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To find life you must loose it...
Yes Jesus brings peace and a sword
There is a sacrifice...a cost...we do not go back , we move on with God
1 Kings 19:19-21 (English Standard Version)
19So he departed from there and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing
with twelve yoke of oxen in front of him, and he was with the twelfth. Elijah passed
by him and cast his cloak upon him. 20And he left the oxen and ran after Elijah
and said, "Let me kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow you."
he said to him, "Go back again, for what have I done to you?" 21And he returned
from following him and took the yoke of oxen and sacrificed them and boiled their
flesh with the yokes of the oxen and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then
he arose and went after Elijah and assisted him.
There is a dividing of the waters
2 Kings 2:8 (English Standard Version)
8Then Elijah(A) took his cloak and rolled it up and struck the water,(B) and the water
was parted to the one side and to the other, till the two of them could go over on dry
And we walk through the waters
Exodus 14:21 (English Standard Version)
21Then Moses(A) stretched out his hand over the sea, and the LORD drove the sea
back by(B) a strong east wind all night and(C) made the sea dry land, and the waters
We have this water inside of us..He is The Holy Spirit
Numbers 20:11 (English Standard Version)
11And Moses lifted up his hand and struck the rock with his staff twice,(A) and water
came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their livestock.
He produces in us a new song...the Salvation song...
Numbers 21:17-18 (English Standard Version)
17Then Israel sang this song:
"Spring up, O well!—Sing to it!— 18the well that the princes made,that the nobles
of the people dug,with the scepter and with their staffs."
Lord God in Jesus name thankyou that you give a peace that the world cannot understand,
it is not a peace that gives us a nice feeling inside but a peace that transcends all
understanding from the Holy Spirit of peace that comes down as a gift from the Father
Lord speak to us and illuminate your word to us, let us go deeper into your word and put
down roots into your word that we would be strong trees growing by the side of the waters
bearing fruit in its season.
That the nations would come to us and that our branches would be the branches that when
broken would make the bitter waters sweet.
Let the sap from the broken heal and make sweet and be a savor to those who hold onto
their lifes in the vain hope of gaining.
That many will be drawn to the trees by the waters that produce palm branches used to
welcome the King of Kings and The Lord of Lords.
Let the storm come and let those houses collapse...that many will know and understand
the parable of the house and the builder...and come to a saving knowledge of loosing their
lifes to gain life and to gain life in abundance.
And let the trees of the Lord stand strong and not move In Jesus name amen
And so we come back to...Cross references and we look to Mathew 10:38
Matthew 10:34-38 (English Standard Version)
Not Peace, but a Sword
34 "Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to
bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to set a man against his father,
and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.
36 And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household. 37 Whoever loves
father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter
more than me is not worthy of me. 38And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.
At the Cross you could say that "water and blood mixed at the point of the spear."
John 19:34 (New International Version)
34Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus' side with a spear, bringing a sudden
flow of blood and water.
But He also came and comes with a sword
Heb.4:12 - For the word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged
sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder the soul and spirit, and the joints and
marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
You see Jesus came as a saviour...not as a judge, He came as the "Way " to walk in..
He showed us by example and He shows us the way to walk,
I once had a vision of a spear coming down and piercing a heart, little did I know at the
time that the vision was for me and the vision really is for every Christian who takes
up the Cross.
At the point where Jesus hung on the Cross He looked at those surrounding Him in Love and
always saw His family ...His brothers and sisters, as those who followed Him ..
Once when Jesus's family became concerned about His safety they went to find him ...
"Matthew 12:47-50 (Someone told him, "Your mother and your brothers are standing
outside, asking to speak with you.")  But he said in reply to the one who told him,
"Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?"  And stretching out his hand toward his
disciples, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers.
You see Jesus came to bring peace..
Matthew 10:34"Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring
peace but a sword!
I wonder what this sword is ?
Matthew 5:9"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. ?
There is a well known saying " blood is thicker than water " in other words family as
in our " blood family " will always be closer and bound together more so than those
outside of our immediate families.
Well when you are saved and you become a Christian Jesus brings peace into your life, this
peace is a peace that the world cannot understand, it is a peace that in the midst of a
storm keeps us calm.
