The Gift Of Peace

I always thought Jesus was the best gift ever, or at least after I understood more of His great love. He was the Prince of Peace as babe in a manger, He walked in peace, with the Holy Spirit descending like a dove. He spoke peace, His peace and yet, it was divisive to some, not the kind of peace they wanted.

His peace, like Jesus, Himself, is our greatest gift ever. He left us His peace, John 14:27, and is our peace, Micah 5:5, Ephesians 2:14.

And His peace is not something to be taken lightly, trifled with or taken for granted, He has sown it in to our hearts and minds, by the Spirit and we have to let it grow, receive it, let it be come a harvest in us as believers.

God always gives good and perfect gifts, though we may not always receive them or walk in them and nothing but love will exceed His peace, in fact, they go together.

If wicked people can give their children good gifta and spoil them, how much more can our Heavenly Father lavish us with grace and peace, and His perfect love that dispells the fears we may be oppressed with?

If you ask for bread, He will not give you a stone. His yoke is easy and light and I am, convinced everything else is from the wicked one, from cares of the world to the little foxes, even the imaginations we must cast down and the thoughts we have to neither take nor say. His peace is our gift and it is a tremendous blessing.

I have watched nurses ask patients what their pain level is on a scale of one to ten. Shalom, mischpoah and yadeed, peace family and friends, what is your peace leve today? I can say mine has been way past ten today on the chart as He promises to keep me in perfect peace with my mind on Him. Isaiah 26:3.

What a precious gift is my Jesus and my Lord, and what a glorious gift is His peace. When things appear to be out of control, I can remain in control, knowing that He is.

He left us His peace and the gift of the Holy Spirit. It is in the Holy Spirit that you will receive His rest and be blessed with an abundance of peace.

Peace, Himself was born in a stable, swaddled in a manger made of stone, just like He would lie in a tomb for me, but He was raised to raise me up with Him and keep me seated in heavenly places, let me sleep in heavenly peace, rest, the rest of faith that I have entered in.

That is powerful peace, Jesus is our peace, the very peace that was our gift from God, not just at Christmas, He is always with us and will come to us in the Spirit like the rain. He gives us the gift of His peace, and all we have to do is receive it.

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The Gospel Of Peace

I got shoes! You got shoes! Did you know that many times in dreams that shoes represent peace? Slippers can mean you are too comfortable, tennis shoes, walking by faith or being in the race. Ice skates can mean gliding through a problem or possibly even over a frozen heart.

As always, I caution people about dream symbolism. Not every dream means something, or is from God. The bright and colored ones can be and the dark or gray from the enemy, but God also lives in the darkness of time and space, and originally created darkness as good and as a time of rest. Even Christian dream interpretation can be off base. You have to consider the source as from believer or psychic. Never base faith on dreams alone, nor totally discount them. Just ask the Holy Spirit to guide you. He will never deceive you or lie. He can make it plain. Visions too, can be colorful.

But as for shoes and how they fit into the gospel of peace, let’s look at the verse, it is in the Bible, which is what we have to be sure of and to see how it relates to us.

How beautiful are the feet of those that preach the gospel of peace. Romans 10:15

Now, I realize it says feet, and in those days, sandals were the normal footwear. And it was customary to offer someone water or have a servant wash the feet of guests. Jesus did that lowly task for the disciples and sent them out to preach the gospel of peace and saying to speak peace to homes and even to shake the dust from their feet if they were not received. Mary of Bethany is remembered for this as she anointed Jesus.

So the verse or the interpretation may not be just exactly in line with the Word as we wear so many shoes these days. High heels can be a high calling to minister or even seduction. You have to realize that there can be two sides and which one is for you.

And personally, I like boots. I have always loved boots, but in my PDF file on dreams, that came from a church in Texas, of all places, boots represent warring in the spirit or plain old spiritual warfare. I can attest to that. Liking boots didn’t bring out the enemy, loving the Lord did. And He helps me kick it to the curb, whatever the problem.

Truthfully, I have always had wide feet, rough heels and the occasional ingrown toenail, I recently broke a toe and the nail has grown back funny. So maybe my feet aren’t always so pretty, but they are to God as they carry the gospel of peace.

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Powerful Peace

This face is just picture perfect and how often does that happen. Actually, quite a bit around my blog. The Lord just puts the beautiful photographs in front of me, and I love to credit the fabulous photographers on their work. Her face just radiates the idea of perfect peace, doesn’t it and that peace os powerful because it is His peace from John 14:27. It is a gift unlike any other.

