The Preparation for Peace

December 06, 2020 | George Clash

The season of Advent is not just a church tradition or dead liturgical practice, it's a prophetic celebration.

It's a season where we prepare ourselves for the coming arrival of Jesus!

Advent as a Prophetic Celebration: Past, Present, Future

We look back to what God has done, We rejoice in His presence with us in the present, and we look forward to His return and the promise of eternal life.

Have your prepared room in your life for God to encounter you?

What clutter and distractions need to be done away with in this season of preparation?

Our spiritual preparation paves the way for us to encounter God and live a life of purpose and peace.

2 Chronicles 16:9
The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. What a fool you have been! From now on you will be at war.”

James 1:17
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

Luke 2:8-20
That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.” Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying, “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.” When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often. The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them.

True peace comes from pleasing God

Is God pleased with the way that I am living my life?

John 16:33
I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

God is pleased when we are humble and acknowledge our need for Him.

These are signs of a genuine encounter with the Lord. A fear, a sense of holiness and our unworthiness arises in us which leads to the reassurance and peace of God’s presence. Which in turn leads to the fulfillment of God’s promise.

Three Main Principals:

True Peace comes from pleasing God

God is pleased when we are humble and acknowledge our need for Him.

God’s peace becomes accessible when we put our trust in His Son.

Isaiah 26:3-4
You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord GOD is the eternal Rock.

Call to Action-Making Room For God

Read the Gospel of Luke: Catch up to Luke Ch.6 and then read one chapter each day to finish the gospel on Christmas Day (12/25).

Spend 10 minutes each morning this week asking the Lord to search your heart. Wait, sit quietly, and let His word come to you.

'Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.' Psalms 139:23-24

Processing Questions:

How is God calling you to practice humility?

Where in your thinking do you need to fix your thoughts on Jesus?

What troubles are you facing right now that you can invite God's peace and presence into?

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