Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Jesus Wants to be Your Prince of Peace This Christmas Season

 By: Rebekah Hargraves

Photo Courtesy Of: Joanna Kosinska

"For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us, and the government will be on his shoulders. He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace."

~Isaiah 9:6

As too often is the case sometimes, I got really stressed out a couple weeks ago.

The enemy swooped in, and I allowed him to steal my joy and peace as he got me thinking about all that I need and want to do over the next month.

The result was that rather than enjoying the meditative beauty and anticipatory peace of the holiday season, I was left running around like a chicken with my head cut off as I instead pondered “all the things that needed to be done.”

But you know what happened just days later?

I was reminded that the Advent week of peace would soon be coming.

The passage in Isaiah about the Messiah being the Prince of Peace started popping up everywhere (this always happens when the Holy Spirit is trying to teach me something 🤣).

And then a sweet friend on Instagram sent me video of what she had just been reading in a book of mine and how it had encouraged and impacted her. You want to know what the reading “just so happened” to be on? It was all about how our identity is not to come from what *we* accomplish, but instead from what Christ has already accomplished on our behalf! How cool is that??

All of those God things lined up in just such a way as to prove to me that the Lord was trying to teach me something - He wants to be my Prince of Peace. He wants me to lay down my striving, my hustling, my bustling, my stressing. And He wants me to take up His peace, His joy, His rest, and His comfort this Christmas season (and every day!).

May this encourage your own heart this week as we walk through what is, for many of us, commonly the most busy part of our entire year. Do not, do not, do not let the enemy in. Do not let him distract you from what is most important with all the little things you think you have to busy yourself with. Don’t let him steal your peace this Christmas.

May you look to, rest in, and lean on Christ, and come away amazed by just how much peace you can feel and experience down deep in your heart this Christmas season! 

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