Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.
(John 4:14)

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And he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb
(Rev 22:1)

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The Gospel of Peace

Ephesians 6:15

When we put on the Armor of God we are told - Eph 6:15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

How important is peace? Why does Paul open his epistles with a blessing of grace and peace? Do we find anything in the Torah about this blessing and if so, what does it mean?

Our English word "Peace" is translated from the Hebrew word "Shalom". Grasping the full intent of this Hebrew word will enable us to understand the significance of peace. If you lack peace consider the foundational significance of the gospel of peace.

TWOT: (Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament)

shālôm, and its related words shālēm, shelem and their derivatives, are among the most important theological words in the OT. shālôm occurs over 250 times …

shālôm means "absence of strife" in approximately fifty to sixty usages; "Peace," in this case, means much more than mere absence of war. Rather, the root meaning of the verb shālēm better expresses the true concept of shālôm. Completeness, wholeness, harmony, fulfillment, are closer to the meaning. Implicit in shālôm is the idea of unimpaired relationships with others and fulfillment in one’s undertakings.

To wish one shālôm implies a blessing (II Sam 15:27); to withhold shālôm implies a curse (I Kgs 2:6). In modern Hebrew shālôm is used for "hello" and "goodby."

shālôm is the result of God’s activity in covenant (bĕrı̂t), and is the result of righteousness (Isa 32:17). In nearly two-thirds of its occurrences, shālôm describes the state of fulfillment which is the result of God’s presence.

His promise to David in I Chr 22:9-10 puts shālôm in context with "calmness," "rest," and "to be quiet," as these are gifts from God.

The classic statement of this concept is the Aaronic benediction (Num 6:24-26) which identifies the man to whom God has given shālôm as the one who is blessed, guarded, and treated graciously, by Yahweh. This is fulfillment through the divine gift.

There is also a strong eschatological element present in the meaning of shālôm. Messiah, "David’s greater son," is specifically identified as the Prince of Peace-the one who brings fulfillment and righteousness to the earth.

Paul (Eph 2:14) links these themes in his identification of Christ as our peace. He is the messianic prince who brings wholeness, but he is also God’s last word-the "concluding sacrifice" that brings redemption to mankind.



Shalom or Peace (255 times in OT): (From Strong’s)

1. This term … has a strong religious content.

Its basic sense is … of "well-being."

It may be used for the good … for health, and for national prosperity, for stability.

It denotes friendly relationships

It is thus linked with covenant

The term can finally express the relationship between God and his people

2. - the Gift of YHVH.

3. - the Prophetic Message.

4. - an Element in Eschatological Expectation.

…when restoration of paradise is prophesied

… when the "prince of peace" reigns

…the Messiah is he that guards and guarantees enduring peace. "He is peace"

shalôm … distinct from every form of evil


The Greek word for Shalom is found 90 times in NT (From Strong’s)

- Its Widest Sense as the Normal State of All Things

- As Peacemaker

- The opposite of unrest

- To live in peace, to keep peace - to reconcile

- Peace with One Another - no evil or discord

- Called of God to peace … the avoidance of discord,

i.e. staying out of stupid controversies

- Life and peace come when the mind is set on the Spirit; this brings salvation

- the gospel of peace (Eph. 6:15)

- Salvation of the Whole Person.

- In the NT we find peace as a feeling of rest

peace as a state of reconciliation with God

and peace as eschatological salvation

- peace with God … the implication of submission and homage

- Peace is thus linked with pardon or mercy

- Peace is the portion of the righteous

- It is the peace of those who love the law


Speak a Blessing of Peace:

Num 6:22 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 23 "Speak to Aaron and to his sons, saying, 'Thus you shall bless the sons of Israel. You shall say to them:

24 YHVH bless you, and keep you;

25 YHVH make His face shine on you, And be gracious to you;

26 YHVH lift up His countenance on you, And give you peace.'

27 "So they shall invoke My name on the sons of Israel, and I then will bless them."

