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.

Taught of God!

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I Thessalonians 4:9:
But as touching brotherly love {philadelphia} ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.

The one Greek word philadelphia can be translated into brotherly love or brotherly kindness or love of the brethren. The Apostle Paul is stating that he had no need to explain how to love our brothers and sisters or our dear friends, for we have known instinctively how to since childhood because the philadelphia kind of love is an innate quality of life.

The word love in the second phrase ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another is the Greek verb agapao meaning active spiritual love, and this kind of love from God reveals a new, intense quality of love that God Himself teaches to His beloved children. This word for God’s spiritual love is often translated in the King James Version as the word charity, as in I Corinthians chapter 13. When we utilize God’s love, we literally will become pupils of God, being taught by Him the true joys and virtues of how to love others His way.

God’s love is not given to keep to ourselves, or only to be shared with the people we like such as our families and friends (that is philadelphia love), but God’s love is for the benefit of all people. Hebrews 13:1 records, “Let brotherly love continue,” and II Peter 1:7 encourages us to add “charity” which is God’s love along with our “brotherly kindness {philadelphia}.”

God’s pure love teaches believers to reach out and love others, like the unlovable, which includes ― you, as God continues to replenish His love in us so we are never left empty. God’s love NEVER imagines, “we should only love those in our group,” or “only love people who are nice to us,” or “only love people who have taken the right Bible classes,” or “love only those who will love us in return,” no, because God’s love is for everyone and we are His students. “For if ye love them which love you {i.e., “scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours,” is this kind of love}, what thank{s} have ye? for sinners also love those that love them” (Luke 6:32); in other words, God’s love the He teaches will extend out much further than just philadelphia love. Jesus said, “And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me” (John 6:45). So indeed we learn that those who are taught of God to love others do indeed come to Jesus, and with him we come to know and experience him as our continued guide into true spirituality that God’s love reveals.

Believers who will reach out with God’s love will be taught of God to love one another. I cannot think of anything better in this whole world than to be a pupil of God who is receiving His instructions on one of the greatest attributes of God Himself ─ His Love.

I Thessalonians 5:17 encourages us to, “Pray without ceasing.” You see, prayer is a great connecting point that lovingly draws us into a very personal relationship with God our Teacher, which further helps us form a one-on-one connection that facilitates our love for Him to blossom into something very meaningful as we learn to reach out with His love. Christ is our golden thread that helps us make the connection with “the God of love” (II Corinthians 13:11), and it is Christ’s name that we use in prayer to open God’s treasure chest that was always reserved ― for us!

John 14:13-14:
-13: And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
-14: If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

Prayer can be likened to raising our hand in class and asking God how we can love in specific situations, such as, “How can I love this person?” or “How can I possibly love in this particular situation?” and we may be assured of receiving an instructive answer. When we walk out on our believing-faith and we love someone with God’s love, we become “labourers together with God” (I Corinthians 3:9), and so we are never alone in the school of life. In other words, when we take His lessons with us, we will come to know in our hearts that we are with God as we continue reaching out with His inseparable and inspiring love.

We read, for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another. What grade do you suppose that you would receive from your Teacher at this moment in time? Teachers often give homework to their students so the student will learn the prACTical applications of the assignment that would lead to knowledge and understanding and wisdom. How can we know if we are gaining a passing grade? Well I John 3:14 clearly gives us the answer, “We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren.” Learning to walk in love day to day can be likened to doing a lifelong field study as we walk out on our believing in the assurances of I Corinthians 13:8, “Charity never faileth,” meaning that when we reach out with love we will always receive an A-plus, because love never fails!

I Thessalonians 4:10:
And indeed ye do it {love one another with God’s love} toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia: but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more.

In verse 10, we learn that God’s assignment is to keep your God-given love active, to increase more and more, and to further discover how far-reaching the charity you have received will be applicable in your own life. With your intent focused toward acting on what you are being taught, you will begin to master the love of God. God instructs in Colossians 3:14, “And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.” We have read that, “Charity never faileth,” which means that there is enormous profit and personal benefits to be gained in the use of God’s love and thus, Jude 1:21 encourages “Keep yourselves in the love of God,” and I John tenders some of the benefits for being respectful students with the outreach of God’s love.

