Epistles

New Testament books were originally written as letters to churches or individuals, they are referred to as the Epistles.

Rom 4:17 NHEB As it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations.” This is in the presence of him whom he believed: God, who gives life to the dead, and calls the things that are not, as though they were.
DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER!   ALL PRAISE HONOR AND GLORY TO YOU!     WE KEEP THINKING ABOUT YOUR DIVINITY.      WHAT REALLY SEPARATES YOU FROM COMMON MAN.     YOU DECLARE THINGS THAT ARE NOT AS THOUGH THEY WERE AND THEN THEY BECOME.     IN THE BEGINNING THERE WAS DARKNESS AND YOU DECLARED ” LIGHT BE ” , THEN LIGHT APPEARED.     LATER YOU PROPHESIED THAT JESUS WOULD BE BORN BY A VIRGIN, BORN IN BETHLEHEM, PERSECUTED AND REJECTED, DIE BUT RISE AGAIN.     ALL THESE THINGS CAME TO PASS.     YOUR PROPHETS WOULD DECLARE ALL THAT JESUS WOULD DO TO SAVE ( BODY, SOUL AND SPIRIT ) US.      THESE ARE THE GREAT AND PRECIOUS PROMISES THAT WE ARE TO BELIEVE AND DECLARE.      IN DOING SO, WE BECOME PARTAKERS OF THE DIVINE NATURE THAT YOU HAVE ORDAINED US TO LIVE BY.        THROUGH THESE PROMISES, WE DECLARE THAT WE ARE RIGHTEOUS ( NOT BY OUR OWN SELF EFFORTS ) BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD.        WE ALSO DECLARE ” BY HIS STRIPES WE WERE HEALED “.
         DEAR JESUS!    WE LOOK TO YOU AND ALL THAT YOU HAVE DONE TO SAVE ( BODY, SOUL AND SPIRIT ) US.      YOUR SACRIFICE WAS COMPLETE.      IT DID MORE THAN WE COULD EVER THINK OR IMAGINE.       AS WE ABIDE IN YOU, HELP US TO BELIEVE ALL THINGS THAT YOU HAVE DONE FOR US.       TO GOD BE THE GLORY AMEN!
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REF. 2 PETER 1:2-4 , 2 Corth. 1:20, Matthew 8:16-17, Roman 4:17, song: ” YOU SAY ” Lauren Daigle

Rom 3:24 KJV Being justified ( made righteous) freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

THE CHRISTIAN FAITH IS ABOUT FAITH IN CHRIST ! IT SEEMS SO SIMPLE BUT BECAUSE WE’RE NOT TAUGHT ABOUT REALLY BELIEVING IN WHAT JESUS ACCOMPLISHED ON THE CROSS AND THAT JESUS REALLY DID COME TO SAVE US. WE KEEP TRYING TO SAVE OURSELVES .   WE KEEP TRYING TO MAKE OURSELVES RIGHTEOUS. IT’S NO WONDER THAT MOST CHRISTIAN DON’T ACT LIKE CHRISTIAN.   A LOT THAT DO, ARE DOING IT ON THEIR OWN.   TRUE RIGHTEOUSNESS IS A GIFT.   IT’S FREELY GIVEN BY GRACE. GRACE IS RECEIVED BY FAITH. JESUS IS THE SOURCE OF ALL GRACE. SO WHEN WE BELIEVE IN JESUS FREELY GIVEN US RIGHTEOUSNESS; WE DECLARE THAT WE ARE RIGHTEOUS BY FAITH. THIS IS THE ” NEW MAN ” . SPEAKING IT BY FAITH, ENABLES THE HOLY SPIRIT TO CHANGE YOUR FLESH INTO ACTING LIKE THE ” NEW MAN ” : THE ” BORN AGAIN ” MAN. IT’S A PROCESS THAT BEGINS WITH OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS. DECLARING WHO WE ARE IN HIM ; BECAUSE OF WHAT HE HAS DONE. GOING FROM GLORY TO GLORY.

DEAR JESUS ! WE CONFESS THAT IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU.    WHAT YOUR SACRIFICE DID FOR US. YOU ARE THE ONE THAT SAVES; THAT’S WHY YOUR NAME IS jESUS – “JEHOVAHA IS SALVATION”. ALL HONOR AND GLORY BELONGS TO YOU.    WE THANK YOU FOR THE FREE GIFT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS THAT COME FROM YOUR AMAZON GRACE.    YOU ARE THE SOURCE OF ALL OUR LOVE, JOY, AND PEACE – GLORY BE TO GOD. Shalom2u

Rom 10:4 KJV For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

YOU REALLY HAVE TO MEDITATE ON IT TO GET DOWN INTO YOUR SOUL.   WE BEEN TAUGHT THAT YOU HAVE TO OBEY THE LAW ETC., TO BE A REAL CHRISTIAN.       ACTUALLY A REAL CHRISTIAN IS ONE WHO HAS COMPLETE FAITH IN JESUS.        JESUS SAID BEFORE HE DIED ON THE CROSS: ” IT IS FINISHED ”   . THIS IS WHY JESUS IS THE END OF THE LAW FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS.      HE FULFILLED THE LAW FOR US. 2Co 5:21 KJV For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.      JESUS WAS RIGHTEOUS.      HE FULFILLED THE LAW BUT TOOK OUR SINS SO THAT WE COULD RECEIVE ( BY FAITH IN JESUS ) HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS.     IT’S 100% HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS THAT WE RECEIVE BY FAITH.      WHEN WE KNOW THAT,   BELIEVE THAT,   AND DECLARE THAT WE ARE RIGHTEOUS IN HIM;      THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL GIVE LIFE TO WHAT WE CONFESS.     OUR NATURAL MAN WILL BE TRANSFORMED BY GLORY TO GLORY INTO THE IMAGE OF CHRIST. ” TO ALL THAT BELIEVE “.