Grace and Peace - Key elements of the Gospel Message:

1Cor 1:3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

2Pet 1:2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord,

2John 1:3 Grace, mercy and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ…

As a child of God you too are able to impart peace:

Do you offer casual greetings to your friends and make small talk? Yeshua imparted peace to His disciples. This was not a perfunctory greeting or vague expression of good wishes. It was a deliberate action with real consequences. Do you understand the power of what you say? For your words have meaning and will have an effect whether you speak them with thought and purpose or not. Life and death are in the power of the tongue, and by your words you shall be established, or shall fall. Therefore let your words be as well driven nails, building the Kingdom of God by speaking blessing to others, for you too are able to impart peace. Dale Cresap


Gary Wilkerson

"Your peace cannot come from what you do or how you feel."

True Peace "Comes only from knowing you are right in the sight of God through Jesus’ shed blood."


"Messiah has promised you peace. Do you think of this as a continual state of placid serenity?"

Paul had peace --

2Cor 11:23 … in far more labors, in far more imprisonments, beaten times without number, often in danger of death. 24 Five times I received from the Jews thirty-nine lashes. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, a night and a day I have spent in the deep. 26 I have been on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my countrymen, dangers from the Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers on the sea, dangers among false brethren; 27 I have been in labor and hardship, through many sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. 28 Apart from such external things, there is the daily pressure upon me of concern for all the churches. 29 Who is weak without my being weak? Who is led into sin without my intense concern?

2Cor 12:7 And because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to buffet me -- to keep me from exalting myself! 8 Concerning this I entreated the Lord three times that it might depart from me. 9 And He has said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness." Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 10 Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ's sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.

Alan Gilman:
"While trouble and trauma are common human experiences, God did not design us to face such things on our own."

Dale Cresap:

Everyone faces some uncertain circumstances, and some are fearful even when there is no threat, and others have peace when facing open hostility and adversity.


John 16:33 "These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world."

If you are acting in obedience to Messiah then He will give you peace even as you fight.


Dale Cresap:

There are some gifts that you cannot get on your own. Things of enduring spiritual value such as peace and hope can only come from the Almighty.

John 14:27 "Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.

Messiah wants you to know that supernatural peace is your birthright.


Peace threatening scenarios: (Based on material from Dale Cresap giving credit to the Creator)

1) Do you find that time pressure robs you of your peace? Trying to do too much can reduce the quality and enjoyment of everything you do. What should you do about events beyond your control? Always go to Messiah; the peace He gives is supernatural; a peace that surpasses understanding. You can experience it even at stressful times, and it is a testimony to those around you of His sustaining power in you.

2) Are you agitated over injustice in the world and other offenses? Are you tense because of worries and cares and woes? What steals your peace? Yeshua came to give you peace and you should avoid anything that would take it from you. Cast your cares on Him, and don’t let external circumstances rob your inner peace …

3) Maybe you are the type that maps out responses, planning in advance for every situation you may encounter? Don’t let this become a burden to you. You can’t imagine everything that could happen, and most of the things you can imagine will not happen. Don’t miss out on the fullness and richness of life now by engaging in this form of worry. …believe that the Great I Am is in control of tomorrow and today … trust Him.

4) Do you have seemingly impossible questions that you ponder? Take them to Messiah. Search the scriptures and see that He handles difficult questions well. Yet even if He doesn’t give you a definite answer He can still bring you to a state of peace with regard to the question.

5) Do you think of a white flag as a form of surrender or a flag of truce? It is universally recognized as a declaration of a suspension of hostilities to discuss terms of peace. It would be a violation to act in a threatening manner under such a flag. Can you see the advantages of conducting yourself in this manner at all times? You don’t have to carry a white flag, but you can refuse to be hostile or threatening even to those you disagree with. You can be open to civil discussion and eager to find ways to be reconciled to your brother. Blessed are the peacemakers…

6) Do you think that everyone wants peace? Everyone wants peace on their own terms. Perhaps a better question would be whether you wanted peace enough to make the sacrifices necessary to obtain it. Strife and division and discord are possible at every level …Is this present enough to be considered a default condition? Do not accept this as inevitable, but walk in grace and humility toward all that you may be a peacemaker child of God.

7) Do you find that stress creates fatigue even if you are not accomplishing anything? Stress will wear you out faster than productive effort. They that wait upon the Lord will renew their strength. They will mount up with wings like eagles. They will run and not be weary, they will walk and not faint.

