I once talked about the battles in life, and how God is the Lord our Victory Flag, Jehovah Nissi. We can lift up the name of Jesus and win the battles of life.
But, even winning battles can wear you out. So, we have a great need for peace. Not just peace where you’re not fighting and arguing with people, but peace in your heart, on the inside. lf you’re not satisfied, if you feel empty, you don’t have peace in your heart. You’ll FEEL like you’re losing even when you have the victory. We all need peace.
In Judges 6, the Midianites were ruling over God’s people. His people were harassed and troubled by their oppressors until they cried out to God for deliverance.
That’s when God spoke to Gideon and called him to take a stand for righteousness among God’s heartbroken, backslidden and oppressed people. Gideon felt like he was so low that God couldn’t use him. l want to tell your that God delights in using the least likely people!
Most of the people God used in the Bible were the least likely so people KNEW it had to be God! Just because you’re not the kind of person you think God will use now doesn’t mean God can’t use you. If you’ll listen to God‘s word, you’ll be the kind of person God WILL use.
The Angel of the Lord came to Gideon and said, “The Lord is with you.” Gideon responded with, “Well, if the Lord is with us, where are all His miracles?” Gideon didn’t realize he was talking with an angel.
Soon, he realized he WAS talking to an angel of the Lord. Then, Gideon was filled with fear; he was shaking in his sandals, being in the presence of the Angel of the Lord. Then the Lord said, “Peace be unto you.”
Do not fear. You shall not die. ” ln other words, you can live in fear or you can live in peace. Choose peace instead of fear. So, Gideon named that place in his life Jehovah-Shalom. That means the Lord who gives peace.
Peace is so important. God wants to bring you to the place in your life where, instead of fear, you are filled with peace. Peace is priceless. All the money in the world cannot buy peace. All of the fame cannot give you peace. If you take all the drugs you want, they’re not going to give you peace – because when they let go, you’ve got hell in your life. All the alcohol in the world can never give you peace. Peace is so wonderful that it has to come from the hand of God.
Household Peace: There needs to be peace between husband and wife. Couples need to work at having peace. It doesn’t mean they’ll never have any disagreements, but they can have peace even when they don’t have the same opinion.
God also has provided for peace between parents and children. Many homes are miserable because there’s little or no real communication. Fathers can be hard on their children. Mothers can pick, nag, or just throw in the towel and give up. Children can be stubborn and rebellious. That’s why so many households have no peace.
If there’s something between you and your child, make peace. Ask God to lead, guide and reveal to you how to make peace. The Bible says that, when a person’s ways please the Lord, even his enemies will be at peace with him! You can at least claim THAT promise for your household!
Keep praying for and loving that child. The forces of darkness have come against the young people. Drugs, alcohol, pornography, incest, all kinds of abuse, witchcraft – the kids are being attacked from all sides. They need our help.
We don’t pull back and just let the enemy destroy them! We need to go after them. Make up your mind and say, “The devil will never have even one of my children, not even one!” Make up your mind! Be strong for your children! The devil’s not going to have any of your children. And, let there be peace between you and your children.
Fourth, there needs to be peace between the children themselves. Help them and teach them how to respect each other and get along. lt’s not fair for one child to ruin the other children’s’ childhoods! Teach them what they need to know about getting along! God has promised His help!
Last, there ought to be peace in your relationships with your friends, neighbors and coworkers. The Bible says, “With all that lies within you, pursue peace with all men, especially those of the household of faith.”
God’s first promise of peace is to Abraham. God promised him that he would be at peace when it came time to die. He said in Genesis 15:15, “You shall go to your fathers in peace; and be buried in a good old age.” God first spoke about peace when it comes to the matter of death. The fear of death holds so many people in fear. But God wants us to settle the matter and make our peace with Him so we can die in peace.
Jesus talked about how not to have a troubled heart in John 14. He gave five steps to keep you from having a troubled heart.
See, you’re going to die one day if Jesus doesn’t comeback first. lt’s appointed unto man once to die, and after this, the Judgement. Hebrews 9:27 says that God wants you not to be afraid of death, or for the fear of death to hound you throughout your life.
