Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Names of God – Jehovah Shalom

2012 Faith Based Pages Challenges - June
All sketches from: Scrapbook, etc. -
I have a group of friends who have talked for months [years -?] about doing scrapbook layouts based on the theme The Names of God so I’m biting the bullet and going for it – I was so happy to find the Moms of Faith website that had a long list of devotionals based on the names and attributes of God. Love how she breaks things down so that it’s easy for me to understand-
Sketches were chosen from Scrapbook, etc magazine for our Faith Based Pages Challenges this year. I’ll post one with a devotional here on the tab each month. REMEMBER these do not  have to be followed literally – you can replace hearts, or snowflakes, or baseballs with any embellishment you want to use. Likewise you can interpret the theme each month however it fits your life – if you want to do 12 layouts on the Names of God then go for it! You could use nature photos that you’ve taken or even pictures from magazines [true scrapbooking!!] OR you might want to interpret the theme by showing how you’ve experienced these attributes of God – how He has shown His character to you. I may do a variety of different things.
The first thing I would just like to mention is that Jehovah is not actually a Hebrew word. It came later. The correct word is Yahweh. However, I will use Jehovah for familiarity.
Reference Verse: Judges 6:24
Jehovah Shalom (Yahweh Shalom) means; God is Peace.
Shalom (shaw-lome’) or (shaw-lam’) means; safe, happy, health, prosperity, be safe in mind, body or estate, be at peace.
I also looked in the thesaurus for the opposite of peace and here is what I found; conflict, turmoil, disorder, and chaos. Yikes! I would much rather have the peace that God has for me!
Peace is something most people crave. We strive for it. We search for how to get it. We WANT to have peace.
What is the significance of Jehovah Shalom? And, How do we obtain peace?
To find this out, we must dig deeper into the Word and find the hidden treasure of Shalom. The first thing that we need to understand is that peace is a promise of God. And, like all of God’s promises, we must understand the clauses. We must also understand that faith plays a major role in everything that involves God.
Below are a few of our promises for peace. I strongly encourage you to read and STUDY the Scripture references.
  • Peace comes through Faith in Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1)
  • A thankful and unselfish heart brings peace (Philippians 4:4-7)
    The Holy Spirit was the gift of peace (John 14:26-27)
  • Peace is a fruit of the Spirit given as we grow in obedience (Galatians 5:22)
  • Peace is an undeserved blessing from God (Psalm 29:11)
  • Peace came through the shed Blood of Jesus Christ (Colossians 1:20)
These Scriptures help us understand that peace is a free and promised gift from Daddy. Now, we must understand God’s role for peace.
Jehovah Shalom
His peace is our protection. Our assurance. Our safety.
Be Merciful and gracious to me, O God, be merciful and gracious to me, for my soul takes refuge and finds shelter in You: Yes, in the shadow of Your wings will I take refuge and be confident until destructive storms have passed. Psalm 57:1
David understood that God was Jehovah Shalom. He understood that he had God’s peace in Him. He had faith in this. That is why he was confident living under the shadow of the Almighty God of Peace.
In closing; Jehovah Shalom, our God of Peace loves us all so very much. His desire is that ALL of His beloved children live in the peace and assurance of His unmerited favor and Grace. His peace is a gift. It is YOURS and mine for the taking.
We just need to believe what God’s Word says, and be willing to walk in obedience. And, when we fail, we need to pick ourselves up, dust off, and get right back on the path God has for each of us. The path of peace. The path that Jehovah Shalom has already paved for us!
Let’s Pray;
Daddy God, Jehovah Shalom, My Peace, My Love, You are Worthy of All the glory, honor, and praise. You are Holy and Mighty. You are My God and my Peace. Thank You for loving me. Thank You for creating a way for me to live a life of peace. Thank You for walking with me each and every day…and carrying me on those tough days. I love You, Lord. I love You with all of my heart. I want my life to shine for You. Thank You for choosing me to be Your very Own. In Jesus Mighty Name, Amen.
In His Love and Service, Lara ;) Copyright © Lara Velez, Moms of Faith, All Rights Reserve

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