The Peace of Advent: Day 14

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Isaiah 26:3, stated above, reminds us that trust and peace are companions; however, this relationship is guaranteed only when our trust is in God. When we are fully trusting Him, we will experience His peace regardless of our circumstances or the size of the challenges we face. This does not mean that we will not hurt or suffer wrenching loss; however, as we depend on Him and trust Him fully, we will experience His peace. He will give His peace to us. This is not wishful thinking. It is His promise and He always keeps His word.

Prayer

Father, it pleases You when we trust You. And You have promised to give us Your peace when we do. There are times when we struggle to trust You but You are always trustworthy. This Advent season (and always), help us to keep our attention on You. Even in the midst of all that is difficult and wars to take our eyes off of You, help us trust You. Give us the desire and the ability to do so. In Jesus Name.

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Other posts in the Advent 2017 series can be found here.

Advent Day 13 & FMF: Different

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“Prince of Peace.” This is one of the names given to You, the Child who was born and the Son who was given (Isaiah 9:6).

And You give this assurance through the prophet Isaiah, “You will keep in perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast [that is, committed and focused on You – in both inclination and character]. Because he trusts and takes refuge in You [with hope and confident expectation]. Further, You instruct us through the apostle Paul, “Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests know to God. And the peace of God [that peace which] reassures the heart, [that peace which] transcends all understanding, [that peace which]  stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours] (Philippians 4:6-7, AMP). And this peace that You give, this gift of peace, is different from the peace that the world gives. It is not fragile or dependent on circumstances. It endures because it is based in You the Prince of Peace.

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FMF

This post was written for Day 13 of the Advent 2017 series and for Five Minute Friday.

The Peace of Advent: Day 12

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The season in which this revelation of God as “Jehovah Shalom – The Lord is peace,” occurred was one of oppression and starvation (Judges 6:1-6, NLT). These cruel conditions were the result of Israel’s disobedience; however, as happened repeatedly in their history, God intervened when they cried out to Him for help. God spoke to them through a prophet (Judges 6:6-10). Then, as the Angel of the LORD, spoke to Gideon, whom He had chosen to deliver Israel. The closing moments of Gideon’s encounter with the Angel of the LORD included a dramatic scene that revealed to Gideon beyond the shadow of any doubt that he had encountered the Angel of the LORD. Gideon’s expectation? Certain death. God’s response to Gideon? Compassion. “The Lord said to him, “Peace to you, do not be afraid; you shall not die” (Judges 6:23, AMP). In the midst of what was likely abject terror, God spoke words of comfort and assurance to Gideon. Out of that experience, Gideon received the revelation that “the LORD is peace” (Judges 6:24).

This chapter show us that God not only gives peace, He is peace. And I am reminded of a truth shared by Ann Voskamp in her book, The Greatest Gift, “God gives God.” He gives us who He is. Other examples of this truth are found in verses such as Psalm 71:5 (AMP), “For You are my hope; O Lord God, You are my trust and the source of my confidence from my youth, ” and Psalm 28:7 (NIV), “The Lord is my strength…” Whenever we ask for what we need, always He gives us of Himself.

Prayer

Father, this Advent season, give us a fresh understanding of the truth that You give who You are. May it sink deep into our spirits. Help us to remember that You, LORD, are peace and everything else that we need. Let this truth lead us to ask boldly for more of You. In the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace.

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Other posts in the Advent 2107 series can be found here.

The Peace of Advent: Day 11

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“Peace I leave with you; My [perfect] peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart 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.]” (John 14:27, AMP)

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Other posts in the Advent 2107 series can be found here.

 

 

The Peace of Advent: Day 10

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In the midst of the hustle and bustle, may your soul be quieted by His peace.

“The Lord bless you, and keep you [protect you, sustain you, and guard you];
The Lord make His face shine upon you [with favor],
And be gracious to you [surrounding you with lovingkindness];

The Lord lift up His countenance (face) upon you [with divine approval],
And give you peace [a tranquil heart and life].” (Numbers 6:24-26, AMP)

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Other posts in the Advent 2107 series can be found here.