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Tender Mercies

It is easily observable that children thrive when raised in a family whose parents have demonstrated to them from the moment of their birth that they are greatly loved.  How a person’s heart, their spirit, their sense of self-worth, is powerfully shaped by this enabling understanding of being greatly loved!  The personal sense of being cherished, of being of great value, when instilled in the heart of a child is an enabling force.  A complete understanding that they are truly and unconditionally loved establishes a peace that welcomes in possibility, and a strength to overcome any attack on their self-worth.

As with everything in this world we live in, there is a parallel spiritual truth.  When we truly know the heart of God toward us, when we believe His Word, trust and rely on His loving intentions toward us, we thrive.  Nothing can shake that peace He has given to us (John 14:27).  Nothing can overwhelm or defeat us.

For this to be reality we must settle some Gospel Truths beyond any doubt in our hearts.  Throughout His Word our Father speaks of His tender mercies and loving-kindness toward us (Psalm 103:4, Psalm 145:9, Luke 1:78).  He is love (1 John 4:16), and that love sent our Lord Jesus to the cross (John 3:16, Galatians 2:20). We are of great value to Him.

You were bought with a price, {purchased with a preciousness and paid for, made His own}… (1 Corinthians 6:20)

He has given us the safety and shelter of His Word to stand on in faith and He has given us His Holy Spirit to guide, counsel and encourage us (John 14:16).  Allow these truths to recreate you (2 Corinthians 5:17); to renew your thinking ( Romans 12:2).  When you look out upon your day established in God’s Truth, identified through His love, trusting in His tender mercies, relying solely on His affectionate and watchful care of you ( Peter 5:7), then you are “safe in His inaccessible place” ( Psalm 91:8).

Faith in these truths establishes their reality in your life.  That’s our Father’s expectation – that you believe Him (Hebrews 10:38).  Faith believes that it receives all of these wonderful promises at God’s hand (Mark 11:22-24).  It is as simple as that (and in its simplicity it becomes quite difficult for some!)  When asked what the greatest Bible Truth he knew was, one pastor said, “Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so”.  “Have faith in God constantly” (Mark 11:22) seems to be a challenge for many believers.

It is the child of God who understands and receives His love and tender mercies that walks out every day in a peace that profoundly colors every moment, defines their days, and overcomes the world (1 John 4:4).

 

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Our First and Vital Necessity

1 Chronicles 28:9 speaks of the life-altering decision, the foundational imperative, the divine mandate to know God:

…{have personal knowledge of Him, be acquainted with and understand Him, appreciate, heed, and cherish Him} and serve Him with a blameless heart and a willing mind…If you seek Him {inquiring for and of Him} as you first and vital necessity you will find Him…

Within Scriptural context this is David exhorting Solomon, but within biblical, spiritual understanding, this is our Father instructing us. Paul exhorts the Ephesians (and us too!):

…try to learn {in your experience} what is pleasing to the Lord {let your lives be constant proofs of what is most acceptable to Him} (Ephesians 5:10)

The expectations that we encounter in God’s Word are our road map to successful living before Him. This is our instruction manual! And through the loving guidance of the Holy Spirit, understanding and appreciating and firmly grasping and accomplishing God’s will (His plan and purpose for each of our lives) is not only possible, it is God ordained, and, yielded to Him, it will be!

God does not reveal Himself as wanting to be intimately known if we could not achieve it. He does not, like an unfair, unjust taskmaster, develop a long list of unreasonable requirements which we could never fulfill. That’s Satan’s misrepresentation of Him! Like a loving parent raising up children, our Abba shows us the right path to take, the correct way to think, speak, and act, and the manner in which He is to be known and understood. With extraordinary love He grants to us:

…a spirit of wisdom and revelation {of insight into mysteries and secrets} in the {deep and intimate} knowledge of Him. (Ephesians 1:17)

Because being intimately known, and therefore honored and cherished, by His children is the desire of God’s heart, the enemy has thrown many roadblocks in our way. Satan’s aim is to distort Truth, disrupt progress, and diminish God’s standards and revealed will in our lives. When you entertain the idea that God is unknowable and unreachable, that we can never truly interact with Him and hold conversation with Him, you are listening to the enemy’s lies and not attending to God’s Word or His Spirit. When we explain away Scriptural Truth as “not for today” or really only spiritual concepts not valid in this physical realm, we give away His established blessings and reject the full life Jesus accomplished on our behalf.

