It is always helpful to define the words we are dealing with and so think about the definition of PEACE. Peace [ceirene] means to bind together, to join, to weave together. It means that a person is:
and joined together with
and with others.
The Hebrew word SHALOM means freedom from trouble and much more. It means:
experiencing God’s highest good,
enjoying the very best,
possessing all the inner good possible.
wholeness and soundness.
good, enjoying the very best.
prosperity in the widest sense.
especially prosperity in the spiritual sense of having a soul that blossoms and flourishes.
“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
Ephesians 4:31-32 ESV
Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control].
2 Timothy 1:7 AMP
Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God. And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours].
Philippians 4:6-7 AMP
In Proverbs 23:18 says “There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off”.” in Job 14: 7-10 7 "At least there is hope for a tree: If it is cut down, it will sprout again, and its new shoots will not fail. 8 Its roots may grow old in the ground and its stump die in the soil,9 yet at the scent of water it will bud and put forth shoots like a plant. 10 But man dies and is laid low; he breathes his last and is no more.
Claiming God’s Promises: Hebrews 10:23
“Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23).
God has issued more than 40 thousand promises in the Bible. That’s a lot of promises that we can “hold fast” to! Although, sometimes it can be difficult to determine how to properly respond to God’s awesome promises. Have you ever read a promise in the Bible that God clearly promises and you wonder how that promise applies to you in your life? I do this all the time. There are several things to keep in mind while determining the promises you claim and “hold fast to…without wavering.”
The first thing to keep in mind is that the Bible contains two kinds of divine promises.
- Limited promises
- General Promises
1. Limited Promises.
God has made many promises to specific people living in particular circumstances for explicit purposes. These promises are definitely not for everybody or as Charles Stanley says, “One size fits all” promises.
- If you try to claim these promises for yourself then your headed for trouble. For example, the resurrected Jesus told His disciples to wait in Jerusalem “for the promise of the Father” and that while they waited, they would “be baptized by the Holy Spirit.” The text reads, “Gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, “Which,” He said, “you heard from Me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now” (Acts 1:4-5).
- It would be foolish for you to travel to Jerusalem and wait there to receive this promise, since Jesus already fulfilled it that first Pentecost.
- Today, the Holy Spirit baptizes every believer into the body of Christ and takes up residence within at the very moment that person trusts in Christ. Jesus gave this promise to a very specific group of people at a particular time for an explicit purpose. It isn’t for anyone else to claim.
2. General Promises.
Now that we understand “limited promises,” lets look at the many promises that are applicable to all His children throughout all of history. For example, He has promised to “never leave us or forsake us.” Paul wrote under the divine inspiration of the Holy Spirit in Hebrews 13:5, “Make sure that you character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I will never leave you, nor will I ever forsake you.”
He also promised to return for us. Jesus spoke these words in the Gospel of John 14:3, “If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.”
- These promises pertain to all believers across all of time.
3. Although general promises are for every believer across all of time, these “general promises” can also be of two different types.
a. Conditional Promises.
For example, Philippians 4:19 says, “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Jesus Christ.” The condition here is that we be in Christ; the believer must be living for Him and in total submission to His will.
- Another example is Psalm 37:4. It says, “Delight yourself in the Lord; And He will give you the desires of your heart.” Clearly the condition is that a relationship comes before the request.
b. Unconditional Promises. Unconditional promises require nothing of the believer. The promises mentioned above in Hebrew 13:5 and John 14:3 are of this type. God will fulfill these promises because He has pledged to fulfill them. Nothing anyone does can alter the His commitment or change His plans. He will keep these promises, not because of anything we do, but because of His own faithfulness.
Psalm 139:7-12 New International Version (NIV)
7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
Illustration Jonah chapter 1.
1. Geographically - Wherever we may go; vertically up to the highest regions of space; or down to the lowest depths of the earth; God is there! Or we may understand them.
2. Metaphorically - referring to the highs and lows of life whether we are up with joy or weighed down with sorrow, He is there with us. In light and life and joy and hope; or in darkness, death, sorrow and disappointment; through all of our life, God promises.
HEBREWS 13:5 Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, "I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you.
When do you FEEL the furthest from God? It is usually during the tough times of life.
Do not try to run from God when times get tough.
In the book of Job, Job was having problems in his life. He refused to curse God for his trouble.
God not only knows about what we go through; He is there for us and cares about us. The third way to take his words is.
3. Literally - in the highest Heaven, where we naturally expect to find God. But even in "Sheol" -- the Hebrew word for the place of the dead (it’s not hell; "Sheol" is usually translated "the grave") even there we find God.
