28th January 2013 by Bill Davis
Have you ever wished Christmas was every day. I mean not for the gifts but for the love and hope found in a baby brought to us over 2,000 years ago.
Isaiah 9:6 New International Version (NIV); “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
As Scripture describes Jesus as the Prince of Peace, we too must realize this most important aspect of His ministry. The secular definition of peace is: : “A state of tranquillity or quiet: as freedom from civil disturbance. A state of security or order within a community provided for by law or custom.” The Quechua Indians in Ecuador and Bolivia use a word for peace that literally translates, “to sit down in one’s heart.” For them peace is the opposite of running around in the midst of constant anxieties. The concept of Biblical peace does not just focus on the absence of anxieties or tranquillity. Biblical peace is unrelated to the current circumstances you might be experiencing; it is a state of life that is not touched by worldly influences. You may be in the midst of great trials and still have Biblical peace. Paul the Apostle said he could be content in any circumstance even in jail, as long as he had the peace of God. Jesus often spoke to His followers of His own offered peace.
John 14:27 New International Version (NIV); “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
This type of peace of which Jesus is speaking, enables those who believe in Him to remain calm in virtually all circumstances. It enables them to worship, pray and be comforted in time of suffering. This peace is not affected by circumstances, but instead affects the perception and reaction to the circumstances and conquers them.
James 1:2-4 New International Version (NIV); “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
Yes, God is there for us; especially in times of trouble.
Philippians 4:7 New International Version (NIV); “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Bill Davis

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