Monday, February 8, 2016

Bible Study: Christmas “The Prophecy of the Messiah” Week # 8

Prayer:

Father God, I am so grateful for Your Word in my life, and the reality of it, knowing that most of it has been fulfilled. We come to You now as humble children of a Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and our Prince of Peace. Thank You for the joy of experiencing this in our life time. Bless us, Lord, to be in that fulfilment of Your promise to come back for us in the last days. Thank You, Lord, for grace and mercy that was promised and fulfilled through Jesus our Lord. Bless our families to know You and Your Word through fulfillment of Titus 2:13, Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ; and that we all abide constantly as 1 John 2:28 says, And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming. Thank You, Lord, for the peace and confidence You give us. We praise Your Holy Name. We thank You for Immanuel Who came to make us free. Bless this study for our learning, so we can show ourselves approval unto You, in Jesus' name we pray. AMEN.

God is with us:            Immanuel:      Matthew 1:23

"Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us."

 

Printed Text:   (Isaiah 9:6) "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."

Subject:           Fulfillment:                                       

Let's talk about the fulfilling of these prophecies in this study. What is fulfillment? Many Old Testament prophecies of the Messiah were fulfilled in precise detail by Jesus of Nazareth. Neither the Jews nor the disciples of Jesus understood at the time that Jesus was fulfilling the messianic prophecies of the Old Testament—even though at times He told them this was the case (Luke 18:31; Matthew 26:56). They were looking for a far different Messiah than the One so many prophecies actually described. One of Jesus' defenses to the Jews was to appeal to the Old Testament Scriptures themselves, which identified Him as the One to come. "You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me," He told them (John 5:39). After Jesus was resurrected, He began to help His disciples understand the Scriptures, and the disciples were inspired to declare that Jesus was indeed the Messiah. The proof they offered was the very Scriptures they had not previously understood.

Fulfillment of prophecy is proof:

God, who is able to control all events, caused these prophecies to be written hundreds of years before they were fulfilled in Jesus of Nazareth. As Peter proclaimed, "Those things which God foretold by the mouth of all His prophets, that the Christ would suffer, He [Jesus] has thus fulfilled" (Acts 3:18).

Paul reaffirmed that "Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures" and that "He was buried, and…He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures" (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).

To accurately foretell these events 200 to 800 years in advance is nothing less than a miracle—one that required divine knowledge and power to bring them to pass as foretold. God doesn't do things by chance. He knew even from the foundation of the world that His Son would have to come to earth (1 Peter 1:20), and He foretold the events of His birth, life, and death, so we would have firm evidence on which to base our belief.

"Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them" (Isaiah 42:9).

 

The Bible is an amazing record of God's promises. We can study it to discern the Lord's will for every situation in our lives. However, it can sometimes feel like God isn't answering our petitions. There are two possible reasons why. First, our requests may not be according to His will, and second, they might not have a true foundation. In other words, we can only expect God to give us something if we're asking according to His promises in Scripture.

The story of Abraham is a wonderful example of how God fulfills His promises. By examining this, we can learn the value of waiting on God and observe the negative consequences that come with jumping ahead of Him. Though the details and circumstances of our lives differ from Abraham's, the principles and lessons still apply. For example:

 

The promises of God are always stated clearly (Josh. 1:6, 9). In order to accomplish His purposes in and through us, the Lord has given us very clear promises in Scripture that cover every aspect of our lives. When we cling to them, they anchor us through adversity.

 

God's promises come with clear guidance (Ps. 32:8; Prov. 3:5-6). The Lord doesn't want us to walk in the dark. That's why He's promised to instruct and guide us. The Lord knows all the details and leads us the right way just as He led Abraham through the land of Canaan (Gen. 12:6).

 

We should seek the Lord's guidance in times of personal worship and meditation on His Word (Gen. 12:7-8). After Abraham received an affirmation of the Lord's covenant, he responded by building altars. Over time, he returned to them to worship and remember God's promises. Today, we have the privilege of seeking the Lord and His direction by praying and studying the Bible.

