Luk 6:20 KJV And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.
Throughout the Bible, God’s word declares that He wants to bless us. That not being poor is a blessing. Psa 35:27 KJV Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant. So why does He now say ” bless are the poor “. I believe that Jesus is talking about a person who is poor in spirit: humble. A proud person won’t receive from God but a humble person will. A humble person knows that they need God in their lives. A humble person will show God honor and respect. A humble person will give God the glory and not themselves.
Dear Heavenly Father! Thank you for your son, who makes it possible for us to become your children. We acknowledge you as our Father. We are humbled by all your efforts and sacrifice to make this happen. We truly don’t deserve such great love but as the Psalmist declares: Psa 63:3 KJV Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. We shall continually praise you for the works of your hands. To God be the glory Amen! Www.Shalom2u.org
Luk 7:50 NHEB He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”
This woman had a problem. It really doesn’t matter what her problem was but the previous verses indicated that she was a great sinner. What she needed was peace/ SHALOM. I believe that the path to peace/ SHALOM is this
JESUS+GRACE+FAITH=SHALOM/ PEACE. We have all 3 ingredients here: Jesus who is the source of grace ( grace: unmerited favor )(Tit 2:11 NHEB For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all people, ) She had faith in Jesus to receive salvation ( save: (from injury or peril) to save a suffering one (from perishing), i.e. one suffering from disease, to make well, heal, restore to health , to preserve one who is in danger of destruction, to save or rescue ) These 3 things: Jesus +grace +faith results in peace. Peace is what she received by believing in Jesus. It didn’t matter how good or bad she was. Grace is unmerited favor only received by faith in Jesus. SHALOM/ PEACE is complete peace. We have peace with God, peace with ourselves and with others. It effects our body, soul and spirit just like ” save “( sozo) effects our body, soul and spirit.
Dear Jesus! You ask so little but you are willing to give so much. We come to you as we are ( Billy Graham ) and you give us everything. It’s all about you. Receiving your grace that sets us free, that gives us life, that gives us SHALOM/ PEACE. Thank you Jesus for being our Saviour. To God be the glory Amen! Www.Shalom2u.org
Luk 8:1 NHEB It happened soon afterwards, that he went about through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. With him were the twelve,
Jesus went about proclaiming ” good news “, the Kingdom of God is here. Not everyone received this “Good News “. Not everyone believed and understood this ” Good News “. After all, with their natural eyes they saw lack, sickness, and bondage. With their natural ears, they heard a lot of bad news. With their natural mind, they couldn’t perceive that the Kingdom of God was here. Only those that follow Him, were able to experience the Kingdom of God. It’s the same today. We need to follow Jesus. Going to church is good but it should lead us to have our own personal relationship with Jesus. Meditating on the ” Good News ” helps do that. Ask the Holy Spirit ( our helper ) for understanding. As we continue in the Word, we’ll abide in Him more and more. We’ll be able to see with our spiritual eyes, the Kingdom of God.
Dear Jesus! Thank you for leaving your heavenly Kingdom and bringing the Kingdom of God down here. You left us with your power and authority to defeat the kingdom of darkness. Live through us Lord so that the Kingdom of God would overcome the kingdom of darkness. We declare that the Kingdom of God reigns. To God be the glory Amen! Www.Shalom2u.org
Luk 9:2 NHEB He sent them forth to proclaim the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.
Everyone is concerned about keeping the law, even though we are not under the law but grace. God grace helps us keep the Law. The things that Jesus does command us to do aren’t brought up and displayed in the church. IS THIS NOT WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING TODAY?
Mar 16:17-20 WEB 17 These signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new languages; 18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it will in no way hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” 19 So then the Lord, after he had spoken to them, was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. 20 They went out, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word by the signs that followed. Amen.
Dear Jesus ! Your ways are far above our ways and your thoughts far above our thoughts. Help us follow your plan. Again Holy Spirit, we need your help. Fill us with your presence as we proclaim the Kingdom of God is here. We command that the blind see, the deaf hear, captives set free, lame wall, unrighteous cleanse and Peace/ Shalom to all in Jesus name Amen! Www.Shalom2u.org
Luk 10:27 NHEB He answered, “You are to love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.”