There are obviously some who are troubling and disturbing and bewildering you {with a different kind of teaching which they offer as a gospel} and want to pervert and distort the Gospel of Christ (the Messiah) {into something which it absolutely is not!} (Galatians 1:7)

From Genesis to Revelation God extends to mankind the Truth that He wants to be known, and known intimately. Through the ministry of the Holy Spirit that ability has been given. Our part in this relationship with our Creator is to seek after Him as our “first and vital necessity”; to give Him, His Word (Jesus), and His Spirit first place in our lives; to cherish Him as our very reason for being; to love His Word as our most precious possession; to daily honor Him with time spent in His Presence (getting to know Him and to recognize His voice); to imitate Him:

{copy Him and follow His example}, as well-beloved children {imitate their father} (Ephesians 5:1)

Then no false gospel, no teaching contrary to His Word, no thoughts contrary to Gospel Truth will compromise or diminish your faith walk. The blood of Jesus which won our salvation and our testimony of our Father’s goodness and loving-kindness will define our days.

Faith in our Faithful God

So I intend always to remind you about these things, although, indeed, you know them and are firm in the truth that {you} now {hold}. I think it right, as long as I am in this tabernacle (tent, body), to stir you up by way of remembrance.(2 Peter 1:12-13)

The most valuable, effective, and life-changing gift we can offer each other is the reminder of the Truth concerning the faithfulness of God, and of the love He cherishes for us.

…so rich is He in His mercy! Because of and in order to satisfy the great and wonderful and intense love with which He loved us… (Ephesians 2:4)

Faith receives that Truth and is built up and strengthened. This is God, through Paul (2 Timothy 3:16), revealing Himself to His children. This is our Father providing us with a firm foundation for our faith. How revealing of our Abba’s character and His affectionate and watchful care of us (1 Peter 5:7) that He expects faith from us (Hebrews 10:38) and then gives to us everything we need to please Him and accomplish this faith. Through His Word, His indwelling Holy Spirit, and the fellowship and encouragement of the Body of Christ, we are equipped to operate in mountain-moving faith. That is His expectation, but it is also His enablement.

Having faith in God constantly (Mark 11:22) is our kingdom mandate, and throughout His Word, His expression of covenant with us, we are reminded of His character, we are encouraged concerning our value to Him; our relationship with Him. Loving parents, in so many ways, express and extend love and provision and protection and guidance to their children. That care flows out of hearts so filled with loving attention to their well-being, and each child responds with absolute trust in their understanding of their importance to their parents.

Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with her mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me {ceased from fretting}. (Psalm 131:2)

“Ceased from fretting” is a wonderful description of faith based on trust, and that absolute trust is reliant upon the understood and unchanging character of God.

…He remains true (faithful to His Word and to His righteous character) for He cannot deny Himself. (2 Timothy 2:13)

God is not a man that He should tell or act a lie, neither the son of man that He should feel repentance or compunction {for what He has promised}. Has he said and shall He not do it? Or has He spoken and shall He not make it good? (Numbers 23:19)

Our daily walk of faith before Him is entirely defined and fashioned and strengthened by “the faithfulness of God and His fidelity to His Word” (Romans 3:3). We are to establish our lives on our understanding, our acknowledgment, and our absolute trust in His power, wisdom, and goodness. We are to daily, moment-by-moment if need be, renew our minds with His Word.

…Be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind {having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude} (Ephesians 4:23)

Speak and think the Truth in your heart” (Psalm 15:2). When you do, when that becomes your “default position”, you will overcome every obstacle, counter every thought contrary to His Truth, and quickly recognize and diffuse any situation that sets itself up against the Word of God. The attitudes of the world and the tactics of the enemy are ever active “inventing errors to mislead” (Ephesians 4:14). But they are easily overcome from the vantage point of our faith in our faithful Lord, and uncompromised reliance on His alive, active, and powerful Word. (Hebrews 4:12)

Faithful is He Who is calling you {to Himself} and utterly trustworthy and He will also do it {fulfill His call by hallowing and keeping you}. (1 Thessalonians 5:24)

Yet the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen {you} and set you on a firm foundation and guard you from the evil {one}. (2 Thessalonians 3:3)

Love – The First Cause (Part Two)

Mark 11:25 – And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him and let it drop (leave it, let it go), in order that your Father Who is in Heaven may also forgive you your own failings and shortcomings and let them drop.

