THEME: GOD’S PERFECT PEACE
“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.”
-This is a time when so much is happening and part of it is the new world order. Governments are confronting a health crisis, an economic predicament and a catastrophe of institutional legitimacy and corruption, all at a time of heightening geopolitical rivalry. Individuals and institutions are battling heightened economic and financial crisis, health problems and losses etc. God tells us that we should not let our hearts be troubled nor should we be afraid. He gives us the peace that surpasses all understanding. We can neither comprehend nor effect it. That is why Jesus says; “peace I leave you, my peace I give you”. Jesus is right, it is His peace. Only Jesus can give us perfect peace because He is the Prince of peace and He loves us with an everlasting love.
A white dove is most often associated with peace. Jesus refereed to a dove as an innocent creature in Matthew 10:16, to probably portray its peaceful nature. Most often, children are associated with innocence thus peace. It has been referenced during the baptism of Jesus when the Holy Spirit came down from heaven like a dove and remained on Jesus (John 1:32). Further, during the global disaster of the flood, Noah sent out a dove and it came in with an olive leaf which is commonly used for anointing. We know that when David was anointed, the Spirit of God rested upon him while a distressing spirit distracted king Saul. We can therefore conclude that the dove is a clear sign of peace which is given by and represents the Holy Spirit. The perfect peace of God guarantees us inner tranquility and wholeness. It extinguishes every negative and emotional distress. Sometimes we or those around us carry heavy burdens in our hearts. Burdens that include:- economic and financial pressures, heightened levels of personal and national debt, psychological traumas after the loss of a loved one, physical pain emanating from sickness, stress and depression leading to insomnia and other related issues, spiritual slackness etc. God reminds to trust in Him and rely of His everlasting strength, and He will give us perfect peace. He calls us to cast our burdens unto Him for He cares for us. He loves us so much and gives us peaceful peace, the ‘shalom shalom’. God thus causes even our enemies to be at peace with us like king Solomon, Asa and Jehoshaphat. Jesus calls us to love our neighbors and do good to them instead of orchestrating revenge against them, for vengeance belongs to God. We are also cautioned against exercising evil with evil but to overcome evil with good. As we practice and preach peace, we obtain the heavenly blessing of being called sons of God. We are reminded to love and forgive one another. As we forgive each other, we attract the forgiveness of God. Apart from forgiving others, let us not forget to forgive ourselves for our past sins that weigh down against us. A feeling of unending guilt follows us like the shadow of death. Judas was guilty of betraying Jesus and did not sort for forgiveness from Jesus but ended up hanging himself. Let us allow the Holy Spirit to cleanse us from all guilt and unforgiveness. Let us allow His forgiveness power and grace to flow in us and make us whole for the benefit of His kingdom.
Jehovah Shalom we thank You and exult Your holy name. You are the King of kings and Lord of lords. You are the King of glory and King of grace. You are the Lion of Judah and the Cornerstone upon whom we stand. We know that You are our Father and cannot withhold anything good from us. We are Your sons and daughters, thank You for loving us Jesus. We humbly ask You to take away every form of guilt and shame from our hearts. Take away merciful Savior every form of bitterness and unforgiveness from our hearts. Heal all our inner wounds dear Jesus. Touch every ailing area of our lives, families, churches and nation. Heal every hurting cell in us and make every crooked path straight merciful Father. Protect our nation from every evil. Protect us from every bridge that has been prophesied to collapse now or in the future. Protect our nation from terrorist plans. Protect us Your children from COVID-19 and other diseases. Remove the tide of COVID-19 from the earth we humbly ask You. Protect us from poor leadership and governance. Bless us dear Jesus and expand our territories. Forgive us Holy Spirit and preserve us from any form of idolatry. Grant us Your fruit of peace and love Holy Spirit. Bring every soul merciful Savior to everlasting life we humbly beseech You. All glory, honor, power, riches, wealth, strength belongs to You Jesus, now and forever. Amen
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