True Knowledge of Self

Counter Pillar: Peace -part 2

Three Angels Broadcasting Network

Program transcript

Participants: Dwayne Lemon, Lance Wilbur


Series Code: TKS

Program Code: TKS000034A

00:28 Hello, I'm Lance.
00:30 And I'm Dwayne.
00:31 And welcome to another episode of TKS,
00:34 A True Knowledge of Self,
00:35 where we get to know ourselves from a biblical perspective.
00:39 We were so privileged to go through the Word of God
00:41 and see how God is giving us principles
00:44 on what constitutes peace,
00:46 but also giving us warnings about false forms of peace.
00:50 And we've been looking at that in our past episode
00:52 because we were again doing the contrast
00:54 between what we see in Christian culture
00:56 as well as what we see in hip-hop culture.
00:58 And one of the cornerstones of hip-hop culture
01:01 that we are currently studying right now
01:03 was none other than peace.
01:05 Establishment of unity
01:07 or rather peace and removing perplexity,
01:11 and of course, when you think of peace,
01:12 you think of ending violence,
01:13 you think of ending all sorts of forms of rape
01:17 and any type of degrading activities
01:21 that can take place in a society,
01:23 which is ultimately good.
01:24 I mean, who doesn't want these things.
01:27 But as we were reviewing,
01:28 as we looked at some of the concepts
01:30 that are coming from hip-hop culture,
01:32 specifically the declaration of peace
01:34 that they have established as a movement.
01:36 Once you start to look at it, you begin to see some things
01:40 and they really don't line up very well
01:43 because they're not definitive and they do not point us
01:47 to an ultimate source of how to get it done.
01:49 I kind of referenced in one episode,
01:50 where I talked about a parent.
01:52 And I am privileged to be the father of four children,
01:54 so I know this firsthand.
01:56 When you have a child,
01:58 it is not enough to tell them what to do,
02:01 but it's imperative that you empower them
02:04 and show them how to do what you want them to do.
02:07 And so it is with any declaration
02:09 that comes from any organization.
02:11 It's not enough to say, we want good behavior,
02:14 you have to define what is good behavior.
02:16 It's not enough that you want to demonstrate love,
02:18 you have define what is love.
02:20 And so it is, it's not enough to say
02:21 we need to have peace,
02:23 you have to define what is peace,
02:25 and how do we bring it
02:26 into our practical day-to-day living.
02:27 It's for this reason that as we were studying
02:29 in our last episode,
02:31 we were looking at some of the declarations of peace
02:33 and we were kind of,
02:34 taking a close look at one of the declarations
02:38 that was mentioned.
02:39 And I want to read it again
02:40 because I want us to consider something.
02:42 And this was a declaration
02:43 that was coming from the declaration of peace
02:46 from the hip-hop culture, which stated,
02:48 "Hip-hop culture respects
02:49 the dignity and sanctity of life
02:52 without discrimination or prejudice
02:54 and we shall consider it our duty
02:57 to protect the development of life,
02:59 over and before our individual free choice to destroy it
03:02 or seek to alter its natural development."
03:06 And when we close this,
03:07 we talked about the question marks
03:09 that were inside of the quote,
03:11 especially when it talked about natural development
03:13 because there's a lot of things
03:15 that we call natural developments,
03:17 that may very well be connected to our nature
03:20 but just because it's according to our nature,
03:22 doesn't mean it's right.
03:23 It doesn't mean that we should not seek to overcome it.
03:26 We used the example when we talked about
03:28 those who are going through
03:29 the experience of homosexuality,
03:31 and I wanna put a little point here.
03:33 When we made the points about homosexuality
03:36 not being endorsed by the Word of God,
03:39 we cannot deny what scripture says.
03:41 And the Bible condemns the practice of homosexuality.
03:45 However, we do not endorse what is often represented
03:49 through Christian organizations,
03:51 which is a rude, brash, ungodly attitude towards
03:56 those who choose to live a homosexual lifestyle.
03:58 We believe, here at TKS,
04:00 that individuals though they may choose a lifestyle
04:03 that is against God's will,
04:05 they are still worthy of being receiving love, respect,
04:10 and being treated like a human being.