I John 2:5, 4:7, 12, and 16:
-5: But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.
-7: Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
-12: No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
-16: And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

I Thessalonians 4:11 then goes on to instruct, “And that ye study to be quiet.” Often we as students of the Word are either too talkative or living in a daydream and unable to realize the instruction that comes from our heavenly teacher: “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalms 46:10). When we learn to focus on His lessons throughout our days we will be good students who practically apply in our lives the instruction “let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth” (I John 3:18).  The context of this word study in I Thessalonians 4:11 is to follow through with all that you are learning about the love that God is teaching you, first by His example of loving you Himself (John 3:16), as you become a well-versed student in the prACTical applications of His love. The word quiet means to live and conduct your own life with tranquility on life’s path, being content, and the contentment comes to God’s children as they continue on their assignment of loving ― that ye increase more and more.

Colossians 2:7 shows that we may become, “Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.” As ye have been taught relates to your lovely assignment that commenced with the foundational truths that God loves you, that Jesus loves you and that as you reach out and love one another while becoming good students, you will find yourself abounding therein with thankfulness!

The Psalmist prayed (as we can), “Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path” (Psalms 27:11), and the plain path is to live a lifestyle that is being continually built up on love ― so we may be in love with God. Paul taught us thatif any man love God, the same is known of him” (I Corinthians 8:3), meaning the same love is known of him or her because he or she will become known to God and Christ as lovers in the spiritual sense of the word.

I Peter 3:10:
For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:

The greater teaching that comes from God is that as we learn from Him to love others, we will be experiencing the compassionate love God has for us individually, in that He, in love, sent His only begotten Son for our salvation which is the greatest act of love ─ ever. A great reciprocal response for receiving this wonderful gift is for us to love in return as we are Taught of God!

In conclusion we allow His words to teach:

Psalms 119:96-100 (The Amplified Bible):*
-96: I have seen that everything [human] has its limits and end [no matter how extensive, noble, and excellent]; but Your commandment is exceedingly broad and extends without limits [into eternity].
-97: Oh, how love I Your law {The Word}! It is my meditation all the day.
-98: You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies, for [Your words] are ever before me.
-99: I have better understanding and deeper insight than all my teachers, because Your testimonies are my meditation.
-100: I understand more than the aged, because I keep Your precepts [hearing, receiving, loving, and obeying them {as an obedient student with the ultimate goal ― to enjoy love in the university of life’s outreach programs}].

John 3:16 (The Amplified Bible):**
For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.

I Corinthians 3:9 (The Amplified Bible):**
For we are fellow workmen (joint promoters, laborers together) with and for God; you are God’s garden and vineyard and field under cultivation, [you are] God’s building {i.e., His classroom}.

I John 3:18-19 and 4:7 (The Amplified Bible):**
-18: Little children, let us not love [merely] in theory or in speech but in deed and in truth (in practice and in sincerity).
-19: By this {spiritual love of God} we shall come to know (perceive, recognize, and understand) that we are of the Truth, and can reassure (quiet, conciliate, and pacify) our hearts in His presence.
-7: Beloved, let us love one another, for love is (springs) from God; and he who loves [his fellowmen] is begotten (born) of God and is coming [progressively] to know and understand God [to perceive and recognize and get a better and clearer knowledge of Him].

*Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE, Old Testament copyright (c) 1965, 1989 by the Zondervan Corporation.
Used by permission.

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

Our Prayer of Faith in the Book of James (A Longer Version of the Bible Byte: James – Revealing Our Prayer of Faith)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Book of James is specifically addressed “to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad” (James 1:1), yet today all believers can enjoy the instructions that encourage us to walk into the fullness of our prayer of faith. The word “faith” is the Greek word pistis and always means “believing faith,” as is recorded in the verses below.

Jesus taught us that we should offer up all our prayers in his name, so that when we pray we invoke his own power and believing faith, “that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you” (John 15:16).

In order for people to genuinely have believing faith in the powerful name of Jesus Christ, it takes knowing him, as he taught and encouraged us to “learn of me” in Matthew 11:29. Learning of Jesus builds up our trust to enjoy a partnership with both him and his powerful name which combined will mature our believing faith to receive the precise answers to our prayers of whatsoever we shall ask.

