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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Our Peace

In the midst of war, Isaiah prophesied of a Child ushering in peace. In fact, one of His names would be Prince of Peace. Can you imagine the hope that must have stirred in the hearts of the Israelites?
For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6 (NKJV)
The threat of the Assyrians loomed large over the Israelites and yet God gave another prophet a proclamation of peace to share with them. Was anyone listening?
And this One shall be peace. Micah 5:5 (NKJV)
Many years later, Luke writes of the fulfillment of prophecy. That Child was born and angels sang of peace coming to earth. How many people recognized the miracle, sought after God, and received His peace?
And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
“ Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” Luke 2:7-14 (NKJV)

Now over two thousand years later, we read and reread Luke’s declaration of the birth of the Child who brings peace. Are we listening with our hearts as well as our ears? In the midst of hurt and disappointment, are we allowing hope to flood our souls? Are we receiving the Prince of Peace into our confusion?

Acknowledge these holidays as “holy days” and bring your worship before the Christ Child. We have the benefit of fulfilled Scripture and it reminds us of what Christ did for us in His birth and on the cross. Make time to give praise to Jesus your Savior. Read the following Scriptures, giving Him honor for what He’s fulfilled in your life and trusting Him with what lies ahead.

Remember your Wonderful Counselor who gives you good guidance.
I will bless the LORD who has given me counsel;
My heart also instructs me in the night seasons.
Psalm 16:7 (NKJV)
Remember your Mighty God who delivers you from sin and death.
O LORD God of hosts,
Who is mighty like You, O LORD?
Your faithfulness also surrounds You.
Psalm 89:8 (NKJV)
Remember your Everlasting Father who offers you abundant life on earth and everlasting life in heaven.
I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. John 10:10b (NKJV)
Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life. John 6:47 (NKJV)
Remember your Prince of Peace who provides you with contentment and relief.
The LORD will give strength to His people;
The LORD will bless His people with peace.
Psalm 29:11 (NKJV)
Thank you, Jesus, for entering this world to live with your people.
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14 (NKJV)
“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” Matthew 1:23 (NKJV)
Thank you, God, for always being with us.
Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 (NKJV)
For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5b (NKJV)
Only our Prince of Peace can give us peace.
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. Colossians 3:15 (NKJV)
AMEN! Come, Lord Jesus!

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