Be Made Whole

She sat across from me, this cherub of a child, and asked me to pray that her grandmother who passed away suddenly almost a year ago would come back to her. I leaned in to the Holy Spirit. What do you say, what do you pray after a request like that? I followed His lead.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your request be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7, NKJV

I prayed that His peace, that peace that is beyond understanding, that peace that doesn’t make sense, would guard her heart and mind.

Peace, when I hear that word I think of the Hebrew word shalom, completeness and wholeness, nothing missing and nothing broken, the peace that comes from being whole. The word used for peace here in Philippians 4:7 corresponds with the Hebrew word shalom (Vine’s Dictionary, 1996).

This little girl was broken. She was missing her grandmother. She had a hole in her heart in the shape of her grandmother. As I prayed, I saw that God wanted to fill that hole with Himself. He wanted to make her heart whole again.

He would fill that empty place in her heart and she would have peace again. How can you have peace, how can you be whole when your loved one is gone? It doesn’t make sense. Yet His peace surpasses all understanding.

What hole do you need Him to fill? Invite Him to fill it. He will make you whole again. He will give you His peace to guard your heart and mind through Christ Jesus.

Be made whole, in Jesus’ Name, amen.

At Home In His Love

John 15:9-10 (Message) ~ … “I’ve loved you the way my Father has loved me. Make yourselves at home in my love. If you keep my commands, you’ll remain intimately at home in my love…”

As I sit here this morning I sense love, joy and peace all around me. There is a sense of contentment in my heart. There is a smile on my face. Driving down the road the other day I sensed the very same things. My car was full of a peaceful and love-filled atmosphere. As I looked over into the next car I saw a woman yelling and obviously very upset. Separated by just a few feet at the stop light, in the same place, yet separated by two panes of glass, there was a dramatic change in the atmosphere.

While the atmosphere in my car was so peaceful and full of joy, her car seemed filled with hate, fear, and chaos. It struck me just how close we were in proximity. In the same city, on the same street, at the same street light, and yet the place held two very different things for us. It wasn’t about our physical location. But it was very much about our spiritual location.

I was in that secret place of the Most High (Psalm 91:1) and the secret place of the Most High was in my car. He’s in my car, in my home, in my church, in the grocery store. He’s wherever I am, because wherever I am, I am in Him, at home in His love.

The woman was yelling and her face was full of rage. She had probably been very wronged and very hurt to react in this way. I too had been wronged. I too had been hurt. Yet I found myself surrounded by love, joy, and peace. How? By being at home in His love. His commands to me, to love God and to love others, as I do them, keep me in that place of peace; keep me in that secret place; keep me at home in His love. And I am able to love Him and love others, because of His unending love for me.

So how did I stay in that place when I had been wronged? I forgave. That’s what love would do. That’s what Love did for me. He forgave me of all my sins. So I forgive at all times and I find myself at peace at all times. I carry it with me, because my home is not a physical location, my home is in my heart where I stay close to Him, where I stay close to Love Himself, by loving Him and loving others. My home is in that secret place of the Most High. My home is in His love and I never leave home without it.

Prince of Peace

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. (Isaiah 26:3, KJV)

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! (Isaiah 26:3, NLT)

I heard this scripture today and it so blessed me. A promise of peace, shalom. What is shalom? Billye Brim, who studied Hebrew in a language school in Israel says it is the peace that comes from being whole, nothing missing and nothing broken in any area of your life. Not just peace of mind, but the peace of mind that comes from the peace (completeness and wholeness, nothing missing and nothing broken) in your home, in your body, in your finances, in your family.

Let’s take a closer look at the words of this scripture. You will keep him in perfect peace. Who will keep him? God will keep him. The Creator of the Universe promises to keep him.

What does it mean to keep? From the Strong’s Concordance, this word keep means to guard, to watch, to watch over, to keep, to preserve, to guard from dangers.

One time I asked the Lord if we were supposed to stay in our home or sell it. There had been some pressure in trying to maintain it. His response to me was, “I will keep you in this house.” I knew from that answer that: 1) we were to stay in our home and; 2) that I didn’t have to worry about a thing, because He would keep us in this home. How? Didn’t matter. He would take care of it and He did. There is no longer any pressure from staying in this home. He saw to it like He said He would.

You will keep him. Him who? Him whose mind is stayed upon the Lord. He will keep the person whose thoughts are fixed upon Him. What are you fixing your thoughts on. What are you meditating on, thinking about as you lay on your bed at night?

My whole being shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips: When I remember You upon my bed and meditate on You in the night watches. For You have been my help, and in the shadow of Your wings will I rejoice. (Psalm 63:5-7, Amplified)

What are you thinking about all day long? Fix your mind on Him. I once heard someone say that if your problem seems big, it’s because you don’t know how big your God is. All problems are small compared to Him.

You will keep him in perfect peace. The words translated as perfect and peace are both the Hebrew word shalom. Which means “completeness, soundness, welfare, peace, safety, soundness (in body), quiet, tranquility, contentment…”(Strong’s Concordance).

Because He trusteth in thee. Your thoughts of God should be thoughts that cause you to trust Him. Thoughts of His goodness, His mercy, His love, His faithfulness, His power, His ability and His promises.

