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Close note Let there be Peace Impacts of the Peace of God ALFRED EE· LET THERE BE PEACE IN OUR LAND” This draft document was written by Rev Dr Alfred Ee on 24th Dec 2014 for Magdalene Dura upon her request to be used in part for her speech entitled above as she address the traditional rulers, political leaders, stakeholders and the public on the need for peace during and after the elections in Nigeria. Scripture Reference: Luke 2 :14; Luke 19:42; Jeremiah 29:11; Psalm 29:7-11; Isaiah 48:18; Isaiah 32:17: Isaiah 66:12; Romans 8:6; Hebrews 12:24; Colossians 3:15; Judges 6:22-24; Judges 7:13 -15; Ephesians 6:15; Ephesians 2:17 1. No God no peace; know God know Peace.well wholeness complete We live in a very troubled world and times, and it may seem peace is an illusion and hard to have. The word “peace,” “serene” have a few meanings. At times it is translated “well, whole, nothing broken, nothing missing,” It’s a quality which the world cannot buy for all its money or wealth. The Bible says God gives us an abundance of peace. The first revelation of Jehovah Shalom is found in Judges 6. Israel had forgotten Jehovah and turned to idols. They had forgotten God has revealed Himself as Sanctifier after 200 yrs had passed. There was no central government, they were scattered and had forgotten Jehovah God as a nation. They were divided and scattered. Every man was doing what was right in his own eyes and the result was they were living in defeat and failures, not as the head but the tail. The Midianites had overcome and kept Israel in bondage. They had camels attacking with swords putting them in fear, burning their crops, farms and houses. Israel had backslidden and did not have peace as their inheritance as a chosen nation. Gideon was a man with a tremendous inferiority complex or lack of self esteem, suffering from rejection and self condemnation. He was easy to get uptight because just like us, we see with the natural eyes concerning our circumstances. When David was facing Goliath he was not uptight even though Goliath was bigger and better armed. This was because David had peace and inner tranquility, and considered how big God is and not his own size when he faced and fought Goliath - v22 And when Gideon perceived that he was an angel of the LORD, Gideon said, “Alas, O Lord GOD! For because I have seen an angel of the LORD face to face. v23 And the LORD said unto him, Peace be unto thee; fear not: thou shalt not die. v24 Then Gideon built an altar there unto the LORD, and called it Jehovah Shalom: unto this day it is yet in Ophrah of the Abiezrites. Judges 6:22-24 Gideon needed the peace of God if he was to win the battle. God gave Gideon peace before he ever won the battle. God is greater than anything you may encounter so hold your peace. Shalom as a greeting is usually said twice. Why? Peace within and peace without. Shalom means also “to pay” or “render” or “give unto” and can also mean “full,” “lacking nothing in Jesus.” 2. Peace is God’s payment. Peace says “I don’t have to worry about the future because I know Him and His Word has made provision to all my needs.” Another meaning of the word “Peace” is “better than any” or “perfect” or “the best ever.” It is used 170 times in the Bible (better than anything – Peace, perfect, best). In Isaiah 9:6, the prophet prophesied that Jesus is the Prince of Peace and Jerusalem is the city of peace or possession of peace . v10 For thus saith the LORD, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place. v11For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jeremiah 29:10-11 v7 The voice of the LORD divideth the flames of fire. v8 The voice of the LORD shaketh the wilderness; the LORD shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh. v9 The voice of the LORD maketh the hinds to calve, and discovereth the forests: and in his temple doth every one speak of his glory. v10 The LORD sitteth upon the flood; yea, the LORD sitteth King for ever. v11The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace. Psalm 29:7-11 v17 Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go. v18 O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea: Isaiah 48:17-18 (7 keys to your peace -1 whose saying and who say and what you hear listen to instructions from is key 2 The lord Is he the lord or master in control of your life incharge or you 3 Are you redeemed ,do you understand redemption from and the power of the blood 4 Holiness and peace is related Is there a separation for before fire to fall there has to be sacrifice separation of flesh an d worldliness or ways 5 Are you teachable have a humble heart or stubborn hard thinking you know it all 6 who is leading an d whose leading you are following 7 obedience and heeding the word . God does not want us to be confused, torn up, divided but single-minded, focused and full of His peace and security. Some people think God give us bad things so that we will mature and be purified. Not so and not true! James 1:17 says:”Every good thing comes from God.” v7 Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child. 8 Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children. 9 Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith the LORD: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut the womb? saith thy God. 10 Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all ye that love her: rejoice for joy with her, all ye that mourn for her: 11 That ye may suck, and be satisfied with the breasts of her consolations; that ye may milk out, and be delighted with the abundance of her glory. 12For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream: then shall ye suck, ye shall be borne upon her sides, and be dandled upon her knees.” Isaiah 66:7-12 Gideon had only 300 men to fight the enormous 135,000,00 Midianites but he had to hold his peace, trust God and speak victory, and as he was full of holes or leaked, God has to give him reassurance. V12 And the Midianites and the Amalekites and all the children of the east lay along in the valley like grasshoppers for multitude; and their camels were without number, as the sand by the sea side for multitude. 13 And when Gideon was come, behold, there was a man that told a dream unto his fellow, and said, Behold, I dreamed a dream, and, lo, a cake of barley bread tumbled into the host of Midian, and came unto a tent, and smote it that it fell, and overturned it, that the tent lay along. 14 And his fellow answered and said, This is nothing else save the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel: for into his hand hath God delivered Midian, and all the host. 15 And it was so, when Gideon heard the telling of the dream, and the interpretation thereof, that he worshipped, and returned into the host of Israel, and said, Arise; for the LORD hath delivered into your hand the host of Midian. 16 And he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and he put a trumpet in every man's hand, with empty pitchers, and lamps within the pitchers. 17 And he said unto them, Look on me, and do likewise: and, behold, when I come to the outside of the camp, it shall be that, as I do, so shall ye do. 18 When I blow with a trumpet, I and all that are with me, then blow ye the trumpets also on every side of all the camp, and say, The sword of the LORD, and of Gideon. 19 So Gideon, and the hundred men that were with him,