In Pursuit of Peace (Part 1)

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #42 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT — John 16:33: “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

History tells us that since the year 36 BC, there have been 14,553 known wars. Since 1945, there have been over 70 wars and more than 200 significant outbreaks of violence. And since 1958, over 100 nations have been involved in one way or another in armed conflict of some kind. In all the years of recorded world history, the world has only been at peace 8% of the time.

Perhaps the greatest effort in the world is the effort to bring about peace. Various organizations such as the United Nations, NATO, and the European Union were created with the purpose of providing peace and stability for its members. Diplomats from various governments go from one country to another, negotiating deals and signing agreements all in the name of keeping peace in the world.

Just as we desire peace in the world, we all desire to have peace in our lives. We face hectic work schedules, troubled family lives, sickness, financial troubles, and so much more. At the end of a long day most of us just want to sit down and have some peace, quiet, and rest before we have to face the world again the next day.

Oftentimes it seems like we will never have this peace in our lives or in the world. Peace is defined as “quietness and tranquility; freedom from disturbance and unrest.” There are six things that we must have in order to have true peace in our lives. Allow me to share the first three with you today from the Word of God.

1. The first thing we must have to have true peace is freedom from sin and sin’s consequences.

2. The second thing we must have to have true peace is freedom from fear.

3. The third thing that you must have to have true peace is freedom from want.

+ Plus, listen to the Harlem Gospel Choir singing “It Is Well With My Soul” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”

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