In the New Testament, in almost every letter written to His Church, God is referred to as “the God of peace.” When we are saved and become a child of God through our belief in Jesus, we not only receive ‘peace with God,’ in Christ, we inherit ‘the peace of God.’ Jesus is the Prince of Peace—He Himself is the manifest Presence of Peace.
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not you heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”John 14:27
In a world where disasters, crime, terror, plagues, and economic uncertainty have now become a normal part of life, Jesus’ promise of Peace becomes a very precious gift to be sought and desired. Jesus said: “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation…” John 16:33
In this scripture Jesus went on to say that we are to be of “good cheer” because He has overcome the world! This seems to be quite the paradox—on one hand Jesus is saying we will have trouble and on the other, He says don’t lose your peace over it! How are we to apply this principle in our daily walk? If you are like me, your desire will be to know how this principle works. What does Jesus’ overcoming of the world mean to you and your present situation? It means just this—Jesus has taken upon Himself all that you are presently going through. He has walked through greater trouble than anyone has walked through, but He came out on the resurrection side of the trial, as a conqueror and overcomer of all tribulation and all evil!
How does this help you in your present situation? If Christ lives in your heart, the Conqueror lives in you, and through you can overcome all hindrances on your path to Glory, God is our refuge and strength, and a very present help in trouble according to Psalm 46. The Bible says that if you are ‘in Christ’ you are “…more than a conqueror.” It declares that you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you—if you do not lose your peace!
When we face tough situations, there are two choices before us—two paths we can walk. We can focus on our circumstances and become buried under the implications of our situation or, we can choose to focus on Christ and put our faith in His ability to take us through to victory—the resurrection side of the situation! Because of His great love and compassion towards us, the loving Presence of God is usually much stronger in our troubles than at other times in our life. David, who knew this very well said these famous words, “Yea, Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for you are with me…” (Psalm 23:4).
With Christ in you, and with you at your side, you will make it through to the other side in victory. He is, Christ in you the hope of Glory. God’s admonition to us is:
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your request be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, WILL GUARD YOUR HEARTS AND MINDS THROUGH CHRIST.” Philippians 4:7 (emphasis mine)
Many of you may be saying, “You don’t know what I am going through, I have lost my child,” or “I have lost a husband or wife,” or “I have lost my house or my Job, and nothing can bring these things back,”—and you are right! However, I do understand as I have lost my son, my only child, who was only 24 years old. But through it all I have found that I serve an AWESOME, INCREDIBLE and WONDERFUL God who is referred to in the Bible as our REDEEMER and MIGHTY GOD!
JESUS IS THE REDEEMER!
The word redeems means: To buy back, to recover, deliver, make up for—be a compensating factor, save from blame, purchase the freedom of (a person), save by ransom, rescue or reclaim, fulfill a promise. Our Wonderful God can do all these things and more, when you put your faith in him and believe that He can! For whatever loss you may suffer, God is able to take your loss and your troubles and use it to bring forth good out of it, and lead you into victory—in the midst of your troubles.
Through it all, if we fix our eyes on Jesus, His Peace guards our heart. This is the Peace that surpasses understanding! The Lord will bring Glory out of your circumstances; He will use it to conform you to His image in the process, as you move from Glory to Glory in your walk with Him! He works all things for good for those who love Him.
As we seek God’s face in all our troubles, Jesus our REDEEMER will BUY BACK, RECOVER and DELIVER; He will MAKE UP FOR and BE THE COMPENSATING FACTOR IN… He will SAVE and PURCHASE THE FREEDOM OF, He will SAVE FROM BLAME. He is THE RANSOM that saves you! He will RESCUE you and RECLAIM all that has been stolen from you by His enemy and yours, and HE WILL FULFILL ALL HIS PROMISES TO YOU!
“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, whose thoughts are fixed on you.” Isaiah 26:3(NLT)
We have now shifted into a new season with a new dynamic, just as the world did in the time of 9/11. This is a time when we must find courage like David who had to find his strength in the Lord, when his men wanted to stone him after the enemy had stolen their wives all their belongings (1Samuel 30:3).
God becomes our Commander in Chief as we enlist in His Army. He will direct our paths just as He did David’s. He will strengthen us for the journey and provide for us along the way. We must be passionate about our God and the Kingdom of God, as He is all we have and all that we will ever need! We cannot afford to enter into unbelief, as we are fighting for something far greater than ourselves with eternity in view.