This sums up all the commandments. It’s a herculean task. We fail at it way to often. This is what Jesus came to help us to do. It’s only by receiving His love and grace can we come close to this goal. As we abide in Him and focus on how much He loves us; then His love will come out of our heart to love God and our neighbor more.
Dear Jesus ! You are the ” Tree of Life “. You are ” the bread of life “. From you, we receive all that we need: love, peace, joy,patience, kindness, goodness and faithfulness. It gives us great joy in being able to pass these things back to you and to our neighbors. There is no better life than the one that we receive from you. Glory be to God Amen! Www.Shalom2u.org
Luk 10:41-42 NHEB 41 But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, 42 but one thing is needed. Mary has chosen the good part, which will not be taken away from her.”
In our Christian journey, we hear a lot about what we should do and not do. We’re always reminded of : Jas 2:17 KJV Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. This is true but our work requires faith. Mary chose the better part. She abides in Jesus; the author and finisher of our faith. Here’s what Jesus said about works: Joh 6:29 NHEB Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” Abiding in Jesus will give you the faith and grace to work through Him. Eph 2:10 NHEB For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared before that we would walk in them.
Dear Jesus! Without you, we can do nothing. We rely on you, our Good Shepherd to lead and guide us. You are the head of the body; may your Kingdom come and your will be done in our lives. To God be the glory Amen! Www.Shalom2u.org
Luk 11:28 NHEB But he said, “On the contrary, blessed are those who hear the word of God, and keep it.”
Keep it: don’t forget, keep it in your heart. Don’t allow the thief to steal it. Proclaim it until it bears fruit. This is where “patience ” comes in. It’s a spiritual battle. The devil and the flesh will war against the Spirit: the word of God. Jesus spent the first 30 years of His life preparing for the battles that He would face proclaiming the Kingdom of God. As a human being, He was much stronger in faith than we are. We need to take those baby steps of faith and eventually will mature in the faith.
Dear Jesus! You showed us how your relationship with the Father enable you to trust in Him. You are the author and finisher of our faith. We shall continue to abide in you. You are the way, the truth, and the life . In you is the fullness of life, love, joy, and peace. Glory be to God Amen! www.Shalom2u.org
Luk 12:32 NHEB Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
Our God is a giver. As stated here it is His good pleasure to give. God wants us to be like Him: a good giver. He blesses us with talents so that we can provide for our self and family; but also to bless others for His honor and glory. I see a lot of wealthy people that seem to believe that it was all their doing that got them where they are today. The fact is, they are being faithful in using their ” God given talents “. We honor God when we acknowledge Him and bless others in His name. There are a lot of poor people. God wants to bless all His children. Remember the verse says ” Father “. So it’s important to receive Jesus so that God will be our Father. God will give. God will bless. It’s up to us to be faithful with the talents that He gives us. Some are lazy, unbelieving, and unthankful. God can’t bless them but He does want to. Our part is to be a blessing to others so that others can see the goodness of God.
Dear Jesus ! Your sacrifice has blessed us in so many ways. Even before we came to you; you had been blessing us. We pray that you continue to work in us so that others would be blessed and you would be glorified. To God be the glory Amen! Www.Shalom2u.org
Luk 13:3 NHEB I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all perish in the same way.
Repent: to change one’s mind,
God wants us to repent: to change our minds about what is right and what is wrong. There are many in the world today that don’t care what God thinks is right or wrong. They believe that they can do whatever they want and That’s it. They need to repent: change their mind. Unfortunately the church seems to think that repentance is ” you ” stop doing these sinful acts. This sounds right and good but it’s religious. Being religious is different than having a personal relationship with God. God’s way is for us to come to Him. Admitting that we are doing wrong and that we need Jesus to save us. This is where faith in Jesus comes in. Jesus does come to save us but we have to declare it by faith before we see it come to pass in the flesh. I keep on praising, worshiping, thanking Him for all that I am : through Him working in me. 1Jn 4:9 NHEB By this God’s love was revealed in us, that God has sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. We are ” righteous ” only by faith in receiving God’s gift of righteousness. 2Co 5:21 NHEB For him who knew no sin he made to be sin on our behalf; so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Dear Jesus! We will continue to praise, worship,and give you thanks for you working in us. We declare that we are righteous because of your sacrifice and your presence in us. To God be the glory Amen!