DEAR JESUS ! YOU DO EXCEEDINGLY, ABUNDANTLY ABOVE ALL THAT WE CAN IMAGINE OR THINK. WE BOW DOWN TO YOU, OUR LORD AND SAVIOR. AMEN!
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1Co 2:14 KJV But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 

YOU CAN NOT RECEIVE BY YOUR SENSES : WHAT YOU SEE WITH YOUR EYES, HEAR WITH YOUR EARS, BELIEVE WITH YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING . YOU RECEIVE BY FAITH; BELIEVING GOD’S WORD, IT’S THE NEW MAN, THE BORN AGAIN MAN, THE SPIRIT MAN THAT RECEIVES. 

Col 3:10 KJV And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: 

Rom 8:4 KJV That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 

Holy Spirit please help us not to look on and reply on the natural man but the born again Spirit man.    When we meditate on the word of God and focus on Jesus, bring revelation to us so that we will believe,  declare and you will manifest it in our lives.   In Jesus name  Amen.    

2Co 3:18 NET And we all, with unveiled faces reflecting the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another, which is from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
This sure is a mouth full!     It seems like God is sharing His glory with believers.    Now in the Old Testament we read : Isa 42:8 NET I am the LORD! That is my name!  I will not share my glory with anyone else, or the praise due me with idols.    Now just before this verse, God is making a prophecy about sending Jesus into the world to open the eyes of the blind , to set the captives free, and bring those in darkness into the light.    Jesus as a human being was glorified.     He was one with the Father.    Now back to the original verse.     It’s telling us that when we are one with Jesus, we will be glorified.    We will be like a light to the world.    God will be glorified in us.     Let’s look at a few people who did receive honor by serving the Lord.     Mother Theresa and Billy Graham are two that come to my mind.    No matter what faith you belong to, a believer or not, most people give them great honor.     This is our mission in life: to have such a close intimate relationship with Jesus that His glory with be shown in our life.

Dear Jesus !    All honor and glory belongs to you. We praise you for the honor that you would come and fill us with your presence.     We hope to be a light in this world, setting captives free, opening the eyes of the blind and hearing to those that don’t hear.    Come Holy Spirit, our helper.    Fall upon us. Use us in this great revivals that is spreading across the land.     We declare that we are anointed: 2Co 1:21 KJV Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God;        May it be done according to your word.    To God be the glory Amen !        Www.Shalom2u.org


  

2Co 7:1 NHEB Having therefore these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
WITHOUT JESUS WE CAN DO NOTHING; SO IT’S OUR PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM THAT HELPS US TO CLEANSE OURSELVES FROM SIN
2Co 1:20 For however many are the promises of God, in him is the “Yes.” Therefore also through him is the “Amen”, to the glory of God through us.
IT’S THE PROMISES OF GOD, THAT CLEANSES US FROM SIN.    LIKE THE SONG SAYS: WHAT CAN MAKE ME WHITE AGAIN. NOTHING BUT THE BLOOD OF JESUS.      KNOWING, BELIEVING, DECLARING THE PROMISES OF GOD WILL CLEANSE YOU AND MAKE YOU WHOLE. IT’S ALL GRACE BY FAITH IN JESUS, NOT WORKS AND NOT THE LAW. Eph 1:7 KJV In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

DEAR JESUS ! IT’S ALL YOU! IT’S YOUR LOVE, YOUR GRACE , YOUR SACRIFICE, YOUR PRECIOUS BLOOD THAT CLEANSES US FROM ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS.    ONLY BY WHAT YOU HAVE DONE FOR US, CAN WE ENTER OUR HOLY FATHER’S PRESENTS.   Heb 10:19 NHEB Having therefore, brothers, boldness to enter into the holy place by the blood of Jesus,   IN YOUR PRESENTS IS THERE THE FULLNESS OF LOVE, JOY AND PEACE. GLORY BE TO GOD, AMEN! SHALOM2U

  Gal 2:21 KJV I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

   How do we frustrate the grace of God?   When we fail to believe and declare what Jesus did for us by His sacrifice on the cross.   Many believe that He died on the cross but they fail to see how it effects them.   For His sacrifice to effect someone,  they must know in order to believe.   This knowing must get into the heart so that it will come out of the mouth and speak in faith believing.   Jesus died for all mankind; yet it is only to those that believe and confess their righteousness is from Jesus that receive His righteousness and are saved.   This is what it says in Phi 3:9 KJV And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:    It always goes back to ” Christian faith ” ,  faith in what Jesus has done for us.   We believe,  we declare and then the Holy Spirit quickens us to become more like Jesus.

