Peace is the second characteristic of the kingdom of God. Like the other attributes of this kingdom, peace is also a gift received by faith in Jesus and independent of circumstances.
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In this third post of The King of kings series, we will see that there is only one way to true peace. We will also identify who is the main tranquility thief and how to eliminate it from your life so that your family can enjoy peace and prosperity continuously.
We saw in the first post of this series that the Kingdom of God is more related to manifesting the glory of the King of kings in a life of genuine faith than obtaining something by one’s own effort. In the second post we realize how seeking the Kingdom of God implies living from a proper mentality of justice. We will now move on to the next attribute of this Kingdom, which is peace.
The Second Gift
The second gift Jesus received was a portion of incense. Thus the wise men prophetically indicated His purpose as a priest and also as a personal offering that would be willingly sacrificed to God for humanity.
Moreover, that offering of incense reveals the second principle of the Kingdom of God. Forever standing on righteousness, this kingdom offers perfect peace to those who live in it. This stillness in the human spirit is the necessary conviction for right decisions.
The incense originated in Egypt for religious purposes. It is still used today in spiritual rituals to generate a mystical environment and to suggest the importance of detachment from material life for peace of mind. Many churches combine lighting with dry ice machines, following the same idea.
Prayer for peace
The Bible shows that incense represents the prayers of the saints:
Let my prayer be counted as incense before you,King David, Psalms 141:2
and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice!
Note that the secret to true peace is a sincere life of communion with God through the practice of prayer with thanksgiving. When praying, do not consider asking God for something you should receive, but ask believing that you have already received it. So you can already pray with gratitude, recognizing the sovereignty and generosity of the King of kings.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.Apostle Paul, letter to the Philippians 4:6
He is good all the time and knows our needs even before we ask him. In fact, what matters is our intimacy with God, because we need him more than anything else. He is our peace and source of all we need.
The Peace Thief
This is why Jesus said we cannot have a divided or distracted mind. The cause of tribulation for most people is financial dependence, no matter how much resource a family has.
Note that Jesus made the statement “if you seek the kingdom of God and his righteousness, all other things will be added to you” shortly after teaching that we cannot serve God and mammon.
Mammon, which is the Hebrew term used by Jesus for money, refers to an evil spiritual entity that opposes the Kingdom of God. He is the thief of peace.
Once you decide to live in God’s Kingdom, you do not depend on money, or mammon. God’s servants live in peace because they depend exclusively on God. But I draw your attention to the reality that there are many people who think they are God’s servants while actually serving mammon.
Your motivation for work should never be to make money, but to glorify God. This will make all the difference to the success of your career!
Therefore, the apostle Paul teaches about prayer with thanksgiving as a solution to anxiety by talking about money to the Philippians. In the last chapter of his letter, the apostle thanks them for the offerings sent to him in a moment of need. And he affirms that God will supply all needs of that people because of their financial generosity. It is in this context that he says:
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.Apostle Paul, letter to the Philippians 4:19
Promise When There Is No Peace
There are many proposals for financial and emotional intelligence, meditation, and various programs offering peace while serving mammon. The real interest is just financial gain. So be very careful!
For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of My people slightly,The Prophet Jeremiah 8:11
Saying, ‘Peace, peace!’
When there is no peace.
Serenity cannot be bought with money. God gives it as a gift to those who come to him with a sincere and grateful heart. And this is the peace that exceeds all human understanding. It is powerful for guarding our soul and consequently guaranteeing many benefits.
True peace is not just the absence of war, as the Latin root pax means. It is also far beyond an atmosphere of relaxation or physical stillness.
The biblical term is shalom, with which the people greet each other in Israel to this day. Shalom means fullness, more than enough portion beyond my need.
This peace we enjoy in the Kingdom of God is the fruit of the Holy Spirit, produced by Himself in the life of those who receive Him by faith. When you believe in Jesus and confess him as your savior, you receive the Holy Spirit. From there, just talk to him about your difficulties and concerns. He will bring the necessary changes in your life and around you. Try it!
For the peace of Jerusalem
In addition, there is a biblical promise of peace and prosperity to those who love the city of Jerusalem. There are people from all over the world in this city daily. So when we bless Jerusalem we are blessing the world. Here are 3 things I’ve been doing for years, and I share them inviting you to bless Israel and Jerusalem:
- Praying for the city of Jerusalem and for Israel every day – this is a biblical commandment with promise;
- Visit Israel – Each visit to Israel requires a miracle, just believe it;
- Speak only well of Israel – and disagree with those who criticize them.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:King David, Psalms 122:6
“May they prosper who love you.
When you decide to accept by faith God’s invitation to your life, and live guided by His Word and the Holy Spirit, supernatural peace comes over your life and family.
This peace has no explanation, no expiration date, no price to pay. Just as Jesus received the incense from the wise men as a gift, he will receive your prayer in faith and give you peace that surpasses all human understanding for you to be blessed and successful every day of your life.
Prayer: Father, I adore you because your Kingdom is one of justice, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. I now decide to give you all my difficulties and concerns. Please help me, moment by moment, to pray with confidence in you and with a thankful heart. I pray in faith and receive your peace in the name of Jesus. Amen.
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