Pointing To Jesus
What do we do to get this peace?
How do we keep it?
What does God say about peace?
Let's jump in the book and find out!!! God tells us how to obtain it in:
Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.
So according to God, if we stay focused on God, trust in God, we not only receive perfect peace, but can maintain perfect peace!!!!!!! WOW!!! What a deal!!!!!!!!
What is steadfast?
Well let’s dig into the Hebrew language and find out!
àîï 'âman 1) to support, confirm, be faithful 1a) (Qal) 1a1) to support, confirm, be faithful, uphold, nourish 1a1a) foster-father (substantive) 1a1b) foster-mother, nurse 1a1c) pillars, supporters of the door 1b) (Niphal) 1b1) to be established, be faithful, be carried, make firm 1b1a) to be carried by a nurse 1b1b) made firm, sure, lasting 1b1c) confirmed, established, sure 1b1d) verified, confirmed 1b1e) reliable, faithful, trusty 1c) (Hiphil) 1c1) to stand firm, to trust, to be certain, to believe in 1c1a) stand firm 1c1b) trust, believe
This is a powerful word!!
Is your mind made firm in Jesus?
Faithful to Jesus?
Is it established and sure?
Do you trust in the Lord?
If so, God’s perfect peace will be yours!
Scripture often indicates that God is looking for the humble, could humility and peace be connected?
It is better to live humbly with the poor than to share plunder with the proud.
The LORD supports the humble, but he brings the wicked down into the dust.
My hands have made both heaven and earth, and they are mine. I, the LORD, have spoken!"I will bless those who have humble and contrite hearts, who tremble at my word.
He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble.
Let’s dig a little more, and we’ll see that one characteristic of being humble is to be “meek” (meek: characterized by patience and long-suffering). Okay let’s keep going..................well actually the Hebrew definition of meek or humble is the same:
òðéå / òðå ‛ânâv / ‛ânâyv 1) poor, humble, afflicted, meek 1a) poor, needy 1b) poor and weak 1c) poor, weak and afflicted 1d) humble, lowly, meek
Psalm 37:11, But the meek shall inherit the earth, and shall delight themselves in the "abundance of peace".
WOW!! Do you see this??? If we continue to seek God, trust in God and be meek, we can be overwhelmed with peace!!!!!!! THANK YOU LORD!! Let's dig down deep and find the definition of peace in the Old Testament from the original tongue; Hebrew. Well there is actually two ways to spell the Hebrew word for peace.
Shalowm and Shalom,
Both are pronounced (shaw-lome') and both have the same meaning. Well, happy, friendly; health, prosperity, peace, favour, perfect. (such as to be at peace) rest, safe, well wholly.
Looks like the perfect peace God promised us, covers all that we need. Notice the last word of this definition, I would say it pertains to all the above. The word is wholly, which means (now get this) totally, exclusively!!!!!!!! THANK YOU LORD!!!! Let's go even deeper;
shalom was derived from the root word; shalam, pronounced (shaw-lam') which means; to be safe, (in mind, body, or estate)
What a wonderful God we serve!!!
Let's scan the New Testament and see what we find about peace. In:
Peace, 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.
Sounds to me like more of that same wonderful stuff of old!!!!!!!! Paul says in
For to be carnally minded is death (Carnally: our flesh or sinful nature): but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
You see this is not the peace that the world talks about, according to Paul , the world can't get it. Paul says again in
Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things where with one may edify another.
So we should seek the things of peace also, such as: happy, friendly, safety, health, prosperity, rest, wholly(totally) Are we not being directed to God again? Looks like it to me, to seek these things, is to seek God, we seek God we get these things through peace! A wonderfully perfect circle.
Some people seek after money and other things, these they call blessings. Look what God says:
The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.
Did you see that? God “blesses” us with peace! When we feel peace, we need to thank God for His wonderful blessing!
Paul also says in
Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
God will fill us with joy and peace, and yet another bonus of this is to abound in hope!!! PRAISE GOD!! Peace is a gift that keeps on giving!!!! In closing, let's dig deep in this New Testament peace and see just how similar it is to the old.
Well the Greek word for peace is eirene, pronounced ( i-ray'- nay) derived from the verb eiro, Which means: (to join) peace quietness, prosperity, rest. Yes the same and wonderful gift!!!
Reminds me of a story I had read:
Peace in the Storm
A story is told by William Gilbert of how Dante, wandering one day over the mountains of Lunigiana, eventually drew near to a lone, secluded monastery. It was at a time when his mind was wracked with internal conflict and was seeking refuge from the strife. So he loudly knocked at the monastery gate. It was opened by a monk, who in a single glance at the sad, pale face, read its pathetic message of misery and sorrow. "What do you seek here?" said he. With a gesture of despair, the poet replied, "Peace." It was the same old craving followed by the same old search. But neither the solitary places, nor the anchorite's cell ever brought true peace to the afflicted heart. Peace comes not from without but from within. We can have it in the winter of age or the spring of youth; in the lowly cottage or the stately mansion; in distressing pain or in buoyant health. The secret of it is in comradeship with Christ. You can have peace in the midst of the storm, if you have Christ. He is the shelter from the tempest, the our haven of rest. If we have learned to value His friendship, we have mastered the secret of the "peace which passeth all understanding."
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