Luk 15:1 NHEB Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming close to him to hear him.
Jesus knew how to draw the sinners to Him. Only the self righteous would not go near Him. The self righteous tried to trap and persecute Him. We must be like Jesus; telling the good news. It’s the Holy Spirit’s job to convict. Joh 16:8 KJV And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: The Good News is all about Jesus saving us by His grace through faith in Him. He really does the saving! His grace changes us from the inside out. We receive His grace when we know, believe and declare who we are in Him.
Dear Jesus! Thank you for revealing yourself to us. You are full of love, grace and mercy. In you, we have life and we bear the fruits from the ” Tree of Life “. Help us Holy Spirit to spread the Good News. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done. To God be the glory Amen! Www.Shalom2u.org
INHERITANCE -PRODIGAL SON Luk 15:21-22 KJV 21 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. 22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:
THE STORY OF THE PRODIGAL SON IS A BEAUTIFUL STORY AND IT’S OUR STORY WHEN WE REPENT AND COME BACK TO OUR HEAVENLY FATHER. THAT’S ALL THE FATHER WANTS; TO SEE THAT OUR WAYS ARE WRONG AND COME BACK TO HIM. WHEN THE SON DID REPENT; THE FATHER RUSHED TO GREET HIS SON WITH OPEN ARMS AND FULLY RESTORED HIM BACK TO HIS INHERITANCE AS HIS SON. NOTE : THE FATHER LET THE SON GO, SO THAT THE SON WOULD SEE AND EXPERIENCE THE LOVE OF THE FATHER. THIS IS EVERY CHILD OF GOD STORY. I KNOW THAT IT’S MY STORY. GOD DOESN’T CARE ABOUT OUR SINS; HE TOOK CARE OF THAT BY SACRIFICING HIS SON. THE FATHER JUST WANTED US TO SEE AND BELIEVE HOW MUCH HE LOVE US. JESUS TAKES CARE OF OUR SINS WHEN WE BELIEVE IN HIM. REMEMBER, JESUS CAME TO SAVE US ; WE CAN’T SAVE OURSELVES. NOW WE ARE RESTORED AS A CHILD OF GOD. THIS WAS GOD’S ORIGINAL PLAN FROM THE BEGINNING OF CREATION. WHEN JESUS DIED, HE TOOK BACK WHAT THE DEVIL HAD STOLEN FROM ADAM. THERE STILL IS FREE WILL FOR EVERYONE AND SO ONE CAN STILL CHOOSE TO ALLOW SATIN TO HAVE CONTROL OF THEIR LIVES. BUT THE BELIEVER IS IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD AND HAS POWER AND AUTHORITY ( WHICH UNFORTUNATELY MANY DON’T USE ) TO DEFEAT THE DEVIL. THE FOLLOWING SCRIPTURES ARE EXAMPLES OF OUR INHERITANCE IN CHRIST JESUS.
Heb 1:2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
Rom 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. ( SUFFER FOR THE WORD SAKE )
Heb 9:15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.
1Pe 1:4 KJV To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, NOTE : In v3 , Peter is talking about our ” born again ” man as a seed. This seed is incorruptible and undefiled: always pure. It can not fade away. It will always be with us. He is talking about our ” born again ” man. It’s a seed. It needs to grow. Some ” born again ” Christian don’t seem to grow at all or very little. Others grow 30, 60, 100 fold. It’s depends on how much they care for that incorruptible seed. The more we know who we are, believe who we are, and declare who we are ” In Christ ” . The more that seed will grow and we will be more like Jesus, living like Him on the outside. This is why some Christians act more like Jesus than others.