Jesus is our golden thread to God’s abundance, yet for so many people, Jesus is so often bypassed on their way toward God’s promises that are recorded in His healing Word. I cannot think of a faster way to learn of Jesus and of his readily powerful name than through our new eBooklet series, The Golden Thread, that presents Jesus in crystal clear revelations through the whole Bible.

James 1:1-2:
-1: JAMES, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.
-2: My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers {many} temptations.

Temptations are so often signs that a believer is doing something good, noteworthy, and godly, as the pressures of life often arise to cause the Christian believer to fall off the path he or she is walking on. Though the “temptation” itself is not a literal joy, but the proof that a believer is heading along in a godly direction that leads to everlasting joy, like my friend, Dell used to say, “I must be doing something right or the Devil wouldn’t be bothering me so much.”

The Apostle Paul taught, “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution” (II Timothy 3:12), yet Christians who pass through temptation can count it all joy, because they will know, as Paul knew, “the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me” (II Timothy 4:17).

Temptations are peripheral and temporal, while Joy is continuously inside the believer’s heart as a “fruit of the spirit” (Galatians 5:22), and as Jesus said, “your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you” (John 16:22).

The Bible does not suggest that being a Christian will always be easy, but a Christian can always be joyful and overcome the pressures of life and be rewarded for all eternity for standing faithful upon the convictions of their believing faith today.

James 1:3-8:
-3: Knowing this, that the trying of your faith {your, believing faith} worketh patience.
-4: But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting {or lacking in} nothing.
-5: If any of you lack wisdom {about what to actually pray for}, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not {will not criticize or reprimanded for asking}; and it shall be given him.
-6: But let him ask {God} in faith {believing faith, with} nothing wavering {not allowing surging doubts that can crash into our hopes and dreams of receiving a positive answer to our prayers}. For he that wavereth {doubts that his prayer will be answered} is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
-7: For let not that man {who doubts his prayer will be answered} think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
-8: A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways.

The words, trying of your faith in verse 3 has been used (by some) to suggest that God Almighty tempts His children’s faith just to see if they can pass His tests. This concept presents a false understanding about our God Who is a God “of love and peace” (II Corinthians 13:11).

The Prophet proclaimed for God Almighty, “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 29:11).

God never tempts His beloved children: “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed” (James 1:13-14). Lust takes people into temptation and it can hold them there, but our heavenly Father never has, never does, and never will!

Only by bypassing Jesus, who is “the way” and “the truth” to God’s promises, can people imagine that our God had tempted or is tempting them. You see, without the truths of Jesus in one’s life, false doctrines can and do hatch and take flight on the winds of error and produce the blinding falsehoods that cause one to conceive, confess, and then believe that God is tempting His beloved children in the guise of making them better Christians.

It is a temptation to envision and confess that the God of all love is the actual source of your temptation, but it is not true, as we just read neither tempteth he any man! This world is already filled with temptations without adding our loving heavenly Father into the equation; in fact, it is His will to deliver His children through Christ (Galatians 1:4, Colossians 1:13).

God is not the cause of one’s problems, but He can become the cure when we learn to see Him through the eyes of our Savior. Remember in the Gospels, Jesus was tempted by (not God, but by) the Devil in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11). Well, the Devil was so named THE TEMPTER in verse 3, and yet today there are some Christians who imagine just the opposite and blame God for being THE TEMPTER, and this is slanderous to the God of all love!

The belief that God tempts His children distorts biblical truths and compounds giving rise and power to the wrong concepts of a vengeful God rather than coming to recognize the truth that He is a loving Father to His children.

Recall, God not only “so loved the world,” but to prove His love He also “gave His only begotten Son,” as stated in John 3:16, and through His Son one can come to know the truth, the truth that makes one free, with the explicit freedom that allows one to know the wonderful love God has for His children individually. Jesus said in John 16:33 that “in {or through} me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world {for you}.”

Even in the midst of tribulation, which the world is full of (Philippians 2:15), we can experience the comforting peace of Jesus Christ who reassures and consoles us in our inner hearts. In the world, one is enclosed in tribulation but in Jesus, one is lifted up to daily victories over temptation.