04:13 And as a result of that, I wanna make it clear
04:15 that by no means do we endorse some of the behaviors
04:18 that we see some organizations demonstrate,
04:20 when it comes even to the homosexual community.
04:23 But true love for anybody
04:25 mean sometimes you got to tell them the truth,
04:27 but you got to tell it in love as the Book of Ephesians says.
04:31 And so it is, Lance, that you know,
04:32 when we were looking at some of these principles,
04:34 we're going through it,
04:36 we're trying to get an understanding
04:37 and get a grip on what's being purported
04:39 through this organization of hip-hop culture,
04:42 the Temple of Hip Hop and its declaration of peace
04:46 as one of its cornerstones.
04:48 There was something
04:49 that was stated in one of the other principles
04:50 that I wanted to bring by you
04:52 'cause we're just gonna look at a couple of them,
04:53 but more importantly,
04:54 we're gonna talk about biblical peace.
04:56 What really constitutes the peace that God offers?
04:59 How can we obtain it
05:01 and how can it become a living reality in our lives.
05:03 So what I'm gonna do here is
05:04 I looked at this one and I thought to myself,
05:06 this would be something good,
05:07 to maybe have some comments on.
05:09 It was what they call the fourth principle.
05:11 It says, "Hip-hop culture encourages womanhood,
05:15 manhood, sisterhood, brotherhood, and family.
05:20 We are also conscious not to bring any disrespect
05:26 to the dignity and reputation of our ancestors."
05:32 Now again, you know, I'm reading this
05:34 and I'm saying, what ancestors?
05:36 Who you are referring to? What do you mean by this?
05:38 And I think you had some thoughts
05:39 that you wanted to share
05:41 that might be enlightening even to our viewers.
05:42 Yeah, this idea really comes from
05:44 almost ancient form,
05:46 there's form of indigenous religion
05:49 in many cultures, Asia, Africa,
05:50 and many other places called Animism.
05:53 So it's pretty much like ancestor worship.
05:56 So again, I haven't, you know,
05:58 consulted with the author of this document,
05:59 so I don't know exactly what they meant
06:01 but to me, based on the origins and kind of the background
06:05 and hip-hop culture like from, you know,
06:07 where you came from Nuwaubianism,
06:09 I came from Five Percent Nation.
06:13 You know, there was a lot of Afrocentric,
06:15 you know, back to Africa, you know, all of that stuff,
06:17 Kwanzaa and all kinds of other things.
06:19 And part of this also was the idea of ancestor worship.
06:24 The idea that our predecessors,
06:26 you know, die, pass on into the spirit world
06:30 and that they're constantly,
06:32 you know, there to help us, some are there to oppress us.
06:36 And so there is a constant need to please them,
06:40 to offer them things,
06:42 so the religious worship kind of revolves
06:44 around these ancestors
06:46 that are passed into the spirit world.
06:48 So we have, you know, in by itself, the idea that,
06:52 you know, you should honor those
06:54 that have come before you,
06:55 you should, you know, do right by those
06:57 who have paved the way for you,
06:59 all of that is basic honor and respect and dignity.
07:01 There's nothing wrong with that.
07:02 However, it does, you know, start to border on these,
07:08 you know, ancient, you know, pagan spiritualism
07:12 that you still see today.
07:14 I mean, you can go to,
07:15 you know, the jungles in Amazon,
07:17 you can go to certain tribes in Africa,
07:19 in certain places in Asia
07:21 that practice this fundamental animism.
07:24 And so, when it says here that they are not to bring,
07:29 we are also conscious not to bring
07:31 any disrespect to the dignity
07:32 and reputation of our ancestors.
07:35 What happens is...
07:36 And we do the same thing in the western culture.
07:39 Somebody could live the most corrupted life
07:43 of any person on the planet,
07:45 they die and all of a sudden
07:46 they become some holy person and some saint.
07:49 And so we have to honor in reverence and not...
07:51 Well, they lived a life that was contrary to that,
07:54 all of a sudden now
07:55 that they've passed into the spirit world,
07:57 doesn't necessarily make them, you know,
07:59 they didn't practice honor and dignity in their lifetime,
08:02 now all of a sudden because they've passed away,
08:04 I have to practice something that they didn't.
