As you receive this Letter of Christmas Cheer you may wonder if it’s possible to experience Peace and Joy In a world that is in so much turmoil. There is political and social uproar; earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, terrorism, and every type of calamity. Where and how do you find peace in all that is happening?
The Peace you are looking for is found in an event that changed history and separated time- that event is the Birth of Christ.
Christmas is the time of year we celebrate the Birth of our Savior. When I think of Jesus' birth, I always think of the angels telling the shepherds that the Savior of the world was born. Jesus’ birth, life, death and resurrection is recorded not only in history but also in the Bible.
"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 2:8–14
What a glorious night that was. The Prince of Peace was born! Jesus came to give us Peace. Peace with God and peace with each other. And you can Have the Peace He Promised. Peace when everything around you seems to be falling apart- Paul The Apostle called it the peace that passes all understanding. (Phil. 4:7)
Before Jesus Christ left the earth, He reminded us of this gift: "I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don't be troubled or afraid" John 14:27.
How do you have this peace God promised? By receiving God’s love through what Jesus did on the cross when he took our sin and judgement upon himself, cleansing us from all our sin and giving us His righteousness.
Now we can have Peace to approach God our Heavenly Father. This Peace is amazing because it comes with Joy, Love and The Power Of The Holy Spirit. Yes, Jesus was born, but His mission was to die for the sin of the World- Jesus Said, For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. (John 3:16-17)
The step to real Peace is by simply believing what God did for you at the Cross and accepting Gods amazing gift. This will bring you the Peace you’ve been searching for- Peace in the midst of any storm.
There is no Peace without having accepted the Prince of Peace as your Lord and Savior. I encourage you if you have never asked Jesus in your heart to do so, Now!
Romans 10:9–10 declares, "If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved."
If you once knew Christ but have not been living in peace with His Word, I encourage you to receive God's forgiveness and return your affection to Him.
We would have no peace had Jesus not paid the supreme sacrifice for it. There was a price paid for peace. God loved us so much that He willingly manifested himself in the flesh of His only Son, sent to the earth, born of a woman to redeem us.
It disturbs me that some Christians rely on chemical alternatives rather than look to the Peace Giver. God can get you through any storm without altering your body chemistry. He is the problem solver, therefore you have been made an Overcomer through Christ;
How do I keep my peace of heart on the Lord at all times? By renewing your mind and reciting God’s Word. Isaiah 26:3–4 says, "You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind is stayed on You, because He commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You. So trust in the Lord (commit yourself to Him, lean on Him, hope confidently in Him) forever; for the Lord God is an everlasting Rock."
Throughout the day, thank the Lord for what He has done for you. You now have continuous access to his throne of grace to receive help in your time of need.
Choose to dwell on positive things rather than negative thoughts. Satan tries to bombard your mind with worry, fear, anxiety, confusion, and doubt. I encourage you to follow Gods instructions in Philippians 4:8–9:
"Finally, brethren, whatever things are true( that Christ is your advocate), whatever things are noble, whatever things are just( he justified you on the cross), whatever things are pure ( you’ve been made pure by the blood of Jesus), whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you."
"The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail."—Isaiah 58:11
Can you imagine the scene? The shepherds were on the hillside at night tending their flocks. Suddenly an angel appeared and spoke to them. Then a host of angels appeared, saying, “Glory to God in the highest. Peace on earth. Goodwill toward men!” Meanwhile, the magi—bearing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh—followed a bright star, unsure of their destination but searching for their King. And in a manger filled with hay, surrounded by donkeys and roaming sheep, lay Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. This was the child whom Isaiah had long ago prophesied of—the Mighty God, the Prince of Peace, Emmanuel( God with us) (Isa. 7:14, 9:6). Many hearts had longed for this day. Now it had finally come!
Galatians 4:4–5 says, “WHEN THE RIGHT TIME CAME, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons” and in Romans 8:1-4, “Now there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh , could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for the sin , he condemned sin in the flesh in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who no longer walk according to the flesh but now by the Spirit of God in us.
He reached out to us when we could not reach out to Him because of the law of sin and death that kept us slaves. He came so that we could be His children, no longer bound by sin or shame but free to walk boldly into the throne room of Heaven to Worship the Father for all He is, has done and all we receive from him.
Jesus was born in a stable in Bethlehem at exactly the right time. He was born so that He could offer us Forgiveness, Healing and Peace. When your struggling He’s the anchor of your soul. When your sick or hurting receive Him as your Healer, when your facing lack, know he’s your Abundant Provision. He came so that you might have life and have it more abundantly (John 10:10).
What a joyous time of year! Not because of Christmas trees, presents or decorations, but it’s about Jesus being born, it’s about Jesus saving your soul, so invite Him in and be born again and Christmas for you will truly begin.
Receive His amazing love today and know the abundant life he came to give you on earth as it will be in all eternity.
Pray this prayer out loud right where you are-
Heavenly Father thank you for sending Jesus- I believe He was beaten, hung, and died in my place, I believe you rose him from the dead because He conquered the power of sin and death to give me new life, I believe you sent me the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, who you sent in Jesus name that he will teach me all things and will remind me of everything you have said to me. Your peace I receive In Jesus Name Amen- (John 14:26)
Now believe and trust God for His peace and mind to dwell in you.
Love in His Grace;
Pastor Joe & Jacquelyn Sabolick
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