Peace with God and Self
From the book Lasting Success, this lays out the steps to true joy.
Our Soul, the Personality of Man
“Now we [those who have accepted Christ] have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God [truth]; that we might know the things [discern good from bad] that are freely given to us of God” (I Corinthians 2:12).
Our personality is a reflection of the values we adopt (that become rooted in our soul). The development and uniqueness of the soul is the real you! Immeasurably better than the best computers, the mental function of the soul includes assembling information and making choices. To function properly, the soul must be free from sin that emanates from the outside, and it must be free from subjective sin, prejudices and evil imaginations that are generated from within.
When we are honoring God, we find that our emotions remain in subjection and our decisions are greatly improved. The following diagrams reflect the three conditions of man in this life:
This person quite naturally has self or ego (E) on the throne. He remains separated from God. He is spiritually dead because Christ, who gives purpose and insight, has been rejected from his life.
This person repented and invited Christ (t) into his life as Lord and Savior from sin, but he then puts self (E) back on the throne as the boss over decisions.
Here we have the picture of a born-again Christian who remains humble and trusts his or her decision to Christ’s influence. Peace, discernment, and victory as a new person in Christ become a reality.
For those who are walking in Christ, the ability of their mind to assess reality without prejudice and to set priorities is phenomenal. The book of Hebrews often speaks of the “heart” as the place where decisions are formed.
Steps To Happiness & Peace with God
(The key is with whom you choose to place your faith)
- Recognize God’s Plan—Happiness in Life
God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life. The BIBLE says: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
- Realize Man’s Problem—Separation
People choose to disobey God their Creator and, thusly separated, go astray. The BIBLE says: “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
- Respond to God’s Remedy—Christ’s Sacrifice
God’s love bridges the gap of separation between God and you.When Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose from the grave, He paid the penalty for your sins. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
- Receive Christ
You cross the bridge into God’s family when you ask Christ to come into your life. The BIBLE says: “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God…” (John 1:12).
Receiving Christ involves four things: admitting your spiritual need, the desire to turn from your sin, believing that Jesus Christ died for you on the cross and receiving Jesus in your heart and life.
The BIBLE says (Christ is speaking): “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice,and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me” (Revelation 3:20); and “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13).
A sample of the BELIEVER’S PRAYER:
“Dear Lord Jesus, I know I am an unworthy sinner and I believe You died on the cross for my sins. Please forgive me of my sins and transform me into a new person. I surrender control of my life to you today. Thank you for saving me and giving me life eternal. Amen.”
Biblical outline adopted in part from The God of All Comfort by Hanna W. Smith and published by Moody Press.