The God of Peace

If you Google the dictionary definition of peace you may see it given as : “freedom from disturbance; tranquillity “, ” a state or period in which there is no war, or a war has ended.”

God is the God of Peace.  ” Now the God of peace be with you all.  Amen.” Roman’s 15:33

Jesus Christ said to His disciples:  “Peace I give unto you.  My peace I give unto you, not as the world gives give I unto you.” John 14:27

Christ is the Prince of Peace.  Isaiah 9:6.  So, ” Let not your heart be troubled; neither let it be afraid.”

Peace is foremost a state of being.  To be at peace is to have that calmness or tranquillity of mind and heart, which cannot be disturbed.  It comes from knowledge and from love.

Knowledge of who you are and that God is.  Love of self and of God.

Further, knowledge that you are loved – by God and by his Creation.  Loved by others, your fellow men.  For if you love your self, you must know that others love you.  Somewhere there is someone who loves you.  And G-d loves you.

 

“And the God of Peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly.”  Romans 16:20

“The peace of G-d which passes (surpasses) all understanding, guard your heart and mind in [the knowledge and love of G-d and of His Son] Christ Jesus our Lord.” Philippians 4:7

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Genesis

Origin.

Genesis speaks of Origin.

Who are you? What is your origin?

Answer: One “Created/Chosen in Christ Jesus before the foundation of the Earth.” Ephesians 1:4

Therefore, born of, or a child of, the Creator, God. Origin of His ‘mind’ as is, say, a work of Art comes from the mind of the Artist. A ‘chosen’ instrument for His purpose. His workmanship. His “handiwork”:

“For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].” Ephesians 2:10

God is our root source, our beginning…i.e. our Father.

Genesis. We came into being….

The genesis of something is its beginning, birth , or creation.

Jermiah 1:5

Prayer

Life giving Spirit

Breathe in us new life

You are our genesis

Our Christ.

Obedience

Somewhere it is written “Obey God and Live, curse God and Die.”

At school, once in detention for a misdemeanor, the Teacher taking detention gave us this quote for our “lines”.  It is also from the Bible:  “To obey is better than sacrifice and to hearken than the fat of rams.”   We had to write it a hundred times.

Obedience applies in all areas of life.  From exercise regimes to walking or driving safely and even eating and drinking practices.   It IS better, and easier, to obey to – -hearken- – than to try to make amends after disobeying.   Sometimes we do not get the chance to rectify the outcome of the disobedience; or cannot.

That is the ‘death’.  That is when we die.

 

 

 

Psalm 34

I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall ever be in my mouth.

I will glory in the Lord; let the humble hear and rejoice.

Proclaim with me the greatness of the Lord; let us exalt his name together.

I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me out of all my terror.

Look upon him and be radiant, and let not your faces be ashamed.

I called in my affliction and the Lord heard me and saved me from all troubles.

The angel of the Lord encompasses those who fear him, and he will deliver them.

Taste and see that the Lord is good; happy are they who trust in him!

Fear the Lord, you that are his saints, for those who fear him lack nothing.

The young lions lack and suffer hunger, but those who seek the Lord lack nothing that is good.

Come, children, and listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.

Who among you loves life and desires long life to enjoy prosperity?

Keep your tongue from evil-speaking and your lips from lying words.

Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open to their cry.

The face of the Lord is against those who do evil, to root out the remembrance of them from the earth.

The righteous cry, and the Lord hears them and delivers them from all their troubles.

The Lord is near to the broken hearted and will save those whose spirits are crushed.

Many are the troubles of the righteous, but the Lord will deliver him out of them all.

He will keep safe all his bones; not one of them shall be broken.

Evil shall slay the wicked, and those who hate the righteous will be punished.

The Lord ransoms the life of his servants, and none shall be punished who trust in him.

 

We Await His Coming In Glory

Psalm 27:1

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom then shall I fear?  the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom then shall I be afraid?

Repeat this until you know and UNDERSTAND this proclamation of faith in the Lord.

One verse.

Three definitive attributes: light, salvation, strength.

When you have affirmed this truth, of those who belong to the Lord, daily in your home and life  you will also come to the point where “We await his coming in glory” is more than a sentence, more than a ‘desperate hope’, more than something we say during the Eucharist.  You will come to the realization that He is here.

He is with you.

Emmanuel.

God with us.

Ever-present, Omnipresent One, God and SAVIOUR.

 

Have no fear, God is there.

For This Purpose

“For this purpose came Christ Jesus into the world……”

Many have spoken on Jesus’ purpose for entering the world in flesh. The one purpose that I mainly hold to, which may very well encompass them all, is:  “…to undo the works of the Devil.”

So what or who is “the Devil”?  And what are its “works”?

You can make your own list.  Just be sure that Christ Jesus came into the world to undo its works, by His death and resurrection.  That is the victory.  That is the undoing.

By his death AND resurrection Christ Jesus defeated forever all the ‘works’ of the devil.  Therefore we have no fear, because we have nothing to fear as sons and heirs of the kingdom of God.  We have authority and we have power.

“For God has not given us a spirit  of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”  And what God has given to us in Christ Jesus no man or devil can take from us.  We can relax.  We can be at peace.  Because we KNOW that “For this purpose…. .”

Have a good life.  Walk in the light.  Live the victory.

 

Related:

The Church And The World (Pastor Jack Hyles)

For This Cause  (The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints)

Acclaim God

“Let all the earth acclaim God.  Sing to the glory of His name, make His praise glorious.”

Psalm 66:1,2

give god the glory

This is an instruction.  An ORDER.  The Psalmist commands all the earth to acclaim God. We are commanded to “sing to the glory of His name, make His praise glorious.”

It is written, ‘the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof’. Therefore, “Let all the earth acclaim God.”

We must “sing to the glory of His name, make His praise glorious.”

Sing to the glory of God’s name.  His name is Holy.  Sing to its glorification.  Sing in sweet tones, rich melodies, or weakened voice, but “sing to the glory of His name”.  When we sing to the glory of His name, we, by consequence, make His praise glorious.

When we make his praise glorious (rich, true, pure, clean, wholehearted, free) we can cause an otherwise unresponsive Earth to ACCLAIM God.

The power is in the singing to the glory of His name, which makes His praise glorious, for as we sing that same glory fills our praise.

Sing.

ACCLAIM GOD!