Prince of Peace
In a time of chaos, peace is something to treasure. Looking to the Hebrew meaning for prince it can be defined as leader, chief, or captain of peace.
What is the significance of having a God that is the chief of peace?
• God’s peace turns our chaos into purpose.
• God’s peace brings clarity instead of confusion.
• God’s peace comes to us where we are. It comes in ways and in places that only he can fill.
If God is not in your life, you will not know true peace. To know God is to know peace! Jesus’ death and resurrection leaves us with more than just eternal peace. Because of the cross we have been invited in to have a relationship so personal with God on earth, right now.
The Holy Spirit is that bridge from us to God made possible by Jesus. Jesus said that he would send a helper for us, that it was better for him to leave because the best was yet to come. What could be better than Jesus? The amazing gift of the Holy Spirit is something we should never take for granted and one benefit is the peace that he brings to our souls in every season. (1 Corinthians 14:33, John 14:27, Isaiah 26:3, Matthew 11:28-30, 1 Peter 5:7, 2 Thessalonians 3:16, Ephesians 2:14)
Would you allow the Holy Spirit to penetrate your heart in the areas you need peace the most?
In multiple language, he’s the same God!
Taken at face value it is incredible that God is referred to our Everlasting Father because of Jesus. Scripture says that we are now adopted sons and daughter (2 Corinthians 6:18, John 1:12-13, Galatians 4:4-5, Romans 8:16-17, Psalm 10:16-18, Ephesians 1:5, Luke 20:36).
Lets talk about adoption for a second.
• In Roman tradition adoption was mostly used as a means of declaring and securing an heir.
• Adoption meant choosing the heir permanently. You could disown biological family, but once adopted you were a permanent member.
• All debts were released – they were wiped away as if they had never happened.
• Adoption was very expensive and a very serious ceremony.
• Strangers were rarely adopted into a family, usually a close friend or relative.
• Girls were rarely adopted.
• Slaves were rarely adopted, mainly freeborn children.
• It was rare that adoption would occur in the presence of a legitimate heir.
• 7 witnesses should be present at the adoption. Incase the adopted father died and there was a dispute, the other witnesses would step forward and bear witness to the rights of the child.
This gives us a deeper meaning of adoption as sons and daughters into the family of God, heirs and co-heirs with Christ; it makes it that much more meaningful and unusual. God sees us as equal, free, chosen, permanent children. The holy spirit is present at our adoption and bears witness of this miracle. We have a forever inheritance through our forever father.
In the Hebrew Might God is El Gibbor. This gives us the picture of God as a Warrior and Champion. Gibbor (Strong’s H1368) has the meaning of powerful, strong or mighty. When we see scripture mention someone that was mighty or powerful like David and Joshua, who were known for their strength and skill as warriors, this same Hebrew word is being used.
As believers we understand that war happens everyday. It is in the battlefield of the mind that we fight between our flesh and our spirit. We need help!
God sent his only son into the world not to condemn us, but to save us from our sinful nature. Our sin, if left untreated, will ruin us completely. Since Jesus has overcome death and the grave, we now have real, lasting hope. We are conquerors because he is the ultimate overcomer.
In the spiritual battles we face, we can have confidence that our Mighty God is preparing us, surrounding us, and fighting for us. [Deuteronomy 3:22, Ephesians 6:12, 1 John 4:4, 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, Isaiah 54:17, Romans 8:37, 2 Thessalonians 3:3]
Why did Jesus come? Listen in as Stu Epperson explains.
For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
The coming of Jesus has been foretold throughout the Old Testament. From the beginning of the fall of man we see that God had a plan; that plan was Jesus. We are going to look at this reality, and why Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year.
What does it mean that his name will be Wonderful, or Counselor? Why would he be known as the Might God, our Everlasting Father or the Price of Peace?
This week we are going to look at the first two names, Wonderful and Counselor.
Wonderful means inspiring delight, pleasure, or admiration; extremely good; marvelous. We see in scripture that God is marvelous and extremely good (John 1:14, 1 John 2:2, Hebrews 4:14-16). Not only in the amazing creation God has made, but by God giving us the gift of Jesus, we now have the amazing gift of salvation through his son. We can go to our father with confidence because he has struggled in every way and did not sin. He can relate to our sorrows and pain. He has made salvation open to all who believe in him, and that is wonderful news for the whole world.
The Holy Spirit is referred to many times as an advisor, helper, and guide (John 14:16-17, 1 John 2:1, John 16:7). The Holy Spirit plays such a significant role in our spiritual lives today. The Spirit brings peace that surpasses our comprehension, understanding of scripture, and even witnesses our salvation as children of God, WOW! (Romans 8:16)
How can we look at Christmas differently this year in light of these first two names? Make sure to follow our Verse of The Day scriptures on our Truth Network Facebook!
Every October, we as a nation take this month to remember and appreciate our pastors. All over the world they are preparing sermons for the unrelenting weekend services. Pastoring is so much more than this. We are reminded in the book of James of the high calling it is to be a teacher and pastor.
“My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment.” James 3:1
Scripture also reminds us that we should give respect and give recognition to those who are above us in leadership.
“And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. Be at peace among yourselves.” 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13
Pastoring is a 24/7 job and is not for the faint of heart. There are needs in each body that he sees and has a responsibility to greater than we understand. At some point this can take a toll and the evidence is staggering to look at.
One number shows that about 250 pastors leave ministries each month for reason such as feeling too overwhelmed, the demands of ministry are more than they can handle, and their church has unrealistic expectations of them. Some feel depression and loneliness to a great degree. Many feel a tension between their family and their ministry.
Don’t you want to stop and pray for your pastor this instant? Go ahead…do it!
It is so important for you to lift your ministry leaders and pastors to God in prayer consistently. This month we will be providing short prayers for you to be lifting up through our social media accounts.
This month think of ways for you and your church to love and support your pastor.
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YOU ARE MORE THAN A CONQUEROR!
Do you believe God’s power can help you conquer anything? For many people, worry, anxiety, and fear are constant companions: fear of death, disease, financial destruction, failure.
These fears are crippling and tighten the grip chaos has on your life. It’s a debilitating battle, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
YOU CAN OVERCOME!
Here’s some good news: You can OVERCOME. God wants you to overcome. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7, NKJV).
God says, “we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” (Romans 8:37, NKJV). He has given us supernatural weapons of warfare; these don’t just protect us from the enemy, they are our offensive armor. They enable us to overcome obstacles like fears that prey on on your life.
This week the Overcomer Tour with Dr. David Jeremiah is coming to those in the Raleigh/Durham area. Please follow the link below to grab free tickets!