On the very first Christmas, God sent angels to the world, as divine messengers of the promised peace, that would soon be found in Jesus. 

I know our world can be a very fearful and troubling place, especially during times when you, or your loved ones are battling diseases, or in seasons of life where your family or friends are serving in dangerous places in the military. Others also experience peace-robbing fear over uncertainties in the job market, violent civil unrest in our cities, governments teetering on the verge of bankruptcy, the constant threats to friends or family members who work in the law enforcement field, and so many more real-life issues that many of you face every day. 

But today, I just wanted to take a moment to remind you that our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, is also the Prince of Peace. Remember that, through all of your struggles. Never forget that Jesus not only has the ability to give us His peace, but according to the Word, He literally is our peace. Jesus accomplished this great feat through His work on the Cross. Isaiah 53:5 explains it this way: “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.” 

On the first Christmas, God pronounced to all humanity, through the angelic choir, that He was sending Jesus Christ, born of a virgin, in tiny little Bethlehem, to become peace for us. So today, I encourage you to rethink the amazing benefits you have have been given in Christ, and without further hesitation, go to Him, and ask Him specifically for what you need.

And remember - like so many other blessings from God - His peace is found by spending time in His presence, soaking in everything He has to give, as the answer to what you need. Receiving His peace not a hard thing to do - just shut out the world for a while, and get alone with Him. In that secret place, where its just you and God - let Him minister to you, and fill your life with the very thing you so desperately need - His peace.

Remember the powerful, fear-chasing words that Jesus declared to those who follow Him, "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."

And let me leave you with a few additional verses, to brighten your day, and chase your fears away: "I will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Me." (Isaiah 26:3); "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10); “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” (Psalm 56:3), and “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)

May you rest in His love, abide in His peace this season, and learn to receive and enjoy all of God's many gifts to you this season!

Posted on December 17, 2016 .