By Margaret D. Mitchell
Week of February 27, 2022
Every time I gaze at a sunset, I am reminded of my future. We all have one, you know. We're all going somewhere.
Jesus endured the agony of the cross for the joy that was set before him (Heb 12:2). He knew His future was joyous and involved mercy and honor on the other side of our painful judgment that He took upon Himself. He knew He was returning home and being established in a higher place of eternal life with exponential reach.
He was kind in leaving us with His peace of reconciliation to strengthen us for our journeys on earth (John 14:27, Ps 29:11, Eph 2:14 TPT). We know we are to follow Him as our Prince of Peace and allow His peace to rule in our hearts, since we were called to His peace (Col 3:15).
So, what is He leading you through and to?
What does mercy look like now and on the other side of your challenge?
It should look like Jesus in the midst and Jesus exalted when our eyes and thoughts are fixed on Him (Heb 12:2, 3:1).
He is where we find our resolve and rejoice of shalom (peace), which is “wholeness, health, security, well-being and salvation” (Tyndale Bible Dictionary).
He is about masterfully restoring and transforming us as we run to Him and come to know our glorious Jesus more. He is about having us receive and extend His love, truth, and grace as He works out our salvation on earth. And about walking with us in His victory of purpose and vision for our lives, no matter what.
Shalom (peace) inherently points to our blood covenant with God. As a reflection of this, and as an expression of peace as fruit of His Spirit, it also points to our covenant relationships (with His people), including marriages.
In this light, a little more than two weeks ago, Holy Spirit revealed to me that He is supernaturally reconciling people to one another on a level that none of us could ever do in our own strength. He showed me that He is working to restore relationships that we thought were way beyond impossible and that we are going to see a fountain of life come through these to bless many.
Holy Spirit gave me a glimpse of how patiently and intricately He has worked to reconcile people on a generational level, while working out their salvation over years at the root. He has been masterfully working this wholeness to shift people’s legacies for dramatically better, fortified, lasting, more Godly futures. Legacies that can endure.
Holy Spirit revealed specific people to me, as a close-up example in my own life, and how He has strategically and miraculously linked them. How He is working to revive them and restore their bloodlines now and forward for higher blessing and much greater outward fruit for His Kingdom.
Soon, these manifestations of reconciliation will come into their fullness of purpose. Soon, as we continue to grow in God's grace, we will see a greater shift toward these life-changing divine connections to be blessed through them and alongside them as we work together in newfound ways (1 Corinthians 16:9).
We will discover joy that overflows exponentially as God brings our brokenness into more of His Shalom (peace) of wholeness that delights our hearts.
We will experience our role in kingship in a new and more above-ground way. We will see how our David, Joseph, and Job preparations paid off, where, like them, we ran to and with The Prince of Peace and were protected and restored to come into the authentic places to which we were called, anointed, and appointed.
We will experience the establishment of Psalm 85:10 TPT, which says, "Your mercy and your truth have married each other. Your righteousness and peace have kissed." And Psalm 72:7 TPT, which says, "In the days of his reign the righteous will spring forth with the abundance of peace and prosperity forevermore."
We will know, even more, Holy Spirit as our Person of Peace as we continue to experience His strategy of peace as our path to provide us with a more fruitful lifestyle of protection and projection in the earth that rules victoriously.
So, there are more walks of faith and sprints of new order before us as God continues to bring shifts in our marathon for the betterment of our lives and others. From darkness to light, where one day ends and another begins, He is with us working His plan. We must keep this at the forefront of our minds as we progress, lest we become self-sufficient and limit God’s best in our lives.
We can invite His super into our natural to help us by His grace-power. It’s the only way to receive and give maximum benefit. We cannot fail with Him.
So, pray with me if you will…
Thank You for blessing us with peace and for giving us an “[unyielding and impenetrable] strength” (Ps 29:11 AMPC). Thank You for giving us "abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control" (2 Timothy 1:7 AMPC, Romans 8:6). Let peace rule in our hearts and let our passions for life be restored, tasting joy in every breakthrough you bring to us (Col 3:15, Ps 51:12 TPT). Hold us close to You with a willing spirit that obeys whatever You say. Help us to put into practice the example of all that we have heard from You and seen in our lives so that You, as our God of peace, will be with us in all things, including in our relationships (Philemon 4:9 TPT, Ps 34:14).
In Jesus’ Mighty Name,
"Now, may the Lord himself, the Lord of peace, pour into you his peace in every circumstance and in every possible way. The Lord’s tangible presence be with you all" (2 Thessalonians 3:16 TPT). May His peace cascade over you and rest upon you (Jude 1:2, 2 Thessalonians 1:2 TPT).
To God be the glory.
Margaret D. Mitchell is the Founder of God's Love at Work, a marketplace outreach purposed to share God's greatest power source - the love of Christ.