    Dear Jesus. I praise you everyday and declare that it is no longer i live but you living through me.   You are my Savior.   Amen

Eph 1:6 KJV To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

EVERYONE LIKES TO BE ACCEPTED.    GOD IS NO RESPECTER OF PERSONS.   HE INVITES EVERYONE TO COME.    IT DOESN’T MATTER HOW GOOD OR BAD YOU ARE.   YOU JUST HAVE TO BE WILLING TO COME.   GOD DOES HAVE SOME VERY HIGH STANDARDS BUT HE TAKES CARE OF THEM WHEN YOU COME.  YOU CAN’T COME WITH YOUR OWN RIGHTEOUSNESS.   YOU HAVE TO GET IT BY FAITH IN THE ONE WHO PAID THE PRICE FOR IT.     Phi 3:9 KJV And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:    JESUS  PAID   A VERY HIGH PRICE TO MAKE US ACCEPTED, TO MAKE US RIGHTEOUS ; SO TO RECEIVE YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE.    BELIEVE WHAT ?   YOU MAY ASK !    BELIEVE THAT YOU’RE A SINNER THAT NEEDS A SAVIOR AND JESUS IS THAT SAVIOR.     WHEN YOU ASK JESUS TO SAVE YOU,   HE COMES INTO YOUR HEART AND YOU ARE ” BORN AGAIN ” AND MADE RIGHTEOUS BY FAITH NOT WORKS.   AS YOU CONTINUALLY ABIDE IN HIM, HE WILL SAVE YOU.    IF THERE IS ANYTHING WRONG IN YOUR LIFE,  ASK HIM TO SAVE YOU.    DON’T CONFESS WHO YOU ARE IN THE NATURAL BUT CONFESS, WHO YOU ARE IN CHRIST JESUS.   THIS IS CALLED ” WALKING IN THE SPIRIT ” . Rom 8:1 KJV There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. WHEN YOU SIN, CONFESS THAT !  THAT IS THE OLD MAN BUT NOW YOU ARE A NEW CREATION IN CHRIST JESUS. 2Co 5:17 KJV Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.   IT’S ALL ABOUT JESUS, HIS GRACE RECEIVED BY FAITH.

DEAR JESUS !  I THANK YOU FOR YOUR GREAT SACRIFICE. YOUR ARE MY SAVIOR !   I AM NOT ONLY ACCEPTED IN THE BELOVED BUT MADE RIGHTEOUS AND A CHILD OF GOD.   GLORY BE TO GOD !   THANK YOU JESUS FOR YOUR PEACE.    SHALOM2U

Eph 3:20 NHEB Now to him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,
DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER! YOU ARE ” Excellent “. THE WORD EXCELLENT DOESN’T SEEM TO DO YOU JUSTICE. WE’LL HAVE TO USE SOME SYNONYMS: PEERLESS, MARVELOUS, PERFECT, EXCEPTIONAL, SUPREME, STERLING, EMINENT. YOU DO EVERYTHING TO THE INFINITE DEGREE. YOU ARE COMPLETE AND YET OVERFLOWING WITH YOUR LOVE, GRACE AND MERCY. NO ONE CAN COME CLOSE TO YOU IN ALL YOUR ATTRIBUTES. YOU GAVE US YOUR MOST BELOVED SON SO THAT WE CAN BECOME YOUR CHILDREN. UNFORTUNATELY, SATAN HAD BLINDED OUR EYES, DEAFEN OUR EARS AND HARDEN OUR HEARTS. BUT AS THE SONG GOES: ” WHEN LOVE BROKE THROUGH ” . GLORY BE TO GOD! YOUR “RECKLESS LOVE ” BROUGHT THE LOST SHEEP BACK INTO THE FOAL.
DEAR JESUS! YOU ARE OUR GOOD SHEPHERD. THANK YOU FOR TAKEN SUCH GOOD CARE OF US. WE SHALL NOT WANT! AS WE ABIDE IN YOU, THANK YOU FOR PROTECTING US , FEEDING US, AND GOODNESS AND MERCY SHALL FOLLOW US ALL OUR DAYS. WE PRAY FOR OTHERS THAT ARE LOST AND NEED TO BE FOUND. BRING THEM BACK TO YOUR FOLD, WE PRAY. GLORY BE TO GOD AMEN!
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For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Ephesians 6:12

       We are in a spiritual battle but most people don’t recognize it and even most Christians.  
Mat 11:12 KJV And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.    We see political battles and it can get pretty ugly.   The church is in a spiritual battle and we aren’t even fighting.   We pray that God’s will be done, expecting  God to do it.   The truth of the matter is that God has already told us His will and Jesus has defeated the enemy.   He has given us His name and His authority and power but we are not using it.   We are in a spiritual battle.   We are called to fight.   That’s why we are supposed to have the whole armour of God on.    We need to wear it all the time,  never take it off.   Then there is the ” sword of the spirit ”  ” the Word of God ” .    We can never defeat the enemy until we know, believe and declare God’s word.     There are a few basic things that we can do.   Using the name of Jesus in a commanding way is easy and very basic.   Anytime that you see darkness; call out  “light be”  in Jesus name.    What we usually do is complain about the darkness and then sometimes ask God to take care of it .    When we are confronted with turmoil;  we get upset and fearful.    Instead Declare “Peace ( Shalom)”  in the name of Jesus.     We been trying the world way and it is not working.   Let’s try it God’s way and see the enemy defeated. 

