Category Archives: Peace in Heaven

The advent of Jesus

From the book “Peace in Heaven” …

The advent of Jesus was an advent of peace. All of heaven was astonished at His birth. The prime characteristic that differentiated heaven was being brought to earth in the person of Jesus Christ. I need to be reminded routinely of just how incredible the event was! The men of earth could thereafter experience heaven on earth. They could now experience the end of striving and conflict. They could experience peace.

Luke 2:14 records the reaction of the multitude of the heavenly hosts at the birth of Jesus.

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!

And to whom was this glorious message first proclaimed? To the high and mighty? To the shakers and movers? To the religious elite of the day? To the educated and learned scribes? No. It was proclaimed to shepherds. To the outcast fringe of society who lived their lives humbly trusting God for their provision. It was proclaimed to the lonely who spent their days separated from the hurried madness of society. To those whom society looked down upon because they spent their nights surrounded by the stillness of the night and the gentle sounds of the flock. To such who daily positioned themselves in quietness and stillness, God first introduced the Prince of Peace.

Poor in Spirit – The Kingdom of Heaven in our Lives

From the book “Peace in Heaven” …

Matthew 5:3:
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

The kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ is the kingdom of peace. The first step towards a life lived within your inheritance as a child of God, within the kingdom of peace, is a recognition of how poor you actually are in the spirit compared to the vast spiritual riches available to you in heaven.

The Apostle Paul’s prayer recorded in Ephesians 3:18 is that we would “be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” It is God’s desire that we be filled with peace to such a degree that it passes all knowledge or understanding. He wants His children to exhibit a supernatural peace that will baffle and astonish the world around them.

God desires that we be filled “with all the fullness of God”. What an incredible statement!

Peace that “passes knowledge” means supernatural peace. It means peace in the midst of any storm.

In the midst of a storm that threatened to sink the very boat carrying Himself and His disciples (Mark 4:35-41), Jesus was asleep on a pillow! When awoke by His disciples, Jesus rebuked the wind and caused “a great calm”. Jesus is not only our savor; he is the example to be followed by every child of God. Supernatural peace is available to every true believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. Yes, that means like Jesus we have the power and authority within us to rebuke any storm and to calm the waves that threaten to rob us of our peace. This is because the same spirit that rose Jesus from the dead also lives within us. (Romans 8:11)

Jesus is the Lord of Heaven and Earth. Every storm that threatens to rob us of our God given inheritance of peace must bow to the lordship of Jesus Christ. “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” (Mark 4:40) Jesus rebuked His disciples for their lack of faith. His rebuke is a reminder to us all that, as children of God, we have power over the spiritual atmosphere that is around us.

We are called to be peacemakers. We are called to be light in dark places.

Don’t let anything or anyone rob you of your peace.


From the book “Peace in Heaven” …

To talk about peace, I first need to talk a little about silence. Silence is the starting point for any Christian desiring to live a life of peace. The discipline of silence is the starting point of any effective Christian prayer practice. It is especially important within the mystic practice of contemplative prayer. To live a life of peace, silence must be the starting point of every day. It is a skill that is available to all Christians. It becomes an anchor for the soul. It is something that you simply get better at the more you practice.

You need to live in a place where the volume of the noise around you has been turned down. In this way, you will live positioned to hear much more clearly the voice of the lover of your soul. He is there. He is speaking. And yet, if you allow it, the noise level of the thought party going on inside your head will drown out the peaceful voice of the Lord. If you do not learn the practice of silence, you will find it difficult to hear the voice of the Lord.

It is His voice that brings peace to your life.

At times, I like to read books which describe people’s supernatural spiritual experiences. Hearing about angelic visits and miraculous events lifts my spirit. I’ve had a few of such experiences and they are wonderful. But such experiences can not replace and should never lessen the value of the incredible every day life of peace and joy that can be yours as you cultivate of life of peace.

I have a fairly dynamic salvation testimony. Experiences are great. Hopefully, hearing about experiences is an encouragement and a reminder of the wonderful reality of God and the spiritual realm. But, you need not envy the dramatic. The truly amazing, astonishing thing about the Lord Jesus Christ is the affect that He has on the everyday life of every Christian. We can live totally transformed lives because of the power of the peace of the Lord.

Allow the peace of the Lord to grow our faith in the unseen.

James 1:4:

But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

Jesus is Wonderful

From the book “Peace in Heaven” …

Isaiah 9:6:

For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Notice the powerful attributes associated with the Prince of Peace. So often people when defining ‘peace’ they simply think of it as the absence of negative things. Yes. Such things as strife and anger are absent in the presence of the Prince of Peace. Why? Because peace is powerful. It is mighty. It is wonderful.

Jesus is wonderful. Spending time with Jesus is wonderful. He is my counselor. He guides and directs my life. He is mighty. No weapon formed against me shall prosper as I walk with Jesus. (Isaiah 54:17) He is my everlasting Father. My provider. He is the giver of every good gift in my life. He is my friend that sticks closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24) He is the Prince of Peace.

When you experience the Prince of Peace, you experience wonder. Jesus is full of wonder. He is beyond words. He is the peace that passes understanding. For something to be wonderful means it is beyond all past experience or teaching or understanding. To experience Jesus you must allow God to be more to you than you can currently imagine. So many put God in a box. And yet, He is “able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think”. (Ephesians 3:20)

Pursue Peace

From the book ‘Peace in Heaven’ …

Psalm 34:14:

Depart from evil and do good. Seek peace and pursue it.

There in only one thing biblically that we are commanded to pursue. It’s not love, not joy, not happiness. It’s not even righteousness. Since righteousness is imparted, we are righteous, we don’t pursue it.

We are commanded to pursue peace.

To most, peace is a nebulous term defined mostly in terms of the absence of some other negative thing, such as: strife or anger or even war. Yet biblically, peace is much more. Peace is tangible. Peace is powerful. Peace can change the world around you.

As a manifest child of God, your peace is a tangible asset. Like the cloud of glory mentioned in the Bible, peace is a glorious attribute of and that surrounds God and by extension, the children of God. As a child of God, your peace is given to you by God as a sphere of divine protection. Your peace is your armor bearer before and your rear guard behind.