Opening prayer :- I thank God almighty for the privilege to bring God’s word to us tonight may his name alone be praise in Jesus name.
Teacher :- Ambassador Grace David
Shalom is a Hebrew word meaning peace, harmony,wholeness, completeness, prosperity, welfare and tranquility.
WHAT IS JEHOVAH-SHALOM : It means the Lord our peace.
WHAT IS PEACE:Peace is the concept of harmonious well-being and freedom from hostile aggression .It when everyone lives in safety , without fear or threat of
TEXT: (Judges 6:12-24)
In those days there was no king in Israel:every man did that which was right in his own eyes. The last verse of the book of judges tells us what kind of a time it was in Israel. It was a very difficult time in the history of God’s people. Judges 6:1-6.
Israel was under oppression by the Midianites. They were forced to hide in caves. The Midianites took all their food, tools, and livestock. It was during this time of oppression that Israel cried out for deliverance. So God called Gideon to deliver them.( vs23)Peace be with you; do not fear, you shall not die” Gideon undoubtedly then felt the peace of God came over him So he built an altar and called it “Jehovah-Shalom,” “The Lord is our Peace.” Jehovah would bring salvation, deliverance, and the restoration necessary to give Israel peace .
God’s peace is felt by believers. It is experienced. Unlike our “peace with God” through faith, this “peace of God” is something that seems to fluctuate, especially when our behavior is erratic. In other words, the more we rejoice, pray, trust, obey, give thanks, and present various requests to God, the more the “peace of God” seems to fill our soul. At times, our emotions are tossing and turning.
This doesn’t mean that all of our anxiety is the result of something “we didn’t do right.”
Sometimes anxiety rushes into our heart even though we have been praying and trusting. Life has a way of throwing us quite a few curve balls. Challenges come our way all the time. And we are still human. We are prone to getting upset and bothered. We tend to worry and fret over many things. And yet, God’s promise about the “peace of
God” remains intact for all of His children, It is always available. Our job as believers in this regard is clear: Rejoice always; be gentle; don’t be anxious; pray; give thanks; and present your requests to God. When we put these things into practice, we usually experience much more peace in our heart.
THERE ARE TWO KINDS OF PEACE
A. PEACE ‘WITH’ GOD
1. You will never have peace with God unless you become a child of God and are justified by faith.
2. Rom. 5:1 says, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
3. The war is over, the hostilities have ceased. We have peace with God. I hope you have that.
4. We have the Peace of a surrendered will; we’re no longer struggling against God’s will, but acquiescing.
B. THE PEACE ‘OF’ GOD
- Col. 3:15 says, “Let the peace of God rule in your hearts.” Do you have that peace ruling in your hearts?
- Phip. 4:7, “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
JESUS IS OUR PEACE
A. HE IS OUR PRINCE OF PEACE
No Jesus = No Peace.( Isaiah 9:6) For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder:and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor,The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of
When we have a relationship with God through his son Jesus he becomes our JEHOVAH-SHALOM. the One who brings the peace that passeth all understanding. There’s no way any country,home,relationship even in your life can have peace without the prince of peace .do you want to have peace in your life, home, career and business then embrace Jesus the prince of peace. What is giving sleepless night, what is that challenge that Borden remember he said come unto me all ye that are heavy laden and I will give you rest.
The Bible says in Isaiah 26:3 God will keep you in perfect peace if you trust in him and your mind is on him Luke2:14 Glory to God in the highest, and on Earth peace, good will toward men.
B. JESUS RESTORED OUR PEACE TO US THROUGH HIS OWN BLOOD. Jesus is a mediator between man and God,He said I am the way the truth and the life no one cometh to the Father except through me.man was under the bondage of sin but the prince of peace came and pay with his blood and reconciled us back to God. (Romans 5:10) For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more,being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.When we allow Jesus’ death and resurrection to purchase our forgiveness from God, we are counted as righteous.
(2 Corinthians5:21). Our sins are forgiven because Jesus already paid the price for them. Only then can we have peace with God.
(Roman5:1) Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.If God is peace, then if you know God you will have his peace. The closer we draw to Him, the more of His peace we can enjoy (James 4:8). God gives us clear instructions about how to draw near to Him.
Psalm 24:3–4 :-The measure of peace that we have in Him is determined by our sanctification and trust in Him.
(Philippians 4:6-9) Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God which passeth all understanding, shall keep your
hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
:- THE PRESENCE OF GOD IS OUR PEACE
A. God is sensitive to the needs and sorrows of his children: (Exodus 3:7)And the LORD said, I have surely seen the
affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows;
(Judges 10:16) And they put away the strange gods from among them, and served the LORD: and his soul was grieved for the misery of Israel.
B. God has a desire to give us His peace:
(Jeremiah 29:11) For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
(Psalms 29:11) The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace.
