The Importance of Peace

Series 2

Episode 4

Prologue

Brothers and sisters, the topic for today’s Treasures for the Soul is “The Importance of Peace”. In the Gospel of John, the Lord said He has especially bestowed peace on us. Actually, peace affects our relationship with Him. It affects our joy and also other aspects of His provision. Peace is our spirit’s foundation. The peace the Lord gives to us is very unique. It is greater than any suffering. Only in the Lord can we have peace. This message explains the different blessings that we gain when we have peace, according to the Bible. “Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely.”

Message

John 14 explains that the Lord left peace to us. He left peace to us, like an inheritance. Why is peace so important? Peace affects our relationship with Him and our enjoyment of Him. If you do not have peace, you cannot have joy. So, having peace is your foundation. For example, if you keep your heart close to Him, your heart will surely have peace. You can then overcome all things, because you live in Him. You will have peace. Moreover, you will have His joy and His many provisions for you. However, the first and foremost is that you need to have peace. It’s important that you continue to have peace and to live it out.

In John 16: 33, it says, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” The peace that He gives is different from that of the world. The world’s definition of “peace” simply means being free from sufferings. When the Lord faced the cross, He was able to give us peace. This is peace that does not depend on circumstances. Nothing can take away the peace He gives us. In the world we have tribulation, but we can take heart because He has overcome the world. He can also help us to overcome the world. We do so by being heart to heart with Him. We can only have peace IN Him.

Peace is not something you can see or feel. The Lord did not say, “Here is a bottle of peace for you.” Instead, peace is something for you to gain in Him. When you enjoy being heart to heart with Him, you also enjoy peace. Spiritual blessings are bundled together. For instance, if you ask the Lord to help you to be joyful, He’ll do more than that. Instead, when you enjoy the Lord, you will have joy together with peace and holiness! In 1 Corinthians 1, it mentions clearly that the Lord became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption. Are you pursuing sanctification? When you simply enjoy the Lord, you are sanctified. Actually, when you are in Him, you are already sanctified. If you’re not abiding in Him, you need to pray, “Lord save me” to be sanctified again.

In Song of Solomon 8, the Shulamite represents us. In this chapter, she has matured, as her love with the Lord has deepened. Verse 10 says, “I was a wall”: the wall means she has been sanctified. In the same verse it says “My breasts were like towers”. This illustrates her maturity. Her bosom represents her love for the Lord, and this love satisfies His heart. Moreover, she can nurture many believers. Even her companions desired to hear her voice. She says, “Then I was in his eyes as one who finds peace.” When you are mature, your heart has peace. The more you practice, the faster you become mature. Your experience with Him also affects your maturity. In a few short years, Paul had already grown very quickly. When I had believed for only a year, I was already quite mature. Your spiritual growth depends on how much you experience Him rather than how much you know. For example, when you listen to messages, you must ask the Lord to open your spiritual eyes. Then, He works in you and helps you in your heart and mind.

Isaiah 30 tells us something very important, “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” Isaiah 26 says, “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” It’s simple: you just need to continue to rely on Him. If you keep your mind on Him and trust in Him, you are relying on Him. He is the one who provides for you and helps you to overcome all things. If you fail, just pray, “Lord, save me,” This is relying on the Lord too. You may also pray, “Lord, I rely on you.” Those who rely on Him will not be ashamed.

In Psalm 131, David said, “O Lord, my heart is not lifted up; my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me.” Although he was a warrior, his heart was calm and quiet. Otherwise, how could he write so many psalms? If his heart was too occupied, how could he possibly write Psalm 23? Being a man after God’s heart, David received much from God. That’s why he was able to write so many psalms. Moreover, he received instructions on how to build the holy temple. He benefited from spending his youth in the wilderness. His heart was calm and quiet, like a weaned child with its mother. I hope your heart can also be calm and quiet so that you can receive much from Him. You will become close to Him, your relationship with Him will deepen, and you will become a man after His heart.

Colossians 3 says, “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.” You are safeguarded when the Lord rules in your heart. In other words, when you have peace in your heart, you will have discernment, and you will know what His will is. Also, you let Him take charge and guard your heart.

Philippians 4 reads, “In everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” When you lose your peace, you will feel chaotic, and it becomes difficult to guard your heart. You will easily fall into sin. The devil tries to shake you by first disturbing your mind and making your spirit weak. You must quickly pray, “Lord, save me!” Don’t try to argue with the devil. It’s foolish to do so. Just ignore him and pray, “Lord, save me,” or cast him away.

