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Finding Inner Peace
In Kung Fu Panda 2, Shifu says the key to Po becoming a great fighter and being able to be his best is "Inner Peace." Through the movie, Po is searching for and striving for "Inner Peace."
The world and eastern religion will tell you that finding INNER PEACE is a matter of finding balance within oneself through self realization, meditation, and enlightenment.
Wikipedia defines INNER PEACE as “a state of being mentally and spiritually at peace, with enough knowledge and understanding to keep oneself strong in the face of discord or stress.”
I agree with part of Wikipedia’s definition: being mentally and spiritually at peace and able to stay strong in the face of stress.
However, I believe that INNER PEACE comes from being firmly grounded in your relationship with God, so that you know you can take on anything that comes your way in life.
It isn’t so much about what you know or who you are or what you can do, but it is ALL about who God is and what HE can do!
According to Blue Letter Bible.Com, which I highly recommend using, the word “PEACE” occurs 251 times in 230 verses in the NIV, which is the version we use here at Skate Night.
Let’s look at a few of those verses now. (Parents and supporters reading this blog, please take a moment to read some of these scriptures and see if any of them strike a chord within you. Are you at peace?)
Bible Drill & Discussion of Each Verse
I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.
The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace
Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.
Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.
"There is no peace," says the LORD, "for the wicked."
But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.
"There is no peace," says my God, "for the wicked."
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."
You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, telling the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. (Sanctify – be freed from sin.) May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace
INNER PEACE is found not in self realization but by giving your entire life – body, mind, and spirit – to the Lord to be led by the Holy Spirit on a moment by moment, day by day basis.
I leave you with this blessing:
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.