April 30, 2024


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Rev. Innocent Peace-Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l (LIFOM)

Summary: Continuing our series on the Covenant Names of God. This morning is Jehovah-Shalom: it’s revelation, it’s meaning & the 2 kinds of peace, and the Source of our peace, Jesus Christ.

”So Gideon built an altar to the Lord there and called it The Lord Is Peace. To this day it stands in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.
Judges 6:24

What do you do when you do not have peace?
Do I seek God, turn down my plate, pursue God with all I have?
How do you get peace in times of pain, frustration, injustice, inequality?
What do I do in the days of no peace?
Do you include God in your search for peace, for solace, for answers?
What do I do when I don’t know exactly what to do?
Where do I turn when I have no peace?
Do you include God in your search for peace, for solace, for answers?

Today, I want to help you get to know God a little better. God wants to reveal Himself to us as Jehovah Shalom: The Lord is Peace or My God, My Peace!

Knowing and believing in God’s character as revealed in his names provides great protection against enemy attack. God declared through Hosea, My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6). The implication here is powerful. God is telling us that having an intimate knowledge of his nature and character, as revealed through his names, is a powerful shield against Satan’s lies.

This brings us to another of our Lord’s names: Jehovah Shalom. We find this name mentioned in the book of Judges. Here, the Lord revealed himself to Gideon in the form of an angel (see Judges 6:22-24). What does this name, Jehovah Shalom, mean exactly? As a noun, the Hebrew word shalom means completeness, health, welfare.
It implies being whole, in harmony with God and man, having wholesome relationships. It also indicates a state of being at ease—not restless, having peace both inwardly and outwardly, being at rest both spiritually and emotionally. In short, shalom signifies wholeness in a life or work. And as a verb, shalom means to be completed or finished, or to make peace.

God inhabits the praises of His people…
In His presence is the fullness of Joy and at His right hand, there are pleasures evermore…
He is Jehovah Shalom (my God, my Peace)…
Where is the scripture did God reveal Himself as Jehovah Shalom?
AND why did He choose to do so at that time… what was going on?
Do you need to know Him as Peace?
Where do you need peace in your life?
Come today for prayer in those areas…
No one will judge you today…come as you are…
God, I need you….

God defeats our enemies to bring us peace:
What are the biggest enemies to peace: fear, anxiety, anger, frustration, the unknown,
Why is it that our first instinct as humans is to fear what we do not understand…the unknown?

Jesus is our Prince of Peace
“The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: They that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: And the government shall be upon his shoulder: And his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace”.
Isaiah 9:2&6 KJV

This is your Jehovah Shalom. Know Him as your Peace. Come to Him in Whom alone is perfect peace (shalom, shalom Isa 26:3). Rest from your laborious anxious thoughts, taking shelter in the Prince of Peace, your Lord Jesus Christ.

In Jdg 6:10 (note) God says Israel was to fear (not a fear causing one to shrink back but a reverence and awe causing one to bow down) no one but God. In Jdg 6:11 (note) Gideon was threshing wheat in the winepress — so clearly he was really hiding from Midianite marauders. Given this context, can you imagine how Gideon felt when the Angel of the LORD appeared (although note Gideon does not recognize Who He really is initially) and called him “valiant warrior” (Jdg 6:12 [note] — “warrior” is gibbor translated “mighty” in “Mighty God” Isa 9:6), which is the same description given to David in (1Sa 16:18). Gideon must have looked around and said “Are you speaking to me?” Isn’t there a little (or lot) of Gideon in all of us?

God called Gideon what he would become, not what he was at the time of this encounter. God has a way of coming to “nobodies” and changing them so that they exalt the only “Somebody” worth exalting. In a similar way, God came to a 99 year old childless man named Abram and declared:

behold, My covenant is with you (Abram) and you shall be the father of a multitude of nations. No longer shall your name be called Abram (“Exalted father”), but your name shall be Abraham (“father of many”); for I will make you the father of a multitude of nations. (Genesis 17:5, 6)

Our God is an awesome God… while others (or we ourselves) look at us and see our weaknesses, flaws and failures, God looks at us and sees our potential (in Christ). Don’t underestimate what God can or will do in and through your life if you are willing to submit to the Refiner’s purifying fire (see discussions on “refining” of believers – “I shall come forth as pure gold” – see Job 23:10-note; 1 Peter 1:6; 1:7.

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