Psalm 119: 165 says, “Great peace have those who love your law.” 1 Thessalonians 5: 23 mentions about the God of peace. Peace is related to sanctification. If your heart is not at peace, it’s impossible for you to be sanctified. You cannot experience or enjoy the Lord much. It is so precious that the Lord will surely work in your heart and accomplish this. He will cause you to love Him more, and this is what he wants because He asks, “Do you love me?” We need to give Him time and space, and the state of our heart must be suitable for Him to do His work.

Series 2

Being Heart to Heart with the Lord Throughout this Year

Our spirits are extremely important. God desires to do great work to bless the world, but first He must work in our hearts. Elijah, David, John the Baptist, Paul, and even the Lord Jesus, all had their experiences of being alone with God to draw near to Him. I hope that this year we can abide in the Lord always, be heart to heart with Him, touched by Him without hindrance, and take enjoyment in Him. Our spirits do have senses; we truly can feel God, have fellowship with Him, experience Him,and receive His love and words to us. We must listen to God’s words with a peaceful heart, otherwise they will not enter deeply into our hearts. The Bible mentions many times about the importance of having peace: peace is much related to gaining strength, being close to the Lord, being sanctified, etc. A peaceful heart is needed for God to do His work in us. Our spirits need God’s words. We need to give the Holy Spirit time and space to work in our hearts. We desire not only to know the truth and gain knowledge, but that the Lord will open our spiritual eyes, and let the truth shine in our hearts, to affect our hearts to experience the Lord Himself until we are sanctified. Our spirits are the most precious in the entire universe.
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God’s Greatest Work Starts in Our Hearts

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To Be Heart to Heart with the Lord Throughout the Year

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Our Spirits can Feel God and Have Fellowship with Him

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The Importance of Peace

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Our Spirits Need the Words of God

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Give the Lord Time and Space to Speak in Our Hearts

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Introduction

01 Introduction of Treasures for the Soul

Series 1: Being Heart to Heart with the Lord

1.1 The Most Blessed Generation
1.2 Message from John the Baptist
1.3 Abide in the Lord Always
1.4 Abide in the Lord’s Love at All Times
1.5 The Lord Speaks to Us and Helps Us in Our Hearts

Series 2: Being Heart to Heart with the Lord Throughout this Year

2.1 God’s Greatest Work Starts in Our Hearts
2.2 To Be Heart to Heart with the Lord Throughout the Year
2.3 Our Spirits can Feel God and Have Fellowship with Him
2.4 The Importance of Peace
2.5 Our Spirits Need the Words of God
2.6 Give the Lord Time and Space to Speak in Our Hearts

Series 3: Let Our Hearts be Influenced

3.1 The World Needs People Who Deeply Experience God
3.2 Just as His Anointing 
Has Taught You, 
Abide in the Lord
3.3 Be Influenced 
by the Lord Throughout 
this Year

Series 4: The Importance of Peace

4.1 Enjoying God’s Peace in Your heart
4.2 Let Not Your Hearts be Troubled, Neither Let Them be Afraid.
4.3 How Should Our Spirit Respond to the Lord?

Series 5: Our Spirit Being Able to Enjoy the Lord

5.1 Our Spirit is Satisfied Only When We Worship God and Deeply Experience Him
5.2 How to Worship God with Our Spirit
5.3 Looking at the Lord with our Inner Eyes
5.4 Our Spirit Needs to Enjoy the Lord Himself
5.5 The Song of Solomon Often Mentions About “Eyes”
5.6 Realize Being Heart to Heart with the Lord in Singing and Worship

Series 6: Live out the Life of being Heart to Heart with the Lord

6.1 Living a life of union with the Lord in a stable pattern every day
6.2 Enjoying the Lord and not being disturbed
6.3 The Importance of Seeing Him with Our Spiritual Eyes

Series 7

7.1 Learn to Protect Our Spirits From Virus Prevention
7.2 Our Spirit Can Hear, Think, and See
7.3 How to Live a Life of Faith
7.4 The Importance of the Mind
7.5 David’s Eyes Beheld the Lord Always

Series 8: During the last supper, the Lord spoke about the essence of the blessings of the new covenant.

