John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you
In Israel, Jews greet each other with the words shalom, shalom. Unlike the English word peace, shalom does not just mean peace of mind, but also wholeness for your entire beingspirit, soul and body. It means having a sense of completeness and soundness. In other words, shalom encompasses your provision, health, safety and total well-being.
When Jesus spoke to His disciples in John 14:27, He did not use the English word peace. He would have used the Hebrew word shalom, saying, Shalom I leave with you, My shalom I give to you Interestingly, the word leave here actually means bequeath, the way a rich man bequeaths his estate to his beneficiary.
The disciples must have been excited when they heard that Jesus was bequeathing them His shalom. They must have known that to receive His shalom was to have His health because they had never seen Him sick. To have His shalom also meant never being in lack because He was never broke. Whenever He needed money, money was there. Once, money to pay the temple tax came in the mouth of a fish! (Matthew 17:2427)
The disciples also understood that having Jesus shalom meant having His abundance because they had seen Him meeting the needs of thousands with plenty of leftovers. They saw him feeding 5,000 men (not counting the women and children) with 12 baskets full of leftovers! (Mark 6:3444)
Jesus wanted His disciples to know that His peace was different from the peace that the world offers. His peace would change whatever trying circumstances that beset them. Even if it was a mega storm, it would have to bow to His peace. The Prince of Peace merely spoke, Peace, be still! and the winds and the sea obeyed Him. (Mark 4:39) His peace changed the mega storm into a perfect calm.
Beloved, that is the kind of peace that Jesus has bequeathed to you. Therefore, believe that His shalom which He has left with you will change all your difficult situations, bringing you from sickness, lack and mental anguish to health, provision and total wellness!
OUR NATURE IN CHRIST …
But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. – Matthew 24:13
Here, Jesus teaches that the believer must persevere to receive complete salvation. Salvation is a gift that cannot be earned or maintained by our own works. It has to be received by faith. However, there is effort on our part to maintain that faith. This is where holiness comes in.
Holiness will not produce relationship with God, nor will a lack of holiness make God turn away from us. He deals with us according to our faith in Jesus, not our performance. Holiness will keep Satan from stealing our faith, while a lack of holiness is an open invitation for the devil to do his worst. A person who wants to endure to the end cannot live a lifestyle that permits Satan free access to him.
Although God is not imputing our sins unto us, we cannot afford the luxury of sin because it allows Satan to have access to us. When a Christian does sin, and allows the devil an opportunity to produce death in his life, the way to stop this is to confess the sin. God is faithful and just to take the forgiveness that is already present in our born-again spirit and release it in our flesh, thereby removing Satan and his strongholds.
Holiness is a fruit and not a root of salvation. That is to say that holiness is a by-product of relationship with God; it does not produce relationship with God. It is the nature of a Christian to walk in the light, not in the dark. When we are rightly informed of who we are and what we have in Christ, then holiness will naturally flow out of us because it is our nature.
God’s Provision Exceeds All Your Expectations
So Ruth the Moabitess said to Naomi, “Please let me go to the field, and glean heads of grain after him in whose sight I may find favor.”… Then she left, and went and gleaned in the field after the reapers. And she happened to come to the part of the field belonging to Boaz… – Ruth 2:2–3
Are you believing God for a certain breakthrough today? Trust the Lord to position you at the right place at the right time to experience His provision. Believe that He has gone before you and prepared a provision that will exceed your expectations!
If you’re trusting God for a life-partner, for example, look at the story of Ruth. Of all the fields that she could have stepped into to collect grain, the Lord led her to Boaz’s field! Boaz then fell in love with Ruth and the rest is history.
In the natural, all the odds were stacked against Ruth. She was a poor widow and a Moabitess (a foreigner). But that did not stop her from putting her trust in the Lord’s favor. Now, that favor not only led to the provision of grain for her and her mother-in-law, Naomi, it also led to the provision of a blessed life partner.
Beloved, God’s provision will exceed all your expectations! Ruth was only believing for grain, but the Lord exceeded her expectations and blessed her with Boaz! Believe with all your heart that Jesus can do the same for you!
You may have difficulties that look extremely large, obstacles that look impassible, but nothing can stop the flood of God’s power.
“Again I tell you, if two of you on earth agree (harmonize together, make a symphony together) about whatever [anything and everything] they may ask, it will come to pass and be done for them by My Father in heaven (Matthew 18:19, AMP).
The effectiveness of your prayers is ensured when you stand in agreement with others. The devil is no match for two or more believers in agreement with one another. Join forces with another believer in prayer today!
Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. —Psalm 136:1
More than ever, we live in a disposable culture. Think for a minute about some of the things that are made to be thrown away—razors, water bottles, lighters, paper plates, plastic eating utensils. Products are used, tossed, and then replaced.
This disposable culture is also reflected in more significant ways. Many times true commitment in relationships is seen as optional. Marriages struggle to survive.
Long-term employees are discharged just before retirement for cheaper options. A highly revered athlete leaves to join another team. It seems as if nothing lasts.
Our unchanging God, however, has promised that His loving mercy endures forever. In Psalm 136, the singer celebrates this wonderful promise by making statements about God’s wonder, work, and character. He then punctuates each statement about God with the phrase, “For His mercy endures forever.” Whether it is the wonder of His creation (vv.4-9), the rescue of His people (vv.10-22), or His tender care for His own (vv.23-26), we can trust Him because His mercy will never fail. In a temporary world, the permanence of God’s mercy gives us hope. We can sing with the psalmist, “Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever” (v.1).