I Corinthians 15:57:
But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Through Jesus, thankfully, we can experience victory over the real Tempter who is the source of all temptation, as we continue walking with Jesus who not only overcame the world, but also showed us how to follow in his own footsteps. In addition, God helps us to escape temptation when we look to Him and His strength through Christ because God then can “with the temptation {that we may be struggling through} also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear {up and out of} it” (I Corinthians 10:13). For those who claim James 1:13-14 (that we read above) is the truth, and that God, one way or another, still tempts them, then please reread James 1:8 – above – again – please.

Now back to James 1:3 and the phrase, the trying of your faith which simply means that a person is trying out and practicing their believing faith (taking it out for a spin, so-to-speak, for “practice makes perfect”), and this helps develop godly patience. James 1:3-8 is set in the context of prayer rather than on the subject of temptation, and receiving the answers to our prayers is paramount. We are encouraged to have patience with our believing faith in order that we may fully receive all our answers.

The word try is translated “approve” in Philippians 1:10 because we are to test with patience our believing faith until we begin receiving, which will in turn develop in our lives greater and greater results as we stand faithful in Christ. A test pilot takes an airplane, in a leap of courage, up into the sky and flies it to its limits to test its design, but his job is not a temptation, rather it is a joy for him to maneuver his plane through the air and test out all the new designs built into the airship.

Well it is the same basic concept with our believing faith; it is not a temptation to try out our believing faith, rather it is a privileged joy to experience what our believing faith will bring into our lives, it is a leap of faith and in this, we should count it all joy.

Believing faith is actually very, very, very simple to utilize, but takes a lifetime to master. “And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith {our believing faith}. And the Lord said, If ye had faith {believing faith} as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine {mulberry} tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you” (Luke 17:5-6).

Many prayers are not answered immediately; if they were, that would be a miracle which does happen from time to time, but most of our prayers are fulfilled at a perfect (future) moment in time to bless us individually as we maintain our believing faith, and this takes patience and steadfastness with believing faith that we SHALL receive.

I Peter 1:7 relates: “That the trial of your faith {believing faith}, being much more precious than of gold.”

The word trial is the same word in the Greek Text as trying in James 1:3 above. God absolutely loves it when we “believers” actually “believe” when we pray and then maintain that belief until we receive!

After a prayer is offered up to God, then believing in that prayer commences as we maintain a positive attitude until we receive – this affords the believer with what God prizes as being much more precious than of gold.

The prayer of (believing) faith works better than a gold credit card, for God does not charge His children any interest nor are we expected to pay Him back with anything but with a thankful acknowledgement that He is our sufficiency.

Proverbs 4:5-7:
-5: Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.
-6: Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.
-7: Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding {as well}.

The Book of James (1:6, above) teaches believers to ask first for wisdom because with (God’s) wisdom we will assuredly know what to ask for in prayer and come to know Him intimately as our sufficiency. This word wisdom in this verse means God’s knowledge received and then applied by our believing faith.

James 4:2:
Ye lust, and have not: ye kill {the word kill is a very poor translation, for kill means lust, as it is written in the center margin of the King James Version}, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war {within the mind of the lustful}, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.

To lust and desire after things beyond what is a need in our life is not something God provides for His children. God will supply your needs, but greed is something people attempt to acquire by their own labors. Whenever we simply believe in prayer offered to God for Him to take care of us, and we began believing that our prayers are heard, they will absolutely be answered. However, James says that, ye have not, because ye ask not, because simply “wishing or hoping” that God is our sufficiency is not the same thing as asking and thanking Him in our prayers to be our sufficiency as we manifest our believing faith with confidence.

God wants us to pray and thus connect with Him on a spiritual level, as He wants to answer our prayers on a physical level; and believe me when I say this: He wants to return our prayers answered even more than we want to pray them. God is our heavenly Father, He loves us, and nothing is too hard or difficult for Him, rather it is our believing faith in our prayers that determines the actual outcome.

Jeremiah 32:17:
Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:

I have heard it said, “Give your prayer to God, and then forget about it, for it is now in His hands.” But this negates what the Book of James has stated. Would a farmer plant a seed and then sit on his tractor and never start it up or take it out of the barn and forget about all his labor, thinking, it is now in God’s hands? Well if he did, the seed would eventually be choked off with weeds.

