And He Shall Be Called...
Prince of Peace
Day 1. “And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Is. 9:6) When Isaiah wrote this prophecy about Jesus, he was writing about things to come. We now live in a time in which Jesus has come. Isaiah was looking to the future with hope, we can now live in that hope. Jesus is here! As we close this series, think about the last four weeks. How has your perspective of Jesus changed? How have you seen Him as a Wonderful Counselor? Mighty God? Everlasting Father? Prince of Peace? In response to these messages, are there any steps that you desire to take in the coming year?
Day 2. Read Isaiah 9:6-7. Jesus was described as the coming Prince of Peace. But what does this mean? Was Jesus’ birth intended to end all wars and conflict? Clearly this is not the case, or we would have no hope at all! In Colossians 3:15, Paul encourages the reader to “let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts.” His peace is in our heart, not in the world around us. Our peace comes from a confident hope in the truth of who Christ is. He is the one who saves us. He is our mediator and the only way to God. He is a good father, one who will always be by our side. How does your life reflect these truths? Are you living out of a peaceful heart or a distressed heart? Where are you troubled in your life? Reflect on this for a few minutes. Acknowledge your distress to God and ask Jesus for His peace.
Day 3. Read Philippians 4:6-7. Are you anxious? Let your requests be known to God… Pray about it, and He will give peace beyond reason. While we usually think of peace as the absence of conflict, true peace is found instead in the presence of Jesus. Peace is not the alleviation of difficult circumstances but is a state of being that happens when you’re in the middle of it. We can have peace in spite of circumstances; This peace comes in the form of the presence of the One who is the Prince of Peace. Paul encourages us to have “God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.” When do you have trouble accessing Jesus’ peace? If you wrestle with anxiousness, what are the symptoms or signs (in your behaviors or your words), which could help you become more aware?
Day 4. Read Luke 2: 13-14. On the night of Jesus’ birth, the angels declared peace! In God’s plan, the presence of Jesus on Earth is the only thing that can bring peace and deliverance from the distresses we experience in life. Read John 14:23-27. These are Jesus’ words shortly before His death. How does Jesus say that we will receive this peace? See verse 23 again. God will make His home in us. Somehow, someway if we follow and love Jesus, He will be in us and the Holy Spirit will remind us of the profound peace of Jesus. If we pursue in obedience, He will provide peace. If we trust, He will provide peace. Can you recall a time when you felt this kind of peace? If so, describe it by writing in a journal or sharing with a friend. If not, ask God for help. If you search, He will answer.
Day 5. Read Isaiah 26:3. Do you stand in need of peace? Have you experienced the Prince of Peace? If not, it may be because you have not recognized your sin is a barrier between you and God. If you want the peace that Jesus gives, it begins with a simple yet life- changing decision. Jesus came to give us peace – to relieve the consequences of our shortcomings (our sins) – and to walk this life with us. If you are in need of this “perfect peace,” tell God the following: First, recognize that there is not one of us who is without sin, including you. Be honest with Him. Then submit to Him acknowledging that you will follow Him going forward. If you have already trusted Jesus, recall the first time you experienced the Prince of Peace. What difference did that make in your life? If you just made a decision to trust Jesus with your life now, do you have a sense of peace? Whether you’re a long-time Christ-follower or you just made the decision, share your thoughts from this devotional with a person of faith, a friend or family member, maybe with a pastor. Here is one who would celebrate with you, LSCC Small Groups Pastor, Patrick Hukriede Patrick.firstname.lastname@example.org