Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Psalms 103:2 KJV
Benefits! Benefits! Benefits! We have talked about many and I pray and hope that you have been stirred to active and decisive recollection of ALL of His benefits. You may say, “I don’t know ALL of His benefits.” The truth is, I don’t think any of us do and I believe that we will be learning of the fullness of them way after we have come to be physically with the Lord. But we can avail ourselves to the Word and prayer which is simply spending time with The Word and learning by way of The Great Holy Spirit, our teacher. It is His designated job, appointment and purpose to lead and guide us into ALL TRUTH.
As we wrap up this particular series I want to make you aware of another multifaceted benefit of the Lord. It is the benefit of SHALOM. Shalom is a Hebrew word and it is translated to English as simply peace. I encourage you to be mindful that shalom is so much more than peace as peace is only one ingredient of the blessed cake of shalom. Shalom in all of its fullness means completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord. If you really take the time to think about it if you have righteousness and shalom you can live a full, prosperous and blessed life and not need anything else beside your personal communion with The Father, Jesus and The Holy Spirt. This shalom was actually given to us by Jesus Himself.
What I am leaving with you is shalom — I am giving you My shalom. I don’t give the way the world gives. Don’t let yourselves be upset or frightened. John 14:27 Complete Jewish Bible
So we see from the Word of God that Jesus has given to us His very own Shalom. The vey same completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord that He Himself had while He was here on the Earth and that He has now seated on the throne in Heaven WE HAVE THAT SHALOM!!! You must meditate the power of that benefit already given to us by Jesus. Now someone may say, “Well Jesus was only talking to the disciples not me. If you are born again, you are a disciple. Jesus left many gifts for us and He made this very clear in His prayer to our Father right before He was about to be taken to be crucified.
20“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in Me through their message,21that all of them may be One, Father, just as You are in Me and I am in You. May they also be in Us so that the world may believe that You have sent Me. 22I have given them the glory that You gave Me, that they may be One as We are One— 23I in them and You in Me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that You sent Me and have loved them even as You have loved Me. John 17: 20-23 NIV
This scripture proves that Jesus was not just concerned about the disciples but for us who would by the Word of God believe on Him. He also points out and gives to us another benefit – GLORY! The same glory the Father gave to Him He turned around and gave to us SO that we can be ONE with Him and one another. Glory is weight, excellence, preminence, splendor. Paul also prayed about us having shalom.
Now may the Lord of shalom himself give you (His) shalom always in all ways. The Lord be with all of you. 2 Thessalonians 3:16 Complete Jewish Bible
Jesus has already answered this prayer of Paul’s in John 14:27 long before Paul prayed it. This fulfills The Word of God spoken in this scripture.
I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers! Isaiah 65:24 New Living Translation
The Father has already blessed us with every spiritual blessing and benefit. Be sure to believe and receive and to not forget ALL of His benefits.
All the ‘blessed’ to you! Shalom!!!