Last week, I got to do something I enjoy very much: visit another women’s ministry and teach. The ladies of Flourish, the women’s ministry at Calvary Kendall in Miami, welcomed me with love and spunk. My friend Lourdes and her husband, Pedro, lead this dynamic church full of Jesus fanatics. I spoke four years ago at their retreat, and this group of ladies is always energetic, interactive, and fun.
Their auditorium was packed to overflowing–and then their overflow quickly filled up. I got to meet and talk with many of the ladies after giving my message, “Peace at Any Price?” from the book of Judges. This is where Gideon, the “mighty man of valor,” meets Jehovah Shalom, The Lord Is My Peace.
As I walked the ladies through this story where we find Gideon in a place of having no peace, I could feel their spirits crying out with the same feeling. When you turn on the TV or check the latest headlines, there seems to be no peace in this world. There is war, famine, crime, and natural disasters at every corner.
As I wrapped up my message, I gave the ladies in turmoil the opportunity to pray to receive God’s peace. As I prayed over the women, I felt a sense of the freedom only God can give come upon the room. He was breaking the chains of bondage as the ladies stood to their feet seeking freedom.
Thanks to the ladies of Calvary Kendall for being so welcoming, vulnerable, and loving. It was a joy to walk through this Scripture with you.
If you need a dose of freedom, you can listen to “Peace at Any Price?” here. Peace is just a step away. If you’re fighting for it personally, spiritually, relationally, or nationally, spend some time getting to know Jehovah Shalom. Gideon did. And because he met Jehovah Shalom, he confronted the enemy, while trusting God for the victory, and through God’s peace, he overcame.