David found great comfort knowing that God was with Him no matter where he went.
We need to understand that we cannot hide from God.
We need to understand that we cannot hide from God’s love either.
God loves each and every person that has been created. God loves you.
Maybe you are in a difficult situation right now, have suffered some kind of loss, been afflicted with illness or pain. Maybe the wound is still tender. Perhaps it’s too early to know why it’s happening. Perhaps you may never know this side of eternity. But believe David; God has not left you.
Enjoy The Season You're In
There is a time for everything
As we journey on through life
Different seasons that we go through
Brings new ways to honour Christ
Each new season has its challenges
And things to overcome,
But there are also many joys
And victories to be won
Each season of life we find we're in,
God uses to teach us His truth
That prepares us for what lies ahead,
The next season we must go through
We don't see the season we're in now
As a place of questioning 'why',
For we can be productive for the Lord,
Whatever the stage of life
So remember in each different season,
We can be fulfilled in Christ,
As we keep our eyes on Him each day
And honour Him with our lives.
[ ] “And now, Lord, for what do I expectantly wait? My hope [my confident expectation] is in You.
Psalms 39:7 AMP
[ ] David made himself a promise, but the pressure continued to build.
In his frustration he realized that there is only one thing that matters.
He poses the question For me what now?
He give an answer that we can draw from. Hope in the Lord.
Such hope [in God’s promises] never disappoints us, because God’s love has been abundantly poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Romans 5:5 AMP
[ ] THIS HOPE DOES NOT DISAPPOINT.
[ ] BECAUSE IT FLOWS FROM A RELIABLE SOURCE.
This hope [this confident assurance] we have as an anchor of the soul [it cannot slip and it cannot break down under whatever pressure bears upon it]—a safe and steadfast hope that enters within the veil [of the heavenly temple, that most Holy Place in which the very presence of God dwells],
Hebrews 6:19 AMP
[ ] IT IS AN ANCHOR
[ ] HOLDS US FIRMLY ROOTED AND GROUNDED.
[ ] THIS ANCHOR IS IN THE VEIL OF GOD’S PLACE
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you will abound in hope and overflow with confidence in His promises.
Romans 15:13 AMP
[ ] THE SOURCE OF HOPE IS GOD AND HE HAS PROMISED AN OVERFLOW.
Thanksgiving for Multiplication: For everything that must increase, God must be gratefully acknowledged. Jesus knew this spiritual technique and used it often during His earthly ministry. Anything we do not thank God for never increases. The Bible says: And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would (John 6:11). As soon as He gave thanks, food came from wherever it was and twelve baskets were gathered as remnants. It is time for our bread to multiply and it will take genuine thanksgiving. Thanksgiving as a lifestyle will establish us in a ceaseless flow of signs and wonders. The reason we are reducing is that we are forgetful.
Thanksgiving for Miracles: In John 11:41-44, at the grave of Lazarus, Jesus repeated the same spiritual principle, showing us how significant this forgotten weapon is in the working of miracles, in effecting signs and wonders. He said, “Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.” That was what brought Lazarus out of the grave. Those who give thanks do not need to ask, neither do they beg, they simply call. We need the kind of Spirit of thanksgiving that operated in Jesus so that before every obstacle of life, we operate that anointing that will break the prison gates and also bring the dead out of the grave. If we want our dead position transformed, we should learn to give God thanks (1 Thessalonian
And when ye will offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving unto the Lord , offer it at your own will.
Leviticus 22:29 KJV
Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High:
Psalms 50:14 KJV
I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the Lord .
Psalms 116:17 KJV
Free will is the ability to choose between different possible courses of action unimpeded the power of acting without the constraint of necessity or fate; the ability to act at one's own discretion.
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 KJV.
Eph. 5:19 "Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."
Then the Lord said, “ Is it right for you to be angry?” So Jonah went out of the city and sat on the east side of the city. There he made himself a shelter and sat under it in the shade, till he might see what would become of the city. And the Lord God prepared a plant and made it come up over Jonah, that it might be shade for his head to deliver him from his misery. So Jonah was very grateful for the plant. But as morning dawned the next day God prepared a worm, and it so damaged the plant that it withered. And it happened, when the sun arose, that God prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat on Jonah’s head, so that he grew faint. Then he wished death for himself, and said, “ It is better for me to die than to live.” Then God said to Jonah, “ Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?” And he said, “ It is right for me to be angry, even to death!” But the Lord said, “You have had pity on the plant for which you have not labored, nor made it grow, which came up in a night and perished in a night. And should I not pity Nineveh, that great city, in which are more than one hundred and twenty thousand persons who cannot discern between their right hand and their left—and much livestock?”
