest! And may peace be given to those he is pleased with on earth!"

Luke 2:12-14 (NIrV)


1. BELIEVE THAT PEACE IS POSSIBLE.


I've told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties.."

John 16:33 (MP)


2. I ACCEPT THAT TO HAVE THE PEACE OF GOD,

I MUST BE AT PEACE WITH GOD.


And in addition to everything else, we are happy because God sent our Lord Jesus Christ to make peace with us.

Romans 5:11 (CEV)


"Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased."

Luke 2:14 (NIrV)


God was pleased for him to make peace by sacrificing his blood on the cross… 21 You used to be far from God. Your thoughts made you his enemies, and you did evil things. 22 But his Son became a human and died. So God made peace with you…

Colossians 1:21, 22 (NCV)


…suppose a king is going to war against another king. He would first sit down and think things through. Can he and his 10,000 soldiers fight against a king with 20,000 soldiers? 32 If he can't, he'll send ambassadors to ask for terms of peace …33 In the same way, none of you can be my disciples unless you give up everything.

Luke 14:31-33 (GW)

  • The “terms of peace?” Personal surrender to the King.

3. I EMBRACE THE PROCESS OF PEACE.


“I leave the gift of peace with you—my peace. Not the kind of fragile peace given by the world, but my perfect peace. Don’t yield to fear or be troubled in your hearts…”

John 14:27 (TP)


NOTE: Peace is a gift from God and a product of growth.

  • Peace come as I learn to pray about my problems.

Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. 7 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.

Philippians 4:6,7 (NIV)

  • Peace comes as I learn to focus on God not on my problem.

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

Philippians 4:8 (NLT)


You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in You, all whose thoughts are fixed on You!

Isaiah 26:3

  • Peace come as I learn to practice what has been preached.

Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me--everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.

Philippians 4:9 (NLT)


I hear what God the LORD says, he promises peace to his people, to his godly ones. But they must not go back to their stupidity.

Psalm 85:8 (GW)

  • Peace come as I learn to connect with a people of peace.

My dear, dear friends! I love you so much. I do want the very best for you. You make me feel such joy, fill me with such pride. Don't waver. Stay on track, steady in God. 2 I urge Euodia and Syntyche to iron out their differences and make up. God doesn't want his children holding grudges. 3 And, oh, yes, Syzygus, since you're right there to help them work things out, do your best with them. These women worked for the Message hand in hand with Clement and me, and with the other veterans--worked as hard as any of us. Remember, their names are also in the book of life.

Philippians 4:1-3 (MP)


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