 

Changing our course from God's path indicates we doubt His promises (Gen. 12:9-11). When Abraham encountered famine, he doubted God and decided to go to Egypt. He further complicated matters by lying, telling Sarah to claim she was his sister. We should always remember the Lord is the source for direction rather than our circumstances.

 

The Lord renews His promises because He wants us to follow Him (Gen. 15:1-7). Abraham felt uncertain because he was childless. When he finally decided a servant named Eliezer would be his heir, the Lord appeared and reassured Abraham. Like him, when unexpected difficulties occur, we may wonder if we're on the right path. That's why the Lord encourages us.

 

Listening to ungodly or unwise counsel can cause us to ignore God's promises and veer from His will (Gen. 16:4). As time passed, Sarah became impatient. She decided to take matters into her own hands and gave her servant Hagar to Abraham to produce a child. Abraham listened to her advice, and trouble soon followed. Likewise, when we ignore what God has promised, we'll suffer the consequences.

 

The fulfillment of the Lord's promises may seem impossible from our perspective (Gen. 17:16-19). When God told Abraham that Sarah would bear a son when she was ninety, it seemed so impossible she laughed. But that's precisely what happened. Remember, we should never underestimate the Lord. If we remain obedient when He challenges us with something that seems impossible, He will keep His word and pour out amazing blessings.

 

The fulfillment of God's promises may require us to do something that appears contradictory (Gen. 22:1-5). Although the Lord had clearly said the world would be blessed through Isaac, He tested Abraham's faith by telling him to sacrifice his promised son. Abraham obeyed, and the Lord intervened and provided a ram instead. Whenever God tests us, we should follow Abraham's example and live by faith and obedience, not by emotions and human reasoning.

 

The fulfillment of the Lord's promises may require the surrender of something very dear to us (Gen. 22:2). Isaac was Abraham's beloved child, yet he was willing to surrender him to God. At some point, He may bring us to a pivotal moment when His purpose rests on a single decision. Even if the choice is costly, we must do what God asks and let go of anything we value more than Him.

 

Conclusion: The story of Abraham shows how the Lord keeps His promises, though He may not always do so according to our expectations. He'll do His part by showing us the way, but we must choose to follow His path and let His Word guide us.

 

What were some of the prophecies Jesus fulfilled? Let's take note of a few:

Prophesied……..Genesis 3:15              Fulfilled…………Galatians 4:4

Prophesied……..Genesis 18:18            Fulfilled…………Acts 3:25

Prophesied……..Micah 5:2                  Fulfilled…………Matthew 2:1

Prophesied……..Genesis 17:19          Fulfilled…………Matthew 1:2

Prophesied……..Numbers 24:17          Fulfilled…………Luke 3:34

Prophesied……..Isaiah 7:14               Fulfilled…………Luke 2:7; Matthew 1:23

Prophesied……..Hosea 11:1               Fulfilled…………Matthew 2:13-20

Prophesied……..Zechariah 9:9           Fulfilled…………John 12:12-14

Prophesied……..Genesis. 49:10         Fulfilled………… Luke 3:33

Prophesied……..Daniel 9:25              Fulfilled…………Luke 2:1,2

Prophesied……..Jeremiah 31:15        Fulfilled…………Matthew 2:16

Prophesied……..Isaiah 9:7                   Fulfilled…………Matthew 1:1

Background Scripture:          Luke 21:22    

"For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled."

 

Scriptures References: Genesis 12:1-3; 6-11; 17-19; 15:1-7; 16:4; 17:16-19; 22:1-8; 26:2, Joshua 1:6, 9, Psalm 32:8; Proverbs 3:5-6, Isaiah 54:17, Acts 16:31, Romans 10:9, I John 5:14-15.

Questions:

1).        What is fulfillment in the Bible?

2).        Explain the situation with the fulfillment of Christ and the Jews.

3).        What took place after Jesus' resurrection concerning the fulfillment?

4).        What scripture gives proof of the fulfillment of the prophecy?

5).        Explain how God doesn't do things by chance.

6).        Explain how God's promises is an amazing record in the Bible.

7).        Give another example of God fulfilling His promise in Bible.

8).        Give some of God's promises that comes with clear guidance.

9).        We should seek the Lord's ___ in times of ___ worship and ___on His Word.

