“The Joy and The Peace of God”, Teachings & Quotes from Leaders (Tim Keller, Hearts in Christ, Sanctification)

Joy and The Peace of God

We all aspire to joy and the peace of God. When we develop a lifestyle of making the Lord our refuge, we begin to live in the peace of God ( Psalm 46:1; 62:8 ). Psalm 91:1 holds the secret to living in the peace of God: “He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. (Learn more at Got questions.com)

According to the Bible, the peace of God, “which transcends all understanding,” is the harmony and calmness of body, mind, and spirit that supersedes earthly circumstances. Nearly all of the letters of Paul start with the phrase “Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Throughout scripture, we find that peace is defined as a blessing and a gift from God. It is His character, deeply part of Who He is.

Philippians 4:7 –And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:23 –May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

The peace of God can be described as a tranquil state of appreciation and faith when we submit to and trust the commandments of God and Christ. It requires a mixture of humility and courage to experience God’s peace, seeking beyond the mere abilities of our own understanding. (Source: Christianity.com)

In my own Christian walk, experiencing the peace of God comes in degrees as we grow nearer to Him through the journey of prayer, repentance, faith, and obedience to His laws. We need to cultivate a heart that is able to listen to Him first, to be willing to let go of worldly idols and sacrifice as The Holy Spirit examines our hearts. As the apostle, Paul prayed, “may there be less of me and more of Him.” The emptier we become of pride, control, false needs, and the lies from within our own hearts- the freer we are to listen and receive the bounty of God’s mercy and peace. Our perspective or frame is freed. The windows of our hearts are softened and opened and the winds of the Holy Spirit grant a restoration that renews. We see Jesus as He really is. His beauty, grace, and mercy astound. His Heart draws us in and called by His Love, we bask in Abiding. He is Joy, Power, Peace, and Eternal Life. -L.Willows

Quotes on Joy and The Peace of God

If you want joy, power, peace, eternal life, you must get close to, or even into, the thing that has them. They are not a sort of prize which God could, if He chose, just hand out to anyone.” CSLewis

“The very nature of Joy makes nonsense of our common distinction between having and wanting.” C.S. Lewis

“Bear your sorrows bravely, for they are appointed of your Heavenly Father in supreme wisdom. Bear them joyfully, for they will bring forth to you the peaceable fruits of righteousness.” –Charles H. Spurgeon

“No stars gleam as brightly as those which glisten in the polar sky. No water tastes so sweet as that which springs amid the desert sand. And no faith is so precious as that which lives and triumphs through adversity. Tested faith brings experience. You would never have believed your own weakness had you not needed to pass through trials. And you would never have known God’s strength had His strength not been needed to carry you through.” —Charles H. Spurgeon

“Christian, how did you enjoy comfort before? Was the creature anything to you but a conduit, a pipe, that conveyed God’s goodness to you? ‘The pipe is cut off,’ says God, ‘come to me, the fountain, and drink immediately.’ Though the beams are taken away, yet the sun remains the same in the firmament as ever it was.”
― Jeremiah Burroughs, The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment

“Oh, remember this, the sweetness of religion is incomparably more than all the pleasures of sense.”
― William Bates

” As we pour out our bitterness, God pours in his peace.”– F.B. Meyer

“Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.”-– Charles Spurgeon

“I am no longer anxious about anything, as I realize the Lord is able to carry out His will, and His will is mine. It makes no matter where He places me, or how. That is rather for Him to consider than for me; for in the easiest positions He must give me His grace, and in the most difficult, His grace is sufficient.” –Hudson Taylor

Peace: Overcoming Anxiety- Timothy Keller Sermon

Excerpt: This is a classic sermon by Tim Keller on Peace and Anxiety that I recommend listening to ~ including the CS Lewis quote, “Expectations are everything”. We learn that our expectations are the filter through which we view the peace and joy in our lives. We become sad that we are sad! We forget that the Christian life is filled with challenges. He recalls that we are born at enmity with God. When we make Peace with God, instantly all of God’s enemies make war with us. Proper expectations are important. Don’t underestimate the enemy and be equipped. Further, nothing can pluck you out of the hand of Christ. The is only the desire to pluck you out of joy and peace. It is a sobering sermon- Joy and Peace is a spiritual buoyancy that comes when you are rejoicing in God. It means that we are unsinkable! It comes from the unchangeable principles of living in God. You can be joyful even when you are sad. Happiness comes from the comfort of having what you want. Joy is a deep mirth of saying and knowing that you have the only thing that really matters!

The counterfeit of joy is happiness; it rests in the blessings, not in the Blesser!

“True Joy”, from L.Willows, quotes on Christian Joy (see Jesus, God’s purpose, Hope)

My journey with God has been accompanied by inner heart joy. It may recede at times because of an immediate challenge, weariness or the fog of my own perspective but the Lord’s Mercy rescues me just at the right moment and lifts me back into the arms of his Grace.

