October is the ‘Month of Peace‘, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome declared at Global Communion Service. As millions of people watched the live broadcast from all over the world, Pastor Chris announced the word of the month, backed by significant verses from the Bible.
“It’s Divine Instruction,” says Pastor Chris
“We all want to lead quiet and peaceable lives; we want honesty in our societies. But for all that to happen, the Scripture tells us what we must do: pray for all men; for kings, and for all who are in authority. God wants us to pray like this “first of all”; in other words, as a priority. It’s a divine Instruction.”
– Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
Excerpts from Pastor Chris on the Significance of Peace through Scripture
“This Month Of October Is A Month Of Peace. This is Commanding Peace. This is Peace from God. A lot of God’s people have never given attention to what the word says about peace and how to live in peace. Not only to experience it but to carry that atmosphere everywhere we go. When you look at the word, you can have an understanding of how God thinks,” Pastor Chris told the global audience.
Psalm 122: KJV/NIV Ps.122.6 – Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.
Ps.122.7 – Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces. What a prayer! Is God only concerned about Jerusalem?
Jeremiah 29:7 KJV, NIV Jer.29.7 – And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives and pray unto the LORD for it: for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace.
They didn’t go into exile by choice. They were carried away there as captives and yet God says to seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which you’ve been carried as exiles. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper. God wants peace for your city and it’s for your sake.
These two verses show you God’s thinking/mind about peace in your city and around the world.
Release Peace to our World
Pastor Chris continues to say: “There’s something even better… Matthew 10: 11-15”
Let’s take a look at these verses and their meaning and significance to our ‘Month of Peace’.
Matt.10.11 – And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, enquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence.
Matt.10.12 – And when ye come into a house, salute it.
Matt.10.13 – And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you.
Matt.10.14 – And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.
Matt.10.15 – Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.
V11-12. when you come into a house, bring greetings. V13-: Let Your peace… If you are God’s child, you carry your peace with you.
When you said “Peace be unto you”, you released your peace. Your peace went with the greeting.
V14-15 This tells us something we have. Did you notice in 1 Tim 2:1 1Tim.2.1 – I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 1Tim.2.2 – For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. If we make supplications for all men, we can have peace.
Honesty and godliness will not come by Government or by laws but will come as a blessing from God. The God of peace.
Except for the epistle of first John, All the Epistles have blessings of peace. They either start out with greetings of peace or end with it.
“When was the last time you spoke/prophesied peace when you went out? They learned from Jesus to give peace. Many of you have preached in your city, street, family members… But do you remember to release peace,” Pastor Chris asked the audience.
“This month you are going to prophesy and release peace to our world. We are pouring out peace to the ends of the earth. We have it inside. It’s time to bring it out by the power of the Holy ghost. Every day declare peace to your city, peace to your state. If we release peace, it shall be so everywhere.
We are children of peace. We serve the God of peace. Jesus Christ and the Father are called “The God of Peace” more than any other title. Isn’t that instructive?”
John.14.27 – 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.16.33 – These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
God doesn’t want us to be anxious
Phil.4.4 – Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. Phil.4.5 – Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Phil.4.6 – Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Phil.4.7 – And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
“Those are strong words. God doesn’t want us to be anxious. Have no anxiety about anything. When you find yourself having anxiety, you are walking away from the word of God into Satan’s arena where he can take advantage of you. Don’t be worried. What do you want? Instead of worrying, present your requests,” Pastor Chris expounded.
V6-7NIV Phil.4.8 – Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
He continued to say; “He has told you the things to think about. A lot of people worry themselves into a frenzy. But guard your mind. Look at the things to think about. If it falls out of these, don’t lend your mind to such thoughts.”
Phil.4.9 – Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you. He calls our God, the God of Peace! That’s who he is.
Wherever you are today peace be unto you and to your city, and nation in the name of the Lord Jesus.