08:06 So there's a little bit of a contradiction in that,
08:11 there's a little bit of irony in that, that,
08:14 you know, these people that have passed away,
08:17 all of a sudden become heroes,
08:19 but they were nobody to hold up as a standard.
08:23 They weren't an individual that we should live our lives
08:25 according to their example.
08:27 So, you know, we have to treat it
08:29 with a grain of salt but the bottom line is
08:32 it kind of speaks to that ancient,
08:35 you know, African animism.
08:38 Yeah, and these are things that I think
08:40 we have to consider from this standpoint.
08:44 What you're saying can be innocent in and of itself.
08:48 However, the problem is, is that it is so open ended
08:53 that it can be interpreted in various ways
08:55 and therefore it can create more confusion
08:59 rather than peace.
09:00 You remember the Bible says in 1 Corinthians 14:33,
09:02 I referenced it earlier in another episode.
09:05 "God is not the author of confusion,
09:07 but of peace as in all the churches."
09:09 It's interesting when the Lord brought
09:12 the children of Israel out of Egypt,
09:14 and He was preparing them now to enter into Canaanland.
09:18 You read the accounts in the Bible
09:20 and it's very interesting how God lays things out.
09:23 When you look at how He brought them out
09:24 in Exodus 15, in Exodus 16,
09:27 God begins to change the diet.
09:29 Exodus 17, God is teaching a principle of cooperation,
09:32 every time they held Moses' arms up,
09:34 they were winning
09:35 and when they allowed his arms to go down,
09:37 then they will start to lose.
09:39 Exodus 18, Moses' father, Jethro,
09:42 father-in-law of Jethro introduces organization.
09:44 Yep.
09:46 Exodus 19, God is reminding them of the covenant.
09:48 In Exodus 20, you get the Ten Commandments.
09:51 But then in Exodus 21-24,
09:53 I thought it was very interesting.
09:55 God wanted to make sure
09:58 that the principles in the Ten Commandments
10:01 were so well understood, that literally,
10:05 Exodus 21-24 is dedicated to something called judgments.
10:10 And those judgments were literally
10:12 taking the Ten Commandments
10:14 and making it absolutely practical
10:17 in day-to-day living.
10:18 What you see is, God putting forth a tremendous effort
10:21 to remove private interpretation.
10:25 Right. This is the mindset of God.
10:26 He wants to remove it. Why?
10:28 Because God knows something that many unfortunately,
10:30 even in hip-hop culture don't understand,
10:32 our hearts are deceitful, our hearts are deceitful,
10:35 our hearts are deceitful.
10:36 We have a carnal nature.
10:38 We cannot determine right from wrong on our own.
10:41 This is why the Bible is so incredibly explicit,
10:44 when God wants what He wants and He makes it clear,
10:47 "This is why I want it, here's the benefits to you,
10:49 here's the benefits to me, here's the benefits to those
10:52 that you will demonstrate these principles to."
10:54 I mean, He lays it out
10:56 so individuals can understand it.
10:59 Now the reason why this is important
11:00 is because the children of Israel
11:03 were recognized at a time
11:05 in earth's history as God's chosen people.
11:09 And one of the reasons for this is found
11:11 in the Book of Romans 3, and this is what it says.
11:13 It says, "What advantage then," Romans 3:1,
11:17 "What advantage then hath the Jew?
11:21 Or what profit is there of circumcision?
11:24 Much every way, chiefly, because that unto them
11:28 were committed the oracles of God."
11:31 One of the things that made Israel stand out
11:33 as a people in the midst of all the other nations
11:36 was not simply the covenant
11:37 that God made with their fathers,
11:39 but God gave unto them His oracles.
11:40 He spoke these words, especially His commandments
11:43 and He gave that to them
11:45 that they were supposed to take it
11:46 and represent it to the world.
11:48 Now even though Israel had the very oracles of God,
11:53 they had agency of God's spirit,
11:55 they had a tabernacle, a sanctuary,
11:57 and when they transported, the fire would attend them
12:00 which was representing the presence of God by night,
12:02 and then the cloud that kept them cool by day.
