We’ve just completed a study of Peace in week five of Living Beyond Yourself by Beth Moore. We saw five Portraits of Peace this week: 1) in aloneness when Jesus was 12 years old at the temple 2) in provision, when Jesus turned the loaves and fish into food for thousands 3) in the storm, when Jesus walked on water 4) in the midst of tears, when Jesus cried for Lazarus and 5) in death, when Jesus was arrested. We know Satan is roaming the earth back and forth (Job 1:7) looking to devour our peace. Jesus comes with his sword, the Holy Spirit, and gives us peace. We have access to the Father and the Authority of peace.
We also learn that peace is not passive, it involves our participation. We must pray, give thanks and trust the Lord in our turmoil. We pour out our hearts to Him and trust Him with our peace. Beth reminds us “God is not a proponent of emotional annihilation but He gives us specific instructions regarding emotions.” We seek peace and pursue it. (Psalm 34:14)
In the audio session for week five, Beth Moore says “If I am going to have personal peace it is because I am bowing down to the authority of Christ in my life in that situation.” In our reading this week, she reminds us there are times when we can be in a complete turmoil of circumstance and yet have a state of total peace. Other times we can have nothing to complain about, yet feel a complete loss of peace. The difference is Christ. “If we want to increase peace, we need to bow down to the governing power of Christ in our lives” says Beth. Do you bow to Him as King and your Authority? “The government is on His shoulders, let Him carry it” Beth reminds us. Peace comes with the authority, not the answer. Peace rules.
Father, we pray for peace in aloneness, peace in provision, peace in the storm, peace in the wait, peace in the tears, peace in your plan and peace in our death. Fill our hearts, mind and soul with your peace. Take authority over our turmoil, fear, depression, confusion, anxiety and guilt. Where we lack peace, restore it. Where we seek peace, provide it. We claim peace in the name of your son Jesus Christ, amen.
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Beth Moore Quotes
- So closely are peace and joy linked, that Satan will most certainly steal our joy if he can undermine our peace.
- God’s peace is paramount to spiritual, mental and emotional wholeness.
- His Word divided the righteous from the unrighteous, the humble from the proud, the faithful from the unfaithful, and the genuine article from the Pharisee.
- Christ had perfect peace in the storm.
- Peace means the absence of fear and turmoil, not the absence of pain and grief.
- Only at our invitation can Christ surgically open the blocked artery that connects the head to the heart.
- You must first have peace with God before you can experience the peace of God.
This Week’s Scripture Verse-NIV
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. John 14:27
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace. Romans 8:6
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 4:6-7
For Next Week
- Read Week Six in the workbook
- Listen to the Session Six Audio (optional)
- OR…Listen to the Session Six Video (optional)
Group Discussion- Answer one question or as many as you like
- On page 97, Beth Moore says “a man cannot create peace in his own soul.” After reading this week’s lesson, do you agree or disagree and why.
- Can you describe a circumstance in life that challenges your peace? (page 97)
- Using a concordance of online bible such as Bible Gateway, search the word “peace” in scripture. Scan the verses and find one that captures your heart. Share your verse here with the group.
- Share a favorite “Garden Tool” a lesson you learned this week about peace.