Intro: We seek peace, and unfortunately we go out of our way to find it in all the wrong places. The most shocking thing that I have heard lately is what Americans would be willing to do in exchange for 10 million dollars. 5% would abandon their family. 25% would abandon their church. 23% would become a prostitute for a week. 16% would give up their American citizenship. 16% would leave their spouse. 3% would put their children up for adoption. Two- thirds of those polled agreed to at least one, some to several, of the options. The majority would not leave empty-handed. With the hopes that the money would grant them peace. Why don't we have peace? Why do we think we have to look in so many places to find peace? There are a few questions we can ask ourselves so that we may find the things that lead to peace.
1. What will it take to make me content?
a. Hebrews 13:5.
b. There are new material things every day. Phill. 4:11 - 13
c. Computer example.
2. Are there any unsurrendered worries in my heart?
a. 1st Peter 5:7
b. The Greek word for worry means to divide the mind.
c. It is a noose around the neck that will strangle your mind.
3. Is this true peace, or worldly peace?
a. Luke 12:13 - 21
b. Luke 12:22 - 34
c. Phill. 4:7
Jesus the Prince of Peace stands at the door and knocks. Why search for the material things of this life that are eventually going to be burned up, when the peace that He offers is free and eternal? Please, don't forsake the eternal for that which is temporary.