Be Found in Peace

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Very powerfully, during the past two days the Lord kept speaking to me the phrase: Be Found in Peace. This was in response to my prayers asking Him about the times we are in. There has been a dramatic shift in the spirit realms that started June 18th and has accelerated daily since. So much has happened this past month in our nation that has been simply alarming. In midst of this rapid change, I asked the Lord what was most important for all of us this season.

This phrase He gave me is part of 2 Peter 3:10-14 (NKJV) dealing with the times just before the coming of the Lord… 10)But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. 11)Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12)looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? 13)Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. 14)Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless;

He also highlighted to me:
Ephesians 4:1-3 (NKJV) 1) I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, 2)with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, 3)endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

And one more scripture: Ephesians 2:14 -20(NKJV) 14)For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, 15)having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, 16)and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. 17)And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. 18For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.

Jesus created a bridge for us to the Father when He made peace between God and man through His death and resurrection. And, He made the way for us to be at peace with each other, as well. He preached that peace for the benefit of everyone. He sacrificed His life for that peace so that everyone far and near, Jew and Gentile, could benefit.

Peace is an amazing gift of God and fruit of the Spirit that we have always had available, but there is something markedly important we must know now for this very hour!  James further defines peace as the vessel through which is sown the fruit of righteousness; James 3:18 (NKJV) Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. Additionally, peace is fully 1/3 of the foundation of the kingdom of God. Romans 14:17 (NKJV) for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

All these scriptures are excellent and power packed reads. Read them out loud. Talking about the peace described in the word of God begins to produce peace within us. That is good and the first step toward what is needed in our day, but to feel calm and full is but a small part of this marvelous manifestation of God.

I believe peace is the second most significant mark of the end-times church – next to the unbelievers seeing us loving one another as Jesus loves us with no more strife and jealousy — peace will be the most identifying factor of a true disciple of the Lord Jesus.

Even more than that, I am convinced it is our God’s number one market place spiritual “tool” that He will use in the days we have just entered. More even than people seeking healing, we have entered a time when folks will yearn and long for peace. The only place real peace will be found is in Christ Jesus. Therefore, it will be found in the presence of His disciples.

This is what the Lord spoke to me regarding all of His ministers working in the fields: The bottom line is you and I, we, are His peace-bearers. As we endeavor to rest in Him and hear His voice each day and purposefully choose to be found only in HIM, peace will flow like a river from us into the midst of problems, fear, sins, even chaos and defeat it.

The words used in the Bible for peace shed more light on this. They are in Greek “Eirene” and in Hebrew “Shalom.” Eirene means to prosper or prosperity: wholeness or oneness, peace, quietness, rest, and very significantly to be set at one again. That phrase, in further study, means to put back together what has been destroyed and scattered. Shalom means to have favor, to be safe, happy, healthy, and prosperous, to restore, to be perfectly well and whole and at rest. The Hebrew symbols or letter characters for Shalom actually say “the authority that destroys chaos.”

This peace of God is something supernatural that is available
at all times to everyone that has Jesus Christ as their Savior.
Because of His peace we are chaos slayers!
Start thinking of yourself as a “chaos slayer;”
one who destroys chaos by giving peace away
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This is also one of the first things that the demonic forces work very hard to destroy in our lives. The enemy works constantly to keep us rattled, nervous, worried, afraid, even panicked so that we are limited and cannot flow freely with peace for others. He cannot take our peace away, because he cannot remove Jesus from our hearts. So, instead he works to constantly hold us in bondage to circumstances and in the “peace-seeking mode” for ourselves just to make it through the day. This is so that we never enter the “peace-releasing mode” that is for other people.

We are designed to receive from God and then give it away. Whether it is love, peace, joy, kindness, any fruit or gift of the Spirit, we are to be vessels, conduits, through which He can flow. We are destined to be constantly in touch with Him, and continuously filled to overflowing with plenty for ourselves and, more importantly, abundance for the desperate world around us.

Grab hold of our promise that the God of Peace will shortly crush satan under our feet (Romans 16:20). When we really get this scripture, really believe it and become it – that God is in us so the enemy is crushed as we go about day – the result will be that people who come in contact with us will suddenly be at peace. Like the Greek word Eirene they will be supernaturally put back together like a scattered puzzle.