And how do we have that peace, only through Jesus and look just how powerful His peace is. While this may not be an actual phrase from the Word, there is powerful peace. Knowing when to speak and when to be silent. Jesus had to literally hold His peace, being tormented in the Garden of Gethsemane, and beaten, scourged, on trial, crucified.

Someone so powerful as to knock soldiers backwards after praying in agony before His arrest, could not have been taken in unless willing to give His life for us all. He even defended Peter and healed an ear. That is a powerful Prince of Peace, the prince of the power of the air hasn’t a chance.

There were other times He had to speak when necessary, and hold His powerful peace. You know, He called Lazarus forth and he came, He could have just said come forth and raised everyone. There were times He healed and others died, like Joseph, His earthly father. He did what the Father told Him to do, there were reasons. He went out and ministered after John the Baptist was beheaded. And even in prison, he had some doubts about Him.

I think that is the main hinderence to healing and deliverance, doubt and unbelief. Hebrews 3:12 warns us, even as believers, not to have an evil heart of unbelief. We may all have doubts, Jesus understands, He was tempted more than anyone. But unbelief is another thing entirely, He can do no mighty works.

Another time He held His peace when overturning the money changers tables, He corded a whip to control the righteous anger and not sin. He could have really exploded on them. And He avoided a lot of arguing and religious debate with the leaders. He came to seek and save the lost, not to become a king in the way they thought.

His peace is a divisive sword, cutting to the bone and heart of the matter, it is why believers will disagree on doctrine, and even to the point of hate, having a form of godliness but denying His power.

He has the power to heal, deliver, raise the dead, even now. And promised we could do greater works, how is that possible? By believing and speaking His peace to ourselves and others. His peace, John 14:27, is not like that of the world that causes division among people, it is a powerful peace that sustains us no matter the circumstances.

We are never under them, but He is over them and He left us His peace, is our peace, and He is powerful.

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Peace that Passes Understanding

Just what is the peace that passes understanding? I have surely read that verse. Jesus laid peace and that He left us His peace from John 14:27, on my heart a while back. Over two years ago. I had it but wasn’t availing myself of it’s power, I just wasn’t receiving it with all that was going on around me. I took my eyes off Him.

I had a broken heart. Proverbs 4:23 says to guard it, and all of life issues from it. I felt I had not guarded it well enough. Then, I decided that the Prince of Peace, Jesus would just have to guard it for me, that is the difference from the Old Testament to the New, His great sacrifice.

So Phillipians, tells us that the peace of God that passes understanding will guard our hearts, I had to step aside and allow Him to,

Going back to John 14:27, He tells us also to not let our hearts be troubled or afraid. Though I was casting down imaginations, speaking His words, that was getting in and in ways I had not anticipated, of course, He makes things beautiful in His time doesn’t He and He will give us His peace, in fact, He already has if we are believers, and that is the peace that passes understanding.

I never understood how I could accomplish what He wanted me to do, what about my healing? Why there was so much division and strife coming at me, even spiritual warfare. But I didn’t have to understand just receive His holy rest and peace, and not worry or be afraid. A tall order, at times, but the peace that passes my understanding, He understands and guards my heart.

How do you have joy in the midst of trouble, pain or spiritual battles, how are you remaining in His love, it is because, He left His peace, and it is the peace that passes understanding.

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Peace As A Fruit

Jesus said He wanted us to bear lots of fruit, and of course, we know He has had to prune us at times. But it is worth it. You know He cursed a fig tree, not just because it had no fruit, but the Hebrew explains that it had had leaves but no fruit, it was not what it appeared to be, just as many of us can be, when we are not walking the the fruit of the Spirit, which includes peace.

Peace is the third fruit listed, just after love and joy. He begins the list with love and it ends in self control. Galatians 5:22 lists them and I will, in threes. Love, joy, peace. Patience, goodness,kindness. Faithfulness, gentleness and self control.

Peace is also a fruit of our lips as a believer, we can speak His word and healing to others, peace and healing go together. It is a promise from Isaiah 50:17. Our fruit is what we say and how we respond, but sometimes, it is silence, what we don’t say, that will bring us peace. God knows the heart. We don’t always have to respond to the negative, even if we are right . God will defend us, we don’t always have to be on the defensive or be easily offended.

