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Peace – Overcoming Anxiety

Tim Keller |  February 18, 1990

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  • Fruit of the Spirit
  • Anxiety
Philippians 4:4-9
RS 208-04-MP3

Philippians 4:4–12

The Bible talks about two types of hearts: one that’s just behaving right and one that’s deeply changed by God’s power. Galatians 5 tells us about this changed heart and its features, known as the fruit of the Spirit, with a spotlight on peace. We’re going to look at what peace really is, how we can cultivate it, and the secret behind it.

1. What is peace?

You know how joy is the opposite of sadness? Well, peace is the opposite of anxiety and fear. According to Philippians 4:6, God’s peace isn’t just not being scared, it’s a deep calm and balance that doesn’t come from getting rid of all your worries, but from God being with you. Just like Paul, who was able to stay calm even when facing death, God’s peace is a real power that helps us overcome tough times, feel safe, and know that God is with us even when things go wrong.

2. How can we cultivate peace?

First, we need to discipline our mind to think about things that are true, noble, and right according to the Bible, instead of just trying to avoid stress. We also need to see life as a gift from God and be thankful no matter what happens. Real peace comes from loving God more than anything else. If we don’t hold back our love for God, He won’t hold back His love for us.

3. The secret to peace

True peace comes from seeing how wonderful Jesus is and loving the never-changing nature of God. This peace, which is beyond anything we can understand, is found when we focus our heart and mind on Jesus, not just in our thoughts, but in our genuine love for Him. Just like in the story of Horatio Spafford, this peace isn’t something we’re born with. It requires disciplined practice of thinking deeply, being thankful, and loving God. And all this is made possible by Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.



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