WEEK 15: TUESDAY – The Great I Am

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The Great I Am:
 Jehovah Shalom- The Lord Our PEACE
 
“The unexamined life is not worth living.” – Socrates
 
Now, pause for awhile and examine your life…
Have you been uptight?
Have you been high strung?
Have you been stressing out a lot?
 
Have you ever noticed how peace is sadly missing in the lives of a lot of people today? Perhaps it is also missing in your life?
 
In John 14:27 the Lord said,
 
27 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.
 
Now there’s a couple of things in this verse. First, the Lord says, “Peace is a gift!”
It’s not something that you can create in your life, or experience because of your goodness, or be able to buy or earn… it’s something that God gives! And the peace of the world is so different from what God is offering because the peace of the world is so fragile!
 
In fact, in the last 3,500 years we’ve only had about 286 years of peace. Can you imagine?! We don’t have much peace in the world! Because human peace is always based on circumstances… “If everything’s ok then I’m at peace. But if everything is in chaos then I’m not at peace!” The Bible tells us that the peace that Christ gives is nothing external. It’s an internal thing. You can see this in the life of Paul when he wrote this portion in Philippians:
 
Philippians 4:4-9
 
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
Isn’t it interesting how the word ‘peace’ is like a bookend around verses 7 and 9. In the beginning of verse 7 is the peace of God. In the end of verse 9 there’s the God of peace. Did you notice? The peace of God is brought by the God of peace!
 
Six words can sum up what the book of Philippians is saying:
 “Worry about nothing. Pray about everything.”
 
Stop worrying BUT in everything – PRAY! Make your requests known to God!
Perhaps the reason why you’re so stressed and worried lately is because you haven’t entered real prayer yet. Do you know what happens when you worry? You’re heart is drained of encouragement and your mind is clouded with chaos! BUT when you pray, look at verse 7, the Lord immediately builds a wall around your heart and mind! And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
 
Psalm 55:22 says,
 
Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall. Turn your load over to Him. He can handle it!
 
Leonard Sweet in his book “The Church of the Perfect Storm” writes,
“In both the book and the movie “The Perfect Storm,” there was one reason to go out into the storm and risk being lost at sea: to make the ultimate catch!
Storms prune and purify. They tear down all that is not tied down and lasting. They enforce the rule of persevere or perish. When everyone and everything is spinning and whirling in the wind, Christians go out to meet the storm. Christians embrace the wind. AND PASS OUT KITES.”
 
That’s a picture of a person that’s completely at peace!!!
 
QUESTION: What’s got you uptight? Are you feeling stressed? Or perhaps, worried? Has Jesus Christ have anything to say about it?
 
John 14:1
 
Do not let your heart be troubled. Trust in God. Trust in me.
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