Having the love of Jesus and rejection for it, can hurt. It can be a slight or a deep wound. But He, Himself, is our peace. Ephesians 2:14. He is our peace alright, I know that. I am sure He knows hearts better than I do. I want to let Him handle it. I want my fruit to grow and blossom.

Since I am from Georgia, I relate peace to a juicy, sweet peach, even if there is a little fuzz on the surface, the inner fruit is pure and rich, and it is a good comparison to the fruit of peace.

He will help us know when to speak our fruit or hold our peace, and He will heal us.

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Living Peaceably

We talked about living peaceably among men, and how hard that can be, even as a believer in Christ, and perhaps more so because He is our Prince of Peace. I chose this picture because she looks like any next door neighbor, but maybe she is the one you can’t get along with, no matter how hard you try.

Do you know people who to to copy what you do or believe they can do it better? People who don’t really want what you want, but they don’t want you to have it either, including His peace? There are people like that, petty and childish, even as       adults, they can even let their anger, persecution, and obsessions become dangerous to themselves and others. The ex, the other woman, the go getters, if it is in the wrong attitude. Appearances are often very deceptive, people have to get close to hurt you. Jesus is still calling Judas, friend as He is kissed on the cheek with betrayal that was on his lips long before that day.

While He is our peace in the most spiritual and deepest sense of the Word, others will not always be pursuing His peace, even believers, and the world’s idea is so different. Peace is not just not having a war. So how do we live peaceably, you may have to avoid some people altogether, or just be casual in conversation. Jesus taught us to be brief and even just to answer yeas and  no. If you live with the person or people who are peace stealers, it will take prayer and some alone time and you can still have the love of Jesus working in you are for you. It will be an individual decision between you and God. I never tell people to stay in a dangerous situation. I have been protected in many instances when I was unaware or thing going on and in trying to help some people, now I am a lot wiser.

Believers are at war in a spiritual sense against an enemy that we don’t always recognize. But if we can be still, God will fight our battles. The mind is also a battlefield, cast down imaginations and everything that exalts itself above the knowledge of God. That can take some doing. And people are really trying to disturb our peace aren’t they?

Still, Hebrews 12:14, in the Amplified says to strive to live peaceably with all men. Strive indicates effort but I know the Lord can fight for us, sometimes we just have to let go and let Him strive along with us, His efforts make our own easier and more bearable, and sometimes we do have more than we can appear to bear, if we do, God really helps us with it, I know.

The Lord will help us with this area of peace and give us His peace in place of the troubled or fearful heart. Please remember our base verse is John 14:27.

And believe me, I know that there is a lot that can be involved in making this attempt but I know Jesus is with me or I would have never even made it this far.

Isn’t it a shame that people can’t be better to each other? They should be a lot more peaceable.

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He Promises Peace

I like to sing, and sometimes I am remembering just choruses from songs, and this is one. He promises peace, He promises peace, He promises peace to His people, I will listen to what God the Lord will say.

I will listen to what God the Lord will say, He speaks to His people, to His saints, but let them not turn again to folly. Psalm 85:8 This is the Amplified Version. Some others may say promise, I will check it, but it goes well anyway with speaking peace.

Truly, the Lord does promise peace, but we have to obey and receive. Peace is not just a given, as believers we should understand it as a fruit of the Spirit, and as His peace, not the world’s.

We should also know it is for the righteous and that is us as believers, Jesus is the only one who could impute His righteousness, He took our place. Literally and spiritually.

That is the only way we are saints, and we are not to return to folly, which can be sin or foolishness. In other words, we must not return to our old ways but to follow His ways and thoughts, they are a lot higher than ours. But He will teach us by the Spirit and give us the peace He promises.

Salvation is more than just going to heaven someday, it is healing, deliverance and angels protecting us and it is His peace. He both promises and speaks peace to His people, so let’s listen to what God, the Lord will say. It is something that the Holy Spirit will help you learn, you have to discern the Lord, His peace, His music, the worship and peaceful praise of your heart in order to experience the peace He promises.

It is a knowing inside that deep within that no matter what happens the Lord is in control, will not leave or forsake you, another promise of His peace.

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Peace In Numbers

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I have had a lot of things going on lately, and yet, there has been peace. Perhaps, that is why He has been speaking peace to me and infused it into my soul over the past couple of years or a little longer.

