Dwelling in God's Peace

Dwelling in God's Peace

by Sarah Young

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ISBN-13: 9780310083726
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 08/22/2017
Series: Jesus Calling Bible Studies
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 609,348
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Sarah Young, the author of the bestselling 365-day devotionals Jesus Always and Jesus Calling®, has sold more than 25 million books worldwide. Jesus Calling® has appeared on all major bestseller lists. Sarah's writings include Jesus Calling®, Jesus Today™, Jesus Lives™, Dear Jesus, Jesus Calling® for Little Ones, Jesus Calling® Bible Storybook, Jesus Calling®: 365 Devotions for Kids, and Peace in His Presence, each encouraging readers in their journeys toward intimacy with Christ. Sarah and her husband were missionaries in Japan and Australia for many years. They currently live in the United States.

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CHAPTER 1

God's Peace through Faith in Christ

Consider It

If we were to name the things we most long for in life, peace would likely be at the top of the list for many of us. We desire love and joy as well — but the abiding sense of well-being called peace is something we crave in a world filled with experiences that make us anxious. In the Bible, peace is not primarily a feeling but a state that results from a rightly ordered relationship with God. We need peace with God, and feeling peaceful in our circumstances is a byproduct of that relationship. Jesus is the One who has taken the initiative to bring about that peace. As we'll see in this first session, we receive this gift of peace when we respond with faith to what He has done for us.

1.On a scale of 0 to 5, how peaceful would you describe your childhood? Why did you choose the number you did?

2.How peaceful is your life now? To what do you attribute that?

Experience It

"My Peace is the treasure of treasures: the pearl of great price. It is an exquisitely costly gift, both for the Giver and the receiver. I purchased this Peace for you with My blood. You receive this gift by trusting Me in the midst of life's storms. If you have the world's peace — everything going your way — you don't seek My unfathomable Peace. Thank Me when things do not go your way, because spiritual blessings come wrapped in trials. Adverse circumstances are normal in a fallen world. Expect them each day. Rejoice in the face of hardship, for I have overcome the world."

— From Jesus Calling, January 24

3.What does it mean that Jesus purchased His peace for you with His blood? Why was this even necessary? _____________________________________________________________________

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4.Do you tend to think of adverse circumstances as normal — what anyone can expect as a part of life on this earth — or as surprises and outrages? Why did you answer the way you did?

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"Peace be with you! Ever since the resurrection, this has been My watchword to those who yearn for Me. As you sit quietly, let My Peace settle over you and enfold you in My loving Presence. To provide this radiant Peace for you, I died a criminal's death. Receive My Peace abundantly and thankfully. It is a rare treasure, dazzling in delicate beauty, yet strong enough to withstand all onslaughts. Wear My Peace with regal dignity. It will keep your heart and mind close to Mine."

— From Jesus Calling, February 13

5.How does it affect you to realize that Jesus, who never sinned, died a criminal's death (on a cross) to provide His peace for you?

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6.If you are a follower of Jesus, how easy is it for you to sit quietly and receive His peace? Why do you suppose this is the case?

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Study It

Read aloud the following passage from Romans 5:1–2, 6–11. Here, the apostle Paul explains that our right relationship with God has been restored through our faith in Jesus, who died to make it possible. As sinners, we were objects of God's holy wrath against sin, but now that Jesus has paid the price of our sin, we have peace with God.

1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. ...

6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God's wrath through him! 10 For if, while we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11 Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

7.Why is peace with God foundational to all true feelings of peace?

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8.What role does faith in Jesus play in restoring a relationship of peace with God?

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9.Paul speaks of reconciliation in verse 10. What does reconciliation with God have to do with peace with God?

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10.How have you experienced peace with God? What is it like for you? If you haven't experienced it, what is the lack of peace with Him like for you?

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11.Take two minutes of silence to reread the passage, looking for a sentence, phrase, or even one word that stands out as something Jesus may want you to focus on in your life. If you're meeting with a group, the leader will keep track of time. At the end of two minutes, you may share with the group the word or phrase that came to you in the silence.

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12.Read the passage aloud again. Take another two minutes of silence, prayerfully considering what response God might want you to make to what you have read in His Word. If you're meeting with a group, the leader will again keep track of time. At the end of two minutes, you may share with the group what came to you in the silence if you wish.

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13.If you're meeting with a group, how can the members pray for you? If you're using this study on your own, what would you like to say to God right now?

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Live It

At the end of each session you'll find suggested Scripture readings for spending time alone with God during five days of the coming week. This week, the theme of each reading will focus on receiving God's peace. Read each passage slowly, pausing to think about what is being said. Rather than approaching this as an assignment to complete, think of it as an opportunity to meet with the One who loves you most. Use any of the questions that are helpful.

Day 1

Read Numbers 6:23–26. What does it mean to have the Lord "bless you and keep you"?

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Imagine the Lord with His face shining on you. How does this affect you?

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Why is it important to know that peace is a blessing God offers to His children, not something people devise by their own efforts?

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Consider memorizing these verses so you can reflect on God blessing you in this way and so you can offer this blessing to others.

