WEEK 2: Peace of God

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. Colossians 3:15

Aand the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7

Once we have Peace with God, then we can enjoy the Peace of God. This could be called emotional peace. God wants us to have a peace that surpasses all understanding that can only come after we get the Peace of God.

Are you allowing the peace of God to rule your heart? If not why not?

About the Author Pastor James Greer

Pastor of Journey Church. Business Owner of D&J Tire, D&J Custom Homes, D&J Autoplex and D&J Investments

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Jeffrey Dauzart says January 8, 2018

Phil 4:7 insight, Once you have that peace of God and continue to keep Christ first in your life you can always have a peace unlike any other.

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    James Greer says January 9, 2018

    Right one!

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Christopher Byard says January 8, 2018

I still ask myself daily, how can I have peace with God? I first must stop fighting and I must surrender! These steps will be motivated by faith and mingled with love. Having found peace with God, next we experience the peace of God. Pastor Rick Warren say it best, “You’re never going to make peace with others until you make peace with God, and the only way you’re going to make peace with God is surrender. You were made to live with him as the manager, CEO, and chairman of the board of your life.”

Jesus Christ has already done everything I need to make peace with God. All one needs to do is surrender and accept it by faith.

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    Tracy Kelone says January 8, 2018

    AMEN!!!! Well said.

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    James Greer says January 9, 2018

    Surrender is the key peace!!

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Tommy & Susan Cartwright says January 8, 2018

Colossians 3:15 – And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called IN ONE BODY; and be thankful.

This passage, along with many others throughout Scripture, sets peacemaking within the context of community. In Ephesians 4:3, Paul says “…Bind yourselves together with peace.” SHELTER MEMBERS: Let us always remember this one thing – We are called to be peacemakers within Journey Church, to preserve the unity and seek the wholeness of Christian community!

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    Tracy Kelone says January 8, 2018

    Yes, this is so easy to miss. I have been on the negative of this one for sure. Kenneth has helped me so much to look past the extraneous junk that I used to let steal my peace to find the positive. Those little joy stealers will sneak up on you.

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      Tommy & Susan Cartwright says January 8, 2018

      Tracy, you are so right! Keep up the good work. You and Kenneth are invaluable to our group. Looking forward to the Kelone’s insights. 🙂

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      James Greer says January 9, 2018

      Right on!

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Bradley Dunn says January 8, 2018

If we let the peace of God rule our hearts then we will have peace and be able to speak and spread that peace to others.

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    Tommy & Susan Cartwright says January 10, 2018

    Absolutely, Bradley!

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Darrell Ingram says January 8, 2018

We all want peace in our lives. But, do we experience peace? We live life full of worry, anxiety and fear. When we look at what is going wrong instead of focusing on what is going right. We will miss the peace that God intended for our lives.

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    Paul Wilson says January 9, 2018

    Brother Darrell you are so right. There is so much negativity out there, that it makes it hard not to focus on all that is going wrong. But, you have to just give it to God and believe that God’s got this! Everything works out, the way God intends, when you give it to God (have faith in him and have faith that he will take care of it), then you can know peace.

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Joyce Toups says January 8, 2018

This supernatural peace ,which I pray for, comes when you learn to completely trust God with everything & everyone in your life. It’s a trust issue. I pray as we get closer to God and get to know Him & his sovereignty and love and grace, etc we will cultivate this supernatural peace of God. In other words we have to understand God’s got this!!!!! Thank you, Pastor

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    Tommy & Susan Cartwright says January 10, 2018

    Amen, Joyce, God DOES have this!

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    James Greer says January 10, 2018

    Amen!

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    Tracy Kelone says January 11, 2018

    Yep!!! That is SO right. And I will think I have this grounded in my heart then suddenly my perspective will change and I am having anxiety for no apparent reason and then it is like your husband said, I ask “when am I gonna get this right”? And we go back shake off the dust and move forward, hopefully a little stronger in faith.

