The Prince of Peace (The Longer Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace, and the greatest peace that men and women can receive is the peace of the Prince who ensures tranquility between God and man. Jesus is the missing link between God and man, so with the Prince of Peace, man has the complete ensemble of harmony and peace with the Creator of life. The Son of God is called in Ephesians 2:14 “our peace,” for Jesus Christ is much more than a simple peace treaty, because Christ is life (I John 5:12), and he is in us (Colossians 1:27), and he is “our {spiritual} life” (Colossians 3:4). Peace between God and man is something that we may serenely adorn ourselves with and enjoy every day. God is the Author of Peace (I Thessalonians 5:23), and Jesus Christ is the liaison who presents humanity with God’s heavenly, peaceful acquiescence.

II Thessalonians 3:16:
Now the Lord of peace himself {Jesus Christ} give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.

In the Old Testament the Redeemer was prophesied as “The Prince of Peace,” and he was the hope of all humanity to redeem men and women back to God, and to also present us with everlasting peace.

Isaiah 9:6-7:
-6: For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder {the rule and authority to make peace}: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
-7: Of the increase of his government {his authority} and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

This is a prophecy regarding Jesus Christ who has been given some tremendous ordained titles including The Prince of Peace. Yet at the time Isaiah wrote this, this was a future hope with the prophecy of the child to be born, he and his peace was a blessed hope to daily anticipate throughout the Old Testament times. In the Gospel of Luke, we have the fulfillment of this prophecy from Isaiah that a child is born, as told to the shepherds by the angel.

Luke 2:11:
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

Christ the Lord – the Prince of Peace – was prophesied throughout the Scriptures. The hope of mankind rested solely upon his prophesied birth, and the complete fulfillment of all that was written and foretold of him began to be a literal reality, beginning at his conception (Luke 1:26-38) and birth (Matthew 1:18-25), which finally came to pass. Jesus Christ would bring salvation and peace to anyone, anywhere who would simply accept him as his or her Lord and Savior.

Jesus Christ is called the Prince of Peace in the Scriptures, and as we discover him therein we will find that he is also the embodiment (as well as the reality) of the “gospel of peace” (Romans 10:15 below). As Christ and his peace truly become known in the heart of our understanding, we will simultaneously realize that God’s peace is also filling our inner souls.

Our heavenly Father is the epitome of genuine and everlasting Love and Peace (II Corinthians 13:11), which Christ delivers to believers. Thus, the more we learn from God’s Word, the further we will learn about our Savior, Jesus Christ, and he indeed will reveal to us the peaceful spiritual essence of God our Creator, our heavenly Father, and our sufficiency in Christ.

When the Prince becomes clearly known from the Scriptures, he then begins introducing to the hearts and lives of believers his luminous peace, peace that emanates from the Throne of God’s grace. Then the written, spoken, and preached Word of God begins immersing our believing heart in the light of the Gospel of Peace.

Romans 10:15:
And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written {in Isaiah 52:7}, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace {which is to preach Jesus Christ}, and bring glad tidings of good things!

Whenever Christ is preached, wherever he is made known, his peace will follow, and saturate languished souls as the Word of God begins uplifting hearts with glad tidings of good things. How often have we heard and perhaps feared the hellfire, brimstone, and condemnation that are preached? Too often, I suspect. However, when God’s healing Word is truly introduced to the believer, then glad tidings of good things from God’s Word about Christ, the Prince of Peace also becomes known.

God gives to us, His children, the wonderful knowledge that we have the Prince of Peace within, and from the moment we allow him into our hearts, good things promised to us in the healing Word begin to come our way. God’s Word encourages us to believe positively and claim His promises in the name of Jesus Christ. The Prince of Peace has a mission, which is to show us that we absolutely do have everlasting peace with God and that He loves us unconditionally and completely.

