"2019 PEACE BE WITH YOU!"
Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, "Peace be with you." John 20:19
While meditating on a message for 2019 I felt like the Lord would speak through a scripture and He gave me John 20:19. Jesus had risen from the dead and the disciples were all huddled together in fear for their lives when Jesus appeared and said to them, "Shalom."
In the world there is no peace, but for us who are born again followers of Christ we are promised to have Shalom! As we enter 2019 in a time of political chaos, division and financial uncertainty we have to remember who we are and to Whom we belong. The Hebrew word for peace is Shalom which means: peace, harmony, wholeness, completeness, prosperity, welfare and tranquility.
In order for us to experience Shalom we must be still in the midst of the storms of life, always looking to Jesus who is ever present to calm our fears and concerns that plague us, trying to rob our peace and steal our joy! So, with this in mind I say to you in 2019, "Shalom!"
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6,7
Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin
Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