8) Do you have fear? Fear has torment, but love casts out fear and brings the peace that keeps you safe, secure, confident, and strong in Messiah.

Both worry and anger are the opponents of peace.

Calm yourself and adopt an inner peace.

Toleration is not the approval of evil. It is a means for people who disagree to live in peace together.

His promise of peace is not that you will never feel stress, but like temptation He provided a way of escape that you may be able to endure it. Those who do not know Him ever have peace, even in pleasant circumstances surrounded by silence and stillness, for they carry inner turmoil within them. Abide in Messiah and let His words abide in you, and you will be able to function effectively in every situation.


Some NT Scriptures on Peace:

Mark 9:50 "… be at peace with one another."

Acts 10:36 "… preaching peace through Jesus Christ (He is Lord of all) --

*Rom 5:1 Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

Rom 8:6 For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace,

Rom 12:18 If possible… be at peace with all men.

Rom 14:19 pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another.

1Cor 14:33 for God is not a God of confusion but of peace…

Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace

Col 3:15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts

Heb 12:14 Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord.

1Pet 3:11 "And let him turn away from evil and do good; Let him seek peace and pursue it.

2Cor 13:11 Finally, brethren, rejoice, be made complete, be comforted, be like-minded, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.


What to Do:

Set your heart to listen and expect to receive the inner witness and peace of the Spirit who will lead you into truth.

Before you can make peace with your brother you must have peace within yourself that only Yeshua (Jesus) can give.

Peace and joy are states of mind, and the mind stayed on the Redeemer has life and peace.

Peace gives you stamina.

Thoughts of peace and not of evil.

Paul’s Short Answer to Peace:

Phil 4:6 NLT Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Phil 4:8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, let me say one more thing as I close this letter. Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. 9 Keep putting into practice all you learned from me and heard from me and saw me doing, and the God of peace will be with you.

Do you know the Prince of Peace? He imparts to you peace that surpasses all understanding. Isa 9:6 For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

Grace and Peace be unto you from God the Father and Master Yeshua HaMashiach-Amen


Thy Kingdom come… Amen

(* editing is done to shorten length - you are encouraged to read the full commentary where applicable)


Paths of Peace

Proverbs 3:1 … But let your heart keep my commandments; 2 For length of days and years of life, And peace they will add to you.

Proverbs 3:13 How blessed is the man who finds wisdom, And the man who gains understanding.

14 For its profit is better than the profit of silver, And its gain than fine gold.

15 She is more precious than jewels; And nothing you desire compares with her.

16 Long life is in her right hand; In her left hand are riches and honor.

17 Her ways are pleasant ways, And all her paths are peace.

18 She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, And happy are all who hold her fast.

Want peace? Keep the Commandments, find wisdom, gain understanding then…

Proverbs 16:7 When a man's ways are pleasing to the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.


YHVH, Thank You, for You are our Peace.

Saying (s)

"If we abide by the principles taught in the Bible, our country will go on prospering and to prosper; but if we and our posterity neglect its instructions and authority, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us and bury all our glory in profound obscurity."  Daniel Webster (to whom we owe our early dictionary in the USA).

Here is the prophetic end as the USA neglects the principles of peace found in the pages of Scripture. No nation has experienced such peace as the Great God bestowed on the USA. A harsh end awaits those neglecting these words of warning.

Jeremiah 8:11 "And they heal the brokenness of the daughter of My people superficially, Saying, 'Peace, peace,' But there is no peace.

Jeremiah 16:5 For thus says the LORD, "Do not enter a house of mourning, or go to lament or to console them; for I have withdrawn My peace from this people," declares the LORD, " My lovingkindness and compassion.


Father keep us in Your love - grant us Your peace in the midst of national turmoil.

Bible Quiz
  1. Who met the baby Jesus in the temple when He was forty days old?
  2. What is the Christian’s blessed hope? (Titus 2:13)
  3. In what country was Cana?
  4. The Lord Himself will come down with a loud command and with the voice of whom?
  5. What did God promise to give Solomon besides wisdom?
  6. Who became angry when God spared Nineveh?
  7. Who said, "If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread"?


In our pursuit of humility:

(Lessons from humility and faith.)