12:05 God was constantly making it known, "I'm with you."
12:09 Even with this people, however,
12:12 shortly after their probation close
12:14 as a nation to represent God,
12:16 the Apostle Paul still had a burden for his people
12:18 to see and understand God and His righteousness.
12:21 Now in Romans 10, this is how Paul spells it out.
12:24 And I thought it was interesting
12:26 because I'm making a point here.
12:27 In Romans 10:1, it says "Brethren, my heart's desire
12:32 and prayer to God for Israel is,
12:35 that they might be saved."
12:37 Now that obviously indicates
12:39 that Israel was in a lost condition.
12:41 And then Paul says, "For I bear them record
12:44 that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.
12:48 For they being ignorant of God's righteousness,
12:51 and going about to establish their own righteousness,
12:55 have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God."
12:59 Israel received the very oracles of God.
13:03 Israel as a nation had privileges
13:06 that no other nation has had.
13:08 Yet, Israel did not faithfully understand God's oracles.
13:13 And as a result of that,
13:14 they went about trying to establish
13:16 their own righteousness rather than God's.
13:20 How much the more it is today
13:21 when you look at sinful frail humanity?
13:24 Many of which who have not been exposed to the oracles of God,
13:27 who have not been exposed
13:29 to God's principles of righteousness
13:30 from generation to generation,
13:32 yet they're supposedly gonna learn these virtues of God
13:35 like love and peace and everything
13:37 and it's so open ended
13:39 that we can interpret it ourselves.
13:42 Are we not in danger
13:43 of making the same mistakes that Israel did?
13:45 That even thought Israel was privileged,
13:47 they lost sight of God
13:49 and then try to establish their own righteousness.
13:51 Could it be that, if principles
13:53 that are supposedly a declaration of peace
13:56 but at the end of the day,
13:57 they're so open ended,
13:59 it's absolutely open to private interpretation,
14:02 individuals can then set up their own righteousness
14:05 and try to claim it as God's righteousness
14:08 and fall down the path of error
14:09 and possibly perdition just like Israel of old.
14:12 And essentially it was culture superseding the creator.
14:16 That's right.
14:17 And we have a similar situation here
14:19 and a desperate holding on to culture
14:22 and a continual rejection of the author of culture.
14:26 That is correct.
14:27 So let's talk more about peace because I mean,
14:29 we have to really see it defining
14:30 what does the Bible say about peace,
14:32 you know, how do we get it, where does it come from,
14:34 what is it essentially?
14:35 That's right, now again,
14:37 a quote that I gave earlier in another episode
14:39 was Galatians 5.
14:40 In Galatians 5:22 and 23,
14:43 the Bible talks about the fruit of the spirit.
14:45 It says, "But the fruit of the Spirit
14:47 is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness,
14:51 goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance,
14:52 against such there is no law."
14:54 In 1 Corinthians 14:33 again,
14:56 "God is not the author of confusion, but of peace."
15:01 So peace comes from God.
15:03 Peace is something that only God can give.
15:06 And this is important because in hip-hop culture
15:08 and in many cultures at large quite honestly,
15:10 not just hip-hop, individuals are pursuing peace
15:14 because there's a lot of perplexity in the world.
15:15 The Bible prophesied that these things were gonna happen,
15:18 that the world, the people and the nations
15:20 were gonna become perplexed
15:22 and they were gonna go through various points of confusion.
15:25 Well, these are the opposites of peace.
15:27 And here it is that we need it, we know we want it
15:30 but sometimes we can't get it
15:32 because we don't know where to get it from.
15:34 So the first point that we need to establish
15:36 is that peace comes from God.
15:38 And this kind of peace that comes from God
15:40 should be deeply coveted after
15:42 because the Bible tells us how long it last.
15:45 It says in the Book of Philippians 4,
15:48 it tells us something that is beautiful
15:50 as it relates to the peace that God offers.
15:52 In Philippians 4,
15:55 we're just gonna consider Philippians 4:7.
15:58 And the Bible says, "And the peace of God,
16:02 which passeth all understanding,
16:05 shall keep your hearts and minds
16:07 through Christ Jesus."
