I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto
you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. “(John 14:27; KJV)
The word peace here is a beautiful all-encompassing word meaning the perfect peace
and confidence that comes with our salvation. Confident in our relationship with
God and our eternal life, no matter what our situation is or what is happening around
us in this world.
peace is so different from what the world can offer; the world can only speak
hollow words of wishing and hoping. God can actually give us peace. Our peace
is a part of salvation, a fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22). The world maybe in
turmoil around us but we can walk in God’s peace.
will not have this peace passively by just laying back and waiting for it. As
with all of our Christian walk, we have to do our part. In Psalm 199 and verse
165 we note that we will have great peace if we love God’s law (word). In
Isaiah 26:3 we see that if we focus our minds on God and trust him, he will
keep us in his perfect peace.
like every aspect of our walk with God we need to be in his word, building our
faith and then his peace will envelope and surround us. Search the Bibles for
verses on peace, meditate them. The battle is in the mind. Renew your mind in God’s
word (Rom 12:2). Let the Prince of peace (Isa 9:6) bring you to inner stillness
and peace: “Be still and know that I am God” (Ps 46:10).
God’s word today and allow him to bring that peace and stillness to your inner
“The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he
shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those that be planted in the house of the Lord
shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in
old age; they shall be fat and flourishing” (Ps 92:12-14).
According to these verses God’s children, his righteous
ones, are going to flourish. We will have long, useful and fruitful lives. Not
only that but we will grow old gracefully and still be fruitful and contented
in old age. Now that is a promise!
However, all of this is also dependent on something,
which is found in verse 13. In verse 13, we see that the condition is that we
have a heart’s desire to be planted in his house and flourishing in his courts.
Does that mean we have to live in church all week? I
don't think so. What that means is that we need to be in the presence of God as
much as possible and then all these wonderful promises will be the result of
that. Being in God's presence doesn't mean you have to spend all day on your
knees; you can be mindful of his nearness while you are at work, shopping,
doing chores or whatever. We can fellowship with God wherever we are and
whatever we are doing. We need that desire for a close relationship and intimacy
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Solomon gave us some sound advice on living a healthy life (Prov 3:7-8). He
exhorted us us to not be wise in our own eyes but to fear and worship the Lord
and to turn from sin. The king continued that this will bring us health. So,
what does not "being wise in our own eyes" mean? I believe it means not
being proud but being humble and trusting God rather than yourself.
In the New Testament we also read a similar verse
where man is taught: “not to think of himself more highly than he ought” (Rom 12:3;
KJV). If being healthy is important to us (and I assume it is) then these
verses above would be a good ones to pay attention to.
in the next chapter of Proverbs, King Solomon outlines what we can do to
experience health and healing. In Proverbs chapter 4 and verses 20 and 21 we
are encouraged to pay close attention to the word, so much so that it becomes
rooted in our hearts; this the King writes, will also bring health and healing.
in the New Testament that: "out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth
speaketh" (Matt 12:34). If we have an abundance of the word for healing and
faith for healing, on the inside of us, in our hearts, then we can speak those
words over our bodies to effect healing and health.
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are many places in the Bible where we are promised long life. In the book of Genesis
God promised us 120 years (Gen 6:3) and he reaffirmed this in Exodus chapter 23
and verse 26 (KJV): "the number of thy days I will fulfill”. Again, in
Psalm chapter 91 and verse 16 we read: "with long life will I satisfy him
and show him my salvation."
what can we do to live a long life? We are taught that: "the fear of the
Lord prolongs days" (Prov 10:28) and that to obey God’s law and commandments
will add: “length of days, and long life and peace” (Prov 3:2). The men (or women)
that seek wisdom will also see long life (Prov 3:16) and in Deuteronomy (Deut
5:16) we were commanded to honor our parents with the promise that we would the
enjoy a long and prosperous life.
are all great promises but in order to receive them we have to believe them and
receive them by faith. If you feel you just cannot believe them then spend time
reading them over and over and speaking them out loud till you get a revelation
of them and have faith in them (till you get them in your heart and not just
your mind; Rom 10:17). God's word is powerful, never fails but always achieves his
objectives (in other words it gets the job done) (Isa 55:11). His promises are
yes and amen (2 Cor 1:20).
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Acts 14:22b Paul clearly tells us that as Christians if we visibly walk the walk,
we will suffer tribulation (see also 2 Thess 1:4-5). Tribulation is best seen
as pressure applied to us to make us give up. Obviously, this is engineered by
the devil (1 Peter 5:8) but he uses circumstances, situations and people to
bring this pressure. Jesus told us to expect this pressure in the world but he
encouraged us by adding the we should rejoice because he has: “overcome the
world” (John 16:33; KJV).
share in Christ’s victory over the devil (Col 2:15) and we walk in Christ’s authority
(Matt 28:18-20). Remember the greater one lives in you (1 John 4:4). We are not
fighting people here but simply asserting the spiritual authority Jesus won for
us with the spiritual weapons he provided (Eph 6:10-18).
firm and put on God’s armor: “having your loins girt about with truth, and
having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the
preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith,
wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take
the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God”
the devil with your armor and spiritual weapons and he has to flee from you (James
4:7). When tribulation comes, speak the word in faith. Have a victorious day.
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