"Faith is the means by which we perceive and apprehend the heavenly world and its blessings. Faith seeks the glory that comes when God is all… Pride renders faith impossible. Salvation comes through the cross and the crucified Christ. Salvation is the fellowship with the crucified Christ in the Spirit of His cross. Salvation is union with and delight in - even participation in the humility of Jesus. Is it any wonder that our faith is weak when pride still reigns and we have hardly learned to long or pray for humility as the most necessary and blessed part of salvation?" Andrew Murray



Job 35:12 "There they cry out, but He does not answer Because of the pride of evil men.

Proverbs 8:13 "The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way, And the perverted mouth, I hate.

Proverbs 29:23 A man's pride will bring him low, But a humble spirit will obtain honor.

1John 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.


Isaiah 2:17 And the pride of man will be humbled, And the loftiness of men will be abased, And the LORD alone will be exalted in that day.


Yeshua, we ask for Your humility to reign within - by Your grace and peace - Amen


Understanding the precepts of prayer.

In Solomon’s prayer at the dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem he covered many aspects of a malfunctioning society because of sin. We today are in such a position without peace as we border on total destruction. There is only one way - study this as it applies to you and our nation.

2Chr 6:26 "When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain because they have sinned against Thee, and they pray toward this place and confess Thy name, and turn from their sin when Thou dost afflict them; 27 then hear Thou in heaven and forgive the sin of Thy servants and Thy people Israel, indeed, teach them the good way in which they should walk. And send rain on Thy land, which Thou hast given to Thy people for an inheritance.

2Chr 6:28 "If there is famine in the land, if there is pestilence, if there is blight or mildew, if there is locust or grasshopper, if their enemies besiege them in the land of their cities, whatever plague or whatever sickness there is, 29 whatever prayer or supplication is made by any man or by all Thy people Israel, each knowing his own affliction and his own pain, and spreading his hands toward this house, 30 then hear Thou from heaven Thy dwelling place, and forgive, and render to each according to all his ways, whose heart Thou knowest for Thou alone dost know the hearts of the sons of men, 31 that they may fear Thee, to walk in Thy ways as long as they live in the land which Thou hast given to our fathers.


Our Father in heaven, we know not the way of peace, we humbly ask you to grant us Your grace and your peace - in Yeshua’s Name Amen

Heart of God

How does God feel about issues we face today?

The Words We Speak

All words are important, even careless ones.  The words we speak and those spoken around us, do we pay attention to them? If anyone makes a false, harming demeaning statement towards another or themselves, we should correct them lovingly. If someone says words in a cursing manner, correct them gently. Truth should be spoken in all places. Any word that is not true, loving, uplifting or glorifying to God should not be spoken.

Out of the same mouth proceeds blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not be so. (Jas 3:10)


Material in this section is based on various prayer diaries.

From An E-mail:

Lighter Side

My Favorite Animal

My teacher asked what my favorite animal was and I said, "Fried chicken." She said I wasn't funny, but she couldn't have been right because everyone else laughed.

My parents told me to always tell the truth. I did. Fried chicken is my favorite animal.

I told my dad what happened, and he said my teacher was probably a member of PETA. He said they love animals very much. I do too...especially chicken, and beef. Anyway, my teacher sent me to the principal's office. I told him what happened and he laughed, too. Then he told me not to do it again.

The next day in class, my teacher asked me what my favorite live animal was. I told her it was chicken. She asked me why, so I told her it was because you could make them into fried chicken. She sent me back to the principal's office. He laughed and told me not to do it again.

I don't understand. My parents taught me to be honest, but my teacher doesn't like it when I am.

Today my teacher asked me to tell her what famous person I admire most. I told her, "Colonel Sanders." Guess where I am now


The tool of man’s choosing

Hose Cutter:

A tool used to make hoses too short.


Have a good day!

The Modern Church

95 Theses to the Modern Evangelical Church

by Greg Gordon - (founder of SermonIndex.net)

84. Multitudes of professors preach and teach: that you cannot be freed from sin. (Rom 16:18; Rom 6:1-2; 2Pt 2:1)

85. The Apostles and Christ always preached the possibility to walk free from sin. (Tit 2:11-12; 1Pt 1:14-16; Rom 6:19)

86. Sinners are not saved to sin, but rather, saved to holiness and good works. (Rom 6:13; Eph 2:10; 2Pt 3:14)

Cause and Effect


(By Michael Boldea Jr.)