16:09 So this is the kind of peace that sticks,
16:11 this is not the one that is here for a minute
16:13 when I'm smoking weed and then next thing, you know,
16:15 when the effect of the weed is gone,
16:17 I'm back down in the slum.
16:18 This is not the kind of peace that when an individual goes
16:21 and enters into sexual relationships
16:23 and they have this moment of a thrill,
16:25 but then when it's all over,
16:26 they're back down to that dumps again.
16:28 This is bigger, better, deeper than the kind of thing
16:31 where people listen to a certain form of music
16:33 and while the music's playing they have a state of peace,
16:35 but when the music is turned off,
16:37 they're back in that slum.
16:38 This is a peace that passes all human understanding,
16:42 it has a stick-to-itiveness that nothing else has like it.
16:45 This is what God is offering to humanity.
16:47 And my question is,
16:48 why in the world would somebody not want this?
16:50 Yeah, and essentially, God is the one that provides it
16:54 and then there is an expectation.
16:56 That's right.
16:57 So if it is something that God offers
16:59 and He's giving us instruction to live a certain way,
17:03 then the expectation is that we receive it,
17:05 we accept it and it will yield something,
17:07 it will produce something.
17:09 So, you know, the question remains is what...
17:13 How can we reciprocate?
17:15 I know that we cannot...
17:19 When we talk about reciprocation,
17:21 it's not something
17:22 that we are doing to earn God's favor
17:24 or something that we can do to impress God.
17:27 It's really simply us pleasing God based on us
17:30 accepting what He is offering.
17:31 That's right. So He's living through us.
17:33 So, you know, I wanna make that kind of clear,
17:35 so as it relates to peace
17:37 how is it that this exchange works?
17:40 What is now the human response to what God is offering?
17:43 Well, God offers peace but it comes through someone,
17:47 and if we don't accept the medium
17:49 that God has offered His peace through then we can't get it.
17:52 It's just that simple.
17:53 What is that medium?
17:54 The Bible spells it out in John 16:33.
17:58 Jesus says, "These things I have spoken unto you,
18:02 that in me ye might have peace.
18:05 In the world ye shall have tribulation,
18:08 but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."
18:11 So Jesus makes it clear, "In me you'll have peace."
18:14 And this is why the Christian position
18:16 is the biblical position,
18:17 which is to call individuals to Jesus.
18:20 To let them know, come unto Jesus
18:22 because He is the author
18:24 but He's also the finisher of our faith.
18:25 It is through Christ that we can have a peace
18:28 that passes all understanding.
18:30 And when we receive it,
18:31 Christ can first and foremost remove
18:33 one of the greatest burdens
18:34 that hinders our peace which is guilt.
18:37 Almost every human being, I would dare to say
18:39 every human being goes through a state
18:41 or phase of life when they get a chance
18:43 to look at themselves in the mirror,
18:44 they can look at mistakes that they have made,
18:46 they can look at areas in their past
18:48 where they had just perhaps in their minds
18:50 at least ruined their lives,
18:51 and sometimes there are other instruments like other people
18:55 that can be influential to us and put us down
18:57 and make us just feel horrible over our past decisions
19:01 and that will put you in a state of depression.
19:04 Christ says, "I'm here to offer you peace
19:06 because while you were yet a sinner,
19:08 I was willing to die the death you should die
19:10 that you can have the life I should have.
19:12 And I'm willing to accept you if you will accept Me."
19:16 And that offer gives peace to the human heart.
19:19 When an individual can say,
19:20 "You mean to tell me that you're willing to take me.
19:22 And you're willing to let my life
19:24 start all over again in you and you can erase my past
19:27 and wash it clean with Your blood",
19:29 as 1 John 1:7 says.
19:30 "And you can give me a brand new start?"
19:33 Christ says, "Yes."
19:34 When an individual accepts that, Romans 5:1,
19:39 "Therefore being justified by faith,
19:42 we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ."
19:47 I mean, it's so simple, man. Yeah.
19:49 And this is what the Lord offers
19:51 and this is why we have to tell our friends
19:53 in hip-hop culture,
19:54 "Listen, you can't have peace
19:56 just because you want to pursue it.
19:57 You certainly can't have peace if it's not clearly defined.
