Bible Study

W.A.R. Bible Study Series: The Fruit of the Spirit

What a Real Christian Looks Like |Part 3

Study Date: September 29, 2020

PEACE OF MIND

After almost 25 years of marriage my wife and I have had many testimonies. The Lord has blessed us in ways too tremendous to express. However, all of our prayers have not been answered the way we would have liked them to. Some of our testimonies have been birthed out of prayers delivered. We have prayed for the Lord to use us in ways that we could not have imagined and He is doing just that. Some of our testimonials have been birthed out of prayers deferred. We know the Lord has heard our prayer in some areas of our lives yet they have not been manifested or brought to fruition. We believe that in time God will deliver on prayers that have been deferred. However, there have also been testimonials birthed out of prayers denied. Life does not always turn out the way we expect. If you are not careful life can place you in a state of rebelliousness, resentment and restlessness towards God, people and yourself when we find ourselves in an uncertain place.

With prayers denied the challenge becomes how to have peace of mind when others get the answer to what you have prayed for. How can one have peace of mind when life becomes uncertain of what the future may bring? 

In times of uncertainty like COVID-19 what is most needed is peace of mind. We must be anchored in the belief that whatever uncertainties arise in our lives, we can find peace of mind in believing that God is doing what is best. 

This lesson teaches us that peace of mind does not come in the absence of conflict but in the act of conflict.

Dr. Oscar T. Moses

The Big Idea: God wants Christians to have Peace of Mind in all of life’s circumstances.  

CONTEXT

Walking in the Spirit produces the fruit of the Spirit as the outward indicator of salvation. The nine attributes listed in verses 22-23 are detailed character traits of those who have been saved. These nine traits serve as a picture that each Christian who is sincere about his or her walk with God should strive to achieve.

The first attribute is love and one cannot profess to be a Christian unless they have love in their heart. Love is the sign that we have been brought out of darkness into God’s marvelous light. The second attribute is joy. The Christian understands that joy steps in where happiness steps out. The third attribute that Paul presents is peace. 

When Paul speaks of peace he refers to the Greek word “eirene”. In the Hebrew text peace is rendered Shalom. In the context of Galatians chapter 5, peace means a tranquility that comes to the mind as a result of being in a relationship with God. Peace means that you remain cool, calm and collected because of your connection to Christ. Peace is internal security that external obscurities cannot interrupt. Following is what we need to understand about peace: 

THE SOURCE OF PEACE

Peace can only come from God. Jesus was perfectly clear throughout the scriptures. In John 14 Jesus was preparing to be crucified on Calvary. The disciples were troubled in their spirits not knowing how to face life when Jesus would leave them and go back to heaven but Jesus assured them in John 14:27 that those who followed Him would have peace. “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”[1] There is a peace that the world gives that can be misleading. It is a false peace that leads you away from Jesus Christ. 

THE SUBSTANCE OF PEACE

The Substance of Peace is stillness and calmness. In Mark 4 the disciples were on the Sea of Galilee when a storm arose. Jesus was asleep in the hinder part of the ship. The disciples lost all hope because of the raging storm. They awoke Jesus from his slumber and asked, “Carest thou not that we perish?”[2]  Mark 4:39  – “And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.”[3] When life’s storms arise God will infuse you with stillness and calmness that the world cannot understand. The substance of God’s peace does for the mind what joy does for the heart. In other words, the substance of God’s peace gives us sustaining power. Peace keeps your mind from having a meltdown just as joy keeps your heart from heaviness. 

Key Thought  – The Peace of God is not the ability to remain calm when all is well but the ability to remain calm in the midst of chaos.  

Questions

  1. Is peace available to all believers?
  2. Why does it matter if we have or have not peace with God? Read Isaiah 26:3
  3. How do you explain the peace of God versus worldly peace?
  4. How does Romans 5:1 resonate with the characteristics of peace?
  5. How does Philippians 4:4-7 describe Godly inner peace?
  6. What does Jesus say in Matthew 5:9?
  7. How does Romans 12:18 say we should reflect outward peace?

Make It Plain

  1. Are some people at war with God? Explain.
  2. Can you be at peace with a person who is racist?
  3. How valuable should peace be in the life of a Christian? 
  4. Why are some folk never at peace?
  5. How can peace help one be successful in life?

©Rights reserved by Dr. Oscar T. Moses – CBC – W.A.R. Bible Study 9/29/2020


[1] John 14:27

[2] Mark 4:38

[3] Mark 4:39