I made up a story about my car. It is not a true story. I made it up to illustrate a point. I went out one morning to go somewhere and my car would not start. When I turned the key nothing happened. No sound. Nothing.  Since the car was dirty I decided to wash it thinking that may get it to start.  It didn’t help. It still would not start. I decided to put all new tires on the car.  That may help. I put four new tires on it. It still would not start. I decided to replace the back window that had a small crack in it. It didn’t help. The car would still not start. I replace all the wires and hoses. It didn’t help. It still would not start. I finally replaced the battery. I tried it. It started immediately!  I know it is a silly story but it makes the point I want to make. I know many Christians who are living very uncomfortable lives. I believe they are true Christians. I think they will go to heaven when they die. But they are miserable now. They have no peace! When you ask them what is wrong they nearly always want to change somebody else.  “If my husband was a better person, I would have peace.”  “If my boss was as good as the boss I had ten years ago, I would have peace.” “If my children were not so rebellious I would have peace.”  The odds are pretty high against you — you’ll never change someone else. Besides that, that is not where peace comes from. Galatians 5:22 says “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace…” Philippians 4:6-7 teaches that if I pray instead of worry I would have peace beyond human understanding. PEACE COMES FROM GOD!!!  If I don’t have peace I need to work on my relationship with God. Trying to get peace any other way is like replacing the tires on a car with a dead battery — it is not going to help. If you don’t have peace work on your relationship with God.  It would be nice if your husband would change or your wife would change or your children would be less rebellious but it is probably not going to happen.  You can have peace in spite of whatever any other person does / doesn’t do or in spite of your circumstances because peace comes from God.  Let me say it again: real peace comes from God not from other people!  If you don’t have peace work on your relatioship with God. It is the only place to find true peace. If you can change some other other things, go ahead and do it. But, you can have peace in spite of your circumstances and in spite of other people and what they do or don’t do because true peace comes from God. This is one of the greatest lessons you can learn.  If the battery in your car is dead don’t replace the tires, replace the battery. If you don’t have peace don’t try to change other people, work on your relationship with God.  Real peace comes from God and God alone!

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