When believers pray and continue believing, they also are cultivating a particular prayer with positive believing faith and with patience; this opens the doors of receiving. Hebrews 6:7 states, “For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs {vegetables} meet {meet means worthy} for them by whom it is dressed {cultivated}, receiveth blessing from God.”

It is the one who cultivates with continued believing faith in a prayer to be answered; this is who will reap the blessing from God with a bountiful harvest. It would be a better practice to say, “Give your prayer to God, and then do not take it back by doubting Him, but believe until you receive, for until you do it is in His Hands and it is on its way.” What did the Prophet write, “Now faith {believing faith} is the substance of things hoped {or prayed} for, the evidence of things not {yet} seen” (Hebrews 11:1).

James continues with man’s greatest downfall in prayer:

James 4:3:
Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

So the question becomes, how do we know what to ask for so that we may receive? The answer goes back to first asking God for wisdom, and then secondly, knowing what God promises in His Word because if we claim any of God’s promises (and there are hundreds of them that we can ask for) in Christ’s name, then God will supply them to us.

One of the greatest joys in this life for the believer is discovering God’s promises and, in addition, trying out our faith, our believing faith, that God will answer our prayers; the more we do so, the greater and more priceless our believing becomes, much more precious than of gold. Have you ever considered why our believing faith is so much more valuable than of gold? A man may sell his soul, but he cannot buy eternal life, peace, joy, true inner happiness, or love, even if he possessed all the gold in the world. These are all gifts of God and freely given to men and women who enjoy believing faith!

We can stand in total awe of these gifts and thoroughly appreciate them for they far surpass any monetary value.

Proverbs 8:11, and 16:16:
-11: For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.

-16: How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!

Believing faith gives us the joy to believe God will care for us, as we do the best we can with what we already have and what we already know about our God.

Who is richer, a person with a large checking account or someone who has all his needs met by having believing faith in his heavenly Father to be his sufficiency? No contest, the believer is by far the crowned winner in God’s eyes because “my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).

James 5:16:
Confess your faults one to another, {This does not imply confessing all our sins to each another, but rather in context: when we try over and again to believe and still fail, we may go to a fellow believer who has received answers to their own prayers, and they can help guide us to improve our own believing and, as well, they can pray with us:} and pray one for one another, that ye may be healed {in regards to our prayer life}. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

My wife, prayer partner, and best friend says I sometimes have greater believing when I pray for others than I do for myself – thank God she not only prays with me but for me! The point is, it is great to have a prayer partner, for when one falls a little short in their believing faith, the other can give comfort and a shoulder to lean on.

Matthew 18:19-20:
-19: Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
-20: For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

Matthew 18:19-20 is such a wonderful, thrilling, and powerful section of Scripture that Jesus spoke; I want to re-quote this for you, from the Amplified Bible. Enjoy!

Matthew 18:19-20 (The Amplified Bible):*
-19: Again I tell you, if two of you on earth agree (harmonize together, make a symphony together) about whatever [anything and everything] they may ask, it will come to pass and be done for them by My Father in heaven.
-20: For wherever two or three are gathered (drawn together as My followers) in (into) My name, there I AM in the midst of them.

When you have a prayer partner, your emphases literally change from the focus of you only receiving – to giving, and that is a very important key for unlocking your believing abilities and your receiving potentials.

Receivers, whose focus is on gaining always take and use more and more, while givers, whose focus is on giving and blessing others always receive more and more (Luke 6:38, Acts 20:35, and Ephesians 4:28)!

Proverbs 27:9, 17:
-9: Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man’s friend by hearty counsel.
-17: Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10:
-9: Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.
-10: For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.

It is a good idea and very rewarding to have a prayer partner, someone we can pray with and for you and someone you can pray with and for in Jesus Christ’s powerful name. Having a Christian friend who can inspire us, encourage us, and even confront us, if needed, is priceless and so very satisfying to the soul of man, and if you do not have this right now, then, I would suggest trying out your believing faith and pray for one.

The Book of Hebrews further encourages us to not to forget the leadership in the church who have so much to offer the newer believers that can help them to develop their own prayer of believing faith in order to receive from God.