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Phil Toups says January 8, 2018

So “peace of God” I see as a result of a relationship with God built up over time and tested in this broken world. When trials, tribulations, and trouble come I don’t think that chaos rules the day but I know that God has allowed these things in my life to draw me closer to Him and strengthen me. When I falter and get frustrated I don’t withdraw but look up and say “so when am I gunna get this right?” My Father smiles and says ” what’s important is that you keep trying.”

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    Tommy & Susan Cartwright says January 10, 2018

    I love this, Phil. It’s as if I can really hear God speaking these sweet words to me!

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Liz Chevalier says January 9, 2018

As Christians we should live in peace
with each other. We may not agree on everything but we can still work together in love. Knowing in the heart that God is in control delivers true peace. This is something I have to work on, on a daily basis.

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    Tommy & Susan Cartwright says January 10, 2018

    Very wise insight, Liz!

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Whey McGrew says January 9, 2018

Colossians 3:15 is such a powerful verse. “Let the peace of God rule in your hearts,” so Paul tells us to allow the peace of God to be the director of our hearts. “to which you were also called in one body;” tells us to be united as one in God’s peace. “And be thankful” tells us to show thankfulness to God for His gift of peace to us.

We can display our Peace of God by showing gratitude to God for his mercy and His gift of peace to us, then show that same mercy to our neighbors.

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Steven Roberts says January 9, 2018

When I really live within the Peace of God something amazing happens, I no longer worry about things that are out of my control. That is the really cool thing about the idea that peace is a gift from God. To me it is like if someone invites my family over for dinner. I don’t look up recipes, I do not buy all the ingredients, and I do not worry about cooking the meal. The stress of dinner is off my shoulders and I just enjoy the night of company and the free meal. On the same hand, God has promised me an abundant life; I do not have to worry about how that will happen, I just have to enjoy being in His company.

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    Tracy Kelone says January 11, 2018

    I like the way you put this!!

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Brantley says January 9, 2018

Peace of god requires doing everything you can to obey God’s word, only then will the peace of god come.
Don’t confuse getting the peace of god with trying to get peace with men.

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Sharon Jones says January 9, 2018

The battlefield is in the mind–we must intentionally change our thinking from problems to the PEACE God PROMISES. Isaiah 26:3 – “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in You.”

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Donna says January 10, 2018

How do we allow the peace of God to rule our hearts when we are in the midst of hurt and turmoil. I have a close friend that has recently lost her son. He was a rising star in the prime of his life. She understands that he belongs to God but she doesn’t understand why God took him. We have to transcend this emotional state of unrest to the knowledge that God works all things together for our good. We may not understand it but we can have hope in the future as we look to His word and guidance to see us through. Paul says, “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” (Philippians 4:8). We must replace our hurt with His love.

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Kathy Roberts says January 10, 2018

Although we can’t totally understand the peace of God we can rest assured that our heart & mind are protected through Jesus.

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Tim Roberts says January 10, 2018

“Let the peace of God rule in your heart”: what stands out here is the word “let”. We have to be intentional about allowing God’s peace to fill our heart.

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Bryan Hubbard says January 10, 2018

I have lived most of my life for what I thought matter, what the world had to offer as a way of peace and satisfaction. I now know that only true peace and satisfaction comes from knowing Christ and having the relationship with God only he can provide. Also one of my life versus is Philippians 4:6 which precedes and goes right along verse seven if I INTENTIONALLY Bring anything and everything to God with a thankful and grateful heart my worry can’t help but disappear and that inner knowing that everything is OK Will give me the peace that only God can give. I wish I could come up with the words to describe it, but I think it’s more in the way that we live it that matters. It is promised to all believers.

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    Tommy & Susan Cartwright says January 11, 2018

    Awesome insights, Brian! We are so proud of your growth in your spiritual walk.

