Hi, Jesus loves you
Checking through the New Testament, I discovered that there were two major prayer greetings that the disciples always used amongst themselves. These are greetings of peace and grace.
The scriptures say that we will have what we say, and that life and death lie on our tongues
For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. (Mark 11:23 NKJV)
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit. (Proverbs 18:21 NKJV).
One important inheritance Christ left for us was His peace and the gospel of Christ is the gospel of grace. Grace came from Christ (John 1:17) and Jesus encouraged the peace greeting by using it Himself:
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:27 NKJV)
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.”So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” (John 20:19, 21 NKJV)
Earlier when Jesus sent the disciples to go and preach the gospel, He instructed them to salute the household of any house they entered, and that if it is worthy, their peace would come upon it. But if it is not, their peace would return to them – Matthew 10:13
Then, after the resurrection of Jesus and perfection of grace, the apostles started the grace greetings, while continuing the peace greetings:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (I Corinthians 1:3 NKJV)
Peace to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen. (Ephesians 6:23-24 NKJV)
Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. (II Thessalonians 3:16, 18 NKJV)
These greetings are prophetic prayers that must be fulfilled in the life of him who receives them in faith, for God confirms the word of His servants and performs the counsel of His messengers – Isaiah 44:26
Therefore, I encourage you to engage these greetings and you will see what God can do with the words of your mouth.
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