|When the Bible mentions
"peace," weíre apt to think of something
like "the absence of war." But the Hebrew word shalom,
which translates as "peace" in English, actually
means much more than universal disarmament. Its real sense
is completeness, wholeness, well-being, health,
soundness, prosperity--everything covered by
Jesusí prayer that the will of God might be done on earth
as itís done in heaven.
All these things are available to us in this life,
through the work of Christ on the Cross. Isaiah writes
(53:5) about the Satan-inflicted torments endured by our
Lord as the ultimate test of His free obedience to the will
of God. That was "the punishment needful to obtain our shalom."
of great joy"
But the Good News weíll be celebrating between
Christmas and Easter, and forever after, is that Jesus
triumphed over the devil by being faithful "unto
death." He died, and rose, and lives eternally at the
right hand of God and in each of us. These are the
"tidings of great joy" weíve been singing about
in recent weeks.
Adam and Eve opened the door to the god of this world;
Jesus shut the door in his face. Galatians 3:13 makes it
clear that our enemy has lost the authority to saddle us
with sickness, mental torments, self-destructive habits, or
any other fallout from what the Bible calls the Curse.
we do our part
Now, it hardly needs to be said that wholeness
isnít automatic. God wonít overrule our freedom in order
to bless us, and he wonít bless our disobedience, so we
have a part to play in receiving what He longs to
give--whether itís spiritual rebirth, forgiveness,
healing, deliverance, or any other benefit of Jesusí
But complete shalom is ours to enjoy, right
under the devilís nose--provided we do our part by
embracing Jesus Christ, living under His blood-covering, and
speaking the Word that opens the door to His blessings.
So letís activate our faith this Christmas season--and
not just at Christmas and Easter, but all through the New
Year! Letís believe that Jesus has already undone the
works of the devil! Letís know beyond the shadow of a
doubt that Christís victory is already ours, and that by
speaking the truth of that victory, we win the battle!
in our conviction
Letís turn to the Lord and assure Him of our
commitment to His Holy Word! Letís confess our faith that
Heíll produce shalom in the lives of His
children! Letís be solid in our conviction that weíre
receiving the wholeness, completeness, well-being, health,
and prosperity that the Lord wills for us!
And above all, letís offer our best thanks for the
sacrifice of His dear Son, the ultimate Christmas gift to
the people of God!
forget that . . .
God should be our
resort, not our last resort. Start taking time
right now to build up the faith you need to
receive His healing.
God is ready to
heal us in every
physically, emotionally, and mentally.
God heals all
types of disease, pain, sorrow, and
infirmity. Nothing is too hard for Him.
us to be healed, to be "whole"
persons enjoying abundant life.
God expects us to
with Him in getting healedóthrough
medicine, diet, exercise, and straight thinking.
Everything that promotes healing is a gift from
Healing Briefs here