Peace be with you
Luke 10:5,6 -
And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house. And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn to you again.
There are many words as Christians we speak during fellowship which we do not realize the depth and value of these words. In today's message the Lord is bring our attention to the words 'Peace be with you' or 'Peace be in this house'. These words were given unto the disciples as part of their apprenticeship training when they went to minister on their own.
If we give attention to the instructions, they were told to speak the words 'Peace be to this house', but that peace would only remain on that house if there was a son of peace abiding in it. If there was no son of peace abiding in it then that peace which they spoke would return back.
To a lay man peace is a feeling which comes into existence when there is no strive. How can one give peace and why would a son of peace need peace?
Firstly we need to understand that Lord Jesus Christ is not called the King of Peace but is referred to as Prince of Peace. That makes us conclude that it is His Father who is the King of Peace. Since we do not know God the Father in Heaven, the Holy Spirit Whom He also refers to as Father is the King of Peace and also called the Comforter. It is both the Holy Spirit and God the Son, the outstretched hands of God who are involved in the salvation of mankind.
Sin caused strife between God and man and this strife took away the peace of man. A man may feel good by many ways but peace is only available when this relationship between God and man is healed.
The Holy Spirit the King of Peace is the out stretched hand of God to repair this relationship between God and man, but unless one does not invite the Prince of Peace the King will not abide with that house or person. It is only when a person believes in the Prince of Peace, he is called a son of peace and he becomes an instrument to bring the Peace via the King of Peace into the house.
This instruction was also given in the words of Paul and Silas when they said the way to salvation is confessing 'Jesus Christ is Lord'. Salvation is in simple terms is making of peace between God and man, the bringing of man back to God.
Like Peace even blessings can only be received when one opens the door, if the door of believe is shut your blessings will return back to you. If Peace or blessings does not return to you it does not mean your peace or blessing reduce. The mathematics of the Kingdom of God is unlike that on earth, the more you give, more (means multiples of it) will be given unto you.
There are millions of ways we can make ourselves feel good but this feeling is temporary and will not last long. The only way to have peace in our lives is Jesus Christ, we need to first believe in the Prince of Peace and have Him in us. It is only through Him that Peace can stay in and among us.
A Believer may say I believe in Jesus but still I have unrest in some areas of my life.
Like a house has many room so also does our life. If we keep Jesus out of that room, how can we expect Peace to abide there? So let us day by day open all the doors of every room we find unrest to the Prince of Peace to let total Peace to abide in us.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord Jesus, You are the Lamb of God, an eternal sacrifice and bridge of Peace between God and man. By You we received the Holy Spirit, Who works in us and comforts us to bring Peace in our lives. Holy Spirit we have been keeping You away from the various areas and relationships of our lives and therefore struggling. Coming into each area and bring eternal Peace into them...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scripture ]
6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.
20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.
21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
6 Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.
28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.
29 Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas,
30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
32 And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.
33 And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.
34 And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house
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