Series on the Fruit of the Holy Spirit
There are NINE fruits placed in the life of the believer
Their seed is the word of God, in you (1Pet 1:23)
The Holy Spirit takes God’s word, and produces fruit
from it in your life
All nine are growing in you at the same time, and are
meant to be visible and readily available for anyone to pick from
These are God’s replacements for the seventeen WORKS of
the flesh as listed in Gal 5:19-21.
The fruit of the Spirit is a direct result of my personal
walk and relationship with Jesus Christ in His word – it’s not complicated.
It just takes effort and focus (Gal 5:25)
So far, we have studied
The fruit of Love
The fruit of Joy
Both of which are not natural in our lives – not like
anything this world has to offer – but completely supernatural!
This message will focus on the
third fruit of the Holy Spirit – Peace (Rom 14:17-19)!
The whole world is preaching
peace – constantly! At this very minute:
Peace talks are constantly going
on in the Middle East
The UN is currently seeking new
peace initiatives in half of Africa
Tony Blair is seeking a peaceful
resumption of the N.I. Executive at Stormount
If you are breathing here today,
you don’t need me to remind you, this world needs peace. But it is not
something this world will ever know until they come to know the Prince of Peace,
Message – Peace – the Fruit of the Spirit
Peace is usually understood (Ps 55:4-8) as:
A state of quiet or tranquility – being undisturbed by
The absence of conflict – like when there is no war
In other words, to the normal person, Peace is something
you feel on the inside, when there is NO external problem on the outside.
It is NOT peace. It is only the quiet
between two storms!
There is a kind of peace the world cannot know (Rom
3:10-18). It has a certain “way” about it that is in direct opposition to
the sins of this world
This is the kind of peace that the Holy Spirit seeks to
produce in every believer.
It is called, Great Peace (Ps 119:165) –
greater and better than the world has ever seen
It is called, Perfect Peace (Isa 26:3)
It is called, Peace that passeth all understanding
The opposite of God’s great Peace is Anxiety, and
There is nothing spiritual about worry!
To worry about something is a work of the flesh, and leads
to Idolatry and Witchcraft – How?
When you worry, it is because you are not trusting God’s
word, His will, or His care
So you end up turning to OTHER gods, powers, or supposed
sources of deliverance (as did Saul to the witch in 1 Samuel 28)
And you never are better off than if you had just
The human heart was not made to live without peace –
that’s why the whole world seeks peace – yet rejects God’s provision (Lk
Peace (Jer 6:14)
According to God, There is NO peace to the wicked (Isa
48:22; Isa 57:20-21), and there NEVER will be
They DREAM of peace – Martin Luther King Jr.
They SEEK peace
Created the League of Nations
Then the United Nations
There are now at least 1,000 world-class organizations
striving for peace in the world
They PREACH peace – some quotes…
year will go down in history. For the first time, a civilized nation has full
gun registration. Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the
world will follow our lead into the future.” --Adolf Hitler, 1939
The following is the wording of
the printed statement that Neville Chamberlain waved as he stepped off the plane
on 30 September, 1938 after the Munich Conference had ended the day before:
"We … have had a further
meeting today and are agreed in recognizing that the question of Anglo-German
relations is of the first importance for our two countries and for Europe. We
regard the agreement signed last night and the Anglo-German Naval Agreement as
symbolic of the desire of our two peoples never to go to war with one another
again. We are resolved that the method of consultation shall be the method
adopted to deal with any other questions that may concern our two countries, and
we are determined to continue our efforts to remove possible sources of
difference, and thus to contribute to assure the peace of Europe."
Chamberlain read the above
statement in front of 10 Downing St. and then said: "My good friends, for
the second time in our history, a British Prime Minister has returned from
Germany bringing peace with honour. I believe it is peace for our time...
Go home and get a nice quiet sleep."
real differences around the world today are not between Jews and Arabs;
Protestants and Catholics; Muslims, Croats, and Serbs. The real differences are
between those who embrace peace and those who would destroy it; between those
who look to the future and those who cling to the past; between those who open
their arms and those who are determined to clench their fists.”
is a wide-spread list of the wishes of world religious:
1) Confucianism "Seek to be in harmony with all your neighbors ... live in Peace with your brethren."
2) Buddhism "There is no happiness greater than Peace."
3) Hinduism "Without meditation, where is Peace? Without Peace, where is happiness?"
4) Islam "God will guide men to Peace. If they will heed Him, He will lead them from the darkness of war to the light of Peace."
5) Taoism "The wise esteem Peace and quiet above all else."
6) Judaism "When a man's ways please the Lord he maketh even his enemies to be at Peace with him."