There- there is The Joy. We are secured in His Love, held in a joyful embrace; one that never let us go. One that was always there watchful and waiting for our return home. I need joy. I do ask for joy. I pray that we all walk with and for the purpose of True Joy.

James 1:2 ” “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials” comes to mind when days become difficult. Scripture is reminding me to recall that God has a purpose for each trial that comes into our lives and that purpose is for good. As we put our trust, our faith in Jesus Christ, who is counted as the Joy- our lives draw us towards him and towards the purpose of knowing his Glory. Philippian’s 2:13 “For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

I saw a wonderful article that reminded us that the word “count” in the James 1:2 means consider. It suggested that we consider all of the blessings that we have been bestowed with now and learn to rejoice in the midst of difficulty. That is an artform! It means to alter perspective in the times that we are most likely to wish to turn away from God in hopelessness. Instead we turn towards him and give thanks. We worship, we praise. We give thanks for what we have been blessed with and lift our eyes and hearts up as we count our blessings before the altar of God. We see Jesus. Our perspective turns to the Joy of Jesus Christ.

This, in contrast to the word “fall” into trials. It is interesting that when it comes to trails- we fall. Paul, the speaker is telling us, his brothers and sisters to count- consider our blessings and alter our heart perspective. We are to lift our hearts to see differently.

We put our trust and faith in Jesus who is the count of Joy- counted as Joy itself. We draw towards him. We lift, rather than fall into trials. The sin and stains of falling from grace that cause pain and suffering are gathered by his Mercy and Love. And God works all for good and fulfills his purpose. (Philippian’s 2:13)

Here are some quotes on Christian Joy that I would like to share with you:

Man cannot live without joy; therefore when he is deprived of true spiritual joys it is necessary that he become addicted to carnal pleasures. Thomas Aquinas

Gratitude changes the pangs of memory into a tranquil joy. Dietrich Bonhoeffer

A genuine revival without joy in the Lord is as impossible as spring without flowers, or day-dawn without light. Charles Haddon Spurgeon

The very nature of Joy makes nonsense of our common distinction between having and wanting. C.S. Lewis

I choose joy… I will invite my God to be the God of circumstance. I will refuse the temptation to be cynical… the tool of the lazy thinker. I will refuse to see people as anything less than human beings, created by God. I will refuse to see any problem as anything less than an opportunity to see God. Max Lucado

 The mere fact itself that God’s will is irresistible and irreversible fills me with fear, but once I realize that God wills only that which is good, my heart is made to rejoice. A.W. Pink

Those who know where the treasure lies joyfully abandon everything else to secure it. D.A. Carson

 There is a joy which is not given to the ungodly, but to those who love Thee for Thine own sake, whose joy Thou Thyself art. And this is the happy life, to rejoice to Thee, of Thee, for Thee; this it is, and there is no other. St. Augustine

The world looks for happiness through self-assertion. The Christian knows that joy is found in self-abandonment. ‘If a man will let himself be lost for My sake,’ Jesus said, ‘he will find his true self.’ Elizabeth Elliot

 In the long run, there can be no joy for anybody until there is joy finally for us all. Frederick Bruckner

When the heart is full of joy, it always allows its joy to escape. It is like the fountain in the marketplace; whenever it is full it runs away in streams, and so soon as it ceases to overflow, you may be quite sure that it has ceased to be full. The only full heart is the overflowing heart. Charles Spurgeon

Joy is prayer – Joy is strength – Joy is love – Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. God loves a cheerful giver. She gives most who gives with joy. The best way to show our gratitude to God and the people is to accept everything with joy. A joyful heart is the inevitable result of a heart burning with love. Never let anything so fill you with sorrow as to make you forget the joy of the Christ risen. Mother Teresa

“Footprints in Awe”, a poem from L.Willows (wonder, See Jesus, Beauty of God, Joy)

FOOTPRINTS IN AWE

Lifted through the clouds I fell to Thee,
As if my all could float and fly free.
Like a child of God in sweetest roam,
Swept near, swept in so close to Home.n

The sky above led to Your Throne,
and the earth below was heaven’s own.
Gateways opened upon rainbow lights.
Love’s door opened with tender might.

The moment stood still as if apart,
Vivid with color; time soaked my heart.
All of my life and being was held
in a pillar of Light, a joy drift that swelled.

“Surge”, my heart said, don’t let this go.
Life could take you back in its tow.
Oh, the beauty, the Love, the wonders I saw,
I wept joy in my soul and made footprints in awe.

© 2017 Linda Willows

Isaiah 61:3 — To grant those who mourn in Zion, Giving them a garland instead of ashes, The oil of gladness instead of mourning, The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting. So they will be called oaks of righteousness, The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.

Jeremiah 9:24 —But let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the Lord.