Friday, December 14, 2012

Prince of Peace

And He shall be called Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and 
of peace there shall be no end.
Isaiah 9:6-7
The Holy Spirit was announcing 
the coming of a King and a Kingdom.
The government of this Kingdom will continually 
increase and so will the peace that defines it.
The battle today rages over these very issues.
Who governs my will?
What fills my soul?
My will must be in perfect submission 
to the government of God
and my soul must be filled with 
the atmosphere of confident peace.
And both must be continually increasing.
Jesus tells us very clearly that 
in this world we will have trouble.
But His Kingdom is very different
from the world we live in.
We are not to worry or be anxious.
It can never help us; 
it can do a whole lot to hurt us.
It wastes strength and causes exhaustion.
it makes us irritable and negative.

Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, 
but in every circumstance and in everything, 
through prayer and making definite requests, 
with thanksgiving, make your wants known to God.
And God’s peace shall be yours, 
that peace which transcends all understanding 
shall garrison and mount guard 
over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Phil 4:6-7
During this season, I want to be mindful
of the reason Christ came.
He came to incarnate the life of God.
If I am to do likewise, 
then His peace must mark my life.
Lord, I commit my cares 
and any anxious thoughts to You.
 May Your divine love wrap me 
around like a covering, 
quieting all fear and filling me with peace.


  1. Peace is more elusive than we think. Author C. David Coates wrote an eye opening poem which, like a mirror, exposes us to truths we may not wish to see. Here is a slightly modified version of that poem.

    "Aren't humans amazing? They kill wildlife - birds, deer, all kinds of cats, coyotes, beavers, groundhogs, mice and foxes by the million in order to protect their domestic animals and their feed.

    Then they kill domestic animals by the billion and eat them. This in turn kills people by the million, because eating all those animals leads to degenerative - and fatal - health conditions like heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and cancer.

    So then humans spend billions of dollars torturing and killing millions more animals to look for cures for these diseases.

    Elsewhere, millions of other human beings are being killed by hunger and malnutrition because food they could eat is being used to fatten domestic animals.

    Meanwhile, few people recognize the absurdity of humans, who kill so easily and violently, and then plead for 'Peace on Earth.'"

    The good news is that anyone can break this cycle of violence. Each of us has the power to choose compassion. Please visit these websites to align your core values with life affirming choices: &

  2. Anonymous,
    I understand the animal cruelty/violence issue. And it takes people willing to make decisions based on wisdom and compassion on all sides. But I do not believe that peace is dependent on getting this right. Scripture says that, "He will keep in perfect peace he whose mind is fixed on Him." He is the keeper of the peace. We fix our minds on Him and He helps our minds become more like His. “Whose mind is stayed on thee.” Many of us do not find the blessing of peace because are distressed by sorrows,disappointment, failure or expectations. We get anxious in our circumstances. I am talking about peace that passes all understanding. Peace that is being kept by God, as we do our best to fix our minds on Him. I know there are issues out there bombarding us with the need for answers. And I want to diligently be seeking the Lord for His wisdom. I am socially responsible and look to affirm life where ever possible. But my peace is not dependent on anything but keeping my mind fixed on Him and doing what He commands me to do. He will keep me in perfect peace--it is His promise to us. Peace on earth will only come as become an accurate representation of the Prince of Peace here on earth.