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Finding the Peace of God
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This is depicted by the word 'repent.'
This is the process of sanctification. This is depicted by the word believe.
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Peace is the absence of trouble, the presence of God.
Each of these three states admits to some form of immobility - one of paralysis.
Once accepted, fears dominate ones life to whatever degree they are allowed.
An anxious spirit is constantly troubled by its attempts to resolve many unnecessary future situations causing states of perplexity, confusion and irresponsibility.
Stress is a constant gnawing tension that takes away the joy of living.
A fearful spirit is alarmed over some threatening situation.
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Deception - always uses lies.
Every temptation is founded on a lie and always presents a life choice that departs from the commands of God
Worry makes us very susceptible to temptations
Temptation is like bait. There is always a secret hook underneath.
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Part of the Lord's prayer is "keep us from temptation."
Too busy? Then spend your time worrying! There is no other way!
This is not as easy as it sounds.
We need to immediately follow up discerning the temptation by immediately rejecting it and affirming the truth.
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If we are going to recover from falling into temptation, we need the promises of God's Word.
If we don't know them, then we can't get back.
Promises are special sections of God's truth that instill hope and confidence in us.
Regularly meditate on Gods Word
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Just think how your perspective of life would change if you had God's mind!
As He prayed and meditated on God's Word, His Father would reveal everything important to Him that He needed to know for a particular situation.
God's mind is revealed to us when we get His Word into our lives.
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The key problem is to discover how one can get the Word of God into ones mind.
If you are not aware on how He spoke to you in the past, then it is unlikely that you will be able to trust His Word in the present confusion.
I doubt anyone has ever heard someone speak on meditative prayer!
What our circumstances are doesn't matter as much as our honest assessment of where we personally are at.
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Our mind can only think upon one matter at a time.
But when we start thinking on God's words, the old thoughts and false promises must be put away.
When we open our hearts to God's promises, they become the focus of our mind and begin to affect our heart.
New faith comes as the Holy Spirit takes the promise and applies it to our situation.
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Peace will be temporary unless we have resolved the down deep root worry that we have been trying to satisfy.
We need to make life changes to meet God in this way.
Because He cares for us, we trust Him to use the situation to bring about a greater good than otherwise would be possible.
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If you want God's satisfying peace, however, then prepare yourselves to be changed and make changes.
Let's note the seven steps to find this peace.
The way we relate to man reflects a lot on how we relate with God
His children are not to focus on how they are treated but on how the Lord has loved them!
Instead of focusing on getting what we want, we need to focus on giving love and patience to the very people who threaten our chance of getting what we want.
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As long as we refuse to deal with these issues, though, we will not experience His peace.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus
Phase 1 has us work on relationships and attitudes.
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The apostle realizes that the peace of God is good but not our final goal.
A renewed mind brings stronger faith.
Peace is living with the Lord, making His priorities your priorities
Finding peace is discovering God.