John 14:27, is a gift to be sure, especially in the days we live in, and there is a lot to cover on the topic of peace. Truthfully, I believe the closer you are to Jesus, the more peace you have. You have His peace because He is peace, just like His love, He loves us more than we could ever love Him, and He gives more peace than we could ever hope for.

That said, I thought the other morning when I woke up, about peace, and some of my situations. It came to me, as the sun broke thought the blinds early in the morning, the Lord makes His face to shine on you and give you peace.

I thought that was a wonderful way to wake up in the morning. The Aaronic blessing. Or the Numbers prayer or Blessing. Listen to it in Hebrew if you have a chance, And wasn’t that a witty title to come up with? Must be the Lord again, Peace In Numbers.

The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you, the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26

So that is the peace in Numbers, Isaiah 60,61 also mentions this to an extent telling us to rise and shine, the glory of the Lord is risen upon us. Lift up your eyes and see.

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Pursue Peace

Did you know we are to pursue peace? Psalm 34:14, says we are to crave or desire peace and pursue it. I did a series on the blog and for a writer’s challenge a while back called pursuing the Prince of Peace.

Just like 1 Corinthians 12 & 13 wants us to follow love and desire spiritual gifts, we are to purse His peace, although it is a gift, we have to receive it, John 14:27.

Jesus may be appearing to contradict Himself, as He offers us peace, and in another place He explains that He didn’t come to bring peace but a sword and how it will divide families and cause them to be against each other, but that is not really His peace but the world’s idea of it.

His peace, truly is a gift. And we are to receive it, daily, and on a continual basis if necessary. Sometimes, we will have to really seek or pursue His peace for our hearts not to be troubled or afraid. He offers it but we have to receive it.

The peace He references that is division is because they want Him to lead a rebellion against the government or Rome, He explained His kingdom is not of this world. Faith in Christ will often bring division in families, even Christian ones about doctrinal beliefs, I have been in that situation, so I know, Baptist, Pentecostal and Charismatic. I think we should all know Jesus, and you think we could get along.

But the Lord is specific about making peace in church, living as peacefully as possible, and that is the key isn’t it? As much as possible. There will be instances that you will just not be able to make peace with someone. Shake the dust off your feet.

He can cause even your enemies to be at peace with you and He even says those enemies can be in you own house. I want us to speak peace and receive it and be blessed, but I have also had to let go, when I cannot maintain a peaceful and productive relation- ship. It is healthier not to live in a toxic environment, so let’s so as much peace as possible.

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Peace, Peace and Healing

 

A lot of us have heard the phrase, peace, peace and sudden destruction, but how about this one and it is in the Bible. ” Peace, to him who is far off, peace to him who is near, says the Lord. I create the fruit of the lips and I will heal him. ” Isaiah 57:19

The Amplified Bible goes on to say that He will make the lips blossom anew with speech of thankful praise. I like that but you know not everyone who is healed is thankful, or at least not continually. Jesus healed ten lepers, and only one did as he was supposed to, have the priest pronounce him clean. Jesus even says ” What about the other nine? ”

I can tell you stories I have heard that are terrible. People losing the healing God gave them out of fear, ignorance and just the fruit of the lips that are not thankful. We should be thankful to Him continually, the Word says.

So, who are these people who are far off and near? Who is he about to heal and put fruit to their lips? Both Gentiles, the far off, who will be grafted into the covenant, and the Jews who are near, but who will not receive Jesus as Messiah, until another time.

We have been looking at peace and healing and how they go together, love equals joy and peace, the first three fruits, see Galatians 5:25. I once wrote of peace as a juicy peach, that is fruit on our lips but so is the praises to God.

I used to thank Him for healing and still do, even when I did not see the results, I kept on praising Him. And I know that is not always easy to do. I just kept doing it even on my worst days because I knew He was the healer. And He is the healer.

Never let anyone tell you that healing is not real or for today, it surely is. And He will heal both Jew or Gentile, even unbelievers at times to draw people to the Lord. He can heal and forgive sin at the same time.

He can heal many ways, by laying on hands, speaking the word of faith or anointing with oil. You may be healed instantly, as you go and even from the hour. He can heal through daily Communion, or communion with Him, by confessing His words that are spirit and life over us. He is love and healing. And He is our peace.

And what a wonderful Scripture, peace, peace and He will heal us and let’s get that praise on our lips.

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