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Freedom from Broken Peace

How many of us are saved through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ but do not see all the benefits described in the Bible functioning in our lives? I was one of those!

Through the Holy Spirit, I came across a verse opened up a whole new understanding and appreciation for what Jesus did for me. Let me explain by starting with the narrative found in Numbers 25.

Israel has been lured into whoredom by the temple prostitutes of Moab. Some even joined themselves to baalpeor, a false god. Their actions released a plague that caused 24,000 to die.

The Lord instructed Moses to have the judges kill all those who had joined themselves to this pagan god. (No deliverance ministry in the old covenant days!). One of the Israelites grabbed his prostitute and in defiance, came before Moses to mock the command of God. Phineas, grandson of Aaron, grabbed a spear and killed both the man and his prostitute. His quick response stopped the plague from taking any more lives.

Scripture tells us that because of his zeal for God, was given 2 things: the promise of an everlasting priesthood in his family line and a covenant of peace with God. However, there is something very unique about the writing of this Hebrew word “shalom” used here. This shalom is the only place in whole Old Testament where one of the letters, the vav, is a broken vav.

To understand the significance of this, we need to understand how carefully Israel has guarded the accuracy of their Torah. Scribes have 4,000 rules they follow in making copies of the Torah. If one error is found, the scroll is buried in a special graveyard!

According to tradition, the vav as the 6th letter of the Hebrew alphabet, represents man. Man was created on the 6th day, etc. So, this broken vav is no mistake, but a message to us!

Phineas was unable to keep this covenant of peace and lost the promise of the everlasting priesthood. How? Phineas means “mouth of brass”. Brass is a mixture of metals. Phineas was a broken man (like all of us without Jesus!). He spoke in mixture of blessing and cursing. He was unable to uphold his part in this covenant with God. (A covenant requires at least 2 agreeing parties.)

In John 2, we are told of another man of zeal who drove out merchandisers and upset tables in the temple. His zeal was against that which was destroying God’s people – religious works seeking righteousness with God.

This man, however, was NOT broken. He was perfect. He, as our perfect vav, stood in our place and accepted His Father’s covenant of peace for us becoming our everlasting priesthood (intercessor). Once peace with God had been established, Jesus tells us in John 14:27 that He was leaving this gift of peace here for us to use on earth.
What does shalom (Hebrew) and eirene (Greek) mean?

Safe, well, happy, friendly (with God), welfare, health, prosperity, and peace. My favorite meaning though is: Set at one again. Because of this gift, we can see our love relation with our Heavenly Father restored!

Jesus continued His gift by dying on the cross so that we would never have to be guilty or condemned for our sin, if we would accept and believe His sacrifice! Wow!!! That is amazing! Don’t you agree? So why do so many Christians suffer from a lack of shalom in their lives?

The answer is found in Romans 4:13-15. Abraham, we’re told, was declared righteous not based upon what he did, but upon his belief in what God had told him. Verse 14 tells that if we are still trying to earn God’s favor by our “righteous acts” we have nullified our faith and made all the wonderful promises of God of no effect in our lives!!!

To inherit the promises of God, we must once again position ourselves simply as a receiver of His goodness and become absolutely convinced of His love and favor towards us, not based upon anything we do, but simply upon how we think!

There is so much more I could say about this, but to learn more on this gift of peace and the favor that belongs to the children of God, go to my website: http://www.heartreflectionsministries.com or pick up either of my books: The 12 Gemstones of Revelation or Weapons of Peace.

Mary Trask

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An Untroubled Heart

In John 14:27 Jesus made a most astonishing announcement to His disciples. After discussing the gift of the Helper (Holy Spirit), He states that He was leaving His peace here on the earth for each of us. Now in our natural reasoning we might be tempted to think that this peace only meant at times we might experience a temporary relief from the pressures of this world.

Nothing could be further from the truth!

When Jesus bequeathed us His peace, He was referring to both shalom and eirene peace which mean complete wholeness and prosperity in every area of our lives. He is declaring that by this gift we are now set at one again with the Father who created us. All the benefits described in Psalm 103 belong to us as direct heirs.

The inheritance is ours!

The only stipulation Jesus gives us to be enabled to walk in this peace (and joy) that surpasses all earthly understanding is this: Don’t let your hearts be troubled nor afraid.

Easily said, but how does one actually do that?

