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December 23, 2014

Advent Adventure, Part 11

“Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.” Romans 5:1 (NLT)

When the angels announced the birth of Jesus to the shepherds, they promised peace to those on whom God’s favor rested.  The Bible speaks of peace with God and the peace of God. The first deals with our position before God, and the latter deals with our condition in responding to the circumstances of life.  Only when you have peace with God may you experience the peace of God.  Paul helps us understand God’s peace in both capacities.  In Romans 5:1 he says, “… we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord as done for us.”  Through His death, Jesus satisfied the wrath of God against sin. The Bible says, “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”  (Romans 6:23) Christ died for our sins.  Through faith in Him as our Savior from sin, we can have peace with God.  When we’ve made peace with God, we can experience the peace of God for all that life may bring.  In Philippians he writes, Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)  Maybe you need that peace right now.  His peace is available to you 24/7!  The Bible says that Jesus is our peace.  To His disciples, Jesus said, Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27 (NIV)  In Ephesians Paul writes that, “Christ Himself is our peace….” Ephesians 2:14 (NCV)  One way to experience His peace this Christmas is to thank Him for being your peace.  When you thank Jesus for being your peace, you are appropriating His peace for your situation.  You are praying in faith – with the assumption that He is your peace.  You may want to spend some time meditating on Philippians 4:6-7 until His peace covers you like a warm blanket.  Remember that God is in control, and He will never leave you or forsake you.  “… And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”