     Lord Jesus,  you are the King of kings and Lord of Lord’s.   As we abide in you,  help us to see with our spiritual eyes and see and declare the victory that you have won.   All honor, glory and power belongs to our King.   Amen.         Shalom2u

Phi 2:13 KJV For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

This is Good News!    We don’t have to do the work but let God do it through us.    Our part is to believe what God says about the situation: temptation, trial, storm, mountain, etc..      We know, believe, and declare; then the Holy Spirit will quicken ( give life to the word proclaimed in faith.    We can’t declare, what we don’t know.     God’s test us all to see if we really believe.  1Pe 1:7 KJV That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:    Many Christians don’t know, believe and declare.      They pray that ” if ” it be thy will instead of knowing it is God’s will.    It’s a battle !     To move a mountain, calm a storm, kill a giant takes unwavering faith.     Only through a personal relationship with Jesus ( the author & finisher of our faith) can we be able to believe.

Dear Jesus !   Everything we need is in and comes from you.    You are the source of life, love, peace, joy and faith.     As Peter declared: Joh 6:68 KJV Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go?    thou hast the words of eternal life.    Lord Jesus we shall abide in you, for you give us all things.    To God be the glory Amen!          Www.Shalom2u.org

Here are some more scriptures that reveal these things.
Rom 4:5 KJV But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.
Joh 6:29 KJV Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.

Eph 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

1Jn 4:9 KJV In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him
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Col 1:1 WEB Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of God, and Timothy our brother,  v2 to the saints and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

“By the will of God“, Paul didn’t choose to be an Apostle nor did anyone in the church choose him. Paul was a great believer ” in the law “. God chose him to preach Grace. One would think that by now, we would have a solid understanding that it’s all about Grace and not the law. Galatians 1:6 WEB I marvel that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ to a different “good news”; Galatians 2:21 WEB I don’t reject the grace of God. For if righteousness is through the law, then Christ died for nothing!”

      Dear Jesus!   Grace, Grace, Grace your amazing grace.   It’s the Gospel!  It’s the Good News!  What peace (Shalom) we have when we believe your Good News.   We pray that you will continue to open our eyes to your Gospel of Grace.  We pray that all who are called to preach the Gospel, proclaim your grace that saves us and gives us a new heart.  Now we can not only fulfill the letter of the law but the spirit of the law.   May the blind see, deaf hear, the lame walk, lepers cleansed, and captives set free in Jesus’ name.  To God be the glory Amen!  Shalom 2 u

Col 1:6 WEB which has come to you, even as it is in all the world and is bearing fruit and growing, as it does in you also, since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth,

Col 1:10 WEB that you may walk worthy of the Lord, to please him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God,

The Christian Faith is about bearing fruit. This is how the world knows that we are different. Unfortunately, we are not bearing all the fruit that we should be producing. One thing about fruit is that it will last only for a short period of time. Walking in the Spirit, eating from the ” Tree of Life ” will produce the fruits of the Holy Spirit but it has to be a way of life for us. Just worshiping Jesus once in a while is not enough to keep that love, joy, and peace we need when trials come our way. So if you are lacking these fruits of the Holy Spirit, fellowship with Jesus the Tree of Life. 

     Dear Jesus!   We need you every morning and throughout the day.   There are many trials and temptations that we face each and every day.   Abiding in You and having you carry these burdens is the only way that we can come out more than a conqueror.   Declaring who we are “in you ” gives us victory.  We know that it is not us but you defeating the enemy and giving us your victory, love, joy, and peace.   To God be the glory Amen!   Shalom 2 u

  Col 1:12-14 WEB 12 giving thanks to the Father, who made us fit to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light, 13 who delivered us out of the power of darkness, and translated us into the Kingdom of the Son of his love, 14 in whom we have our redemption, the forgiveness of our sins.

       Our Christian journey is dependent on giving thanks to Abba Father.   I remember being saved and I went through a period of time, maybe 2 years.  I’m doing all the right things: going to church, reading my Bible, and praising God and filled with all the fruits of the Holy Spirit.  After a while, I think that I must have taken His grace for granted and start to think that I have arrived.  That it was my goodness.  It only put me back into the law, where I would become a captive to sin again.   After a long period of time, I  eventually learned about Grace.  I don’t take it for granted anymore.  Now  I  continually praise and worship God for His Amazing Grace. 

     Dear Jesus!   Thank you for your patience.  Thank you for giving us eyes to see and ears to hear about your Amazing Grace.   We are only complete in You, Lord Jesus.   It’s Your grace that has set us free.  It is Your grace that gives us life.   All honor, power, and glory to you Lord Jesus, now and forever Amen!   Shalom 2 U

Col 1:13 NHEB who delivered us out of the power of darkness, and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of his love;
WE ARE A PART OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD NOW. 1Pe 2:9 KJV.  But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
THE POWER OF SATAN, HAS NO POWER OVER US. BUT BY FEAR AND UNBELIEF, WE MAY GIVE HIM POWER OVER US. THAT’S WHY. 1Pe 5:8 Be sober and self-controlled. Be watchful. Your adversary the devil, walks around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
WE NEED THAT PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS SO WE WILL HAVE FAITH , NOT UNBELIEF AND FEAR.
      DEAR JESUS! YOU ARE THE AUTHOR AND FINISHER OF OUR FAITH. YOU ARE THE WORD THAT BECAME FLESH; AND FAITH COMES FROM HEARING THE WORD OF GOD. WHEN WE COME TO YOU; YOU GIVE US FAITH NOT UNBELIEF. YOU GIVE US SHALOM/PEACE NOT FEAR. THANK YOU FOR INVITING US TO ABIDE IN YOU AND WE INVITE YOU TO ABIDE IN US. GLORY BE TO GOD AMEN.
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 Col 1:16-17 WEB 16 For by him all things were created in the heavens and on the earth, visible things and invisible things, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him, all things are held together.