(Isaiah 48:18) O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea.
C. The very presence of God is one of peace:
- This is why Gideon asked the question in Judges6:13.
(Judges 6:13) And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the LORD be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt ? but now the LORD hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.
2. There was no peace in Israel because God’s presence was not there: likewise any other country were there is no presence of God,is full of crisis.God abides with those who abide with Him.
CERTAIN ATTITUDES THAT CAN DESTROY THE PEACE OF GOD IN THE LIFE OF CHRISTIANS.
1.When we insist on being in control, we sabotage God’s desire to let us live in peace.
2.When we choose worry rather than faith, we cannot live in peace. Jesus warned us often about fear and worry (Matthew 6:34; Luke 12:29; Philippians 4:6). Worry is the enemy of peace. God invites us to cast our cares upon Him and then let go of them (1 Peter5:7).
- Iniquity :if you remember in Judges 6:1 it was sin that brought the children of Israel into the state of unrest. You can’t have peace when you are a sinner because the author of peace is holy.
WHAT WILL YOU BENEFIT FROM THE PEACE OF GOD:
- Good health – Many people are sick, some are hospitalized because they lacked peace of mind . This peace will give you a
rested soul and body. It will keep away worries, stress, depression, high blood pressure and heart related diseases.
- Positive mindset – People who enjoy peace are positive minded. They expect the best of things. They think positively of people and situations. They don’t get worked up, thinking that things will certainly go wrong.
Hope – The peaceful are hopeful and the hopeful are peaceful. When you are hopeless, you will become helpless.
The peace of God is a powerful ingredient in building up your hope. You will know that everything will work out for your good
and you will expect it to be so.
Build and fortify relationships – A peacemaker will always enjoy his or her relationships with others. Peace within you will manifest in your responses to issues. People will be drawn to you because they enjoy the peace that surrounds you: no
tension or disputes over things. Being with you will be like medicine to their challenges.
5. Better working environment – Have you ever worked with someone who fights with everybody and everything? Not a place to be in, right? Such a person does not have peace of mind and is only venting it out on things and people instead seeking for help. But a peaceful person can help the troubled person and change the working environment. Peace is contagious.
6. Creativity – Peace enables one to be creative. The mind is restful, not crowded with worries and negative thoughts. A
Peaceful mind is observant and very attentive. Ideas are quick to settle on a calm mind.
actually means a wholeness of mind and spirit, a whole heart at rest. Inner peace has little to do with external surroundings. Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be
troubled and do not be afraid.” He had also told His followers that “in this world you will have many troubles. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). So peace is not the absence of trouble; it is the presence of God.
Peace is a fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22).
When the “God of all peace” comes to live inside a believing heart (1 Corinthians 6:19), He begins to produce His own characteristics in that life. Inner peace comes from knowing that circumstances
are temporary and that God is sovereign over all (Isaiah 46:9–11). Peace comes from exercising faith in the character of God and His Word.
We can have peace in the midst of challenges when we remember that “all things work together for the good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). We can choose peace rather than give way to fear and
worry. Inner peace resulting from a relationship with God allows us to keep things in proper perspective. We can accept difficult situations on earth by remembering that our citizenship is in
heaven (Philippians 3:20).
We are commanded to “live in peace” with others, as far as it is up to us (Romans 12:18; 2Corinthians 13:11; Hebrews 12:14). To live at peace means we interact with those around us in accordance with our own wholeness of mind. Our reactions to circumstances can bring peace to an chaotic situation. Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God” (Matthew 5:9). And James 3:18 says, “Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.” God’s desire is that we who know Him learn to live in peace within ourselves first.
The Christian life isn’t easy, there are times you will experience unrest, It is natural to worry, and complain, and try to solve everything ourself but remember The life of discipleship, however,is a supernatural experience. It is reliance upon God in all things for he alone can give peace.
Meanwhile, Jesus is busy “preparing a place” for us in His heavenly kingdom. (John 14:2,3) In that land,we will never experience even a moment of anxiety
Everything will be calm, joyful, and
peaceful. Until that day, we “press on toward the goal,” (Phil. 3:14) knowing that we are not alone, and that our Savior will never leave us or forsake us. (Matthew 28:20) So if you are a Christian, take tremendous comfort in the fact that you have peace “with God.” And then do those things hour by hour that help to facilitate the peace “of God” in your heart. By doing
so, you will enjoy your Christian life much more than when you are worrying about the details.
Each one of us is guilty of worry at times, but we can learn how to bring our anxiety to the Lord in prayer. May the lord bless His word in our heart with lasting peace in Jesus name.
Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
I want you to say this prayer.
Fill my heart with your peace Lord.
every spirit of anxiety and depression cease.
in my life today
In Jesus name we pray…