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Jeff Bennett says January 10, 2018

I do allow the Peace of God unto my heart, sometimes…I feel that I indulge in my own self-pity, at times, and it keeps me from the peace God wants for my life! Once we do have true peace in our lives we can then be truly thankful for every situation, circumstance, and/or blessing God gives us!

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Josh Poe says January 10, 2018

I think peace is a decision. You can allow circumstances to overwhelm you or you can trust God that He is in control and will take care of it. You can choose to let your mind wonder on the what if, or you can train your mind to focus and be thankful on what God has done, what he is doing and what he will do.

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Kayla Riva says January 10, 2018

When I have the peace of God I feel an inner confidence that things aren’t crazy in life—regardless of the circumstances. My mind is at rest. My heart doesn’t flutter with anxiety. My focus is clear.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.
(Proverbs 3:5-6)

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KARLA CORLEY says January 10, 2018

Our lives are so hectic and we can get overwhelmed so quickly. We need this reminder that God has got this, he has come before us and can give us peace, we just need to be still and let it happen.

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SHERRI WARNER says January 10, 2018

This weeks devotion regarding the Peace of God is amazing. It’s so encouraging to see how scripture teaches scripture. I always love to personalize scripture. Collosians 3:15 and Phillipians 4:7 are so compatible you would think they were from the same book. This is my take: Let the Peace of God RULE in my heart, to which WE are called into one body, and be thankful. I’m very thankful for the Body I have been called to. I’m thankful for my husband, children, home, car, my bed & pillow! By allowing the Peace of God to RULE in my heart, peace that passes ALL understanding, THAT peace, WILL GUARD my HEART & MIND through Christ Jesus. Scripture tells us to guard our hearts & minds. How? By allowing the Peace of God to RULE! And through Jesus my heart & mind is guarded!!

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Trey Thomas says January 10, 2018

The only difference between “Peace of God” and “Peace with God” is what’s in the middle. If Jesus is in the center of our life, then we will truly have peace in the middle of every storm.

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Randy says January 10, 2018

Peace is huge with God! He sent his son Jesus so we could know his peace and thereby have his peace to share his others! To know God is to have his peace. Having his peace thru faith in him is pleasing to him and appropriates his blessings.

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Andrew Barber says January 10, 2018

We live in a life full of turmoil. Whenever we truly see how God intended us to experience peace, our lives will be changed forever.

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Dustin Smith says January 10, 2018

So true! When we don’t have Peace with God, we completely negate the Peace of God. Often times we wonder why we lack that peace (nice point bringing up emotional peace) but in all reality we are not allowing the peace of God to rule in our hearts.

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Brittney Thomas says January 10, 2018

We all strive to have peace in our everyday lives (with our family, within the world, within our workplace, within ourselves, ect). We spend our whole lives working for peace. Unfortunately, true peace is not something that can be achieved, only received through God. It doesn’t affect our surroundings, but our souls. We should be the ones looked to when people need peace, not because of our surroundings but because our hearts and minds are at peace with God.

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    Phil Toups says January 11, 2018

    We learn not to achieve, but to receive. That’s my line sister! Definite confirmation.?

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    Tracy Kelone says January 11, 2018

    Amen to that.

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Tracy Kelone says January 11, 2018

So Ken & I were talking about this. Exactly what do we mean by “peace OF God”? Well Jesus said in John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you”. I think of how He led His short life. Just kept His eyes focused on His Godly mission (to save us at His own expense) and still He didn’t waiver because He trusted His Father. (Our Father). What a laid-back cool man Jesus was. THAT is true peace. Perfect inner tranquility that can’t be shaken no matter how much junk is thrown at you all because you are in sweet communion with God. (Nothing can separate us from Him as long as we let go of “self” and let Him guide us along our way). All we have to do is love Him and His children.
It is sad but I honestly know very few people that can tap into this level of peace on a continuum. We get stressed, have anxiety etc….
I watched a show on The ID channel and a woman’s 9 yr old daughter was murdered and that woman was so fixed on God’s plan and faith that God was in control. She was absolutely stoic. Everyone thought she had murdered her daughter. They mistrusted her at first (until the killer was caught) because of her strong faith that God had His reasons. She simply kept referencing God and praying for her child’s murderer. She wasn’t cold, she grieved and privately wept but she showed her “Peace of God”. Wow!!!
Can we have that degree of “Peace of God”? I want THIS much Peace of God! This is KNOWING that “God has our situation in His hands”.