       These verses are talking about Jesus.  How all things came to be.  How all power, and authority is His. The Kingdom of Heaven and earth is His.   It’s important to note that Jesus is called ” the WORD “.  All things came into existence when He called them.  Then the Holy Spirit brought life to the word and it went from unseen to seen.  Jesus has all power in heaven and on earth.   His authority, He has given to the church.   As head of the body, Jesus gave us a command to preach the Gospel (Good News), to heal the sick, and cast out demons.  You can tell by the way that the world is in today, His command is not being carried out.  We, the church, are asleep.  We are too preoccupied with our own interests instead of God’s.  

   Dear Jesus!   Please forgive us.  The Spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.   Breathe into us your life so that we would live to bring your Kingdom here on earth as it is in heaven.  Fill us with your Holy Spirit so that we can go forward in your power, not our own.   All praise, honor, and glory to you Lord Jesus Amen!    Shalom 2 U

Col 1:27-28 WEB27 to whom God was pleased to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 We proclaim him, admonishing every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus;

     This is unbelievable but true Good News.   It’s so good that it goes right over our heads.  We keep telling ourselves that it must mean when we die and go to heaven.  No, no, no it means the moment that you asked Jesus to forgive you of your sins and be your Saviour; that’s what He did.  “CHRIST in you “, the hope of glory.   We are supposed to live on a higher spiritual level.  We are now ” a new creation in Christ Jesus “.  But it seems to be too good to be true,  so we continue to live in the flesh trying to make ourselves more like Christ.   Faith is knowing, believing, and declaring that it’s no longer we that live but Christ in us.   Declaring we are righteous because of faith in Him.  

John 17:22-23 KJV 22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: 23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

      Dear Jesus!  Help us to understand your ways for they are surely higher about our ways and your thoughts higher than our thoughts.   Only you can make us righteous.  Only you can fill our hearts with love, joy, and peace. We continually praise You for the work that you are doing in us.  To God be the glory Amen!    Shalom 2 U

Col 2:4 WEB Now I say this that no one may delude you with persuasiveness of speech…..v6 As therefore you received Christ Jesus, the Lord, walk in him ,….v8 Be careful that you don’t let anyone rob you through his philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the elements of the world, and not after Christ

    Paul starts off by warning us not to be deceived by what might seem logical and right.  Remember that Adam and Eve were deceived by Satan’s logical words.  Today, many are being deceived by kind logical words, but they go against God’s word and are deceitful.

 NOTE V6: As you receive Christ, walk in Him.   We received Christ by faith and we must continue to walk by faith.  The lie is when someone tries to tell you that you must keep the Law and stop doing all the bad things that one does.  This sounds good and logical but it’s not the full truth.  When we walk by faith in Christ, He works in us to keep the law.  Now we become righteous by faith not self-righteous by our works.  NOTE V8: Now no one will rob you of the grace that comes by faith in Christ Jesus. 

    Dear Jesus!   We believe in You.  In ourselves, there is no righteousness.  You are our Redeemer.  You redeemed us from our sins and gave us Your righteousness.   We are a new creation in you; filled with all the Fruits of the Spirit.   All glory, honor, and praise to you our Saviour Amen.   Shalom 2 U

 Col 2:9-10 WEB 9 For in him all the fullness of the Deity dwells bodily, 10 and in him, you are made full, who is the head of all principality and power

     Religion focuses on you.  How are you living? What good things have you done? What bad things are you doing?  But the Christian Faith is about faith in Jesus.   These verses require faith in Jesus.  Your flesh will say, ” no way “. Your brain will reject these verses; it does not compute.   Faith isn’t about what makes sense.  Faith is about what God’s word is telling us.   As ” born again ” believers, we believe what God’s word says who we are.  You are in Christ Jesus, in whom the fullness of Deity dwells.  

       Dear Jesus!   You continue to give us more than we can think or imagine.  When we asked you to be our Saviour, You came with the Father and the Holy Spirit.  You surely made us a new creation in the image and likeness of God.  Our brains can’t comprehend this, but our souls will continue to praise You and declare how great thou art!   To God be the glory Amen!   Shalom 2 U

Col 2:10 KJV And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

The epistle of Colassians in one that is overlooked. We don’t hear much teaching about it.   Yet, it continues to tell us how we are complete in Jesus. The Christian Faith: all about who we are in Jesus by ” faith ” not works.   Colossians is full of revelation of who we are in Christ. But like I keep on saying; one has to know, believe and declare before it comes to pass.   I do this by continuity praising Jesus declaring that He is my Saviour, righteousness, deliverer, healer, peace, joy, author and finisher of my faith, my Good Shepherd, my rock, my refuge.    It’s not about me.   It’s all about the greater one living in me.   Meditate on Colossians and you will be able to grow in Christ Jesus.

