The Foundation for Inner Peace

People want inner peace. What is the foundation for inner peace?

On the one hand they're not happy with living, but on the other hand they're not ready to die.

And speaking of dying...what then?

The Toughest Question

Jack Welch, the retired CEO of General Electric, was interviewed on the television program, 60 Minutes, by Dan Rather (March 30, 2005).

Dan asked Jack, “What’s the toughest question you have ever been asked?” “Do you think you’ll go to heaven?” said Welch.

“Your answer?” asked Rather. Welch replied, "If caring about people, if giving it your all, if being a real friend counts, despite the fact that I’ve been divorced a couple of times – and no one’s proud of that – I haven’t done everything right all the time, but I think I got a shot. I’m in no hurry to get there or to find out anytime soon."

Like Jack Welch, many people imagine that God has a giant scale on which he weighs everyone's good and bad deeds. They assume that if their good deeds outweigh their bad ones, God will let them into heaven.

It is impossible to have the foundation for inner peace by doing good deeds. What if you were one good deed short? How would you know? You can’t. Thankfully, God doesn’t approach entrance into heaven on a performance basis.

Do you feel helpless and hopeless?

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An American Indian was once asked how he found God. He knelt down, found a little worm and put it on the ground. The crowd watched him form a ring of dry leaves, put the worm in the middle and build a fire around it. The fire spread and surrounded the worm. The worm immediately began to flee.

As the worm squirmed away from the flame it quickly met another wall of fire on the other side. Finally, the little worm, finding no way of escape, lay down helpless and dying. Then the Indian picked up the worm and saved it. He turned to the crowd and said, “That is the way I was saved. It was by God’s mercy.”

Have you ever felt like the little worm – frightened and trapped with no place to turn? Even in your lowest moment God will rescue you if you’ll ask Him. God is the foundation for inner peace.

Finding the foundation for inner peace

How would you describe God?

  • God is the creator.
    In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1

  • God is perfect. His works are perfect. Deuteronomy 32:4

  • God loves all people. God is love. I John 4:8

  • God is a fair and just judge.
    He will judge the world in righteousness. Psalm 9:8

    Now, how would you describe mankind?

  • People are dependent - on things and other people.

  • People are imperfect. Everyone has intentionally done something that he knew was wrong. The Bible calls that sin and says, All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23

  • People are selectively loving.

  • People are destined to die.
  • I'm sure you can add to both lists. We easily see the good and bad in mankind. It is harder to describe God. It is important to get our view of God from the Bible, the only true source of information about God.

    Finding the foundation for inner peace requires God's help

    The Bible teaches that God is perfect and just and we are imperfect sinners. The just penalty for our sin is death.

    The wages of sin is death. Romans 6:23.

    Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment. Hebrews 9:27.

    There is a huge gulf between us and God. No amount of "good deeds" can span this gulf. We all need help finding the foundation for inner peace.

    Since we are not capable of crossing over to God, he provided a bridge.

    The bridge is Jesus

    Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 5:1.

    Jesus said, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through me." John 14:6

    Jesus also said, I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned: he has crossed over from death to life. John 5:24.

    Hearing Jesus' words and believing Him is the foundation for inner peace with God. God accepts us not because of what we have done but because of what Jesus did.

    Jesus said, Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven (Matthew 10:32).

    The most important question

    When we stand before God, the most important question will not be, “Do you think you have done enough to get into heaven?” The most important question is the one God asks Jesus. “Do you know this person?” Because of our trust in Him, Jesus will look at his Father and say, “Yes, he’s with me.”
    That’s how we’ll get into heaven.

    Finding the foundation for inner peace
    is as simple as A B C.

    A - Admit that you are a sinner and cannot save yourself.

    Several years ago I slipped and fell on a five-gallon metal can. I fractured two ribs and the pain led me to quickly admit that I needed help.

    In the same way we will come to Jesus only when we admit our need for help and our inability to save ourselves.

    B - Believe that Jesus is God's Son and that He died and rose again to bring you peace with God.

    Lee Strobel was a legal editor of the Chicago Tribune and an atheist until 1981. When his wife became a follower of Jesus, Lee set out to use his journalistic training to prove that Jesus was a fake. However, the testimony of medical doctors, scientists, historians and professors finally led him to this verdict - Jesus really is the Son of God.

    C - Commit your life to following Jesus.

    The promises I made on my wedding day did more than change that one day of my life. It has changed every single day since. Becoming a follower of Jesus is not a one day decision - it is a commitment for the rest of your life.

    Is this your day?

    Is today your day to trust Jesus? Respond to His voice right now. Open the door of your heart and ask Jesus to come in. Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

    It might help you to echo this prayer in your heart:

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    Jesus, I know I am not ready to die. I admit that I have gone my own way. I have sinned against you and need your forgiveness. I am sorry for my sins. I want to change.

    I believe that you are the Son of God. I believe that you died on the cross for my sins and rose again from the dead. Thank you for your great love.

    Now I open the door. Come in Lord Jesus. Come in as my Savior and forgive me. Come in as my Lord and take over. I commit my life from this moment to you. I want to be saved. I need you in my life. I need a fresh start. Thank you for hearing the cry of my heart. Amen.

    What's next?

    If you have honestly admitted your sin, believed in Jesus, and committed your life to Him, welcome to the family of God. At this moment in your life we highly recommend that you immediately take three important steps:

    1. Become a part of a Bible teaching church.

    2. Be baptized in the name of Jesus.

    3. Join a small group with other followers of Jesus.

    Remember these words: You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13

    Author: Paul Schlieker

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