Jonah 4:4-11 NKJV
Give thanks to the Lord for he is good and his mercies endures forever.
Thanksgiving is a selfless act that sees beyond what you have not received.
Thanksgiving is a choice once made brings joy and great fulfilment to both parties involved.
A grateful heart is a positive heart.
A grateful person is a graceful person.
I would rather spend time with one who is thankful than spend time with one who is resentful.
“Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you.”
Faith comes from hearing and hearing the word of God.
In this era of instant happenings and fast world, the delay can be frustrating. In the current normal, we have to wait in line for our turn in the mall while maintaining the required social distance. As we waited for our turn to get in the grocery store and shop today, I thought of how sometimes all that is needed in our spiritual walk is patience.
When it comes to our personal battles, as Christians, it isn’t guess work. God has clearly shown us in the Bible the battles that we should engage in and the battles that we are promised to win! Following are just a few: 1 Cor. 15:57: “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” We are promised victory in every battle, if we go “through” our Lord. 1 John 5:4: “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world-our faith.” We’re promised to overcome the world, its temptations & trials, if we’ll but hold in in “faith.” 2 Corinthians 2:14: “Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ.” We’re promised that in any battle where Christ is leading us, He’ll always bring us ultimately into victory!
Shame is a painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behavior.
“Shout for joy, O barren one, she who has not given birth; Break forth into joyful shouting and rejoice, she who has not gone into labor [with child]! For the [spiritual] sons of the desolate one will be more numerous Than the sons of the married woman,” says the Lord. “Enlarge the site of your tent [to make room for more children]; Stretch out the curtains of your dwellings, do not spare them; Lengthen your tent ropes And make your pegs (stakes) firm [in the ground]. For you will spread out to the right and to the left, And your descendants will take possession of nations And will inhabit deserted cities. “Do not fear, for you will not be put to shame, And do not feel humiliated or ashamed, for you will not be disgraced. For you will forget the shame of your youth, And you will no longer remember the disgrace of your widowhood.
Isaiah 54:1-4 AMP
The fear of shame enslaves many from progress.
No one wants to be ashamed or disgraced.
But if, for some instances, you have encountered shame, You can rise above it.
Jesus, the author of our faith, Did it.
He despised the shame of the cross because of the awaiting glory.
[looking away from all that will distract us and] focusing our eyes on Jesus, who is the Author and Perfecter of faith [the first incentive for our belief and the One who brings our hope to maturity], who for the joy [of accomplishing the goal] set before Him endured the cross, disregarding the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God [revealing His deity, His authority, and the completion of His work].
Hebrews 12:2 AMP
Disregard shame and rise above it in Jesus' name.
♧ Affliction shall not rise up the second time.
Nahum 1:9 KJV
This is one of my favorite Promises, I claim over my life.
♤ Prolonged battles can be exhausting. Going through one can deflate your eagerness to Praise.
◇But understand that if you are in such a position, praise brings Refreshing. So don't ask for how Long? Just praise and be renewed!
#Praise in the Prolonged Battles.
@Pastor Lucy Paynter
Glorious POWER Church''
So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he crouched down to the earth and put his face between his knees, and he said to his servant, “Go up, look toward the sea.” So he went up and looked and said, “There is nothing.” Elijah said, “Go back” seven times. And at the seventh time, the servant said, “A cloud as small as a man’s hand is coming up from the sea.” And Elijah said, “Go up, say to Ahab, ‘Prepare your chariot and go down so that the rain shower does not stop you.’ ”
1 Kings 18:42-44 AMP
People can get hurt, physically and emotionally—which can then lead to spiritual hurt.
Fools vent their anger, but the wise quietly hold it back.
Name some situations or circumstances when it’s okay to feel angry.
Remember to focus on the situation, not a person or group of people.
Examples could be cancer, injustice, pollution, or similar things.
Anger affects people in different ways.
When some people get angry, they might want to punch something or throw something.
Others may want to scream, yell, or stomp their feet.
Other translations of this verse say that fools give full vent to their anger.
That means they just let it all out and unload on anyone and everyone that comes near when they’re angry.
But the last part of that Scripture says that the wise quietly hold it back.
It doesn’t mean the wise don’t get angry, but they are not the ones who will vomit their anger all over anyone in their way.
So, what is the difference between the anger that fools vent and the anger of a wise person?
Let’s look at Jesus.