Dear Jesus! The revelation that you are in us, just waiting for us to acknowledge your presence, your salvation your peace.   You offer us the fullness of life, just by declaring who we are in you.   We shall continue to lift you up for you give us the fullness of life. Glory be to God!        Www.Shalom2u.org

Col 2:11-15 WEB11 In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not made with hands, in the putting off of the body of the sins of the flesh, in the circumcision of Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead. 13 You were dead through your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh. He made you alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, 14 wiping out the handwriting in ordinances which were against us. He has taken it out of the way, nailing it to the cross. 15 Having stripped the principalities and the powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

God cares about our heart: soul, mind, will, and emotions, the real man. When we ask Jesus to save us, we are given a new heart and a new spirit. Ezekiel 36:26‭-‬27 WEB I will also give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit within you, and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh. I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and you shall keep my ordinances, and do them.

God is telling us what He will do. We keep on trying to do what He has done. What God has done is received by faith not works.

Rom 2:29 but he is a Jew who is one inwardly, and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit not in the letter; whose praise is not from men, but from God.

    Dear Jesus!   You knew the hearts of man.   You knew our heart.  Yet you suffered for us and kept calling us to you.   You made us a new creation and gave us a heart of flesh.  As we continue to abide in you, you keep our hearts from being hardened again.   Thank You Jesus for You give us life, love, joy, and peace.   To God be the glory Amen!   Shalom 2 U

Col 2:16-23 WEB16 Let no one, therefore, judges you in eating, or in drinking, or concerning a feast day or a new moon or a Sabbath day, 17 which are a shadow of the things to come; but the body is Christ’s. 18 Let no one rob you of your prize by self-abasement and worshiping of the angels, dwelling in the things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, 19 and not holding firmly to the Head, from whom all the body, being supplied and knit together through the joints and ligaments, grows with God’s growth. 20 If you died with Christ from the elements of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to ordinances, 21 “Don’t handle, nor taste, nor touch” 22 (all of which perish with use), according to the precepts and doctrines of men? 23 These things indeed appear like wisdom in self-imposed worship, humility, and severity to the body; but aren’t of any value against the indulgence of the flesh.

When we are “in Christ Jesus “, we are a new creation. We have to forget about the law but live by faith in who we are “in Christ Jesus “.  By acknowledging who we are “in Christ Jesus “, we will become more like Jesus.  Philemon 1:6 WEB that the fellowship of your faith may become effective, in the knowledge of every good thing which is in us in Christ Jesus.

    Dear Jesus!   On our own, by ourselves, we are too weak to keep the law.  You came to save us from the law by bringing us back to you, “The Tree of Life “.  It’s you living in us that helps us do more than what the law requires. In you, we bear the fruits of the Holy Spirit: love, peace, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, and self-control. In you, we can do exceedingly, abundantly more than we can think and imagine.  All praise, honor, and glory belong to you, Lord Jesus Amen!    Shalom  2 U

Col 3:1-2 WEB1 If then you were raised together with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated on the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are on the earth. 3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

“If”? Have you been “born again ” Have you asked JESUS to come into your heart and save you? If you did, then you are “born again “. The hard part is to continue to believe that you are a “New Creation “. This new creation is a spirit being; you can not see it, touch it, feel it. One has to believe! This is why it says ” Set your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are on the earth.” It’s easy to set our minds on things that we see and feel, but this is the flesh. We are to set our minds (soul) on things above: know, believe, and declare who you are “in Christ Jesus “. This is how we defeat the flesh.

Eph 1:3 KJV Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

Dear Jesus! You came to save us, redeem us, to give us life. Your sacrifice did it all.  Gal 2:20 WEB I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. That life which I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself up for me.  Thank you Jesus for living in me.   To God be the glory Amen!   Shalom 2 U

 Col 3:5-10 WEB 5 Put to death, therefore, your members which are on the earth: sexual immorality, uncleanness, depraved passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 For these things’ sake the wrath of God comes on the children of disobedience. 7 You also once walked in those, when you lived in them; 8 but now you also put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and shameful speaking out of your mouth. 9 Don’t lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old man with his doings, 10 and have put on the new man, who is being renewed in knowledge after the image of his Creator,

Gen 1:26 God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the sky, and over the livestock, and overall the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

      Verses 5-9. Tell’s us what we should stop doing.   The law is good but we can’t keep it by our flesh.   V10 tells us to put on the new man.  This new man is our “born again spirit man “; made in the image and likeness of God.   We “put on ” a new man by faith; declaring who we are in Christ Jesus.  This enables us to defeat the flesh and live more like Jesus.  We see in Gen 1:26 that this spirit man is given power and authority over all the earth.  Declare who you are “in Christ Jesus ” and you will defeat the works of the flesh.  Galatians 5:16 WEB  But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you won’t fulfill the lust of the flesh.

      Dear Jesus!   Thank you for restoring us to your image and likeness.  The devil deceived us as he did to Adam and Eve but You redeemed us.  “Thank you, Jesus “. We are now strong in You and the power of Your might.   To God be the glory Amen!    Shalom 2 U

          2Th 3:3-4 NHEB 3 But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you, and guard you from the evil one. 4 We have confidence in the Lord concerning you, that you both do and will do the things we command.