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    Tommy & Susan Cartwright says January 11, 2018

    Tracy, you are describing supernatural peace for sure. Something that we can never achieve on our own without Jesus! Good job.

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Richie Thornton says January 11, 2018

When we become more fixated on our circumstances than the promises and nature of God, I believe that is when we forfeit our peace. No matter what we may face, we can trust that as children of God, God promises to work out all things to our good (Romans 8:28). Thanksgiving is a way of acknowledging God’s work in our lives and is an avenue that allows the peace of God to flow into our hearts.

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    Tracy Kelone says January 14, 2018

    Agreed. That is so right.

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Patricia Lewis says January 12, 2018

Philippians 4:7 is a wonderful reminder that we can give it to God and rest. “Peace that surpasses all understanding” is one of the most profound statements I know. To be able to have complete comfort and be overwhelmed with God’s love (regardless of your circumstances) just by putting your faith in Him shows how powerful the peace of God truly is!

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Todd Demaris says January 13, 2018

As Christians we are called to live in peace among each other and show gratitude in the Christian life. During times of stress those who pray will experience the super natural peace of God come over them and this peace will guard our hearts and minds.

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Julia Glenn says January 14, 2018

To have peace in every situation or in life we must be still and listen to God and remember peace passeth all understanding so even when we don’t understand just hoave. Peace and let go and let God and when you have peace you can handle anything

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Julia Glenn says January 14, 2018

With gods grace and mercy we can have peace in every situation. We must surrender and let God. I memorize verses to keep peace and study God’s word and listen to praise music in my mind when I don’t quite understand. All is well with my soul.

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Joey says January 14, 2018

When we let go and let God is when we can truley have the peace of God

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John Smith says January 15, 2018

Phi. 4:7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard you heart and minds through Jesus Christ.
If you have Jesus has your center in your life than the Holy Spirit will guard your mind and heart. The world will throw chaos but it will not affect you. Your Peace comes from God not the world. Chaos is satan’s way of throwing you off balance but the Holy Spirit will give you a balance in your life in God’s words.

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Jim Adams says January 16, 2018

You have only to ask, God, to have total peace with him and the world,, it is so easy, all you need with it is faith.

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Kevin says January 16, 2018

Anytime i stop and clear my mind of worldly clutter no matter where im at or what im doing i feel a peace and joy that can only come from God. And this is how you find joy in every situation.

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Sheryl Sagely says January 17, 2018

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:4-7)

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Jim Adams says January 23, 2018

When you experience the piece of God, it is like no other feeling or experience you’ve ever had, it is the greatest high of calmness you will ever experience. You have a yearning to turn your life over to God. It’s up to you.

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Kevin says January 24, 2018

This brings to mind a marrige if me and my wife are not seeing eye to eye nothing feels right because my wife as my worldly foundation and i are unstable.

With God i feel the same. I can face anything with God. If i am laboring or in pain God is with me and i have a feeling of joy and pease inside. There by nothing can stand in my way or stop me or take my pease because God has given it to me.

Philippians 4:13

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Kevin says January 30, 2018

Are you a christian? If so do you belive Jesus died for your sins? if so are you following Jesus? Well then what can a few years in the world (even when you have troubles and hardships) mean compaired to eternal life with Jesus. With that said how could you not have peace.

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Randy says January 30, 2018

We cannot find true peace through our own thought processes and efforts. Only when we die to self and lean on God to give is strength And direction will we prosper.

Psalm 121:1-3

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