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Receive Jesus’ Shalom

June 9, 2011

Stress is incredibly common in our society.  Everyone to every degree stresses about something.  In the past few years there has been much more research and attention to what stress actually does to the body.  Stress can cause a number of physical issues that can actually have deadly consequences.  My blogs are not long enough to really get into the details so I would encourage you all to also read up on the recent studies of stress, the problems that stress causes and what some of those problems may be.

Just like sin, when someone tells you not to stress the chances of actually stressing more increases.  I think most of us can come to the conclusion that less stress in our life is a good thing, but how do we go about having less stress?

In the Gospel of John, Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”  So Jesus peace and being in his presence is the answer, but wait…………..

Jesus would not have used the word “peace.”  The Greek New Testament renders “peace” as eirene, but since Jesus spoke Aramaic-Hebrew, He would have used the word “shalom” — “Shalom I leave with you, My shalom I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.”

In the Hebrew vernacular, “shalom” is a very rich and loaded word.  There is no English word that can accurately encapsulate the fullness, richness and power contained in the word “shalom.”  Hence, English Bible translations were only able to translate it as “peace.”  But while the word “shalom” includes peace, it means so much more.  Let’s look at the Brown Driver&Briggs Hebrew Lexicon to get a better idea of what Jesus meant when He said, “Shalom I leave with you.”

The Hebrew Lexicon describes “shalom” as completeness, safety, soundness (in body), welfare, health, prosperity, peace, quiet, tranquility, contentment, peace used of human relationships, peace with God especially in our covenant relationship and peace from war.”  Wow, what a powerful word!  This is the shalom that Jesus has for you.  Never again should you think of your peace through Christ that He gives as just peace, it is so much more and these things are all part of your inheritance in Christ today!

Can you just see what will happen when you step into His presence and allow His shalom to flow through your life?  It is more than just peace, it is the wholeness of Christ that protects, prospers, gives you life and health.  Enjoy Jesus shalom today!

A heart at peace gives life to the body…   —   Proverbs 14:30

Stress is not from God.  Peace is from Him!

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