Mark 11:25 is an important addendum to Jesus’ teaching on the kingdom reality of answered prayer. In the previous verses He was responding to the disciples’ amazement at the withering of the fig tree. He taught that if we have faith in God constantly, and believe that what we ask will take place, it will be done for us. Faith operating in love; when you ask in faith, be sure you hold no ill feelings toward others- make sure that you are “debt-free” in the area of harboring negative feelings for anyone.

Love is meant to be our identifier as believers – as faith-filled children of God. We are the spiritual offspring of the God of love (1 John 4:16). When our motivation in all things is love we are operating in kingdom rhythm, we are pleasing our Father, we are energizing our faith (Galatians 5:6), we are warding off fear and concern and anxiety(1 John 4:18), and we are strengthening and establishing our spirits.

There is only one commandment in the New Testament. The Old Testament is filled with commandments – the Ten Commandments from God through Moses (Exodus 20:1-17), dietary commandments, laws and regulations concerning sacrifices, holy days, family obligations, etc. God was indicating to His people that He was meant to be pre-eminent in the lives of men; the best and safest place for them to be was in obedience to His commands. In fact, curses (well documented, itemized and realized) would be the result of rebellious hearts.

Deuteronomy 28:47 – Because you did not serve the Lord your God with joyfulness of {mind and} heart {in gratitude} for the abundance of all {with which He had blessed you.

And then, in love, because of love, He sent Jesus to us. And Jesus taught us that all of those laws and regulations and commandments could be summed up and successfully accomplished by us if we truly love God and love each other.

Matthew 22:37-40 – You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (intellect) (Deuteronomy 6:5). This is the great (most important, principle) and first commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as {you do} yourself (Leviticus 19:18). These two commandments sum up and upon them depend all the law and the Prophets.

There is only one commandment throughout the New Testament –

John 14:34 – I give you a new commandment: that you should love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you should love one another {John 15:12; John 15:17; 2 John 1:5-6}

When we walk in love we are walking in His light, we are following after His guiding principle, and in the Light there is no occasion for stumbling or cause for error or sin (1 John2:10).

1 Corinthians 8:1 – …Mere knowledge causes people to be puffed up (to bear themselves loftily and be proud) but love (affection and good will and benevolence) edifies and builds up and encourages one to grow (to his full stature).

All throughout the Old Testament God continuously called Israel back to Himself – to follow His commandments for their own benefit and blessing. We, in this new dispensation, are to faithfully resolve to follow God’s commandment to love – Him and each other – for our benefit and blessing. Under the banner of love we have confidence that our daily walk is pleasing to Him. No negative influences can exist in the light of love. We are carefree in love to serve God and each other. He knows our frame so well – He made us! Love is the balm, the healing ointment that relieves and refreshes and eases and recreates us daily (Matthew 11:29) And what a wonderful promise and blessing comes with obedience to the commandment:

John 14:23 – Jesus answered, If a person {really} loves Me, he will keep My Word {obey My teaching}; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home (abode, special dwelling place) with him.

Jehovah – Rohi

After teaching us (comforting us) in John 10:10 that He came so we may “have and enjoy life and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows), Jesus speaks of His role as the Good Shepherd Who lays down His own life for the sheep (verses 11 and 15). We see the first reference for God as our Shepherd in Genesis 48:15:

…God {Himself} Who has {been my Shepherd and has led and } fed me from the time I came into being until this day

After this He refers to Himself as Shepherd 80 more times throughout the Word.

As a shepherd tends his sheep, our Abba guides us, leads and feeds us, protects us from harm and comforts us. Jehovah-Rohi (also seen as Jehovah- Ra’ah) is the Self-Existent One Who reveals Himself as my Friend, my Shepherd Who demonstrates a tender caring, a watchful protection.

Strong’s Concordance gives the extended definition of “Shepherd” as “to tend a flock, to pasture it, to rule, to associate with (as with a friend, a companion)”. The definitive explanation and demonstration of all that God’s shepherding provides for is found in Psalm 23. His all-encompassing care for the sheep includes the parameters – the characteristics, the promises – which all of His Self-identifying Names offer to us.

