Journal Entry ~ 12/25/18

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.  - Isaiah 9:6

Prince of Peace. Our Savior came down to this earth to bring us Peace. 

The bible is full of brokenness ~ examples of fallen people living in a fallen world, and Jesus doesn't come to say it will be any easier. He doesn't paint us a rosy picture ~ in fact, He tells us it will be just the opposite. The bible confronts us with the reality of the world we live in, it doesn't pretend that everything is going to be easy once we accept Christ. We will have trials - big ones and small ones, short ones and long ones - and it will be hard. 

But the Bible also tells us of a real peace that we can grab hold of ~ not the kind of peace we find when things are going our way, but a true peace in the face of adversity. It is found in knowing that Our Father is not afraid of or defeated by anything that the enemy may put in front of us. The same power that rose Jesus from the grave lives in each of us - there is true peace in truly accepting that power is in each one of us. There is nothing He cannot defeat. 

Peace is a completeness or a wholeness of mind, it is a calm that cannot be interrupted by the trials of this world. Anxiety, in the other hand, is a distress or uneasiness of the mind caused by fear. 

God never intended for us to experience this division. In the beginning, there was a completeness - all parts of God and His people were connected and woven together. But man thought there was a greater way to achieve peace and they went in search of it, they pulled the peace apart. The perfect peace of God was divided. 

But God. He already had a plan for the moment we would pull that peace apart. The promise from the very beginning was a person. The presence of Jesus - our Prince of Peace - has always been the way to have peace when there was no peace. Even though we were the ones who destroyed this peace, God made a promise to us from the very beginning that He would send a Prince of Peace. The torn fabric of our being can be restored to the way we were originally designed through this Prince of Peace. We can be brought back to the way it was in the beginning. 

If we are children of God, this Prince of Peace is available to us any time we choose go after Him. The problem is when we experience anxiety, we often go after the symptoms of our anxiousness, but we neglect to go after the very thing that will bring us the peace we long for, and we end up in despair. When we set our minds on our trials, our hearts become divided, and our peace is ripped apart. The Peace we long for is the restored relationship WITH God through the Prince of Peace. 

We are told in scripture how to grab ahold of the supernatural peace of God when the trials come. We are to set our minds on Him. Believing and knowing that He is in control of everything that is happening in your life, and He is working all things for good.  This is where wholeness is found again, this is where our Peace comes from - a surrender to the One who reigns over it all. 

Press on ~ you are loved 💗


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