A Daily Word from the Word for Wednesday, May 14, 2014
“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” – Isaiah 26:3
With all of the malarkey, wickedness, instability, disasters, and sheer destruction that are going on in the world today, we need God’s perfect peace more than ever! God’s peace is priceless. The world cannot buy it; although it has tried, failed, and fallen miserably short with its attempt at a haphazard counterfeit.
Drugs, money, power, alcohol, work, or sex isn’t going to give you the peace you need, my brother. Illicit affairs, trying to fit in, relationships, or things isn’t going to calm the storm inside of you, my sister. Only God’s perfect peace can give you that constant rest on the inside that you seek.
The Hebrew term for both “perfect” and “peace” is the same word and meaning shalom (pr. shaw-lome), which is “safe, happy, well, friendly, health, prosperity, favor, rest, wholly, completed” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance. God’s peace is perfect because the Father is perfect, and only His peace can keep us in all of our ways, bring us true happiness, cause us to prosper in all things, make us whole and complete in Jesus Christ, and cause our spirits to always rest in Him; regardless of hell and high water breaking loose all around us. The Apostle John shouts the Word of God from the peaceful places, as He exclaims “I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers!” (3 John 1:2)
God’s perfect peace keeps destruction, commotion, circumstances, and situations at bay and far from us. Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines “wholly” as “to the full or entire extent, to the exclusion of other things.” Are you catching this, family? When we keep our mind steadfastly on God, His perfect peace displaces, dispels, and excludes everything that attempts to take our peace away!
When we keep our mind on God, He keeps us in His perfect peace. The Father “keeps” us by His natsar (pr. naw-tsar); He “guards, protects, preserves” us with His peace. Webster defines “preserve” as “to keep safe from injury, harm, or destruction; to keep alive, intact, or free from decay.” We are all-too familiar with the effects and consequences of stress and turmoil. Worry, chaos and discord manifest as disease, decay, and instability. God promises to preserve us from the destructive effects of the world’s ways as long as we keep our mind steadfastly on Him.
The word “steadfast” used here, comes from the Hebrew word camak (pr. saw-mak), which means “to lean upon or take hold of.” Lean upon the Lord, my brother! Take hold of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, my sister! And be transported to the place where peace abounds and fills you to overflowing with provision and prosperity that is above and beyond what you could ever ask or imagine according to God’s Holy Spirit Who is at work within you! (Ephesians 3:20).
Father, thank You for Your Perfect Peace, Your peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7). Help us to keep our minds permanently fixed on You, and saturate our entire being with your warm bath of peace. Infuse our spirit with Your Holy Spirit of Peace which preserves us. In Jesus Name, we thank You that we always lean on You. Amen and Amen.
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to allow God to keep you in His Perfect Peace. Allow God’s Holy Spirit to fill you to overflowing with His peace that surpasses all understanding, so you walk in the Father’s Divine Peace continually. And continue to fight the good fight of keeping your mind steadfastly on the Father; for God, your Peace-Maker, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2014, unless otherwise noted.