John 14:27:
Peace I {Jesus Christ} leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Christ’s peace is a precious gift that we have. His peace can guard our hearts from being troubled, agitated, and his peace comforts our inner souls and relieves us from fear. As we know, there have been peace treaties written for thousands of years and history has taught us that they never last (this is as the world giveth), and most people have an extreme distrust in them. But the peace of Christ is written within our hearts. We are not instructed to pray for peace with God, but rather we are to let (allow) Christ’s peace to rest at home in our hearts. Christ has already established permanent peace between you and God (Ephesians 2:12-22).

Ephesians 2:14 reads, “For he {Jesus Christ} is our peace,” could the Word of God be more explicit? Jesus Christ is our peace because he is our inner souls’ comfort. The greater that we understand whom Jesus Christ is, the further we will be able to allow the actual peace of Christ to have place in our lives, then wherever we are and wherever our life’s path leads, Christ’s peace will be realized within us.

Colossians 3:15a:
And let {or allow} the peace of God {Christos} rule in your hearts . . .

The word God in Colossians 3:15 from the Greek Text is Christos, and is the word for Christ, rather than the Greek word for God, which is Theos. We definitely have peace with God, but if we leave God’s name in this verse as is mistranslated above, then spiritual truths become left out. The first truth being impeded is that Christ’s peace is also in our hearts, and it is only through him that we have true access to God’s peace and inner comfort. This is one of the major reasons so many believers lack inner peace ― they often bypass the Savior who is the subject in the Old Testament; however, it is always through Christ that men and women are enabled to know that they have peace.

The word rule means to umpire. We Christians are to allow Christ’s peace to be the umpire of our hearts, and in order for us to allow his peace to umpire we need to acknowledge him as being alive and at home (“safe” at home) in our entire beings. This is why the very next verse Colossians 3:16 encourages, “Let {or allow} the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom.”

Romans 5:1:
THEREFORE being justified by faith {Christ’s faith, completing our believing faith}, we have peace with God through {or by means of} our Lord Jesus Christ:

We have peace with God because of our Lord Jesus Christ. Henceforth, God’s Word encourages let the word of Christ dwell in you richly. For starters, Christ said, Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. These, are some of the words of Christ that believers are to dwell on richly, and so rich is his peace that the standard and quality of our spiritual lives become upgraded and enhanced as we learn of Christ from the Scriptures. Peace of mind and peace of heart without fear is the living will of God for His children.

John 16:33:
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Keeping the words of Christ alive in the inner heart of our minds will help implement the written prophecies of the Prince of Peace into a peaceful reality with the assurance that our hearts will cease from fear and troublesome agitations. So right now, please allow the words about the peace of Jesus Christ to delight and comfort your heart, realizing that you have already obtained the peace of Christ who continues introducing you into the genuine peace and presence of God in and around your life.

The Daily Inspiration of Jesus Christ (The Longer Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

This is a study revealing how we Christians can allow the principles of the Master Teacher, Jesus Christ, into our daily lives so that his teachings motivate our daily thoughts, and his inspiration can become our rescue in times of need. Following is an example from the Gospel of Luke wherein we learn how Peter learned to allow the daily inspiration of Jesus Christ into his heart, giving us a vivid example of how we can allow the written Word to nourish and strengthen our souls.

Luke 5:4:
Now when he {Jesus} had left speaking {the Word of God}, he said unto Simon {Peter}, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.

To set this morning scene for you, Jesus had been sitting in a fishing boat and teaching the Word of God to a multitude of people. There were so many people that Jesus went out a little way from the shore where the acoustical sound over the lake must have carried his voice quite well as he expounded divine truths. Then after Jesus had finished teaching, he asked Peter to launch out further and let down his nets so they could haul in a load of fish.

There are stories, and maybe you have heard some of them, about Peter and the other Apostles quitting their career trades and at full throttle began pursuing after Jesus, come hell or high water. Well, Peter was still fishing with his partners here in the Gospel of Luke, and still walking with Jesus. How else did Peter have the funds for supporting himself, his family’s home, his wife, and even his mother in-law who lived with him (Luke 4:38)? One cannot sustain himself without some kind of employment, and Peter was a fisherman, a noble profession, and we, like Peter may also walk with Jesus and carry on with our careers. Jesus Christ is with us wherever we are, and he is with us in whatever we do to support ourselves.