Israel was a downtrodden people and persecuted in all the nations where they lived. When returning to the land they had little chance of survival as they did not know how to fight. However, everyone was called to fight—men, women, and children. In the same way we must become the holy soldiers that we are called to be. God is depending on us and believes in us, and with Him we will defeat the enemy as Israel did.
A CHOSEN GENERATION!
In the coming days God will need His people to be manifesting the fullness of Christ and who they are called to be, to fulfill their destiny in Him. The times require it! the days demanded it! The earth is groaning in travail for it. Will you answer the call? Will you rise up and be the person God created you to be for such a time as this? Will you be counted on the front lines of the battle for the Kingdom of God to accomplish His will on earth, as it is in Heaven? Let us not shrink back in in fear. Let us rise up in courage, in boldness, as Joshua was admonished to by God the father. God told him repeatedly to be of good courage, to not be afraid, that He would be with him wherever he would go.
In 1Peter chapter 2, Peter admonishes the people of God to become mature Saints, by turning away from sin. He tells them that though they have been rejected by men, they are chosen by God and precious to Him. He then makes this sublime statement:
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
Are we a chosen generation? Chosen for this hour of history! A generation called and ready to take the Promised Land and bring Heaven to Earth. A generation that cannot be cursed because God has blessed us as He did the generation in the book of numbers, who were primed and prepared to take the land. The heart of God for that generation was revealed as the Word of God burst forth from Balaam when he observed the camp of Israel,“How beautiful are your tents, O Jacob! Your dwellings, O Israel! (Numbers 24:5). He then prophesied:
“Behold, I have received a command to bless; He has blessed, and I cannot reverse it. “He has not observed iniquity in Jacob, nor has He seen wickedness in Israel. The LORD his God is with him, And the shout of a King is among them. God brings them out of Egypt; He has strength like a wild ox. “For there is no sorcery against Jacob, Nor any divination against Israel. It now must be said of Jacob and of Israel, ‘Oh, what God has done!’ Look, a people rises like a lioness, And lifts itself up like a lion; It shall not lie down until it devours the prey, And drinks the blood of the slain.” Numbers 23:20-24
We can know and believe that we are a generation in whom the word of God dwells, in whom the life of Christ resides. The Word of God was first deposited in Israel. The Word of God that is Christ, then came alive within Israel and was born a man—the Son of Man and the Son of God. The Word of God therefore resides within the very DNA of Israel. The Word of God is also now intrinsically woven into the DNA of all born again believers grafted into Israel. We are now a part of a new family, a new Bloodline—the bloodline of Christ and of the Patriarchs. We are born again in Christ and are now children of Abraham, as Galatians 3:7 says: Understand, then, that those who have faith are children of Abraham.
The Bible declares that the Word of God does not return to Him void! It accomplishes whatever He says, it goes wherever He sends it, it runs swiftly to perform His will. It is time now for every Word of God spoken, to be fulfilled in us for this dispensation, for this era we have been chosen to steward. This is the high call of God! This is our destiny!
There are rich treasures to be found in Jesus Christ: eternal treasures, revelation, sublime creativity, ingenious innovation, eternal wisdom—all embedded within the His life. This Son of God lives within each believer; every rich treasure, therefore becomes our inheritance and is embedded within us. It is time for us to believe the truth of the Word! It is time for us to intentionally command every good thing within us to come alive, to come forth in our being; to come alive in our mind, to come alive in our brain cells, to come alive in our hearts, and to come alive in our emotions. It is time to call for the life of Christ that reside in us to begin to be revealed; that we would begin to manifest our spiritual and supernatural abilities in Christ. Find the river that is in you. There is a River deep within each one of us, bringing strength when it is needed—a Source, a fountainhead that sustains us. His name is Jesus!
We can now be bold to speak to the Word of God living within us. We can shout and command it to come alive in the name of Jeshua. We can Decree to the Word in us: Come alive every Word of God embedded within me! Every word of God prophesied over me now comes alive! Shout, Come Alive Word of God and accomplish the will of God in me. Come alive in your people, that the glory of Your Word and of Your Name may break forth in a chosen and royal generation. Come alive to the fullness of the stature of Christ within me. Live in the name of Jesus! God is for you, eye has not seen the things He has prepared for His people.