Verse 1 – The Lord is my Shepherd (Jehovah – Rohi)
I shall not want (Jehovah – Jireh)
(You provide mw with all that I need)

verse 2 – He leads me beside quiet waters (Jehovah – Shalom)
(You are my Peace)

Verse 3 – He refreshes and restores my life (Jehovah – Rapha)
(You are my Healer)

Verse 3 – He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His Name’s sake (Jehovah-Tsidkenu)
(You are my righteousness)

Verse 4 – I will fear or dread no evil for You are with me (Jehovah-Shammah)
(You are ever present)

Verse 5 – You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies (Jehovah-Nissi)
(You are the banner of protection I stand under)

Verse 5 – You anoint my head with oil(Jehovah-M’Kaddesh)
(You sanctify me)

Fully understanding His Names unveils all that our Abba wants to provide for us. We have a good and wonderful Father Whose extraordinary love for His kids is discovered through the Names He calls Himself. And those Names address all of life’s contingencies. Let your faith rest on the promises that His Names reveal.

Jehovah – Rapha

Immediately after the Lord led Israel through the parted Red Sea and then caused the death of their pursuers – the Egyptians, their horses and chariots (Exodus 14:28) – He established covenant with His people, revealing Himself as our Physician:

Exodus 15:26 – …If you will diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord your God and will do what is right in His sight, and will listen to and obey His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases upon you which I brought upon the Egyptians, for I am the Lord Who heals you.

I AM the Lord Who heals you {Jehovah-Rapha – the Self-Existent One Who reveals Himself as our Healer}. As with all of His Names – His Self-identifying Names – our Father reveals here yet another aspect of His character, His covenant with His people, His purpose in our lives. When He speaks to us through each of these Names He is promising that we can absolutely rely on the manner in which He identifies Himself to us. He does not lie (Numbers 23:19), He does not fabricate, He does not exaggerate. To His children who, through faith, stand and rely on His Word, He is the Great Physician Who heals the physical and emotional needs of His people. He is our healing.

Strongs Concordance explains Jehovah-Rapha as “to mend by stitching, to cure, to cause to heal, physician, repair, thoroughly make whole, restore, to make healthful, to bring back to baby fresh”. When He promises:

You shall serve the Lord your God; He shall bless your bread and water, and I will take sickness from your midst. {Exodus 23:25}

…Who heals each one of all your diseases…{Psalm 103:3},

are you “fully persuaded and assured” that He is “able and mighty to keep His Word and to do what He has promised” {Romans 4:21}?

We receive by faith what God has promised. Each one of His identifying Names reveals to us what we are able to stand in faith for. It is His revealed will. As we understand the scope and full implications of what He extends to His children, we can walk in the fullness of the freedom that each of His Names provide. Since He has revealed Himself as Jehovah-Rapha our Healer, sickness and disease is viewed in an entirely different light. When you allow this paradigm shift to happen in your spirit, when you recognize the author of the sickness (the author of the storm), and when you fully own your rights as a child of God and citizen of the heavenly kingdom (Philippians 3:20) – daily walking in divine health will be your result.

Jehovah-M’Kaddesh

Very much like the concept of righteousness, holiness intimidates! Many have a sense of unworthiness when they ponder being used by God. Often aware of perceived shortcomings, areas in their lives that need attention and fixing, they judge themselves undeserving to be of service to, to make a major impact for, the kingdom of God.

And yet the Lord tells us that HE makes us worthy; HE makes us holy and creates within us the qualifications for effective service. Jehovah-M’Kaddesh – The Self-Existent One Who makes you holy, Who sets you apart for His use, Who sanctifies you, God our holiness. As with all of His Names, it reveals to us the role that our Abba intends to accomplish in our lives, the character and moral standing He establishes within us, the qualifications for service He proclaims to be true.

Leviticus 20:8 – And you shall keep My statutes and do them. I am the Lord Who sanctifies you.

Strong’s Concordance offers a full picture of “sanctify” – “to be or to make clean (ceremonially or morally), to consecrate, dedicate, hallow, to keep holy, to purify; sacred; a sanctuary, a sacred place”. M’Kaddesh refers to the sanctified parts of the temple, those areas set apart for the worship of God. Now, in Christ, we are that temple and the indwelling Holy Spirit is our Sanctifier.