20:00 You need to understand peace is something
20:02 that comes from God
20:03 and it comes through an acceptance of His son
20:05 that He sent that would die the death you should die
20:08 that you can have the life He should have.
20:10 And live a life that is designed to please Him,
20:14 and when you do that
20:16 it has a wonderful reciprocal experience,
20:18 which is it brings peace to the human heart."
20:22 That's a blessing, so it's not necessarily a declaration,
20:25 you know, on a piece of paper, it's not a document.
20:27 Oh, no. No, no, no.
20:28 And so once that is realized,
20:30 again I'll come back to this idea
20:33 what is the response?
20:35 We accept it, we get it,
20:37 what is now that human response moving forward
20:39 because that is one critique, you know, that we used to use
20:43 when we were outside of Christianity
20:45 that is still used today.
20:47 Once I leave the church building,
20:49 you know, once I'm through with that experience
20:52 that makes me feel good and makes me feel the peace
20:54 and feel the joy.
20:56 Once I'm out of that time of meditation
20:59 where I'm studying and praying and, you know,
21:01 I kind of isolate spending time with God,
21:03 and I go out into the world
21:05 and I'm experiencing all of this stuff.
21:07 Yeah.
21:09 And I'm feeling all of these things
21:10 and I'm getting frustrated, and I'm getting stress,
21:12 I'm getting...
21:13 How does the peace now work in the human heart?
21:16 What is the next step, the next level?
21:18 I understand.
21:20 You see, again, in Isaiah 59:2, it says,
21:24 "But your iniquities have separated
21:26 between you and your God."
21:28 Your sins have caused God to hide His face from us
21:30 that He will not hear us.
21:31 So sin separates us from God.
21:33 And any individual who is separated from God
21:36 will definitely have a perplex life.
21:38 They're gonna have a life filled with confusion, trail,
21:40 tribulation, sadness, sorrow and all sorts of things,
21:43 temporal peace, temporal happiness
21:46 but it won't certainly last long.
21:47 So then the goal is to be reunited with God
21:50 because He is the author of peace
21:52 and He offers it through His son.
21:53 Well, once an individual is willing to see,
21:57 it was my sins that broke up the relationships,
22:01 it was my sins that broke the peaceful union
22:03 that I had with God, then what I need is
22:05 I need to have a power source that can enable me
22:07 to have victory over sin,
22:08 so that I can be reunited with God.
22:10 This comes through Jesus Christ.
22:12 This is why Jesus said, "Be of good cheer,
22:13 I've overcome the world,
22:15 you can overcome the world through my power."
22:17 Well, when an individual comes in contact with Christ,
22:20 then what they're gonna do now
22:21 is seek to live the life Christ lived.
22:24 Jesus was temped in all points but He didn't sin.
22:27 Sin is the breaking of God's commandments.
22:30 So the goal of God is to offer Jesus
22:33 to allow His blood
22:35 to be a propitiation for our past sins
22:37 but then also to give us power to live a life above sin,
22:41 which is to keep His commandments.
22:42 If this takes place,
22:44 Proverbs 3 comes beautifully in the experience.
22:49 "My son, forget not my law,
22:51 but let thine heart keep my commandments:
22:55 for length of days, and long life, and peace,
22:59 shall they add to thee."
23:02 Now this is in direct contrast to the ideologies of Satan.
23:06 Satan try to introduce to humanity,
23:09 the more that you break and violate God's law,
23:12 the greater peace you have.
23:13 Well, people can actually see today I believe,
23:16 that that is truly a lie.
23:18 God is actually saying, "When you keep My commandments,
23:21 it actually brings about peace in the life."
23:23 There is nothing like a life
23:25 that is in harmony with God's law.
23:27 Well, it's not only that you and I get the benefit of,
23:32 you know, obeying God's commandments
23:33 and enjoying all this peace but it also pleases Him.
23:36 In fact, there's a even greater benefit
23:39 or not greater but there's another benefit
23:41 that happens in the midst of pleasing God
23:44 as a result of keeping His commandments
23:46 that brings peace to our own lives.
23:47 It spelled out real nice in Proverbs 16:7.