ONE OF THE BEST THINGS THAT WE INHERITED WAS ABLE TO BECOME A CHILD OF GOD. Joh 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
Heb 11:7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
Isa 54:17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD. ( BY USING ” THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT ” , WE CAN CONDEMN THE DARKNESS THAT COMES AGAINST US )
Eph 1:13- In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, v 14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
Act 20:32 KJV And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified. Note : IT’S GOD’S GRACE ( GOD’S UNDESERVED FAVOR AND POWER TO LIVE OUR LIVES LIKE GOD WANTED US TO LIVE FROM THE BEGINNING ) THAT BUILDS US UP TO BE ABLE TO RECEIVE OUR INHERITANCE IN CHRIST JESUS.
START LIVING AND BELIEVING LIKE A CHILD OF GOD. KNOW, BELIEVE, DECLARE YOUR AUTHORITY AS A CHILD OF GOD AND FIGHT THE FORCES OF EVIL. THEN YOU WILL HAVE MORE JOY AND PEACE IN YOUR LIFE.
DEAR JESUS ! BY YOUR SACRIFICE, YOU DEFEATED THE ENEMY AND BROUGHT BACK THE KINGDOM OF GOD HERE ON EARTH. YOU INHERITED IT ALL. SINCE WE ARE IN YOU, WE ARE JOINT HEIRS ( how many times did we let that go over our heads ) WITH YOU. YOU HAVE GIVEN US AUTHORITY TO TAKE BACK WHAT THE DEVIL HAS STOLEN FROM US AND YOUR KINGDOM. WE WILL DECLARE YOUR NAME AND BRING BACK YOUR PEACE ON EARTH. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PEACE AND BRINGING US BACK TO THE FATHER AMEN!
Luk 17:21 WEB neither will they say, ‘Look, here!’ or, ‘Look, there!’ for behold, God’s Kingdom is within you.”
Jesus said that He brought the Kingdom of God and when He was crucified, He declared it is finished. Jesus succeeded in bringing the Kingdom of God here on earth. Why do we then see so much darkness in the world? Mankind still has a free choice. It’s up to believers to declare the kingdom of God and overcome the kingdom of darkness. Declaring the Good News to others helps but using our authority to defeat the enemy is needed. The Kingdom of God is within You . Most Christians go around seeing this darkness but don’t do anything themselves to overcome it. We ask God to do something but Jesus has already done His part. He commanded us to do it. Mat 10:7-8 KJV 7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. 8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. I know that it takes a lot of faith but we got to start trying. Take some “baby steps “. Where you see darkness declare ” light be in Jesus name “. If someone is suffering in any way, declare ” Shalom Peace to you “. Do it over pictures of your family, if you can’t do it in person. Declare Shalom/ Peace wherever you go. You don’t have to shout like a mad man. Just in a soft voice, speak the Kingdom of God is here, In Jesus name. Do your part in overthrowing the kingdom of darkness.
Dear Jesus! Your name is above all names. All power and authority belongs to you. We will go forward declaring the Kingdom of God,declaring your name . What joy, what peace we have knowing that when we see you. You will say, well done my good and faithful servant. Glory be to God Amen! Www.Shalom2u.org
Luk 20:18 WEB Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, but it will crush whomever it falls on to dust.”
The person who falls upon the stone is one who humbles oneself to Jesus. Blessed are the meek ( humble) for they shall inherit the earth.
On the other hand, the proud that don’t humble themselves. The stone will crush that one.
Thank God that He is so patient with us. All should bow down to their creator, their saving and loving God.
Dear Jesus! We humbly bow down to you. Without you, we would never exist. You are the one that gives us life. You have destroyed the power of darkness. We pray for those that are spiritually blind and deaf. In the name of Jesus, we command the blind to see and the deaf to hear and we command the captives to be set free. To God be the glory Amen! Www.Shalom2u.org
Luk 22:19 WEB He took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body which is given for you. Do this in memory of me.”
