Thursday, December 24, 2015



Luke 2:8-14

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and 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 among those with whom he is pleased!”

Can we really have peace?
Our world is becoming increasingly worse!
Countries are at war; some are predicting World War III.
The economy is not getting better, so many are having employment difficulties.
So many are battling sickness and even though medicine is progressing, people continue to die.
What kind of peace was God promising?

In the days when Jesus was born, shepherds had the lowliest of all occupations. What could bring peace to their lives? What could bring value to lives that were belittled by all around them?

Only Christ the Lord could bring real and lasting peace. He was the Son of God, who would bring salvation to man and peace with God.

Many are looking for peace today, but they only desire material well-being.

The real message of Christmas is that we can have peace with God. Our eternal state depends on it.

If you know Christ, are you experiencing peace?

Believers can leave their burdens in the hands of God. We have the privilege of prayer. We can talk to God and trust in His sovereign, loving wisdom and power.

Believers can renew their minds through the Word of God. Only then their thoughts will be true, honorable, pure, honorable, just, lovely and commendable.
Believers can enjoy the fellowship of life in the local church. 

It is there where all the ‘one-anothers’ are put into practice

 We must guard our hearts!

When we allow our eyes to wonder and our human desires to guide us, we will quickly lose our peace. The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life which cause us to pursue what is earthly will never produce peace.

Dear friends, Christmas is a wonderful time of the year to consider just where we are looking for peace. God did not intend for us to find mere temporary peace, but to experience a peace that would produce in us gratitude, submission, satisfaction and real hope.

John 14:27
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
May the angels’ good news of great joy bring you real peace with God, through Christ Jesus. May God use us all to proclaim true peace through Jesus Christ!

Isaiah 9:6
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.

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