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Peace with God is the fruit of oneness with God.

Ps. 4:8

Every now and then we do well to take stock of our situation, so I’d like to ask you to look around. What’s happening in your life and in the life of your family?

You may not be experiencing a difficult time. From your perspective, everything may seem sunny and clear. Storms come, however. At times, they roll over our lives with bounding blows. How do we maintain a sense of peace and spiritual balance when trials strike?

The answer is found in a close, abiding relationship with Jesus Christ. The words of Helen Lemmel’s classic hymn, “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus,” contain a vital and exciting truth: an unshakable peace is available to all who turn the eyes of their hearts to Jesus.

Chances are that when adversity strikes, one of the first things you do is to wonder why. Then you may question what kind of impact it will have on your life. While reactions such as these are normal, we also need another response, and that is to turn to the One who holds all comfort and security firmly within His grasp.

No one, outside of God, is equipped to handle our problems. He never meant for us to be strong on our own. He wants us to find courage and hope and strength in Him and His Word.

Many wonder what they can do to change the feelings of anxiety they feel when they come under pressure. One of the first steps is to recognize anxiety for what it is, the opposite of peace. It is the fan that flames the fires of doubt and confusion and has the ability to leave us helplessly bundled up in worry and fear. When we cave in to thoughts of anxiety, we lose our spiritual focus and mindset. The key to overcoming anxiety is found only in the presence of God.

Paul admonishes us: “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 your minds through Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:67).

Accepting God’s timetable and the limitations He places on a given situation helps to dispel rising anxiety. Therefore, let Him provide for you in His timing. When you accept life as a gift from the hand of God, then you will do what Helen Lemmel’s song says—you will turn your eyes toward Jesus. You will look full into His glorious face and there find mercy and grace, forgiveness and hope, peace and everlasting security.

What would you give to experience the peace of God? Are you willing to lay down the anger that haunts your soul because someone has done something to wound you? God knows the hurt you have experienced. Will you trust Him in quietness, knowing that He has not forgotten you but stands ready to heal you?

God’s peace is unshakable because there has never been a time or an event when God has felt disturbed. His peace and presence are sure. They are immovable. You will accomplish many things—great and mighty—when you keep your focus on God.

At one of the most difficult points in his life, David wrote Psalm 91, which begins: “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust!” ’

How could David write such words, especially with King Saul trying to kill him? David had a divine, unshakable peace within his heart. He knew this was God’s responsibility and David allowed Him to protect his life.

The safest place for you when trials come is in the everlasting arms of Jesus. After His resurrection, Jesus appeared to His disciples and said to them, “Peace be with you” (John 20:19). This was not a trite greeting; the Lord had a specific point in mind. He spoke of God’s peace, immovable and eternal—the peace you need today.

Does something trouble you? Has a conflict, a sorrow, a situation escalated beyond your control? Hear His word to you: “Peace be with you.”

Let His peace invade your heart. Tell Him all you are feeling. He understands and knows that life can be difficult—but He has a solution. Our peace resides in our Savior, who loves us unconditionally. He has promised to keep us and deliver us into the Father’s loving arms.

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The answer is found in a close, abiding relationship with Jesus Christ.

Hear His word to you:
“Peace be with you.”

Infographic: The Many Names of Jesus in the Bible Jonathan Petersen

The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him JesusLuke 1:30-31

While the angel Gabriel told Mary the specific name she was to call her newborn child, and he explained to Joseph the divine reason the baby was to be named Jesus, the Bible also refers in many other ways to the Son of God. Jesus is the Greek form of Yeshua (Joshua), which means the LORD saves.

From Smith’s Bible Names Dictionary on Bible Gateway:
The name Jesus signifies savior. The name Christ signifies anointed. Jesus was both priest and king. Among the Jews priests were anointed, as their inauguration to their office (1 Chronicles 16:22). In the New Testament the name Christ is used as equivalent to the Hebrew Messiah (anointed) (John 1:41), the name given to the long-promised Prophet and King whom the Jews had been taught by their prophets to expect (Matthew 11:3Acts 19:4). The use of this name, as applied to the Lord, has always been a reference to the promises of the prophets. The name of Jesus is the proper name of our Lord, and that of Christ is added to identify him with the promised Messiah. Other names are sometimes added to the names Jesus Christ, thus, “Lord,” “a king,” “King of Israel,” “Emmanuel,” “Son of David,” “chosen of God.”

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You’ll want to get Bible Gateway’s free Infographic that highlights 25 names of Jesus. Here are the first four:

Great Shepherd

Hebrews 13:20-21 (NIV) – Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Cornerstone

Ephesians 2:19-22 (RSV) – You are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built into it for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

Door of the Sheepfold

John 10:7 (BRG) – Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.

Lion of the Tribe of Judah:

Revelation 5:5 (GW) – Then one of the leaders said to me, “Stop crying! The Lion from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has won the victory. He can open the scroll and the seven seals on it.”

From the Encyclopedia of the Bible on Bible Gateway:
John uses the expression “believe on his name” five times (John 1:122:233:181 John 3:235:13). In two of the cases, it is used in close parallelism with believing in the son of God, Jesus (John 3:16 with v. 181 John 5:10 with v. 13). The name here is his person and the belief in that name is not magical, but it is an acceptance or “receiving” of his messianic person and mission and thereby acquiring the right to enter into a new relationship with the heavenly Father (John 1:12).