8.1 The Lord established with us the eternal love covenant by His blood
8.2 The Lord Treasures the New Covenant and Break-Bread Meeting the Most
8.3 Love Encounters
8.4 Before His Crucifixion, the Lord clearly explained the essence of the blessings of the new covenant: the fourth blessing
8.5 Before His Crucifixion, the Lord clearly explained the essence of the blessings of the new covenant: the first blessing (1)
8.6 Before His Crucifixion, the Lord clearly explained the essence of the blessings of the new covenant: the first blessing (2)

Series 16: We Have Come to Mount Zion and the Heavenly Jerusalem

16.1 See that the Lord is at the right hand of the Father
16.2 Coming to Mount Zion (1): the meaning of Mount Sinai
16.3 Coming to Mount Zion (2): the difficulty in forgiveness of sins
16.4 Coming to Mount Zion (3): to Live in Grace
16.5 Having Come to the Heavenly Jerusalem
16.6 What is in the heavenly Jerusalem (1)?

Series 9: Being Heart to Heart with the Father

9.1 Being Heart to Heart with Abba (Part 1)
9.2 Being Heart to Heart with Abba (Part 2)

Series 10

10.1 The Love Desire in the Depths of Abba and the Lord’s hearts
10.2 Fruit of the Lord’s Crucifixion: Eternal Life
10.3 The Lord Came to Manifest the Father’s Name
10.4 The Father Sent His Only Begotten Son
10.5 Reminders on enjoying heart to heart with the Father
10.6 The Father’s Desire for Me is Forever Steadfast

Series 11

11.1 The preciousness of the Letter to Philemon
11.2 The most profitable; the most accepted.
11.3 Charge That to My Account
11.4 The Father made the Lord our eternal High Priest by an oath (1)
11.5 The Father made the Lord our eternal High Priest by an oath (2)
11.6 We are the Lord’s darling love

Series 12

12.1 The Lord’s Words at the Last Supper
12.2 Apart from the Lord, we can do nothing.
12.3 What is true faith?
12.4 Look upon the Lord in glory
11.5 Trust and Peace (1)
12.6 Trust and Peace (2)

Series 13: The Lord’s Gentleness and Humility

13.3 The Lord’s Gentleness and Humility (Part 2)

Series 14: Manifold evidence

14.1 How does the infinite Lord see us?
14.2 We are the ultimate and final love of the Lord
14.3 The Lord is forever a Man; He once died for us
14.4 The Lord’s manifold love evidence (Part 1)
14.5 The Lord’s manifold love evidence Part 2

Series 15: Understand How Our Spirit Works And Be Heart To Heart With The Lord Continuously

15.1 We Can Only Enjoy God By Faith
15.2 His Words Abide In Us
15.3 Live With The Lord
15.4 Seek The Things That Are Above
15.5 Understand How Our Spirit Works: Will, Mind And Feelings
15.6 Guard And Uplift Our Mind

Series 17: Know that the Church is the Firstborn

17.1 Know that the church is the firstborn
17.2 The Blessing of the Firstborn (Part 1)
17.3 The Blessing of the Firstborn (Part 2)
17.4 The Lord redeemed us to be the firstborn (Part 1)
17.5 The Lord redeemed us to be the firstborn (Part 2)

Series 18: The Blessings to be the First Born

18.1 Israel is God’s Firstborn Son (Part 1)
18.2 Israel is God’s Firstborn Son (Part 2)
18.3 To be united with the Lord and become the Firstborn
18.4 The Lord is the Firstborn
18.5 The Blessing of the Firstborn: Kingship
18.6 The Blessing of the Firstborn: a Double Portion of the Blessings

Series 19: Coming to Mount Zion to Appear Before God

19.1 The Lord is the way, and the truth, and the life
19.2 Live in Grace. Enjoy the Father and the Lord
19.3 Mind the things that are above (1)
19.4 Mind the things that are above (2)
19.5 Appear before God in Mount Zion

Series 20: The final destination of our spirit and eternity is the heavenly Jerusalem

20.1 The Lord Desires Most for Us to Draw Near to Him (1)
20.2 The Lord Desires Most for Us to Draw Near to Him (2)
20.3 The Lord Becomes the Way so that We can Come Before God with Confidence
20.4 The Heavenly Jerusalem, Destination of Our Spirits and Eternity (1)
20.5 The Heavenly Jerusalem, Destination of Our Spirits and Eternity (2)

Series 21: Live Out the Life of the Firstborn: Be A Priest

21.1 The Father made the Lord the High Priest
21.2 Priesthood: One of the Blessings of the Firstborn
21.4 The Precedents of Priests in the Bible (2)

Series 22: When Believers Die, They Will Go to the Heavenly Jerusalem

22.1 The Heavenly Jerusalem is paradise (1)
The Heavenly Jerusalem is paradise (2)
The Spirits of the Righteous Made Perfect

Series 23: New Jerusalem is a real city

God has prepared a heavenly home for us
Is the heavenly new Jerusalem a real city?
New Jerusalem is a real city (1)