Continue to Stand

A furtive glance in the mirror confirms what I have been suspecting all along, time is leaving its mark. With each passing day I notice more hairs from atop my head going on one way trips down the shower drain, and the graying temples that once seemed distinguished seem so no longer. The harbingers of a fleeting life seem more pronounced, from sprouting hairs in odd places such as my ears, to achy joints, to constant and unnerving need for quiet and solitude.

Futile and foolish things such as a leaky roof or a persistent toothache monopolize my time, and when I take an accounting of the day that was, I realize very little time was dedicated to lasting or purposeful pursuits.

I find myself spending more and more time in prayer, not to grow, or to ascend, but merely to stay level, merely to hold my ground and not retreat. Already, I am haggard and worn, and then I have to remind myself that we have not yet begun to fight, we have not yet stood against the full fury of the enemy’s last siege.

Rom 8:6 For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace,


To escape criticism, do nothing, say nothing and be nothing.

If you walk with your head held too high, you will never find lost coins in the street.

When pointing your finger, look at your hand; three fingers are pointing back at you.

Blessed is the person who is too busy to worry in the daytime and too sleepy to worry at night.

When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.

It’s pretty difficult to keep your mind open and your mouth open at the same time.

It is not how old you are but how you are old.



Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. GOD, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer's; he makes me tread on my high places.

(Habakkuk 3:17-19; ESV)

When I first came to know the reality of God through the Messiah over thirty years ago, it was pretty much me-centered. I was told that if I believed in Yeshua then I would be happy for the rest of my life. There was much more to it at the time. Yet while the person who shared this with me also explained my need of forgiveness before God and how the Hebrew Scriptures pointed to Yeshua as the Messiah, the motive for accepting what was presented to me was for the most part how it would make me happy.
Thankfully, God made himself known to me in spite of this inaccurate information. Don't get me wrong, it is not as if knowing God has no personal benefit. It's that knowing him is not primarily about me, my personal needs and my happiness. I would eventually learn that I would not be happy all the time, even though through Yeshua I have indeed experienced a depth of happiness that I never dreamed possible, but I also have experienced a type of peace and security in the midst of difficulties I never thought possible.
… Habakkuk says that he will rejoice in God even when the harvest produces nothing. This is a difficult concept if we think, as I originally did, that following God is all about what we get out of it.
Habakkuk's words remind me of the Jewish men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who, in exile in Babylon, faced excruciating death due to their unwillingness to commit idolatry. Just before being thrown into the fiery furnace, they said to the king of Bablyon, "...
our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up" (Daniel 3:17,18; ESV).
This understanding of God and life went far beyond their own selves, their personal welfare, comfort, and prosperity. They knew that there is a reality of life through knowing God that is far deeper than what many of us normally experience.
Habakkuk could rejoice in God even in the face of starvation. His strength and ability to face dire circumstances was not based on normal material prosperity but in God himself. This is no abstract spirituality detached from the realities of life, but a strength that enables us to live this life in the midst of enormous challenges.
In order to begin to grasp the depths of this reality we need to first turn away from our obsession with self and our desire to please self. It is as we submit ourselves to God and his will for our lives, whatever that may be, that we can find a joy and strength beyond our wildest dreams.

By Alan Gilman
TorahBytes Communications

*(This document was edited for length)

Psalm Promise

Psalm 9:9-10

The LORD also will be a stronghold for the oppressed, A stronghold in times of trouble,

And those who know Thy name will put their trust in Thee; For Thou, O LORD, hast not forsaken those who seek Thee.

For those that seek the Almighty:

Rom 15:13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.


Blessed be YHVH (Genesis 14:20 And blessed be God Most High…)

Essence of Scripture

John 14:27 "Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.

Quiz Answers

1. Simeon and Anna - Luke 2:25-38

2. The glorious appearance of Jesus Christ - Titus 2:13

3. Galilee - John 4:46

4. The archangel - 1 Thessalonians 4:16

5. Riches and honor - 1 Kings 3:13

6. Jonah - Jonah 3:7-4:1

7. The tempter - the Devil - Matthew 4:3