It is a peace that surpasses all understanding...it is a peace that comes from God ...a
gift if you like...a gift from God.
How can I describe this peace from my own experience ?
I can describe this peace from and of God ...not as a feeling, not as an emotion, not as
a "wow I feel so peaceful man "
I can describe this peace as a peace that keeps me calm in a storm, when all around me
are loosing their pose, I have peace.
Its a peace knowing that God does not change, knowing God and who He is, being sure of.
Without doubt and not turning even when it is 3am and it seems as though Jesus has
abandoned us and all is lost....you know these are not just fancy words here, I'm speaking
from my life and heart, this is not some theology lesson.
Sure we doubt...sure we loose it at times, but we have this ongoing assurance and ongoing
confidence that God is bigger.
If you read our last bible message on the " Faithwalk Blog " you will read about " the
unchanging God "
Matthew 14:24 (English Standard Version)
24but the boat by this time was a long way[a] from the land,[b] beaten by the waves, for
the wind was against them.
On the fourth watch of the night, or at 3am..or in the early hours of the morn...( Jesus
comes like a thief in the night to steal away His beloved )
At 3am Jesus comes....when the storm is raging all around you ...even so you are calm
because NOW YOU have Jesus in you by His Holy Spirit that brings peace as a Dove and
although the storms of life may come your way ..you do not turn, your house does not
Your faith goes on...the peace that you have been given in an unchanging God who keeps
His promises keeps you going through the storm and Jesus comes at 3am and says " with
the breath of His mouth ( sword ) "peace be still"
You not only have that peace residing in YOU, but you have that sword...you can say
" Peace be still "
Sometimes you may have years of storm but you can also have access to that peace, IF you
allow it or Him
It is a peace that brings the blood and the water together at the Cross, where your family
are those brothers and sisters in Christ.
You can only have this peace through and in the Holy Spirit of God
If you want to know this peace in your life you need to accept Jesus into your life and
heart, He will not force His way into your life and make you like a puppet on a string,
as if He could ever force anyone to become a robot..
You need to ask Him in ...and as you ask Him into your life His Holy Spirit of peace
like a dove will descend upon you and again you may not feel anything, but He will be
there and in time you will know this gift of the peace of God that transcends all
But the sword that divides,.. what of the sword that divides ?
The sword is the sword of His mouth, the sword is the word that creates, the sword is the
breathe of His mouth, the sword is the life giving Spirit, the sword is the sword that is
the living word , the sword is the sword that inspired men to write down the very words
of God onto manuscripts,
The sword is the sword that is translated into modern day
language for us to read, the sword is the sword that we read and that transforms our
lifes and hearts becasue it is a living sword, a living word and the word lives in us.
When we take up our Cross we will be pierced, His Holy Spirit will pierce us, and His
Holy Spirit will divide thoughts and motives of the heart and in so doing this in turn may
cause a strom to arise .
I remember when I first became a Christian...I wondered about my old friends and what I was
leaving behind and what they might think of me now and how they might react, how would my
family react ? you see the Holy Spirit.....the sword had begun the dividing.
Now it seemed I had a new family, new sisters...new brothers...new role models..
Now it seemed my baptism into the family of God had washed a whole new way of living into
my life, now it seemed the water of the Holy Spirit had also affected all these other people
around me, they too had gone through the waters from Egypt to the other side to begin
their journey....their " faithwalk"
They had walked through those waters and reached the other side in safety while the stormy
sea engulfed the Egyptians pursuers...it seemd as if the peace of God had taken us through
Now the water of life was inside of me ....now the Holy Spirit of life was inside of me.
Now the blood and water mixed at the point of the Cross
Now my family became or began to become all those in Christ
But what of my immediate family ? what about my blood relatives ?
Well although I never really got on with my parents and there was never really any
relationship there to speak of...for the first time ever I had a peace where I could see
them and talk to them and share with them.
And after many years of praying for my mother...she was saved..
My father was not saved as far as I know, but that does not mean that God did not meet him
at the point of death.
This message was meant to follow cross references in the bible but has ended up being
a differnet message than was intended...so be it
Consider Matthew 10:34
Not Peace, but a Sword
34 "Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth.(B) I have not
come to bring peace, but a sword.