There needs to be a balance in life while we are walking with Jesus, or the scales will tip and things will not go as smooth as they should. Peter set a wonderful example and worked to support his physical needs rather than solely living off the charity of others, while God continued to bless him. Even towards the end of the Gospels, after Jesus was raised up from the dead, Peter and his partners were still fishing (John 21:1-8), and still walked with the daily inspiration of Jesus Christ.

In the example we are looking at in Luke’s Gospel, we see how Peter recognized Jesus as a wonderful teacher during the meeting, yet when the meeting was over, Peter left Jesus’ teaching and inspiration behind at the shore, and let us notice the result that followed.

Luke 5:5:
And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled {worked, fished} all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.

Peter told Jesus that the previous night’s fishing expedition was a waste of time and grudgingly Peter said, nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. When Jesus spoke to Peter he was speaking the Word of God to him (John 14:23-24; 15:15), but Peter felt that he was the expert when it came to fishing; after all, was it “only a carpenter” who told Peter what to do? No, it was the Son of God, who in Scripture is the inspiration and guidance of the human heart. It is he who leads and directs and lights our life’s path to the way our heavenly Father desires for His children to follow. “I am the light of the world {says Jesus, and}: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12).

Notice what Peter did with Jesus’ instructions. Jesus said, let down your nets (plural), but what did Peter do? He let down a net (singular).

Peter literally had the opportunity to take Jesus Christ with him to work and to take his word at face value. Can you imagine the awesome blessing of having Jesus sitting beside Peter in his boat? Today in God’s grace we have Christ within (Colossians 1:27), and he does reveal God to our minds whenever and wherever we allow him and his inspiration into our hearts and life’s endeavors.

Luke 5:6-7:
-6: And when they had this done {the letting down of the net}, they enclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net break {because they did not use their nets as instructed by Jesus}.
-7: And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink.

Proverbs 3:6 comes to mind: “In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths.” No matter what we do for a living, or where we are at any moment, we can carry God’s healing Word and its inspiration with us to become successful. Jesus Christ reveals God to our hearts, and as we allow Jesus into our daily lives, the greater he reveals his Father’s will and His direction to us.

Luke 5:8-10:
-8: When Simon Peter saw it {recognized that Jesus was right}, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.
-9: For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken:
-10: And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; henceforth thou shalt catch men.

Peter immediately knew that he was wrong, he knew that even with Jesus in his boat, sitting at his side, he did not allow the words of his Savior’s inspiration to filter down into his actions.

Peter, to his credit, realized that he was just a man, one that was not perfect, and like any other, a sinful man.

Jesus, to his praise, did not condemn Peter (or throw him out of the boat), but rather encouraged him that he most definitely would have better days, more opportunity to believe the Word that Jesus would continue revealing to him.

Jesus’ words of comfort still rings true for us: fear not, because we are dearly loved by God and by His Son Jesus Christ. So today, as we continue living our lives to the best of our abilities, let us continue walking with our Savior and allow him and his inspiration into our lives. Then watch God work miraculous things for us as we believe and act on the inner inspiration emanating from the words of our Savior for which we have purposely made room in our hearts.

When we allow the Savior’s words of comfort and inner peace to be at home in our minds, his words can inspire us to be the best in our relationships, in our workplaces, and in our life’s endeavors. When we allow the Master Teacher into our hearts — his words will become our thoughts (our inner consciousness) as his inspiration will be with us in our time of need, and this is the how of utilizing the daily inspirations we receive from Jesus Christ.

Let Your Light so Shine (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

One of the very first places that we can inspire and bless people is in our homes, and to recognize the spiritual light that is in one other in our own families. As an example: In my house I am the dad, however my two children also know me as their brother, because God is our Father. This understanding alone has opened wonderful moments in our family’s relationship. Sometimes our conversation becomes so open and exciting that it causes me to be thrilled with complete thankfulness that we have allowed God into our lives.