         NOTE V3 : ” THE LORD IS FAITHFUL ” .      PAUL IS STATING THAT THE LORD WILL DO IT.      IT TAKES FAITH IN HIM FOR HIM TO DO IT.      OUR PART IS NOT TRYING TO DO IT BY OUR OWN EFFORTS, BUT FAITH IN HIM.      BY GRACE NOT WORKS.      WE MUST BE FAITHFUL IN FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT OF FAITH. ALWAYS DECLARING THAT JESUS DID IT AND THEN IT WILL COME TO PASS.
           NOTE V4 : THIS IS CONTINUING OF THE PREVIOUS VERSE.     AGAIN PAUL IS EXPRESSING HIS CONFIDENCE IN THE LORD.       WHEN HE STATES ” BOTH ” ;  HE IS STATING THAT BOTH YOU WITH FAITH IN THE LORD WILL BRING IT TO PASS.      THIS IS WHAT THE CHRISTIAN FAITH IS ALL ABOUT;  DECLARING WHAT THE LORD HAS DONE BEFORE YOU SEE IT IN THE FLESH.

DEAR JESUS !    AS WE KNOW, BELIEVE AND DECLARE WHAT YOU HAVE DONE FOR US BY YOUR SACRIFICE ; WE WILL RECEIVE OUR ” BREAKTHROUGH “.        IT’S ALWAYS YOU WORKING IN US AND THROUGH US THAT MAKES US MORE THAN CONQUERS.     YOU ARE FAITHFUL !      HAVING DEFEATED THE ENEMY YOU BRINGS LOVE, JOY AND PEACE/SHALOM TO US.       GLORY BE TO GOD AMEN!     SHALOM2U

2Ti 3:16 KJV All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

We here this a lot when someone is trying to prove a point.   That why we have to be diligent in rightly dividing the word.  2Ti 2:15 KJV Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

RIGHTLY DIVIDING THE WORD IS A MAJOR PROBLEM. WE MUST BE ABLE TO SEPARATE THE OLD COVENANT FROM THE NEW. WE MUST NOT TAKE 1 VERSE OF SCRIPTURE WHILE IGNORING WHAT OTHER VERSES SAY ABOUT THAT TOPIC.
The Gospel is a gospel of grace and not works. Grace received by faith in what Jesus has done and who we are in Christ. This has to come first. Then ” in Christ ” , we become empowered to live righteously in the flesh. Too many believers are trying to live righteously in the flesh first thinking that this will make them righteous. It’s all about receiving Jesus righteousness by faith: declaring it by faith and then we start living righteously in the flesh.

Rom 7:6 KJV But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.

        Dear Jesus     we know that we can do nothing without you.   Thank you for saving me,  never leaving me.  You are the one that gives life,  gives us your righteousness so that i am empowered to live righteously.
Amen.

      Heb 4:1 KJV Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.
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WE MUST BELIEVE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD’S PROMISES TO ENTER HIS REST. IT’S NOT BY OUR WORKS OR EFFORTS, IT’S RESTING IN GOD & HE WILL DO IT.
2Co 1:20 KJV For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.
Believing and declaring and resting in the promises of God.
Psa 95:11 NHEB Therefore I swore in my wrath, “They won’t enter into my rest.”
Why should we fear.   It’s not God’s will for us to be fearful. 
2Ti 1:7 KJV For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
But if we don’t enter His rest ( believing in Him, what He has done for us,  His promises) then some evil from the devil can come upon us.   That is what you should be fearful of.   To often we keep looking at the trials and declaring the worst instead of looking at God’s great and precious promises.

      Lord Jesus.  I thank you for all that you have done by your sacrifice on the cross.   You are my rock, my refuge,  my healer and deliverer.   I focus my eyes on you and  not the raging storm.   I  declare to the storm ” be still in the name of Jesus “.    Shalom Shalom in the name of Jesus.     Thank you Lord Jesus for bringing it to pass.   Amen.

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Heb 10:14 NHEB For by one offering he has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.

FOREVER SANCTIFIED – MADE PERFECT : NOT THAT WE LIVE PERFECT LIVES BUT, ” IN CHRIST JESUS ” THE FATHER SEES AND ACCEPTS US AS PERFECT.
BEING SANCTIFIED: OUR NEW MAN, OUR BORN AGAIN SPIRIT, IS SANCTIFIED BUT OUR OUTWARD MAN, THE FLESH IS BEING SANCTIFIED.    THIS COMES ABOUT NOT BY OUR OWN EFFORTS BUT BY GRACE.     THAT’S WHY WE NEED A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS.    CONFESSING WHO WE ARE IN HIM, PRAISING HIM FOR HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS. GIVING HIM ALL THE HONOR AND GLORY.    THIS IS HOW OUR FLESH IS SANCTIFIED.    AGAIN IT ALL GOES BACK TO:  Eph 2:8 NHEB for by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,
DEAR JESUS!    YOU ARE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD.    OUR LIGHT SHINES AS WE ABIDE IN YOU.    WE, THE BODY OF CHRIST, CONTINUALLY NEED YOUR PRESENTS IN OUR LIVES FOR THE WORLD TO SEE YOUR GLORY.    ALL HONOR AND GLORY BE TO YOU, LORD JESUS AMEN ! SHALOM2U