Day 2

Read Psalm 4:8. What helps you sleep well? What, if anything, disturbs your sleep?

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What reason for peaceful sleep does this verse offer?

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Does this reason for peaceful sleep make a difference to you? If so, how? If not, what could you change in your life so that this verse offers you reassurance?

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If you sleep well, give thanks to Jesus for this gift. If you don't, ask the Lord to help you know that in Him you dwell in complete safety.

Day 3

Read Psalm 29:3–11. How does the psalmist portray the Lord in verses 3–9?

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How do you respond to this picture of God? What does it make you think, feel, and want to do?

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What's your response to the idea that the Lord blesses His people with peace (verse 11)? Is this surprising? Why does it make sense?

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Praise the Lord of peace for being so powerful. Say to Him whatever the Holy Spirit might prompt you to say after reading this psalm.

Day 4

Read Psalm 34:11-14. Why is it important to keep your tongue from evil? What sorts of evil uses of the tongue do you think the psalmist wants you to avoid?

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Even though peace is a blessing from God, the psalmist urges every believer to pursue it. How do you go about pursuing peace?

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What does pursuing peace have to do with "rightly fearing" (taking seriously) the Lord?

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Today, look for ways to pursue peace — especially peace with other people.

Day 5

Read Psalm 85:8–9. To whom does the Lord promise peace? How would you say this in your own words?

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What is folly? Why is it important to avoid it?

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Here again we see the fear of the Lord in the same passage as a promise of peace. How does fearing (taking seriously) the Lord help Christians gain His peace?

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Pay attention to any ways you are tempted to folly. Ask the Lord to help you overcome these temptations.

CHAPTER 2

God's Peace through Obedience to Christ

Consider It

In the "Live It" section for Session 1, you may have noticed a connection between peace and the fear of the Lord. Peace comes when we take the Lord seriously rather than taking Him for granted. This week, you will go deeper into that theme, studying verses that show how Jesus linked loving Him, obeying Him, and experiencing peace. Obedience doesn't need to be a scary subject. Remember, the Lord whom we are obeying is our beloved — the One who has our best interests at heart. He will never ask us to do something that is contrary to our own good.

1.When you were a child, how inclined were you to obey your parents? Did you tend to be a fairly compliant child, or were you more strong-willed? Explain.

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2.Would you describe your parents as strong disciplinarians or more permissive? What are some reasons for answering as you did?

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Experience It

"Learn to live from your true Center in Me. I reside in the deepest depths of your being, in eternal union with your spirit. It is at this deep level that My Peace reigns continually. You will not find lasting peace in the world around you, in circumstances, or in human relationships. The external world is always in flux — under the curse of death and decay. But there is a gold mine of Peace deep within you, waiting to be tapped. Take time to delve into the riches of My residing Presence. I want you to live increasingly from your real Center, where My Love has an eternal grip on you. I am Christ in you, the hope of Glory."

— From Jesus Calling, February 20

3.Do you have a "true Center" in Jesus, where you're united with Him and focused on Him? What helps you with this? What gets in the way?

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4.In what ways have you experienced the truth that you will not find lasting peace in circumstances or human relationships? Why do you suppose this is the case?

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"Try to view each day as an adventure, carefully planned out by your Guide. Instead of staring into the day that is ahead of you, attempting to program it according to your will, be attentive to Me and to all I have prepared for you. Thank Me for this day of life, recognizing that it is a precious, unrepeatable gift. Trust that I am with you each moment, whether you sense My Presence or not. A thankful, trusting attitude helps you to see events in your life from My perspective.

"A life lived close to Me will never be dull or predictable. Expect each day to contain surprises! Resist your tendency to search for the easiest route through the day. Be willing to follow wherever I lead. No matter how steep or treacherous the path before you, the safest place to be is by My side"

— From Jesus Calling, January 13

5.What are some of the ways you try to "program" your day according to your will? How have you found peace as you relinquished the control to Jesus?

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6.What is it like to walk closely with Jesus, listening for His directives in Scripture and following His lead? In what ways have you experienced this since you accepted Him as Savior?

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Study It

Read aloud the following passage from John 14:23–27. Note that Jesus offered these words of counsel to His disciples shortly before His arrest and execution. He is speaking of peace in the context of love and obedience.

23 Jesus replied, "Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.

25 "All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."

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Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Session 1 God's Peace Through Faith in Christ: Romans 5:1-2, 6-11 1

Session 2 God's Peace Through Obedience to Christ: John 14:23-27 13

Session 3 God's Peace Through the Work of the Hold Spirit: Romans 8:5-11 25

Session 4 God's Peace in the Midst of Suffering: Job 1:1-22 37

Session 5 God's Peace among Believers in Christ: Ephesians 2:11-22 51

Session 6 God's Peace through the Practice of Prayer: Philippians 4:4-13 65

Session 7 God's Peace through Inheritance in Christ: Colossians 3:12-17, 23-25 79

Session 8 God's Peace through Spiritual Discipline: Hebrews 12:7-13 93

Leader's Notes 107

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