When Jesus was angry at the “money-changers” in the Temple, He was angry that they were stealing from people.
They were treating the Temple as just another way to scam people out of money.
Similar to those social media scams that say, “Send me $19.95, and I’ll tell you the secret to making millions from the internet.”
Jesus was angry because what they were doing was not right.
When you get angry, are you angry at the person or the situation?
A wise person holds their anger back quietly.
It doesn’t mean that they never feel angry, but they don’t show it very much, very often, or hardly ever at all.
Since every human being on the planet gets angry, including you and I, here are a couple of things you can do to help manage your emotions:
Choose your battles.
Wise people who hold back their anger are able to assess a situation and decide what is worth getting angry about and when they should keep quiet.
There are things that every Christian should get angry about, and do something about if they can—and if God directs them to take certain actions.
Even though people can be extremely passionate about situations and issues, remember that people are made in God’s image and we are called to love everyone— even if we disagree with what they stand for or believe in.
Don’t respond immediately.
When we face a situation that makes us angry, we naturally want to lash out in the moment.
Take a breath, walk away, do whatever you need to do to keep from responding negatively in the moment of anger.
Then, once you’ve considered an appropriate, Christ-like response, explain that you are angry at the situation, but not the person.
For those who may get angry quickly, there are tools you can use to help manage your anger—consider working out or running to let off some steam.
You can also talk to a trusted adult or friend who will pray with you when you need help.
Sometimes, even just separating yourself from a situation can make a big difference in how you react.
You will find that many things are just not worth getting, or staying, angry over.
God has given us so many tools in His Word that help us in every situation in life.
His desire is to walk with us through all of our emotions and in every situation.
God is with you, even when you’re angry and you can always turn to Him to help you.
Shall the axe boast itself against him that heweth therewith? or shall the saw magnify itself against him that shaketh it? as if the rod should shake itself against them that lift it up, or as if the staff should lift up itself, as if it were no wood.
Ecclesiastes 10:10 NIV
If the axe is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed, but skill will bring success.
Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord , and that thought upon his name.
Malachi 3:16 KJV
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
Galatians 6:9 KJV
But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.
2 Thessalonians 3:13 KJV
You will not remain forgotten a Time of Remembrance is Coming.
For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.
And it came to pass, when David and his men were come to Ziklag on the third day, that the Amalekites had invaded the south, and Ziklag, and smitten Ziklag, and burned it with fire; And had taken the women captives, that were therein: they slew not any, either great or small, but carried them away, and went on their way. So David and his men came to the city, and, behold, it was burned with fire; and their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, were taken captives. Then David and the people that were with him lifted up their voice and wept, until they had no more power to weep. And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.
1 Samuel 30:1-4, 6 KJV
Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord
And whose trust is the Lord.
“For he will be like a tree planted by the water,
That extends its roots by a stream
And will not fear when the heat comes;
But its leaves will be green,
And it will not be anxious in a year of drought
Nor cease to yield fruit
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” (Rom. 8:28. As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today” (50:20).
And I will bring the third part through the fire, Refine them as silver is refined, And test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, And I will listen and answer them; I will say, ‘They are My people,’ And they will say, ‘The Lord is my God.’ ”
Zechariah 13:9 AMP. “Surely there is a mine for silver, And a place where they refine gold. Iron is taken out of the earth, And copper is smelted from the stone ore. Man puts an end to darkness [by bringing in a light], And to the farthest bounds he searches out The rock buried in gloom and deep shadow. He breaks open (mine) shafts far away from where people live, [In places] forgotten by the [human] foot; They dangle [in the mines] and hang away from men. [As for] the earth, out of it comes food, But underneath [its surface, down deep] it is turned over as fire. Its stones are the bed of sapphires; It holds dust of gold. The path [deep within] no bird of prey knows, And the falcon’s eye has not caught sight of it. The proud beasts [and their young] have not walked on it, Nor has the fierce lion passed over it. Man puts his hand on [and tears apart] the flinty rock; He overturns the mountains at the base [looking for treasure]. He cuts out channels and passages among the rocks; And his eye sees every precious thing. Man dams up the streams from flowing [so that they do not trickle into the mine], And what is hidden he brings out to the light.
Job 28:1-11 AMP. For You have tested us, O God; You have refined us as silver is refined. You brought us into the net; You laid a heavy burden [of servitude] on us. You made men (charioteers) ride over our heads [in defeat]; We went through fire and through water, Yet You brought us out into a [broad] place of abundance [to be refreshed].
Psalms 66:10-12 AMP
To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness, that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He might be glorified.”