My wife, my helper and companion is also my sister in God’s household, and this understanding has made it possible for us to become and stay the best of friends. Still, I would also like to point out that not every moment is like living in paradise, we are only human and we certainly have our share of ups and downs. We do not float around on clouds reading and thinking about the Scriptures at every moment because there is this thing that keeps popping up called life. Nevertheless, I still would not change anything, because overall we as a family have worked very hard to build our relationship with God and with each other.

One of the greatest gifts that God has ever given to men and women who believe is spiritual light. With this light, the eyes of our spiritual understanding begin opening to the life that Jesus called the more abundant life, for it is eternal life (I John 5:10-12). Jesus Christ made this life available to us by sacrificing his own life. As we personally come to know and experience Jesus Christ who dwells in our hearts (Colossians 1:27), and who resides within every fiber of our beings (Colossians 3:4), the greater the experience of “the more abundant life” becomes. John 10:10 says “I am come that they {believers} might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” The word “might” in the Greek Text is the word for “may” and the meaning is that we have Jesus’ permission to enjoy the more abundant life. This is the very reason and purpose why Jesus Christ came in the first place, so that we may experience the abundant life, which is not just an abundant life, but – life – MORE ABUNDANTLY!

John 8:12 – Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

“The light of life” is the necessary spiritual light needed to enjoy life more abundantly. How do we get the words of Jesus off the pages of the Bible, and begin applying them in practical living? In Ephesians 2:10 we read, “For we are his {God’s} workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” The word “should” is an interesting word because God is not demanding that we practice works of any kind, rather this is a loving request from our heavenly Father. God designed the “good works” from the beginning. He, being the Creator of life, has given to us the blueprint for living life in the way He designed it, and the blueprint is His Word. His Word contains all things that pertain to life and godliness (II Peter 1:3-4). When and where we try to apply Scripture we will experience the true goodness that God placed in His healing Word. Following Jesus for instance is one of those good works; in fact, it is a wonderful work because in doing so we will recognize that we have access into “the light of life.” The guidance of Scripture is always requesting that we follow Jesus Christ, for he is the way, the truth, and the life to the Father (John 14:6, Hebrews 12:1-2).

Ephesians 5:14 – Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light (see, Isaiah 60:1).

When we became saved, we are spiritually awakened to a new life with Christ: this is the meaning of “arise from the dead.” In Matthew 5:16 Jesus said: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”  Jesus did not say to pray for more light, or to struggle through life trying to keep it burning. Rather he said “let” and the reason for this is that we already have light and we are encouraged to allow this light to shine by enjoying the “good works” which shows us that we have the “light of life.” (The Amplified Bible translates “good works” to say: [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].)

Only You!

“For you ― Jesus died! For you ― Christ was raised! For you ― Christ intercedes at the right hand of God in heaven until you personally arrive! For you ― God sent His only begotten Son! Oh, yes ― indeed God did this ― for you! Just how valuable are you to God and Christ the Lord? If it was only you in this whole wide world that was going to believe, Jesus would still have offered himself, for that was the will of God, so that you could enjoy the new man (Christ in you- Colossians 1:27) in your life with His ever-renewing love, now and for all eternity!” ~LMJ~

God Is Our Buckler (The Longer Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Psalms 18:30:
As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the Lord is tried {or is refined}: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.

A buckler is a shield, but a special kind of defensive shield that also has a long metal point as an offensive mechanism so as to not only shield oncoming attacks but also to fend them off as well. This is an analogy of our God because He takes care of all those that trust in him. These bucklers were used as body shields and could be raised as an overhead roof to protect from incoming barrages of arrows and spears. God’s point is that He will not allow the forces of darkness to completely engulf us, as Psalms 18:28 promises, “the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.” God will manifest Himself as our buckler as we look to His way, which is perfect, and we believe the Word of God that is refined to perfection.