John 14:27 (New International Version)
27Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives.
Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
In fact the Holy Spirit is a gentleman, the Holy Spirit is a Dove of peace !!
Once again we see a paradox, we see a two edged sword...we see two swings of a sword that
seem to contradict each other, we see God come in from both sides !!
We see God dividing our thoughts and motives and giving us peace, we see Jesus and the
sword of His mouth dividing and giving us a new family, we see at the point of the Cross
the blood and the water mix.
So how does this speak to us and how can we apply this message to our lifes and hearts...
I believe the Holy Spirit once again is echoing a message to people that once they "born
again " once they are saved....once they walk through the waters of the red sea...
The Sword separates them ...the Sword separates us...the Sword separates YOU AND ME..
the Sword separates us as Christians from the land we left behind, we are separated,
Although we are in the world we are not of the world...we cannot look back...for once
we have walked through the sea we are the "salt" of the earth and when we look back
and long for former days...when we look back to that city of Sodom and Gomorrah ...we can
become motionless...neither going forward or going back.
Neither hot nor cold...we can become an abomination to God, we can become Laodiceans, in
other words like the Church in revelations that needed for nothing, ( the rich young ruler)
(Or the rich country that is in fact poor with debt)
Laodiceans who were a rich banking community only concerned with their wants and material
concerns, they had become like " the world " by looking back. Motionless...good for
We can become motionless, "a pillar of salt".
God is always moving on and we must follow Him, He never stands still...He does not
slumber, He never rests and again we find another paradox, a two edged word that swings
accross the hearts of those who have ears.
God never rests...HE does NOT STAND STILL....and yet....we rest in Him
I wonder what God makes of "OUR" day of rest ? the day of rest that we have given
ourselves ? that mindset of " mans " concept...of a "day "
I wonder if Jesus would say " get behind me satan " !!
For God never rests and has no need to rest, but we rest in Him and work with Him as
He works through us, this is our "day " of rest.
Our notions of a heaven and our human concept of man made ideas about floating around
in a cloud with angels is so far away from the truth it is almost a lie.
Heaven is an eciting place full of motion and movement and noise and when we are on the
new earth there will be a new heavens and I wonder if our bodies that will not need rest
or see decay will be motionless !!
Or whether it shall be full of noise and vigour and excitement and noise and commotion and
And so listen to the swing of the sword, see how the blood mixes with water..
In other words putting it simply.
We are separate, a Holy People, do not look back, do not stand still, walk on and do not
give up, you are divided and set apart " HOLY " and you also in this find the peace
that ONLY the Holy Spirit can give.
You will find once you are saved that you will be separated, you will see a "separation "
BUT you will find a whole new family of brothers and sisters. you will find blood mixing
with water, in other words you do not just share with those in your family line..your
family suddenly gets bigger as the crumbs are scattered under the table, so salvation is
for all, and the seed of Abraham grows.
But you must move on, do not look back, do not be controlled by your past...
Know that peace in your life that surpasses all understanding.
It is not about being busy, anyone can be busy,
It is about doing what we believe God is telling us, it is acting on the word, it is
letting God work through us and putting aside what we might want, this is Christian faith
acts, its about listening to God and obeying Him.
We can never live and do all that we read in Gods word, even a good deeds..if there is
such a thing, are as filthy rags to God, and so it is about listening to God and then
acting on what God is telling us.
It is about moving on with God....
I wonder if God has a bible ?
I wonder if every day of our lifes are written in His book ?
I wonder if the bible ends in revelations !! or whether it carries on in the lifes of His
people here and now !!
As this is a living word, living in us and the "acts" of His people continue.
Even if you only take a small amount of this message in...take it as from God and listen
to what He says ..through that small amount ...lets pray
Speak out to God and lose your life to find life.
Lord God I come to you . the living God and I give you my life wholeheartedly so that I
might find life, I give you my family..that I might find my family..I give you all I have
that I might find all that is in you.
I give you my troubles that you might give me your peace.
I give you all I have that I might find that treasure in you.
I give you 100%
In Jesus name amen