The Shalom of Messiah

“Let the shalom of Messiah rule in your hearts—to this shalom you were surely called in one body. Also be thankful.” Colossians 3:15, Tree of Life Translation

Shalom is a beautiful word that means a special kind of peace.

It is a peace born from struggle and hardship.

It is the peace of being put back together after being shattered.

The shalom of the Messiah is a peace that walked through the darkness and didn’t stop walking.

It is a peace forged in the throws of death and triumphed over it.

It is a peace that has faced the worst of mankind’s darkness and overcame it.

It is the peace of the One who conquered the unconquerable and rose blazing in light and life.

Shalom is a peace that come from the heart of God, delivered to us through the heart of Jesus and binds us together through the confidence that no matter what we face, the promise of eternal peace is ours.

Hardwon and secure in love.

Shalom.

Your Heart

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Some seasons are harder than others.

In some seasons, developing a hard heart is easier than feeling the pain of it.

It is not.

Your heart is made to process the pain. When you harden your heart instead of processing the pain it is like locking the pain inside with no way out.

Don’t harden your heart.

Don’t give up.

Push through the hard parts but don’t lose your heart.

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭4:23‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Guard it, grow it, fill it.

Don’t just get through your present struggle, process it all the way through. Feel it, embrace the pain and let it work all the way through and all the way out.

Take care of your heart.

Clean it out.

Pull up the weeds of bitterness and resentment and if needed, ask Jesus to do heart surgery.

How is your heart?

Suffering

“Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭5:3-4‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Hope comes from suffering.

Why?

Because suffering and struggling challenge every false belief, every lie that trips you up, every excuse to quit until all that is left is God’s truth and His call on your life to not give up.

Don’t give up.

God’s Word is true whether you believe it or not.

Hope is real because God is.

Anchor yourself to His Word and hold on.

Gaurd Your Heart

Some seasons are harder than others and the seasons that are the hardest can harden your heart. It may even feel that hardening your heart is easier than feeling the pain but it is not. Your heart is made to feel, it can handle it, it was made to process the pain. When you harden your heart it way is like locking the pain inside with no way out.

Don’t harden your heart.

Don’t give up.

Push through the hard parts but don’t lose your heart.

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭4:23‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Guard it, grow it, fill it.

Don’t just get through your present struggle, process it all the way through. Feel it, embrace the pain and let it work all the through and all the way out.

You can get through it with your heart still poised to love.

“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.

If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.

If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.”

‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:1-3‬ ‭NIV‬‬

The interesting thing here is that you can speak with power, have a great understanding,  be utterly selfless and still be devoid of love.

Guard your heart. Clean it out. Pull the weeds and if needed, ask Jesus for a heart transplant. Ask him to give you a new heart that beats with a deep enduring love –  that is what He died for.

How is your heart?

Habits

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We all have old habits that we want to get rid of.

The thing is, you have had those habits for so long and they are so ingrained that you do it without even thinking It is almost unconscious.

That kind of habit takes an enormous amount of energy to reform or get rid of but in Christ it is possible. It might take almost as long to unlearn as it did to learn but you can unlearn it.

However, there is a particular old habit that Jesus is more concerned about than the one you are thinking of.

It is a habit that belongs to your old nature: you desire to get your way in everything and work to make sure that it happens. Maybe even unconsciously, you maneuver to manipulate circumstances or people to make your way possible.

“Since Jesus went through everything you’re going through and more, learn to think like him. Think of your sufferings as a weaning from that old sinful habit of always expecting to get your own way. Then you’ll be able to live out your days free to pursue what God wants instead of being tyrannized by what you want.”

‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭4:1-2‬ ‭MSG‬‬

It IS human nature but you have a new nature in Christ. You have been recreated in Him. The old has gone, the new has come.

But old habits die hard.

When we struggle, we think it is because God doesn’t love us. In reality, it might be that He loves you so much that He will use the stressful opportunity at hand to break an old nature habit. Those habits are sabotaging your freedom to live in your new nature.

When you feel insecure, instead of going back to old habits, make a new habit of seeking God and asking Him to show you how to think like Him in it.

“Then you’ll be able to live out your days free to pursue what God wants instead of being tyrannized by what you want.”