1Pe 5:7 KJV Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

THE WORLD IS FULL OF THINGS TO FEAR AND BE WORRIED ABOUT. Joh 16:33 KJV These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.. JESUS KNOWS ALL THE PROBLEMS THAT WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH BUT HE SAYS ” BE OF GOOD CHEER “.      I WONDER HOW MANY ;” YOU MUST BE CRAZY LOOKS ” JESUS GOT AFTER SAYING THOSE WORDS.     HE MIGHT NOT HAVE GOTTEN ANY. BY THIS TIME,    THE APOSTLES WERE WITH JESUS A LONG TIME. THIS IS WHAT WE NEED TO DO; SPEND TIME IN JESUS PRESENTS. MEDITATE ON HIS WORDS,  TO YOU. TALK TO HIM AND GIVE HIM PRAISE.     THEN YOUR FAITH WILL GROW TO BELIEVE.
DEAR JESUS ! THANK YOU FOR CARING FOR ME SO MUCH THAT BY YOUR SUFFERING , I CAN RECEIVE YOUR PEACE.      YOU ARE JEHOVAH SHALOM.      YOU TAKE MY CARES AWAY AND GIVE ME YOUR PEACE. GLORY BE TO GOD. AMEN !
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       2Pe 1:3 KJV According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
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HIS Divine power: GOD’s Word, GOD’ s Holy Spirit, GOD’ s Son-Jesus Christ , the name of Jesus.
Psa 8:6 KJV Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:

      God’s initial plan and purpose was to make man into His image and likeness . 
Gen 1:26 KJV And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
     This was God’s plan but man was deceived by satan and lost his identity with God.   Now God had to come up with another plan that would once again make man into His image and likeness.   Jesus sacrifice on the cross is how God would reconcile man to Himself.   Man had nothing to do with him being made in the image and likeness of God.   His lack of faith in God was the reason that he lost his identity with God.   Now God is requiring us to have faith in Him by believing in the sacrifice of His Son.   That’s why we are saved by grace not works.   The scripture says “His divine power ” has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness.   His power not our works.   It goes on to say through the knowledge of Him.   Again not our works but knowing all that Jesus did by His sacrifice.   We only get to know Jesus by inviting Him into our heart and have a personal relationship with Him.   We already know that we are sinners.   Too weak to save ourselves.   It’s all about knowing Jesus and how He saves us by grace though faith.   A good place to start is knowing that we are righteous not by our actions but by faith.   Rom 5:17 KJV For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.  We believe  and declare that we are righteous by faith in Jesus and the Holy Spirit will quicken our body into His image.   It’s a evolutionary process .  Day after day believing not what we see or feel but only by faith in what Jesus has done.   Remember,  His divine power does it all.

        Lord Jesus.  I thank for bringing us back to the Father into the Kingdom of God,  making us once again a child of God.    Saved by grace not works; your Devine power.   Glory be to God! Amen.

 

1Jn 4:9 KJV In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.

THAT WE MIGHT LIVE THROUGH HIM.      THIS IS WHAT MOST CHRISTIAN ARE FAILING TO BELIEVE.       WE ARE NOT TAUGHT TO BELIEVE THIS.      WE ARE TAUGHT TO OBEY THE LAW. WHERE DOES JESUS. WHO CAME TO SAVE US, COME IN ?      WHERE DOES FAITH AND GRACE COME IN ?     IT DOESN’T !    BECAUSE WE ARE WALKING AFTER THE FLESH TRYING TO LIVE RIGHT.      IT’S WALKING IN THE SPIRIT, DECLARING JESUS IN YOU, THAT EMPOWERS YOU TO LIVE RIGHTEOUSLY.     MEDITATE ON THE FOLLOWING VERSES UNTIL YOU GET THE REVELATION, AS TO HOW JESUS SAVES YOU.

Phm 1:6 NHEB that the fellowship of your faith may become effective, in the knowledge of every good thing which is in us in Christ.

Phi 2:13 KJV For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Gal 2:20 NHEB I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I that live, but Christ living in me. That life which I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself up for me.

Eph 2:10 WEB For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared before that we would walk in them.

DEAR JESUS !    HELP US HAVE EYES TO SEE, EARS TO HEAR. AND A HEART TO BELIEVE THE GOOD NEWS.      IT’S ALL ABOUT    JESUS ÷ GRACE ÷ FAITH = SHALOM/PEACE ; BECAUSE WE BELIEVE THAT YOU ARE  ” IN US ”  AND WE ARE  ” IN YOU ”       GLORY BE TO GOD. AMEN. SHALOM2U

1Jn 5:14 KJV And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:

” ACCORDING TO HIS WILL ” !        WE MUST KNOW GOD’S WILL TO HAVE CONFIDENCE THAT HE HEARS AND WILL ANSWER OUR PRAYERS.     WE MUST ALSO ASK: GOD KNOWS AND HIS WILL IS FOR ALL TO BE SAVED; BUT WE MUST ASK IN ORDER TO BE SAVED.      WE MUST KNOW, BELIEVE AND DECLARE HIS WILL FOR IT TO COME TO PASS.      KNOWING ALL THAT JESUS DID FOR US; HELPS US TO ASK IN FAITH.     THAT’S WHY WE NEED A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS.  2Co 1:20 KJV   For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.
We must know His promises to know His will.       God has many promises for us in the Old and New testament.      I’m not talking about the law.    The law is not a promise of God.      A promise of God is like:Joh 3:16 KJV For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. This is the main promise of God; that He would give a Savior .
DEAR JESUS !   THANK YOU FOR REVEALING THE LOVE OF THE FATHER AND YOUR LOVE ; HIS WILL AND YOUR WILL.     WE ASK AND BELIEVE THAT YOU SAVE US TOTALLY;  BODY, SOUL AND SPIRIT FOR THAT IS WHAT YOUR SALVATION IS ALL ABOUT.     THANK YOU FOR YOUR SHALOM/PEACE.  AMEN.         SHALOM2U