When we partake of Holy Communion, are we too focused on what Jesus has done or are we too focused on what we have done? Many pastors tell us to focus on ourselves, our sins. Jesus tells us to focus on Him. Our faith must be focused on what Jesus did. The flesh will tell us that He didn’t make us righteous because we had sin. Believing in what the flesh says is not faith. We are a new creation “in Christ Jesus “. We are righteous “in Christ Jesus “. Know, believe, and declare these things and then you are doing in remembrance of Jesus. Now if you had sin “in the flesh ” ( old man) ,which we all do; one might confess that the old man is acting unrighteous but the blood of Jesus has cleanse me from all unrighteousness. God’s ways are higher than our ways; so it is difficult to understand. It defies logic; but that’s what faith does. Focus on who you are “in Christ Jesus ” and the new man will grow into the image of Christ. The old man will die.
Dear Jesus! You are the bread of life. When we partake of Holy Communion; we remember and declare all that you have done for us. You have destroyed the works of the devil. You have made us righteous and given us a newness of life: full of love, joy and peace. Glory be to God Amen! Www.Shalom2u.org
Luk 23:18 WEB: But they all cried out together, saying, “Away with this man! Release to us Barabbas!”—
Herod wanted to release Jesus because He was innocent. But the crowd wouldn’t allow it. Here we see one of the many ” Heavenly Exchanges ” resulting from Jesus’ sacrifice. Jesus the innocent one is held unjustly captive while the guilty one is set free.
Dear Jesus! We praise you, adore you, worship you for all that you did for us. 1Pe 3:18 KJV For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: You took our worst and gave us your best. Thank you Jesus, for that is truly “Good News ” that gives us great joy and peace. To God be the glory Amen! Www.Shalom2u.org
Luk 23:26 WEB When they led him away, they grabbed one Simon of Cyrene, coming from the country, and laid the cross on him to carry it after Jesus.
Jesus needed help to carry the cross. Jesus helps us to carry our cross in life. After all the physical and mental abuse that Jesus had already suffered; He had to carry His own cross. He needed help and so do we. Never try to carry your cross alone. It’s only false humility and pride. By faith in Jesus, He will help us carry our cross. Mat 11:28 WEB“Come to me, all you who labor and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest.
Take those great and precious promises of God that deals with the burden that you are going through. Believing in these promises is how Jesus carries our cross to where it no longer becomes a burden.
Dear Jesus! By your sacrifice, you accomplished more than we could ever imagine. Our natural minds can’t comprehend your ways. As we abide in You, help us to know, believe and declare all that you have done for us. In You is the fullness of life: love, joy, and peace. To God be the glory Amen! www.Shalom2u.org
Luk 24:6 WEB He isn’t here, but is risen. Remember what he told you when he was still in Galilee,
Hallelujah! ” He is risen “. To us that believe, these words mean so much. They bring us great joy and peace. Actions speak louder than words. The fact that He has risen makes all His words paramount. We now understand that with God, nothing is impossible. We understand that Jesus came to die in order to save us. He forsaken everything that He had in His Heavenly Kingdom; so that we would experience the Kingdom of God here on earth and eventually the Kingdom of Heaven.
Dear Jesus! We are so humbled by all that you did for us. This is grace; undeserved favor. All you ask is for us to believe. Your risen from the dead helps us to believe like Abraham: Rom 4:17 WEB…..he believed: God, who gives life to the dead, and calls the things that are not, as though they were. You give us hope. You give us Shalom/Peace. Glory be to God Amen! www.Shalom2u.org
Luk 24:25 KJV Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:
Jesus’ disciples had a hard time believing what Jesus said. Even after seeing so many miracles; they still had a hard time believing. No doubt about it, it’s hard to believe until we see it. That’s why we don’t experience all that the LORD has done for us. God has all this grace ( undeserved favor) that He wants to freely give to us. Faith is the catalyst to receive grace. Jesus did it all on the cross. The prophets declared it before Jesus did it. Now it’s up to us: Heb 10:23 KJV Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) Believe all that the prophets had declared. Check out Psalm 103.
Dear Jesus! Your ways are higher than our ways. All that you did is exceedingly above all we can think. It’s like a sweet dream. Lord the more that we abide in You; the more you wake us up and reveal your great and precious promises. We will not let your sacrifice go to no avail. We will continue to declare what you have done until it comes to pass. All glory, honor and praise to you Lord Jesus; the author and finisher of our faith. Amen! www.Shalom2u.org