Sunday, December 15th, 2013: Names of God Series "Jehovah Shalom"

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1. Concepts of Peace:

English concept:

  1. Absence of outward conflict
  2. State of inner calm

Hebrew concept: 

  1. Includes absence of war and inner calm plus…
  2. Wholeness, completeness, perfection, safety, wellness
  3. Comes from living in harmony with God
  4. Fruit of this: harmony with others, prosperity, health, satisfaction, soundness, wholeness, well-being

 

2. Jehovah Shalom: “The LORD is Peace”

  • Pronounced: juh-HO-vah shah-LOME”
  • Shalom is used in saying both “hello” and “good bye”
  • Messiah – called the “Prince of Peace”     (Is. 9:6-7)
  • Jerusalem: means city of Peace - possession of peace
  • Name of the altar built by Gideon at Ophrah to memorialize God’s message “Peace be unto you.”

                                           (Judges 6:22-24)

 

Q) What is the source of your personal peace and security?

a. Right place at right time?   ___ yes ___ no

b. Fat retirement account?     ___ yes ___ no

c. Perfect relationship?          ___ yes ___ no

d. Great education?              ___ yes ___ no

e. Job security?                   ___ yes ___ no

 

3. The Fear (Awe) of God is include in the Peace of God

Angels announced the birth of the Christ child      (Lk. 2:8-20)

Shepherds were terrified

The Angel said, Do not be afraid.  I bring you good news of great joy…and on earth peace to men.”   (Lk. 2:10-14)

  • Man is fearful in the presence of God or His angels
  • It was understood that no one could see God’s face and live                                                                   (Ex. 33:18-23; Judges 6:22-24)

 

4. God’s peace conquers our anxious thoughts and worry:

”You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in You.”                      (Isaiah 26:3)

 

 “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.”                 (John 14:27)         

 

“The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus… Whatever is true...noble...right…pure…lovely…admirable… excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things

And the God of Peace will be with you.”          (Phil. 4:6-9)

 

5. Peace often comes after a decision, not before

There is a challenge of feeling at peace in decision-making

  • We tell people pray until you get the peace of God….

We need to understand dynamic v. static peace

As you pursue your big dream, you face a “wall of fear”

  • What if God does not come through?
  • Can I do this?  Is it the right time?

You cannot stay here; you must go forward, so….

Through faith you walk through your “wall of fear”

 

Q) This Christmas time, what peace are you pursuing?

  1. World peace – soldiers come home safely
  2. Relational peace – good with other people
  3. Inner peace – conscience clear; pursuing big dream
  4. Peace with God – sins are forgiven; developing relationship with Christ