THE PATH TO PERSONAL PEACE

How God Meets Your Deepest Needs

3 SOURCES OF TENSION

*When circumstances are: Uncontrollable

*When people are: Unchangeable

*When problems are: Unexplainable

Jehovah Shalom = "I am the God of Peace"

"I am leaving you with a gift-peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give isn't like the peace the word gives. So don't be troubled or afraid." John 14:27 (NLT)

THE PATH TO PERSONAL PEACE

1. ACCEPT What cannot be changed

'I have learned to be satisfied with the things I have and with everything that happens, I know how to live when I am poor, and I know how to live when I have plenty. I have learned the secret of being happy at anytime in everything that happens.. I can do all things through Christ, because He gives me strength.' Phil 4:11-13 (NCV)

THE SERENITY PRAYER

"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference." Living one day at a time Enjoying one moment at a time Accepting hardship as the pathway to peace Taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is not as I would have it Trusting that You, God, will make all things right if I surrender to Your will So that I may be reasonably happy in this life And supremely happy with You forever in the next. Amen.

2. TRUST In Gods loving Care

"You, Lord, give true peace to those who depend on You because they trust You." Isa. 26:3 (NCV)

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and don't lean on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths." Pr. 3:5-6 (NIV)

"Don't worry about anything,, instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 If you do this, you will experience Gods peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus." Phil. 4:6-7 (NLT)

3. SURRENDER To Gods loving control

"If a person's thinking is controlled by his sinful self, then there is death. But if his thinking is controlled by the Spirit, then there is life and peace." Rom. 8 6 (ICB)

"Those who love your teaching will find true peace, and nothing will defeat them." Ps. 11 9:165 (NCV)

"Since we have been made right in God's sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us." Rom. 5 1 (NLT)