24 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS!! I understand that playing Christmas music in June and watching Hallmark Christmas movies in September is a bit much, but I am officially allowed to be as overboard crazy about Christmas as I want!
If you could choose one word to describe November, what would it be? As you think about that to comment it below later, I want to share my word for December:
P E A C E
John 14:27 says “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (NKJV)
There are a few things I want to highlight, and to do that, I will be using different Bible versions. If you’re a hearer more than a reader, have Siri read it to you; I believe it will greatly bless you ;)
I actually want to start backwards with this verse because to understand peace we need to know what it’s not: “a troubled, upset, distraught, fearful heart”. Not fun, but surely we’ve all felt like that a few times. Those feelings can come from absence of someone we love, from lack, from the enemies’ lies or not feeding ourselves from the right source. But instead of focusing on what steals our peace (which is important to identify so we can avoid it), let’s focus on Peace Himself.
The MSG translation says it like this: “I’m leaving you well and whole. That’s my parting gift to you. Peace.”. The NLT says: “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart”. Jesus is not just the giver of peace, for to give a gift you first need to buy it, in other words own it. Therefore, Jesus is the owner of real peace. He is the only One who can make me well and whole, it starts with Him. He’s the only One who can bring peace to both my mind and heart, because the world offers the heart pleasure, only to torment the mind. Jesus, being the owner of peace, can be the giver of it. That’s what He did on the cross, conquered our peace and then wrapped it in red (His blood) to give it to us.
The Amplified version adds: “Let My perfect peace calm you in every circumstance and give you courage and strength for every challenge”. The NLT says: “And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give”. The peace of God is complete, that’s why it completes us. It fills the empty spaces the enemy tried to fill with fear, anxiety and doubt. His peace is so real, so holy, so ‘of Heaven’, that it’s something the world simply cannot manufacture. The world can settle the mind, provide a distraction, but it can never give us strength and courage to overcome. His peace is perfect, it’s whole, it’s a gift within a gift holding a gift!
December, the month of PEACE! Peace under the warmth of the sun, peace in the cold of winter, peace in the loudness of our daily lives, peace in the stillness of the lonely nights. His blood was already shed, His peace has already been provided; reach out your hands and let His peace fill your everything.
Welcome December! Welcome Peace! Welcome eggnog and gingerbread houses!