Well I’ve been here in Sierra Blanca, TX for 10 months now, loving the peace and quiet. Have 11 chickens, 2 dogs, hope to add goats this spring after I fence off my land. This is God’s country and I feel very blessed.
Commit thy works unto the Lord , and thy thoughts shall be established.
Proverbs 16:3 KJV
RUACH: Which means BREATH
We don’t often think abut breathing … unless we’re running out of air. But breath is an important theme throughout the Bible. The Book of Genesis says God made man from mud and put skin, muscles, bones, blood vessels, tendons, veins and hair in place, but the man was not a “living being” until God breathed into his body.
The word for breath in Hebrew is ruach which also means Spirit, so man only becomes a “living being” when God gives him His Spirit. According to the psalms, “… everything that has breath praise the Lord”, so to be alive we first inhale God’s Spirit and then we exhale praise. Inhale Spirit, exhale praise. This is life.
Do you have this rhythm in your life?
And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
Genesis 2:7 KJV
SHALOM: Which means PEACE
Whenever I imagine the city of Jerusalem in Bible times, I picture it being like NYC – loud, chaotic, busy … even messy and violent. But this was not God’s plan for a place known as His Holy City.
The word Jerusalem in Hebrew is Yerushalayim which is made up of two Hebrew words; yeru which means “you will see” and shalomwhich means “the peace of God”. So Jerusalem is supposed to be the place where you will see the peace of God.
In the Book of Revelation we read that the followers of God will live in a “new Jerusalem” in God’s Kingdom – and we will see the peace of God. Jesus told his followers that “… the Kingdom of God is within you”, which means the “peace of God” is within us.
Will the people around you see and experience the peace of God today because of you? Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
John 14:27 KJV