10).      Changing our course from God's path indicates we ___ His promises.

11).      The Lord renews His promises because He want us to do what?

12).      Listening to ungodly or unwise counsel can cause us to do what?

13).      The____ of the Lord's promises may seem ___ from our perspective.

14).      The fulfillment of God's promises may require us to do something that___.

15).      The fulfilment of the Lord's promises may require the___ of something very dear to us.

16).      Give a few fulfilled prophecies of Jesus.

Application Question:    From one of God's attributes explain a fulfillment that took place in your life.

Who Prophesied This?           Week # 8         "And preached, saying, There cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose. I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost." (Mark 1:7-8)

Please share a short Review:

Reading Assignment:             Week # 8         Isaiah 59-66    Monday through Sunday

Sharing:          Christmas Songs        Week # 8         We three Kings

We three kings of Orient are Bearing gifts we traverse afar. Field and fountain, moor and mountain, Following yonder star.

O star of wonder, star of night, Star of royal beauty bright, Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect light.

Born a king on Bethlehem's plain, Gold I bring to crown Him again, King forever, ceasing never
Over us all to reign.

O star of wonder, star of night, Star of royal beauty bright, Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect light.

Frankincense to offer have I. Incense owns a Deity nigh. Prayer and praising all men raising,
Worship Him, God on high.

O star of wonder, star of night, Star of royal beauty bright, Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect light.

Myrrh is mine: Its bitter perfume Breaths a life of gathering gloom. Sorrow, sighing, bleeding, dying, Sealed in a stone-cold tomb.

O star of wonder, star of night, Star of royal beauty bright, Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect light. Glorious now behold Him arise, King and God and Sacrifice.
Alleluia, alleluia! Earth to heav'n replies.

O star of wonder, star of night, Star of royal beauty bright, Westward leading, still proceeding,
Following yonder star.

(Key Change#)

O star of wonder, star of night, Star of royal beauty bright, Westward leading, still proceeding,
Following yonder star!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

BIBLE STUDY: "The Prophecy of the Messiah" Sharing


 
 


Application Question:  What do you do when everything is going wrong?

 

I am learning to keep trusting in God, read His Word, and stand on His promises in His Word. In certain situations that may not be easy, but I have learned from the past that God will keep His Word and make a way for escape for His people. Years ago I was engaged to be married, but God showed me this man's heart, and I called off the wedding, and he hunted me to kill me, but God delivered me from his hand. Yes, fear gipped me at that time, and all I knew to do was read God's Word and trust Him to keep me out of this man's way, and He did. I have not seen that man from that day to this day. I know God will make a way out of no way, amen. I trust God when things go wrong!!

 

Who Prophesied This?     Week # 7

                       

 "I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him." (Deuteronomy 18:18).

 

This was Moses speaking (prophesying); God spoke through Moses concerning the Messianic Prophecies, and how they should live in the Promised Land.

 

Please share a short Review:

 

Jesus' disciples lived in a world filled with war, slavery, and poverty. Uncertainty was all they knew, but Jesus said, "My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful" (John 14:27) . However, He also told them He was going to die and that they were going to experience tribulation, rejection, and death. This hardly seems like a recipe for tranquility, so Christ's words didn't make any sense to them at that time. But what does that mean for our lives today? If He's the Prince of Peace, why is our world characterized by violence? Why are people's heart filled with turmoil? How can we have peace when crime, rebellion, dishonesty, and greed are all around us?  Very good question!  In order to understand genuine peace, we must realize it originate from Jesus Christ, amen. He secured our peace through His substitutionary death, He is the source of our daily peace, His peace is not like the world's, and He is the sustainer of our peace through the presence of the Holy Spirit. We can lose our peace through sin, unbelief, worry, and mistreatment. If you have a personal relationship with Christ, He is your peace and has promised never to leave nor forsake you,(Hebrews 13:5).  If you bring everything to Him in prayer with thanksgiving, His peace will surround and protect you through every situation (Philippians 4:6-7). All other sources will fail, but Jesus dwells in you forever. If you'll look to Him, read His Word, and watch Him work in your life, your heart will be calm, even when your circumstances are anything but. Jesus is the Prince of Peace!  In my review of this study I know that God is with us through the Prince of peace.