7) Baha'I "War is death while Peace is life."
8) Shinto "Let the earth be free from trouble and men live at Peace under the protection of the Divine."
Now, what is wrong with all this? None of it is real –
only a pipe-dream. Unable to support you through the troubles and trials
In all this world’s history, there has never been
anything more than a few years of respite between wars, or before the next
Satan will use FALSE peace to destroy this world (Dan
8:25). You had better get God’s peace, and then nurture it and protect it all
The EU – created for PEACE!!!
The United Nations – created for PEACE!!!
World Peace Summits – every year there are more of them!
People actually think the world is getting safer! Yet
there have been MORE WARS in the past 150 years than in all of history combined!
So, whatever peace a wicked man or woman says they have,
it is definitely NOT much of anything to be proud of (Jn 16:33) – not when
compared to the Christian! And the future is not any brighter (1Thes 5:3)
of REAL Peace
God’s peace is the ability to be at rest in the MIDST of
Jesus sleeping in the boat while in the middle of a storm
while His disciples were terrified and screaming at Him to wake up and do
something (Mk 4:37-41)!
Stephen dying in Acts 7 – in perfect peace. If you do
not find peace before you die, there will never be another opportunity after
Paul, headed into Rome – knew he would die there, but at
Paul on a doomed ship in the middle of a hurricane in Acts
Facts About REAL Peace
God is the Author of Peace (Isa 45:7; 1Cor 14:33) – it
is NOT self-generated. You can’t create it on your own through meditations, or
drugs, or even hypnosis. It comes from God
Jesus Himself is our Peace (Isa 9:6,7; Eph 2:14)
He that hath the Son hath what… LIFE! Eternal life!
Well, He that hath the Son hath… PEACE too! Package
There are Four Different Kinds of Peace in a Christian’s
Peace with God (Rom 5:1) – no more condemnation
Peace of God (Philp 4:7) – How could you think there
could be anything better than having in your life, the peace that pervades the
mind of God?!
Peace with others (Rom 12:18-21; Pr 16:7)
Peace with self
Able to bury the past in the past
Able to allow God to change you/transform you – not
stuck with the old man in dominance
The price of this peace is Christ’s blood (Col 1:20; Isa
Needs for Peace to Thrive in the Life of a Christian
is very fragile – there are some important things necessary in your life for
God’s Peace to grow and thrive! Compare it to a garden.
Do some DREAMING – desire GOD’S kind of peace (1Pet
3:10,11). To be able to not live in fear, and to sleep and night, and be at rest
during every day, no matter WHAT happens!
Do some WEEDING – have a clean life – holiness (Isa
32:15-17) – you will be more confused, and fretful the more you mess with sin,
and ignore obeying the Book!
Do some FEEDING -
on the word of God (James 3:17)
Do some YIELDING – learn from your experiences
Accept chastisement (Heb 12:11) – stop complaining, and
fighting God’s work of producing PEACE and REAL REST in your heart!
Letting God’s peace rule in your heart (Col 3:15) – it
drives away worry
Obedience to God’s word (Philp 4:9)
Do some RESTING – this is where you, by faith, live by
faith instead of by what you see and feel! Have you noticed that all the fruits
are totally disconnected with how you feel, and yet they can SO influence how
you ought to feel?
Have an anchored Mind (Isa 26:3; Rom 12:1,2) – rock
solid in this Book!
Have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ – the
prince of Peace (Jn 16:33)
Walk in the Spirit – spiritual-mindedness (Rom 8:6)
Instead of talking to people with your flesh, and from
your old man, talk from the new man’s angle – like Jesus would!
Instead of making decisions like you always have in the
past, pray, and lean on the direction and still, small voice of the Holy Spirit
Trust the promises of God (Isa 43:1-3)
There are two kinds of people in this room
Those who have peace
Peace with God
Peace of God
Peace with others
Peace with self
Those who can only wish for the next calm before the next
Those of you who are born again, have God’s Peace,
planted deep within you
Are you nurturing it?
To enjoy it, you need to force yourself to be at rest,
trust in God’s care – reject worry as wicked sin and allow God to work all
things out for good
If you only live from calm to calm, then let me invite you
to trust Christ – get saved!
Bible’s meaning of Joy
We all WORKED to go to hell before we got saved (Rom 6:23)
– and by our sinfulness, we EARNED it!
But since salvation, the Holy Spirit has been working IN
us to do God’s will, and produce everlasting fruit in us (Philp 2:13)
Thus the Christian’s new life is characterized by FRUIT
instead of WORKS
Good works are not nearly as important as good fruit in my
life (Heb 9:14; Mt 7:15-20)
Good works can be counterfeited – good fruit cannot!