Exodus 19:6 speaks to the nation of Israel:

And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests. a holy nation {consecrated, set apart to the worship of God}…

and 1 Peter 2:9 speaks similar affirmation to the church:

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation, {God’s} own purchased special people, that you may set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfections of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

The attribute of holiness is something that God has established in you – it is a characteristic of kingdom citizenship. Through your faith in Jesus, God looks at you and sees the holiness of His Son. The words of Jesus reveal that Truth.

John 17:17-19 – Sanctify them {purify, consecrate, separate them for Yourself, make them holy} by Truth. Your Word is Truth. Just as you sent Me into the world I also have sent them into the world. And so for their sake and on their behalf I sanctify (dedicate, consecrate) Myself, that they also may be sanctified (dedicated, consecrated, made holy) in the Truth.

1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 – And may the God of peace Himself sanctify you through and through {separate you from profane things, make you pure and wholly consecrated to God}… Faithful is He Who is calling you to Himself and utterly trustworthy, and He will also do it {fulfill His call by hallowing and keeping you}.

Again, as we fully comprehend the meaning of His Names, we rest assured of who we are in Christ and the devices of the enemy to rob us of that faith-strengthening identity are defeated.

Jehovah – Nissi

Proverbs 18:10 – The Name of the Lord is a strong tower; the {consistently} righteous man {upright and in right standing with God} runs into it and is safe, high {above evil} and strong.

Remember Jehovah-Tsidkenu? As a child of God, in Christ, you are a member of the family of God, identified as “consistently righteous”. God is, He becomes for us, our righteousness. So, understanding what each of His Names accomplishes on our behalf through our faith, our absolute acceptance of His Truth, causes that Name to become our strong tower! We run into the promise of all that Name implies, and our Father performs (creates, establishes) that on our behalf.

Jehovah-Nissi – The Self-Existent One Who Reveals Himself as our Banner, our Standard of Victory (our Focal Point). Jehovah-Nissi is first spoken of in Exodus 17:15. The Israelites were battling Amalek. Moses stood on a hill above the battle and held up the rod of God:

When Moses held up his hand Israel prevailed, and when he lowered his hand Amalek prevailed.(Exodus 17:11)

When his arms grew weary holding up the rod in the air, he was aided on either side by Aaron and Hur. As the rod of God remained lifted high over the battle, Israel ultimately prevailed.

And Moses built an alter and called the name of it, the Lord is my Banner. And he said, Because theirs is a hand against the throne of the Lord, the Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation. (Exodus 17:15-16)

As with all of our Abba’s Names, when we recognize all of its implications for our life in the Spirit, we are strengthened, comforted, and re-created by its Truth. Today, any issue, any situation, anything that lifts its hand against the throne of the Lord in the life of a child of God must contend with Jehovah-Nissi! When our faith allows us to rely on that Truth our understanding builds resolve to accept nothing less than God’s standard and victory.

Psalm 60:4 – {But now} You have set up a banner for those who fear and worshipfully revere You {to which they may flee from the bow}; a standard displayed because of the Truth. Selah {pause, and calmly think of that}!

Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines “standard” as “that which is established by sovereign power as a rule or measure by which others are to be adjusted”. Recognizing the Truth that God (and His ways of doing and being right) is our standard, we resolve that everything else in our life must adjust itself to that heavenly reality. He is Jehovah-Nissi – our Banner, our Standard, our Plumb Line. Our identity, our expectations, our ultimate peace is all wrapped up in this revelation.

Strong’s Concordance explains “standard” as – “to make (cause) to flee away, to put to flight, to hide; to lift up a standard”. He is our Standard, causing the enemy to flee away from us (James 4:7). He puts him to flight as we stand in faith upon His Name! He hides us in righteousness! The standard of the Lord is our hiding place! And He establishes that through the power of His Name – Jehovah-Nissi!

Isaiah 59:19 – So {as the result of the Messiah’s intervention } they shall {reverently} fear the Name of the Lord from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will life up a standard against him and put him to flight {for He will come like a rushing stream which the breath of the Lord drives).

