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Prince of Peace

By on December 2, 2018

Rev. Audrey Spencer
Isaiah 9:2, 6-7

Introduction: Can we really have peace on this earth? Or is it just a pipe dream that we cling to around the Christmas season? Each year thousands of Christmas cards go out conveying this sentiment of peace – “Peace on Earth”; “PEACE”. Were the angels feeding us a line when they said, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” Luke 2:14. It seems like we’ve had anything but peace since the world began. PEACE? I don’t think so. What did Jesus mean when he said, “I have said this to you, so that in me you may have peace. In the world you face persecution. But take courage; I have conquered the world!” Jesus promised us he would leave us peace – John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give you. I give to you not as the world gives. Don’t be troubled or afraid.” Did he break his promise, or can he really live up to the final name given him in Isaiah 9:6? Isaiah 9:6 “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” I believe he can give us peace – an unimaginable peace.

PEACE WITH GOD
It is not possible to have the peace of God without peace with God. It all starts right here. Each of us, because of our sin, has a problem with God. Our sin has separated us from God. A reconciliation (or peace treaty) had to be signed. God’s peace treaty was signed with the blood of Jesus Christ. When we put our complete faith and trust in Jesus Christ our salvation is settled and we have peace with God. Romans 5:1 “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:” If you want the peace of God you have to make peace with God through belief in Jesus Christ. Until that occurs, we may have fleeting moments of peace, but we’ll never have the peace that passes understanding.

PEACE WITHIN MYSELF
Our inability to obtain the peace of God is often tied to an inner turmoil we are experiencing. It’s a battle raging within us. It comes in a couple of forms…

  1. Human selfishness. Rom 8:6 “The attitude that comes from selfishness leads to death, but the attitude that comes from the Spirit leads to life and peace. The Christian life is a battle between being more spiritually minded and being more fleshly, or selfish minded. The decision to become a Christian is a life altering decision. How we live ought to change as we choose to follow Christ. The inner conflict that exists will steal your peace because you know you aren’t doing right. The peace of God comes from being spiritually minded – pursuing the spiritual things of God. My inner peace also comes from relinquishing…
  2. Control. We fight God for control all the time.

PEACE WITH OTHERS
Our ability to have the peace of God can be hampered by conflict with others in our life. We know this is true. When your relationships stink, your life stinks – you have no peace. Is there a relational riff in my life that I could take steps to restore? Doing so will help restore the peace of God in my life. Here’s what Paul said… Romans 12:18 “if possible, to the best of your ability, live at peace with all people.” You do as much as you can to live peaceably with all people, but understand when you take a stand for truth and righteousness some people won’t like it. You’ll never please everyone, so the best option is to make sure you are pleasing God first and foremost. Is peace on earth possible? Without question. We can have a peace that passes human comprehension if we will make peace with God, maintain peace within ourselves, and do our best to keep the peace with others

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