It will be amazing because peace heals, peace puts back together shattered lives, peace destroys the tension and chaos, peace drives back fear, peace is the glue of unity and therefore will re-establish marriages and heal relationships, plus so much more!

During every day activities, the Peace of God will embrace the people that come into our lives. I asked God to show me what happens to people as His peace washes over them. Suddenly, I had a picture before me. I was standing with a young man. He was sharing his problems. I listened and as I chose to seek peace for him, Jesus walked up behind him. Then He picked up that young man and held him like a small babe in in His arms. Isn’t that precious? He will hold them in His arms. They will feel His loving touch and perhaps for the first time in their lives relax in perfect peace.

This is going to pave the way in every sphere of influence: business, education, government, media, sports, health care, families, even churches for spontaneous salvation. The people will know that God has touched them and millions will receive Jesus as He pours out peace through His disciples.

I believe right now that the Holy Spirit is positioning many of us to step into this supernaturally natural outpouring. His word to all of us today is from 1 Peter – The Lord says pursue peace!  1 Peter 3:11 (NKJV) 1)  Let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it.

Since our Ephesians scripture clearly says Jesus is our peace that means our goal really is to constantly nurture our personal relationship with Him. To seek out the place of peace that is found only in His heart. To seek Jesus and to pursue Him!

One last word in this pursuit of peace: of all the things in the enemy’s arsenal that will destroy peace, besides us being totally in sin, is to worry and be anxious. Jesus said all the time in the Gospels: Don’t worry – What good does it do you?

Paul gives great advice what to do when anxiousness and worry try to take hold. He says in Philippians 4:6 7 (NKJV) 6)Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7)and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Isaiah gave advice on this subject as well in 26:3 (NKJV) You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.

Know that peace is not only available to us, it is on the increase! Isaiah 9:7 (NKJV) Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end…

Proverbs tells us peace is readily available to take care of even a dire situation: Proverbs 16:7 (NKJV) When a man’s ways please the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

In Psalms it tells us that the word of God produces peace 119:165 (NKJV) Great peace have those who love Your law, And nothing causes them to stumble.

Jesus, Himself, said in John 14:27 (NKJV) Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

With those words of our Savior, I bless you to walk in great peace in your life and to be a vessel of abundant overflow.To enter fully into this new season so that all whom the Lord places in your life will be supernaturally overcome by His amazing wonderful peace as it flows through you.

2 Thessalonians 3:16 (NKJV) Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all.

May you always be found in peace!
Submitted by Rev. Cheryl Birch

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2015 – The Year of Answered Prayer

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As we enter 2015 the Lord is speaking to me how important it is that we keep our feet firmly planted in His word, a strong foundation, and our eyes fixed constantly upon Him with our spiritual ears open to hear His voice. The things He is about to do in the world will look mighty strange to us- What He is about to ask of us will feel mighty unusual to us – the reaction of our already defeated enemy will be frightening to us – IF we are not fixated on Christ Jesus. We must have compassion on the world’s difficulties, but see through His eyes and KNOW His love for us, KNOW His blood covers us and KNOW His peace that surpasses all understanding. Don’t get caught in sorrows. He is our JOY, our provider and our protector! This is a year for us to shine for Him like never has there been opportunity before! We are to be His translators and His Ambassadors in a powerful NEW, all NEW, way! We are about to see the answers to years and years of prayers! Not only our prayers, but those of the saints gone on before us! Be ready to translate what you see and hear in the Spirit to speak to the hurting and change hearts in the earth. Prepare now in His presence to be His Ambassador wherever you go, not just sometimes, but always, in every place. There is an intercessory flow pouring out of heaven. A new wind of refreshing for those of us in the trenches AND thousands of new recruits about to join us and lift the load!!!! We have held the line and never given up and the Lord is about to start an advance – we are about to climb to new places. Shake off all past disappointment, stop wondering if you are in the right place in God’s Kingdom, and step into trust, great faith and more understanding and wisdom. Pray, intercessors, Pray with confidence. This is the year of answered prayer!

submitted by Rev Cheryl Birch
1-1-2015