Welcome to the final post in the ADORE Series: Eternal Peace—
The reflections of Advent are the gentle melodies that play in our hearts and are often drown out by the clamoring of the season demanding our attention. It is the goodness of God that meets us in our moments of reflection to remind us that he is our source of eternal peace in the midst of this world that longs for peace.
Oh the gift of peace. If you were to unwrap the gift of peace this holiday season, what would it be for you? I would venture for most of us this thought of peace will center on some form of freedom or removal from something. Life is full of agitators that seek to keep us from experiencing peace, as we desire it. Christ is God’s gift of peace to this weary world.
The birth of Jesus was the beginning of our peace with God. His birth was the presentation of the promised peace and his death and resurrection unlocked the access to the promised peace. Have you opened your gift of eternal peace with God? The funny thing about gifts is they can be given to us but until we open them they really aren’t fulfilling their intended purpose.
For some reason the free gifts presented by the Lord tend to bring out a shyness and sense of having to be worthy enough to receive and open them. I love the song “O Holy Night”. It has really touched my heart this year with its reminder of Christ being the answer to a weary world in waiting as it “lay in sin and error pining”. The song describes the pinning for freedom and worth continued until Christ’s appearing and only then did the soul feel its worth. Just like at Jesus appearing when Christ is born into our hearts our souls then experience their worth and embrace the eternal peace of God in us. Let’s reflect on some verses to remind us of God’s promised peace.
Rejoice in the hope that is reflected in the following scripture:
Isaiah 9:6-7 “For unto 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. Of the greatness of his governmentt and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.” (Bold and italics added)
Philippians 4: 4-7 “Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 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.” (Bold and italics added)
Romans 5: 1–5 “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” (Bold and italics added)
1 Thessalonians 5:23 “May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Bold and italics added)
Acts 10: 34-38 “Then peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right. You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good news of peace through Christ, who is Lord of all. You know what has happened throughout the province of Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached— how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.” (Bold and italics added)
Prayer of Adoration: Oh Eternal King of Peace you are mighty and worthy of all praise. Your kingdom is never ending and your love endures forever. We seek to follow after you and be instruments of your peace, love, joy, hope, and grace this whole year through. Lord as we draw closer to you we ask that you would fill us with more of you so our lives will be a fragrant offering to you. Teach us to be imitators of you so where we walk we walk in your love and peace. Help us to live selflessly by faith. Empower us to choose to be salt and light encouraging peace among our brothers and sisters. We ask all of this as we long for your triumphal return to reign as The King of Kings. In Jesus Holy name, Amen
Here is a link to Carrie Underwood singing “O Holy Night” enjoy!
Click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxJxU6VYkUY
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Start 2020 off with a Bible study that will keep you focused on the peace of Christ set before you.