Hebrews 13:7-8:
-7: Remember them which have the rule over you {in Christian leadership positions}, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith {believing faith} follow, considering the end of their conversation. {Their conversation about the teachings of Jesus Christ that never change with time but, if anything, they become more concise over time, as the next verse continues to explain:}
-8: Jesus Christ {is} the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

You see, the lessons Jesus taught about having believing faith to receive are still as powerfully real as they ever were. As Jesus taught us, “Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you” (John 16:23) and this is still as true today because Jesus Christ {is} the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

The Book of James gives us a great example of an Old Testament believer who had learned to operate his believing faith, and received.

James 5:17-18:
-17: Elias {Elijah} was a man subject to like passions as we are {who failed and succeeded, yet his believing continued to grow}, and {then, finally one day} he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.
-18: And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.

This record of Elijah is recorded in the Old Testament in the Book of I Kings 17:1 and 18:1, 41-45; God had told him that it would not rain, this was the wisdom of God, which then Elijah could pray for with believing faith. This is not a license for us to pray for rain or drought on a whim, or to pray for disasters like some people wrongly believe, and who miss the mark completely on God’s true intent.

The point here is that Elijah received God’s Word, and then he believed in his prayer as God brought it to pass. However, today we have God’s whole Word available to us, and we can find promises that will meet our daily needs. One great promise is recorded in John 15:16 (see the beginning of this Bible Study), which is really quite vast, where the word whatsoever is used, as long as what-so-ever we ask of Him in Christ’s name does not contradict or run at cross purposes to God’s whole will.

We have God’s permission to pray with believing faith and to keep on practicing, for this is more precious than gold, especially when we begin receiving our every need (Philippians 4:19), because gold cannot buy us happiness, peace of mind, love, joy, or any of the gifts that accompany eternal life. Our Prayer of Faith brings God’s healing Word to life in our hearts and His Son (our golden thread) into focus in our minds, as we continue believing God in Christ’s name for blessings to be in and around our lives.

Philippians 4:19:
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

“If I have ever made any valuable discoveries, it has been owing more to patient attention, than to any other talent.” ~Isaac Newton~

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

Everlasting Love and Peace

“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.” ~LMJ~

Micah – Revealing Our Spiritual Strength

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

As we are following along through the Old Testament we find a pattern emerging throughout, and that is that the people of God rejected His prophets and His Word over and again. Throughout, God continues showing His loving care, desiring that they would accept His deliverance.

God’s healing Word continues revealing to them their glorious future, and showing that eventually God would set things right by sending His Son who would quench the sin nature by giving his life. All of God’s wonderful mercies given to Israel became known as they acknowledged the Messiah’s coming.

In the Book of Micah, Jesus Christ was prophesied as the Ruler in Israel who would come forth from Bethlehem (Micah 5:2). The Messiah would be the king of lords and the strength that they would need to conquer their fears and shortcomings, and Jesus Christ would become our strength to daily enjoy our God’s presence.

In Micah, God delights in mercy towards believers:

Micah 7:18-19:
-18: Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? {The “remnant” are those who would believe out of the nation of Israel.} he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.
-19: He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

The more of God’s Word we come to know, the greater we begin to perceive our heavenly Father’s true characteristics of love. He is called the “God of love and peace” in II Corinthians 13:11; the word “of” in the Greek Text is in the genitive case because love and peace originated from God Himself.

Even though His people continued rejecting Him, He continued revealing revelations regarding the hope of the Savior coming and his day of deliverance.

Micah 5:4 – And he {Jesus Christ} shall stand and feed in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God; and they {believers} shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth.

As Jesus Christ receives his strength from God, he strengthens us today: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13). The strength that we receive originates with God, and Jesus Christ strengthens us with his very own strength that he receives from God.

We have the strength of Christ to continue walking daily with our heavenly Father.

Micah 6:8 – He {God} hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee {and this is what God requires:}, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

It is Christ within who helps us walk humbly with God, strengthening our endeavors to do that which is just and to love with the love of God. This of course would fulfil the requirements God desires of us, perhaps not the requirements some people expect of Christians, but I am confident that we would rather be pleasing to God first.

Micah 7:7-8:
-7: Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me {when I pray to Him}.
-8: Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me.

Ephesians 6:10 records, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might,” and in walking with our God we can acknowledge our Spiritual Strength (in Christ), and become more than conquerors with the inseparable “love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:37-39).