Prince of Peace

Peace comes at Christmas because the Prince of Peace has come to earth. I know, for some, experiencing peace is an unfulfilled desire. It seems like all this talk about peace is a big fat lie. I get it, I have been there. 
Peace is a promise and peace is real. The problem is, we believe that peace can be obtained with practical application or experienced externally in our environment. Peace is internal. It is possible to be in the midst of total chaos and feel at peace. The presence of the Prince of Peace is on the inside. 

Jesus keeps us in perfect peace when we think about Him. You might wonder how that could possibly be. The thing is this: Jesus is God represented in human form. Think of it as meditation. You can access peace in chaos when you meditate on the highest power… God with us. It is possible if you choose to disengage for a moment to remember, the season is simple and the expectation is about someone else. Not what you are to obtain or produce. It is the simple celebration of God with us.

When you feel the chaos of the times, search inside for peace. That is where it lives. It cannot be manufactured anywhere except through the presence of sweet Jesus. He’s there, just say His name. 

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Hope and Patience

Hope asks us to look beyond what we see to what we long for. If we can fix our eyes on Jesus when sorrow and fear enter our circumstances, we will be lead into hope. Can you envision the restoration coming your way? He is riding on a white Horse toward you. In His eyes is peace. In His hands is rest. Restoration is His speciality. Be patient, brothers and sisters, He is on His way! 

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Keep on believing! Keep your confidence in a God that keeps all of His promises. The peace that the Holy Spirit gives us is in us always, it is up to us to access it and give it away. While disappointment in humanity pervades, we have the peace that the world wants. Be bold and give it away freely. Let all the world come to know peace and a God who saves.

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The Peace that Transcends

When I met Jesus, I lacked peace. I had a lot of anger inside of me. I believed that everything was designed to work against me. Living in the constant tension of the world made me believe that the only way I could have peace is through solitude. I recall saying many times that if I had to do my life all over again, I’d become a monk in Tibet. I am glad to say, I no longer desire to become a Tibetan monk. I learned that I have peace because Jesus gives me peace. Peace lives inside of me.

The first scripture that grabbed my attention about peace was Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT): “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” The Amplified Bible explains this peace as “that peace which reassures the heart”, it transcends our understanding, it stands guard over our hearts and it is a gift from Jesus. How is it a gift from Jesus? John 14:27 (AMP) Jesus says to his disciples: “Peace I leave with you; My [perfect] peace I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, nor let it be afraid. [Let my perfect peace calm you in every circumstance and give you courage and strength for every challenge.] Jesus left with us his peace so that we can endure the troubles of life.

So how did Jesus leave peace with us? By the power of the Holy Spirit that lives in us. That is how I know that peace lives inside. Peace is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. Galatians 5:22 (AMP) says, “But the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is love [unselfish concern for others], joy, [inner] peace, patience [not the ability to wait but how we act while waiting], kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” Another indication that peace is inside of us is that Jesus tells us we will have trouble in our lives. A sign of His peace is that these troubles do not shake us into worry, anxiety, or fear but that in our troubles we stay focused on Him who keeps us in perfect peace (Isaiah 26:3). God tells us not to fear because He’s got this! He is ours and we are His. He protects us. We can stay in peace in the midst of terrible circumstances.

Isaiah 9:3 states the names of Jesus as Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Jesus is the Prince of Peace, Jesus is the embodiment of peace. He gave it to us as a gift to withstand the things that happen on the outside of us. He will keep us in perfect peace as our thoughts stay on Him.

A prayer for peace…

Thank you God that your son Jesus is the Prince of Peace. I thank you that Jesus gave me peace as a gift to help endure living in this world where there is trouble. I thank you that by the power of the Holy Spirit, peace lives inside of me and when I feel afraid, I can access peace anytime. I thank you God that peace can never be taken away, that it is always with me. I thank you and praise you that I have peace. Amen.