Because of faith also Sarah herself received physical power to conceive a child, even when she was long past the age for it, because she considered [God] Who had given her the promise to be reliable and trustworthy and true to His word. (Hebrews 11:11, Amplified)

He is the God of Peace. Jesus is our Prince of Peace. God wanted peace in your relationship with Him and in every area of your life so much so, that He sent His Son.

…the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him… (Isaiah 53:5, Amplified)

Today let Him be your God of Peace. Let Jesus be your Prince of Peace. Fix your mind on Him. Trust Him with all that is going on in your life and let Him bring peace (completeness and wholeness) to every area in your life… to every situation you face.

Now may the God of peace [Who is the Author and the Giver of peace]… strengthen (complete, perfect) and make you what you ought to be and equip you with everything good that you may carry out His will; [while He Himself] works in you and accomplishes that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ (the Messiah); to Whom be the glory forever and ever… Amen. (Hebrews 13:20, 21; Amplified)

Following Peace

Yesterday I began sharing on how to hear from God. Today I want to continue on that topic. My fellowship with God has brought such joy and peace into my life and I want so much to share that with others. There is nothing on this earth that can compare to a life lived walking and talking with God.

In yesterday’s post I shared how the more time you spend listening for and responding to God’s voice in His word, the more you come to recognize His voice when He speaks. Let’s take a look at a scripture that describes another way you will hear from God.

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, Amplified

Let the peace which comes from Christ act as umpire in your hearts. That is called following peace. When you have a decision to make and want to hear from the Lord on it, ask Him, in faith, and then follow peace.

A friend of mine once had to make a very difficult decision and she was afraid of making the wrong choice. First I helped her deal with the fear. Remember perfected love casts out fear (1 John 4:18). I always tell people that fear is not a lack of peace, it is a lack of faith. You don’t want to be led around by fear.

So I ministered the love of God to my friend until the fear left and the faith in His desire to lead her and to help her came. Then I told her to look at all her options and without actually committing to one, to head in all three directions and then follow that path where she sensed the peace of God.

She was far behind on her mortgage. Her husband was out of work. They were trying to decide whether to refinance, borrow the money from a friend, or just walk away and rent another home. I told her to talk to the mortgage company about refinancing, but don’t agree to anything yet. Second, I told her to talk to the friend who had offered the money, but don’t take the money yet. Thirdly, I told her to begin looking at homes to rent.

She talked to the mortgage company and she said it didn’t go so well. She talked to the friend, but she felt no peace about borrowing the money. She also looked at several homes to rent in her price range and was very discouraged and disappointed. Then one day she walked in to a beautiful home and for the first time in months she felt peace. She knew in her heart this was their home. And it was in her price range.

That home and the landlord ended up being such a blessing to her and her family. At one time when her husband was out of work again and they had gotten behind on the rent, the landlord showed up at the door with a new one- year lease to sign. She thought he was going to kick them out. He told them he knew they would catch up again. How often does that happen?

The Lord knew exactly where they needed to be. I visited their home often and the house, the yard, the neighborhood felt like being in a park setting. It had the feel of a little oasis in the midst of a busy city. It was God’s style all around.

He wants to lead each one of us into a place of love, joy, peace and well-being. Begin to watch for His leading. Be quick to respond to His leading. Look for and follow after the Prince of Peace.

Happy Thanksgiving!

On this Thanksgiving Day I want to take a look at the account of the ten lepers that were healed in Luke 17 (KJV).

And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, master, have mercy on us. And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go show yourselves unto the priest. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.

Now, I’d like to take a moment and look at three Greek words here. The first is ‘katharizo’ which is translated as the English word ‘cleansed’ twice in this passage. It means to make clean or to cleanse, to purge or purify.

The second word is the Greek word ‘iaomai’ translated as the word ‘healed’. It means to cure, heal, make whole.

And finally one of my favorite Greek words, ‘sozo’ which is translated here as the word ‘whole’. Recently I listened to Billye Brim teach on the Hebrew word ‘shalom’ which means peace. The definition she gives for this word is “completeness, wholeness, nothing missing and nothing broken; the peace that comes from being whole.” She said that the same concept is carried over into the New Testament in the Greek word ‘sozo’.

So why use three different words in this passage. It says that these leper were cleansed.Then it says one saw that he was healed. Then it said that the one who returned to give thanks was made whole.

While the ten were cleansed and healed, only the one that returned to give thanks was made whole. He alone walked away with the peace the comes from having nothing missing and nothing broken in his life. He alone walked away not just cleansed and healed, but with the peace, the wholeness, that Jesus alone can give.

I am thankful for my family. I am thankful for my nation and those fighting for her freedom. I am thankful for so many things in my life today. But let us not forget to be thankful for the one that died for us all. Let us be thankful for all that Jesus is to us and has done for us, because nothing in this world can give us peace, wholeness, completeness, healing, salvation, deliverance, and love like He can and like He has!

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son… that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:16,17 KJV)

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Now thanks be to God for His Gift, [precious] beyond telling [His indescribable, inexpressible, free Gift]! (2 Corinthians 9:15, Amplified)