Shalom!

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If you are struggling with any fears, any difficult circumstances, any tragedies, any suffering, any loss, with life, then this is for you.

I picked up the book, The Names Of God, this morning and read the chapter on Shalom.  Some of the stuff I already knew, but there were new lessons, challenges, and encouragement that I gleaned from this study today.

What a marvelous word Shalom is!  I believe it will strengthen your heart as it has mine.

There are several meanings to the word, Shalom.

Shalom means:

  • Shalom means whole.

…you are whole when God’s peace reigns in your heart. (Names of God by Marilyn Hickey)

  • Shalom means full.

You are full, lacking nothing in Christ Jesus. (Names of God by Marilyn Hickey)

  • Shalom means to pay or render.

Peace is God’s payment that says, “I don’t have to worry about the future, because I know that His Word has paid for my provision.” (Names of God by Marilyn Hickey)

  • Shalom means peace in the perfect sense.

…peace in the most perfect way imaginable. (Names of God by Marilyn Hickey)

  • Shalom means in Greek eireneEirene means to live in the fullness of life.

…it means “to live life at its best.”  It doesn’t just mean “not having a fight.”  What is your life like now?  Is it full of Jehovah Shalom’s peace? (Names of God by Marilyn Hickey)

From where does this Shalom come?

Shalom comes from the God of Peace — from Jehovah Shalom Himself.

When Jesus was born, the angels declared, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” (Luke 2:14)

Peace Himself came and dwelt in the body of man, was crucified, and rose from the dead so that you could have His peace.  Jesus told many people whom He healed, “Go in peace.”  (Names of God by Marilyn Hickey)

How do we obtain this Shalom?

  • In order to have the true sense of peace/shalom, it means that one must have wholeness of spirit and soul. This can only come from the One Who heals our bodies, souls, and spirits — God Himself, the God of Peace.
  • It means one must have the fullness of Shalom indwelling within. His Holy Spirit indwells all true Believers (those who have received Jesus as their Savior).
  • It means that payment was rendered (Jesus’ death on the cross) so that God’s full provision of peace can be received.  It means one must believe and accept this gift, turning to God and acknowledging Him as your God.

True Peace or Shalom is only understood and experienced by those who have accepted Christ’s Lordship over their lives.  Yet, so many Christians don’t walk in this or live lives that are “peaceful.”

The reason why so many Christians aren’t living lives of true peace is because they don’t understand some of the following truths:

  • You need to believe that, as a Christian, your heritage is shalom/peace.
  • You are guaranteed shalom, but you have to “own” it or claim it.
  • You have to be “single-minded.”  (Can’t serve God and the world; the world does not understand true peace nor offer it — just a shoddy representation.)
  • You have to let God’s peace keep you.
  • You have to keep your eyes on your God rather than on your “giants.”
  • You have to believe God’s Word and act in faith, trusting in His promises — no matter the current state of your affairs.
  • You have to look to your Source of Peace: it is Jesus inside of you — not circumstances or people outside of you.
  • You have to let Jesus’ peace, love, and joy flow through you.

What does God want His Shalom to look like in our lives?

  • He wants His Shalom to “flow” abundantly through our lives “so that it resembles a great flowing river.” (Names of God by Marilyn Hickey)

David said in Psalm 16:6 that it is your heritage to have peace.  The Lord will bless His people with peace.  Peace is our blessing, and it is for every possible situation.  How do I know that?  The word blessing is always used in the plural form.  God cannot give you a singular blessing.  He is a God of many blessingsEl Shaddai. (Names of God by Marilyn Hickey)

Isaiah 66:12

12 For thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream: then shall ye suck, ye shall be borne upon her sides, and be dandled upon her knees.

  • He wants it to look like Himself because true peace comes because and through Jehovah Shalom, who is inside of us.
  • He wants us to not worry about the future because He has paid for our provision.  That’s what the to pay or render version of Shalom means.
  • He wants us to assume upon its Presence and influence in our lives because it is our heritage as His children.
  • He wants it to be the originator, the mediator, and the “plaster” of our relationships with others.

When you are full of peace, you’ll have peaceful relationships.  Contention takes two people; peace takes only one person.  When you let Jesus’ peace, love, and joy flow out, there can’t be any strife. (Names of God by Marilyn Hickey)

  • He wants it to transform our living so that our life is profuse with an exuberant overflow of all that is synonymous with true life (His Spirit supplying life to our spirits, which in turn transforms our souls and then affects our bodies).  This type of life cannot be understood in just physical terms.  It is a “wholeness” of life that comes from all three aspects of who we are (spirit, soul, and body) being engaged, transformed, and empowered by His Life — the Creator of Life.
  • He wants our emotions to be yielded to Him so that peace rather than worry is the expression of our emotions.

He wants you to know that He is in control  “Thou wilt keep Him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”  (Is. 26:3) (Names of God by Marilyn Hickey)

  • He wants us to have a “quiet” spirit — a soul surrendered to the God of Peace.
  • He wants us to be “unshaken” so that our “enemies” are put to shame.
  • He wants us to have peace in all circumstances.
  • He wants us to have peace with Himself, which is the foundation of our peace.
  • He wants it to be our message that we bring to others.  Ephesians 6:15 says that our feet are to be “shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace.”  Shalom means wholeness, completeness, fullness, a paid provision.

Why is the Gospel a “Gospel of peace”?

  • The Gospel message that we are to share is the message that brings true wholeness, completeness, fullness, and redemption to the receiver.
  • The Gospel restores our broken relationship with our Abba Father, which brings peace between God and ourselves.
  • The Gospel unites our spirits to God’s Spirit, which transforms our souls.
  • The Gospel connects us to our Source of Peace: Jehovah Shalom.
  • The Gospel gives us direction to pursue that which produces peace.
  • The Gospel “heals” our complete selves: spirits, souls, and bodies.
  • The Gospel produces His righteousness within us, which is accompanied by peace.  Peace is an out-flowing of righteousness.
  • The Gospel promises victory because victory was won at the cross.

Wow!  So much wonderful encouragement and truth when we consider the awesomeness of our God and the richness of what He offers and seeks to produce in us!

The Shalom that God offers supersedes all inferior imitations of peace.

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