Jesus told how to get that peace. ln verse 1 He said, “Let not your heart be troubled.” That’s a decision YOU have to make- to not let your heart become troubled. Then he said, “You believe in God; believe also in Me.” So the next two steps are: Believe in God. Believe in Jesus. Step four, Jesus said, “In My Father’s house are many mansions. I go to prepare a place for you.” Believe in Heaven. Jesus is preparing a place for you. And then He tells you how to get there. He said, “I am the way, I am the truth, and I am the life: no man comes to the Father; but by Me.” That brings peace to your heart.
Remember, in Genesis, Adam and Eve were created and put in a beautiful garden paradise. They had peace. They walked with God every day. They’d go out in the cool of the day. God would come down and they would walk with God and enjoy fellowship with Him. lt was a life of wonderful, wonderful peace.
Then, in Genesis 3, all that peace is gone. Guess why? The serpent, the Devil (El Stinko) got them confused about God’s goodness. They lost their peace. He deceived Adam and Eve, and they disobeyed God. Then they had no peace at all.
Then God came walking in the garden and they hid themselves, filled with fear. God said, “Adam, where are you?” Adam said, “I was afraid.” Fear came on the scene and chased man away from God. I preach the Word of God so you can get filled with faith and drive out the spirit of fear.
God sent the Lord Jesus Christ so He can walk again in the garden of life with you. God loves you. He wants to have fellowship with you. God planned from that very day when Adam and Eve fell, to send Jesus. Jesus made it so humanity could walk with God again. You don’t have to hide anymore. You don’t have to run from God. You don’t have to hide in alcohol, drugs and illicit lifestyles. You don’t have to hide from God anymore.
Jesus Christ takes away the sin of the world. But, until you receive Jesus you have guilt and condemnation kind of crushing you. God sent Jesus into the world to die for us. He took your place. When Jesus hung on that cross, something incredibly important was taking place. It’s described in Isaiah. “Surely he hath borne our sicknesses and our diseases. He was wounded for our transgressions. He was bruised for our iniquities (or sins): the chastisement of our peace was upon him.” What’s Jesus doing? He was making it so you and I could have peace with God.
The Bible says that God nailed every charge against us to that cross. You think about what you’ve done; God nailed that to His cross. Why did the sinless, pure, holy Son of God die? He died because our sins are nailed to that cross. And now God declares you not guilty. The Gospel is not you’re a sinner; the Gospel is that God took your sin. The Gospel is not there’s a hell; the Gospel is that you don’t have to go there.
God is not mad at you. God has already been reconciled to you. The Bible says that. Now you can be declared not guilty God said, “Their sins and iniquities I will remember no more.” You don’t have to fear your sins being brought out by God and held in your face. No, not once you ask Jesus to be your Lord and you’re serving Him. God says, He will not only not bring them up again, but He won’t even remember them.
Peace comes when you know that all is right between you and God, all is right. Thank God, Jesus is able to bring peace to any and everybody who calls on the Name of the Lord, Jehovah Shalom.
You may be saying, “I need peace. I want peace in my heart.” Jesus is our peace. The Bible says our God is a God of peace. The Bible says in Ephesians 6 that “our feet are shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace.” Our Gospel is all about peace.
You have to be sure you have Jesus in your heart, because He is our peace. lf you had all the money in the world, and all the fame, if you’re on top of the heap, but die and go to hell, what good is it? lf our ministry does nothing more than get you ready for Heaven, we’ve been successful. If your heart has no peace today, you can have it by simply praying a short prayer.
“Dear God I know You’re the God of peace. You’re the One Who can give me peace. You’ve washed away my sins and You’ve provided for me to be not guilty in Your presence. I come to You now to accept that gift. Jesus, I want You to come into my heart and to save me. You are my peace. Make me ready to live and ready to die. Jesus, You are my Lord. You are my Savior, and I thank You that in my heart I now have peace. Amen. ”