Jehovah-Jireh

The word “provision”, or “provider”, is so all-encompassing when it comes to our walk with God. It truly interacts with all of His promises, and all of His redemptive Names. Our Abba is always there(Jehovah-Shammah); He is our righteousness (Jehovah-Tsidkenu) and our peace (Jehovah-Shammah). And He is our constant Provider (Jehovah-Jireh). He provides for us that which He has promised according to our faith.

Originally from the Latin (“providere”), it means “to look ahead, to prepare, to supply, a providing beforehand, the action of arranging in advance”. What a comforting realization. God sees our need ahead of time and is the Supplier of that need. We will never have a need that our Father doesn’t know about. He provides the work of our hands, the food for our bodies, the wisdom for our decisions, the path we are to take, our shelter, our giftings, and the Word that establishes us in His promises. He has sent the Holy Spirit to teach, guide, and enable us, and the Son to die on our behalf and restore us back into His grace! He is a good and loving Father Who provides everything that we need that pertains to life and godliness. (2Peter 1:3)

Being made in His image, we, as parents, are filled with the desire to provide the very best for our children. From healthy food to steady guidance, from the creation of a loving home to moral training, most parents hover gently and carefully over their children. There is, however, a release into life when they reach maturity. The love is still there, the prayers and counsel are still there, but the constant provision of parental responsibility diminishes.

Not so with our Father. As we mature and our faith strengthens the role that His provision plays in our lives becomes more and more evident. The more we lean on and rely on Him, the greater His hand in our lives, the greater manifestation of His blessings, the more evident His miracles, signs and wonders; the more we mature in Him, the more we rely on the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Jehovah-Jireh (the Self-Existent One Who reveals Himself as being our Provider), is first spoken of in Genesis 22:14 after He provided the sacrificial animal to take the place of Isaac. Throughout the Word He is revealed as the Faithful Caretaker and Provider of all that His people needed. And not simply life-sustaining needs:

…God, Who richly and ceaselessly provides us with everything for {our} enjoyment. (1 Timothy 6:17)

He delights in the prosperity of His servants. (Psalm 35:27) He attends to both our needs and our desires. (Psalm37:4, Psalm 103:5) He knows ahead of time what is coming up and what will be needed for each eventuality.
It is better, more beneficial, with a far better outcome, to rely on the Name of the Lord, and all that Name promises, than to rely on our own ability, our own resources, and our own understanding.

Lean on, trust in and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight and understanding. In all your ways, know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

And will lovingly provide everything that you need every step of the way!

Jehovah-Shalom – Part Two

And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts {deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state} to which as {members of Christ’s} one body you were also called {to live}. And be thankful (appreciative) {giving praise to God always}. (Colossians 3:15)

Such powerful instruction in this Scripture! It is our daily directive to let peace rule in our hearts; to let it decide and “settle with finality” every question, every life choice, we face. We are called to live in a continually peaceful state. Making a determination, establishing a permanent resolution in your heart, that the Truth and “alive and active power” of God’s Word (Hebrews 4:12) is your forever compass and that peace is God’s promise, His provision, to you, will overcome worldly obstacles, inner turmoil and doubts, and the enemy’s tactics in your walk of faith.

Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. And God’s peace {shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace} which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)

It so indicative of the vital importance of this aspect of kingdom life that when Jesus came upon His disciples after the resurrection, His first words to them were “Peace to you“. (John 20:19, 21, 26) In some of His final instructions to them just prior to His arrest and crucifixion He said:

Peace I leave with you; My {own} peace I now give and bequeath to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. {Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled}. (John 14:27)

He has the peace to give us – He is the peace we are to walk in, and the determination to receive and constantly dwell there is ours.

You will guard and keep him in constant peace whose mind {both its inclination and its character} is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You. (Isaiah 26:3)

His perfect and constant peace is yours as your “mind {both its inclination and character}” is focused on God. Peace (tranquility of heart and life continually – Numbers 6:26) is your portion. It is the process of believing that to be true that will inform your thoughts and behavior. Jehovah-Shalom is our peace. We dwell in that peace as He dwells in us. Our Lord has already conquered the forces that would try to rob us of that peace (John 16:33, Colossians 2:15). To “know and understand His Name” – (Psalm91:14)” is the key. You have His Word on it, and all that Jesus did to purchase it. Let God’s peace define your day and shape your future – it is your birthright.