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ADVENT ….. love, hope, PEACE, joy …. December 17, 2017

     For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, PRINCE OF PEACE. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end. Isaiah 9:6-7 ESV

     Peace. If it were a commodity, it would be more expensive than gold, sought after like treasure, and cherished as a precious gift or possession. Truth is; it is expensive, for it cost God’s Son his life. It is sought after by many, and is precious to those who truly obtain it. You could never buy it, yet it can be found, and is a very precious gift for those to whom it has been given. Now the question which needs to be answered is, “What is true peace, and how does one obtain it?”

Know The Source of Peace:
     Grace to you and PEACE from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 1:7… 1 Corinthians1:3.. 2 Corinthians 1:2… Galatians 1:3… Ephesians 1:2… Philippians 1:2… Colossians 1:2 2 Thessalonians 1:2… 1 Timothy 1:2… 2 Timothy 1:2… Titus 1:4… Philemon 1:3…

Paul, at the beginning of his letters, has made it abundantly clear the source from which we acquire peace. People have searched the world over attempting to find rest and true peace for their soul, but it is never found in a destination. It is always found in the one and only person of “God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Remember the little phrase, “No Peace No God…. Know God Know Peace”? It is not just a little phrase; it is absolute truth.

Understanding Peace:
     And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7 ESV

     God’s peace is beyond comprehension, yet it is obtainable. It is a peace that is placed into your heart by the Holy Spirit that continually guards you life and thoughts. Because the world did not give this peace to you, it cannot understand nor comprehend it. But it is desired greatly, to have and to experience it. Peace as in Philippians 4:7 is given with instructions in the
nothing… pray about everything … in thanksgiving bring request to Him…. fix our minds on things honorable, just, pure, lovely, and commendable. Verse 9 gives us the promised results, What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me – practice these things, and THE GOD OF PEACE WILL BE WITH YOU.

Filled with Peace:
     May the God of hope fill you with all joy and PEACE in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13 ESV

     This reminds me of the old hymn, “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus Blood and righteousness.” How else could you have peace in life than to realize that His Salvation is dependent upon His grace and mercy. How could I have true peace if I thought I had to live perfect or at least good enough to obtain salvation. (Ephesians 2:8-9) It is the sacrificial blood of Jesus alone that can save / redeem me from my sin. Another hymn comes to mind as I’m writing this, “What can wash away my sins? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.” When Jesus grew to a man and began His earthly ministry, He approached the Jordan to be baptizes by John. John saw him coming and said, “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes way the sin of the world.” John 1:29 ESV  Jesus, from the cradle to the cross, from the cross to the grave, from the grave he rose victorious over death. To this we can proclaim as Christians, “O death where is your victory? O death where is your sting?” 1 Corinthians 15:55 ESV We live in the peace of knowing God became flesh and dwelt among us and defeated sin once and for all in His only Son, Jesus Christ.

Because of His Grace ~ Pastor David

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