23:51 Here's what the Bible says,
23:53 "When a man's ways please the Lord,
23:56 he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with Him."
24:01 So now peace is becoming contagious.
24:03 You know what I'm saying, it's like now here it is
24:05 that an individual can look and say,
24:06 "Wow, the more that my life is in harmony
24:09 with God and His law,
24:10 it actually can bring a peace to my own heart."
24:13 Then I also please God
24:16 and now that I am a "law abiding citizen,"
24:20 if you will, I even can bring at peace
24:23 my enemies with me because now you're manifesting,
24:26 remember we talked about the law of God
24:27 as a revelation of God's character.
24:29 God loved His enemies
24:31 and even His enemies was one to His heart
24:33 of which you and I make a part of that number.
24:36 So it is that when individuals truly understand
24:38 and live a life in harmony with God's commandments,
24:41 it helps bring about a peace not just between them and God
24:44 but even by God's grace between them and their enemies.
24:47 Ain't that same, Dwayne,
24:49 if we look at Isaiah 26:3, it says,
24:53 "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace,
24:56 whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee."
25:00 So again, the continual focus on God
25:03 and focus on God is really loving God, right?
25:06 So that reminds me of 1 John 5, we want to turn to it.
25:10 Oh, yeah. That's a good text.
25:12 Yeah, 1 John 5 and we're just gonna read first three verses.
25:16 Sure. 1 John 5?
25:18 Yes, 1 John 5.
25:21 You want me to read it? Yeah, go ahead.
25:23 "Whosoever believeth
25:24 that Jesus is the Christ is born of God,
25:28 and every one that loveth Him that begat loveth Him also
25:33 that is begotten of Him.
25:34 By this we know that we love the children of God,
25:37 when we love God, and keep his commandments.
25:40 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments,
25:44 and his commandments are not grievous."
25:47 So we're not talking about, you know, just a sterile,
25:53 you know, robotic, you know, obedience.
25:56 We're talking about an intimate love
25:58 that exists between the creator and His creation.
26:01 And as we love God with all of our heart
26:04 and all of our mind,
26:05 all of our strength as the Bible says,
26:07 then we will do the things that please Him.
26:10 We do the things that please Him,
26:12 then He offers us peace in return.
26:14 It's a continual peace,
26:16 it's kind of like a marriage relationship.
26:19 If, you know, you have a wife, I'm married,
26:22 again I have four children as well.
26:24 And if I'm doing things...
26:27 For example, if I go out and cheat on my wife,
26:31 I can't expect peace to exist in my home,
26:34 if I'm actively cheating on my wife.
26:36 I can't come home and say, you know,
26:37 "Honey, I cheated on you today,
26:39 I hope everything is okay, you know,
26:41 I'm real hungry, so is dinner ready?"
26:43 It's not gonna happen. Right.
26:44 There's not gonna be peace in my home.
26:46 So we want peace, the question is,
26:49 are we willing to obey,
26:51 are we willing to accept what God is offering,
26:52 the power to obey and overcome?
26:55 And if we do that, John 14:27 says,
26:59 "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you."
27:04 Now watch this, "Not as the world giveth,
27:08 give I unto you.
27:09 Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."
27:14 My friends, I hope and pray that this is the peace
27:18 that you will definitely make a covenant
27:20 with God to receive even today,
27:22 that you will allow this peace to be the means
27:25 that governs your life
27:27 and that you and I can experience what God wants.
27:29 And I believe that as you do that,
27:31 you're gonna see great and marvelous things
27:34 take place in your life.
27:35 And you're gonna see a lot of that stress
27:36 and a lot of the perplexities go away,
27:38 and you'll see this is a peace that only Christ can give
27:41 and the world certainly cannot give this.
27:45 We want to really thank God for you joining with us
27:47 and I trust that you have been tremendously blessed
27:49 as I know I have been blessed.
27:51 And we just want you to tune into our next episodes
27:53 coming up, where you can receive
27:54 more of these blessings.
27:56 And until then, remember those wonderful words
27:58 which tells us,
28:01 "It is the Lord that giveth wisdom
28:03 and out of His mouth
28:05 comes knowledge and understanding."
28:08 God bless you.


Revised 2017-06-29