The answer lies in fully understanding the great mystery of all the ages. Our Father God in heaven takes no joy in seeing judgment, death, and destruction on this earth. The enemy is the one who brings that into the world by using the law against us. Condemnation opens the door and the enemy rushes in.

The Father hated this so much that He devised a plan to eradicate this reign of terror against His children. He sent His Son to pay for every sin, failure, curse, and judgment brought against us by the law.

Once this was paid for, in its place Jeaus left the promise of peace within and peace without by coming in full agreement and entering into His gift. The only thing left for us to do is guard our thoughts!

When things around us don’t appear to be the blessings of God, we meditate on His truth and thank Him for His goodness. In time, if we continue to believe what God has said, we will see and experience exactly what He has promised!

When a lie comes into our minds, we must aggressively cast it down declaring that all sin and destruction was placed upon the body of Jesus when He died on the cross. We are now guiltless before the Father. The lying voice of condemnation must be silenced by declaring the truth.

Mercy has triumphed over judgment!

Even while still on earth, Jesus invites us to partake in the goodness of our Father. Taste and see that the Lord is good!

Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Weapons of Peace

So, my newest release, Weapons of Peace just came out this week. I can’t tell you how excited my husband was as he ripped open the box and looked at the 10 complimentary copies sent to us by Destiny Image. (Don’t worry! I will be getting more.) It wasn’t long before John began reading through the book, obviously enjoying it. That blessed me so much!
Some friends of ours were recently at a conference we visited and asked if I was excited to see my new book. I had to be honest. Yes, it is exciting to finally see my book in print, but was is more thrilling for me is to hear that people have read the book and are getting blessed by its content! I don’t know exactly why, but I think that as a teacher, I get excited when others understand the things the Lord has been teaching me! It almost makes it worth all the many long hours I spent studying and typing out each of the chapters.  (Writing a book is a very long process!)
Already I have been hearing from friends on Facebook and email who are excited about reading my book. What a great joy that is to hear! I hope and pray that each of you will take the time to check out this important message on the gift of peace Jesus has made available to us. The tools I share in Weapons of Peace will undoubtedly make a difference in our ability to maintain true and eternal peace in this chaotic world.

I look forward to hearing from each of you as you purchase your own copy and read it for yourselves.  Once you read it, I’m sure you will want to purchase and offer copies of this book to friends and family so they can begin enjoying the amazing peace Jesus wants us to remain in!

Let Not Your Heart be Troubled!

In John chapter 14 twice Jesus repeated the same phrase in emphasis to His listeners. He said, “Let not your hearts be troubled…” in verse 1 and again repeated Himself in verse 27, but added, “…neither let it be afraid.”

When looking at this, it’s clear that this is a job we are given. We are not to allow our hearts (this speaks of our souls – mind, will, thoughts, emotions) to be riled up with worry, fear, or stress. That’s a nice suggestion, we might think, but how are we supposed to get rid of fear in our lives?

Jesus gave us His answer in John 14:27 when He announced that He was giving us His gift of peace, but once again we must ask, how do we get this peace to remain in constant guard over our active minds? Hebrews 4 describes a gift of rest that the writer insists we must be diligent and even “fear” lest we fall short of accessing this spiritual treasure. (verses 1, 9, 11)

So where do we find this gift of peace and rest?

I believe the answer is found in Heb 4:12 where the sword of peace is permitted to “pierce asunder” dividing between our soul and spirit. Though sounding very much like fileting a fish, piercing actually describes a wonderful birthing process (born again) and asunder is defined as a gift which disunites our emotional soul from our spiritually clear spirit man.

When our eternal spirit man is in the lead, he is able to direct us to the paths of peace and pastures of rest. He can actually bring healing to both our soul and body! Isn’t that wonderful?

Listen to 1 Peter 1:22: “Seeing you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the spirit (spirit man) in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart…”

Our soul is purified when we follow the lead of our spirit!

Now 3 John 1:2: “Beloved, I wish above all that you may prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers.”

When our soul is healed by submitting to our spirit, we begin to prosper and be in good physical health as well! Isn’t that an amazing promise?

So how do we invite our spirit man to take the lead? Simply ask the Holy Spirit to “pierce asunder” between your soul and spirit and then ask your soul to step aside and allow your spirit man to take the lead daily. Read blessings of encouragement found in the Word of God and declare them over youself on a regular basis. Your spirit will love it and your soul and body will reap greatly from these blessings!

Be filled with the peace of Jesus today!