Psalms 18:3:
For who is God save the LORD? or who is a rock save our God?

God is our buckler, our LORD and our rock. Many have retorted that “Christians only use the Bible as a crutch because they are weak and feeble,” but I say if that statement was true, then God’s Word would be a crutch that will never break. But it is not an actual true statement, and we can find no Scripture ever referring to God or His Word being crutches for His children, rather He is our rock from beneath, and our buckler from around and above. I’ll go a step further and point out that the unbeliever’s crutch is not having the intestinal fortitude to accept their personal Savior and receive wholeness to walk with God. It takes heart, commitment, and courage to stand and walk with God day by day, and as we rise up to do so, we will discover that our God is the rock of our inner strength, a rock that we can stand on and one that will support us, and one that will never crumble. Our rock will continuously sustain us through any storm coming from any direction (Matthew 7:24-27). Besides, standing on the rock is certainly safer than standing on one’s own abilities without God and without hope in this world (Ephesians 2:12).

Psalms 18:32:
It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.

Our God and buckler can strengthen us from the inside, out, and cause our way to be perfect. Philippians 2:13 says, “For it is God which worketh in you,” and Philippians 4:13 promises “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me {or, Christ infuses inner strength into me as The Amplified Bible* records}.” With God on our side (and inside) as our buckler, our rock, and our strength, the sky is literally the limit because “For with God nothing shall be impossible” (Luke 1:37).

Psalms 18:33:
He maketh my feet like hinds’ feet, and setteth me upon my high places.

A hind is a female deer and as she walks on the steep cliffs where the slopes are slippery, she first places her two front feet to test whether or not the ground could safely support her back feet and her entire weight. Then she jumps up and places her back two feet in the exact spot where her front feet were. Then her young follow her up and down the cliffs, placing their feet in the same places she tests. What the verse is saying is that when we believe and look to God as our buckler, our rock, and our strength, then we will be walking in the steps of His Word. So, if you ever feel you are walking on shaky ground and feeling unsafe in a particular situation, please recall God’s promise to set us on safer and higher ground.

Spiritually speaking, Jesus is our front feet; he tested the ground for us and made sure that when we walk with God, we would indeed have a unique part in helping support the entire body of Christ, as I Corinthians 12:27 informs us, “Now ye are the body of Christ, and {you are} members in particular.” God setteth me upon my high places because we are each a prominent member of the body of Christ in an honored and esteemed place of renown. This is why whenever and wherever we walk with God, our feet will be walking in the place where Jesus Christ also walks, for we have Christ within (Colossians 1:27). Jesus said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father” (John 14:12), and he did, and so we can! Jesus left us his “example, that ye should follow his steps” (I Peter 2:21).

Walking with God will always bring to us joy and rejoicing in the God of our salvation, and in our Lord, Jesus Christ who made our salvation a reality. Today our high places are spiritually at the right hand of God; as Ephesians 2:6 declares, “And {God} hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”

Psalms 59:9:
Because of his strength will I wait upon thee: for God is my defence.

In times of trouble, worry, or fear, God is your defence and your buckler, and He never thinks any less of you when calling on Him for help. In truth, God continually waits patiently to help in times of need.

So please do not ever feel that you are asking “amiss” when asking (in prayer) for God’s help, because He loves you, and He will never let you down or fail you in any way (Hebrews 13:5). Remember that our God is a buckler to all those that trust in him.

God’s Word guides the believer in the way that He deemed perfect (Psalms 18:30, above), and He also perfects our way to Him (Psalms 18:32, above).

Have a wonderful day standing on your high place, on the rock of God’s magnificent Word, knowing that God is our buckler.

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.~

“Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” ~Joshua J. Marine~

Habakkuk 3:18-19:
-18: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
-19: The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places.

II Samuel 22:31:
As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him.
Psalm 18:2:
The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

Psalms 91:4:
He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

*Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE.
The Amplified New Testament copyright (c) 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.
Used by permission.