I sing of mercies that endure,
Forever builded firm and sure,
Of faithfulness that never dies,
Established changeless in the skies.
God’s grace is immeasurable; His mercy inexhaustible; His peace inexpressible.
LIFE OF CONTINUAL PRAISE…
I Will Bless the Lord at all times ; His Praises Shall Continually Be in My Mouth.
Psalm 34 : 1.
David Wrote this psalm Wen He Pretended to be Insane In Front Of King Abimelek for Sake Of Saving Life. On one Side king Saul had Vowed to kill David Because of Jealousy & was pursuing him day & Night.. David Was Running From one Place to Another for his Life..
Wen He wrote This psalm , He was In Cave ..
He was Fearful.. at this Juncture Of Life He LOOKED To the Lord & Sang , Wrote This Amazing Psalm…
” I will Bless the Lord AT ALL TIMES ( good times , bad times ) ; His PRAISES Shall be Continually in my mouth …
My soul Boast In The Lord.Let The Afflicted hear & be Glad..
Glorify the Lord with me; let’s Exalt His Name Together.. ”
As David Started singing Praises unto God , His face Became RADIANT & The Lord Delivered Him From All Fear…
There Is Power In Praise ..
as we Start Singing Praises To God ,
we Will Find Closed Door Being Opened..
The One Reason Job Had DOUBLE RESTORATION for All His Troubles is His Life Of Continual Praise even though He Lost everything..
The Reason That Jonah was Rescued from the Belly Of Fish after 3 Days because He Sang Praises to God..
Paul & Silas was in Jail but As they started praising God All the doors of prison flew open & Chains came loose..
David Wen He Lost First Child stopped Mourning & Instead He started Worshipping the Lord & as A result the second Child ( Soloman ) tat was born Was the WISEST & RICHEST of all The Men who ever lived ..
king Jehoshaphat wen Started Praising God & HE Got Victory in Battle Even Without Fighting against the Vast Army Which was Impossible To defeat…
Wall Of Jericho fell down Wen Israelites Marched & Sang Praised God in Obedience& Faith..
The REASON of BLESSED & Victorious life Of David Was His PRAISE FILLED LIFE..
If We Learn Just This One aspect Of David’s Life ,We Will Find God Gives Us The key That Opens Doors That No Man Can Shut..
– Supernatural Favor …
– Blessing ..
– opportunity ..
– Healing …
– Job …
– marriage ..
– RESTORATION in Double…
Those Who Looked To Him are RADIANT ; Their Faces will NEVER be Covered with Shame ..Psalm 34 : 5
MAKE YOUR TIME COUNT …
‘All our busy rushing ends in nothing.’ Psalm 39:6 NLT
If there aren’t enough hours in your day to get everything done, chances are you can relate to David’s lament: ‘All our busy rushing ends in nothing.’ Mark Roberts writes, ‘It’s hard to think of a more relevant insight for our time… we’re seeing our nest eggs dry up and our economic hopes dashed… We feel as if we’ve been rushing about “[like] moving shadows” (Psalms 39:6 NLT), without substance.’ To maximise your time, Mary M. Byers says: ‘Make lists: what do you want to accomplish this week? List work–related tasks on one side and home–related on the other. That way you won’t have to struggle to remember everything. Consult your schedule first: understanding your current workload is essential to maintaining realistic goals. Are you booked solid, or is this a more relaxed week? If it’s the latter, you can tackle more than you could during times when you’re constantly on–the–go. Prioritise: highlight what has to be done this week, and put everything else on a secondary list. Focus on your highest priority and work on the rest as time permits. Delegate: is there a colleague who can assist at work? The same applies to home–based activities; let your kids pitch in. It’ll help you, and instil a sense of pride and responsibility in them. Identify extenuating circumstances: are you running yourself ragged caring for a loved one, or doing double duty while your spouse is away? At particularly challenging times, give yourself permission to let some things slide without feeling guilty that you’re not accomplishing as much as usual. Learn to let go: the longer something is on your list, the less important it’s likely to be.’
Think About What You’re Thinking About
“But Peter said, ‘Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself? While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.'” (Acts 5:3-4)
Words and observations enter through the realm of the soul. When they enter, we have a choice. We either accept them or cast them down. The words we receive and accept eventually enter the heart and either strengthen fear or strengthen faith. What they strengthen is determined by the source of the words.
Words of doubt and unbelief, if accepted, will eventually develop or strengthen fear. Words of truth, if accepted, will strengthen or develop faith. Every thought you have either complements or contends with faith.
When Jesus was talking to His disciples in John 16:6, He said, “But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart.” Your heart can be sad, or your heart can be happy. The decision is yours. Hear and accept words of sadness and sadness will grow. Sadness is a type of fear.
The Word of God is God’s faith. When you are open to receiving God’s Word, and you hear God’s Word, then faith goes into your heart like a seed. It will grow into a full manifestation. In the same way, Satan’s words are like seed. When you are open to his words, even without realizing you are, his lies and deceptions are planted into your heart and will grow into full manifestation. Understanding is not necessary to receive.
So the conclusion is this. Allow your heart to be filled with God’s Word so that faith will abound. Reject and cast down the fear-filled words of the enemy. Only you can make this choice. Choose wisely.
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