 

Reading Assignment:             Week # 7         Isaiah 50-58    Monday through Sunday

 

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BIBLE STUDY: "The Prophecy of the Messiah" Week # 7

Answers to Questions:

 1).        What do peace means in Hebrew language?

In Hebrew peace means Shalom.

 2).        We are restored to a relationship of peace with God through who?

Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior's sacrifice (Romans 5:1)

 3).        Explain the Holy Spirit's work in us.

the Holy Spirit will manifest Himself in us by having us live in ways we couldn't possibly live on our own, including filling our lives with love, joy, and peace (Galatians 5:22–23).

 4).        This love, joy, and peace are result of who?

This love, joy, and peace are all results of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

 5).        What is the definition of peace?

A state of tranquillity or quiet: as freedom from civil disturbance; a state of security or order within a community provided for by law or custom a breach of the peace; freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions; harmony in personal relations

 6).        When we call on God what do He do?

He said that, if we called on Him, He would give us the "peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension" (Philippians 4:6–7).

 7).        In the midst of this peace what are we to expect?

We can expect trials and tribulation according to John 16:33 and James 1:2.

 8).        What do Matthew 5:9 call peacemakers?

It's in the Beatitudes, which they are called the sons/daughters of God.

 9).        In John 20:19 what did Jesus give to the disciples?

He gave them peace saying "Peace be with you"

 10).      What do peace means in Greek language?

It means Eirene, which means "unity and accord"; Paul uses Eirene to describe the objective of the New Testament church. But the deeper, more foundational meaning of peace is "the spiritual  harmony brought about by an individual's restoration with God."11).      In all the hustle and bustle, where do you find silence and stillness?

I found that peace in God, and I keep it in His Word, and especially when I do "My Daily Quiet Time with God" each morning before I start my day.

 12).      Where is your place of rest and tranquility in the midst of all the commotion?

It's in my heart knowing that God has promised it to me when I call upon Him each day.

 13).      How can we lose our peace?

I lose my peace when I get my eyes off God and looking at the situation I am facing.

 14).      What kind of peace can transcend the chaos and difficulties of life?

It is that supernatural gift of God which we are blessed with when we walk with Jesus as our Lord and Savior. The world do not receive it nor can it give this peace.

 15).      Read Matthew 6:25, 32, now explain it.

"Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?" and (v32) "(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things."  If we trust the Lord with all our hearts, why worry when God has promised to supply all our needs. When we worry we must ask ourselves, are we trusting God?

Thursday, February 4, 2016

BIBLE STUDY: "The Prophecy of the Messiah" Week # 7

Scriptures References:

 

Psalm 103:19

"The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all."

Psalm 119:165

"Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them."

Isaiah 57:20-21

"But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. 21 There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked."

Isaiah 59:8

"The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace."

John 14:1

"Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me."

John 14:6

"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."

John 14:18

"I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you."

John 14:25-27

"These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. 26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. 27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."

John 15:1-4

"I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me."

John 16:33

"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."

Romans 5:1

"Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:"

Romans 8:28

"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."

Ephesians 2:15

"Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;"

Ephesians 3:16

"That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;"

Philippians 4:6-7

"Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."

2 Thessalonians 3:16

"Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all."

Hebrews 13:5

"Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee."

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Bible Study: Christmas “The Prophecy of the Messiah” Week # 7

Prayer:

Lord God, our Prince of peace, please Lead us into the valley of your protection.  May we feel safe and secure sheltered there. Lead us to drink from streams of life. May we find hope and healing in the waters.  Lead us to fields of green meadows. May we rest in quiet places on the softness of your grass.  Lead us into the light of your eternal truth. May we bathe in the promise of heaven. Lord God, our Heavenly Father, bless our family May we be a beautiful garden for you. Help us to live in harmony, to provide support to each other when needed and at other times space for each of us to grow. Help us to take the time to receive the warmth of your grace in our lives and to drink from the water of life daily. Guide us as we live our lives to have the right balance of work, rest and play. May we be healthy, contented and giving in all that we do. Create in us an oasis of love and hope that others can rest within and enjoy. Help us not to be anxious, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving,  help us to make our requests be made known to Father, so that the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard our hearts and our thoughts in Christ Jesus, (Philippians 4:6-7).  Surely You took up our pain and bore our suffering,  yet we considered You to be punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. We thank You for being pierced for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by Your wounds we are healed, (Isaiah 53:4-5). Thank You, Lord.  Now may the God of hope fill all of us with all joy and peace in believing, that we may abound in hope, and in the power of His Holy Spirit. We give You all the glory, honor, and praises, AMEN.
God is with us:            Immanuel:      Matthew 1:23

"Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us."

 Printed Text:   (Isaiah 9:6) "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."

 Subject:           The Prince of Peace: 

                       

"What does it mean that Jesus is the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6)?"
In Isaiah's prophecy about the coming Messiah, he says: Let's read it again in another version……….
"For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace" (Isaiah 9:6).

In a world filled with war and violence, it's difficult to see how Jesus could be the all-powerful God who acts in human history and be the embodiment of peace. But physical safety and political harmony don't necessarily reflect the kind of peace He's talking about (John 14:27).

The Hebrew word for "peace," shalom, is often used in reference to an appearance of calm and tranquility of individuals, groups, and nations. The Greek word eirene means "unity and accord"; Paul uses eirene to describe the objective of the New Testament church. But the deeper, more foundational meaning of peace is "the spiritual harmony brought about by an individual's restoration with God."

In our sinful state, we are enemies with God (Romans 5:10). "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8). Because of Christ's sacrifice, we are restored to a relationship of peace with God (Romans 5:1). This is the deep, abiding peace between our hearts and our Creator that cannot be taken away (John 10:27–28) and the ultimate fulfillment of Christ's work as "Prince of Peace."

But Christ's sacrifice provides more for us than eternal peace; it also allows us to have a relationship with the Holy Spirit, the Helper who promises to guide us (John 16:7, 13). Further, the Holy Spirit will manifest Himself in us by having us live in ways we couldn't possibly live on our own, including filling our lives with love, joy, and peace (Galatians 5:22–23). This love, joy, and peace are all results of the Holy Spirit working in the life of a believer. They are reflections of His presence in us. And, although their deepest, most vital result is to have us live in love, joy, and peace with God, they can't help but to spill over into our relationships with people.

And we desperately need it—especially since God calls us to live with singleness of purpose with other believers, with humility, gentleness, and patience, "being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace" (Ephesians 4:1–3). This unity in purpose and gentleness would be impossible without the work of the Holy Spirit in us and the peace we have with God thanks to the sacrifice of His Son.

Ironically, the lightest definition of peace, that of the appearance of tranquility in a person, can be the most difficult to grasp and maintain. We do nothing to acquire or maintain our spiritual peace with God (Ephesians 2:8–9). And, while living in unity with other believers can be extremely difficult, living in peace in our own lives can very often feel impossible.

Note that peaceful doesn't mean "easy." Jesus never promised easy; He only promised help. In fact, He told us to expect tribulation (John 16:33) and trials (James 1:2). But He also said that, if we called on Him, He would give us the "peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension" (Philippians 4:6–7). No matter what hardships we are faced with, we can ask for a peace that comes from the powerful love of God that is not dependent on our own strength or the situation around us.

A prince would have been understood by Isaiah's readers as a leader among a group of people. Jesus certainly fits this role as leader of all the people of the world. But what does it mean to be the Prince of Peace? The Hebrew word for peace, shalom, was often used in the Old Testament to refer to a time of rest between groups or nations. Likewise, the Greek equivalent in the New Testament, eirene, was used regarding one of the goals of believers. For example, the Beatitudes include the teaching, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God" (Matthew 5:9).

In contrast, the Pharisees misidentified Jesus, calling Him the prince of demons: "by the prince of demons he casts out the demons" (Mark 3:22; also Matthew 9:34; 12:24; Luke 11:15). Instead, the New Testament writers referred to Jesus as the "Lord of lords" and "King of kings," titles similar to that of a prince: "he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords" (1Timothy 6:15; also Revelation 17:14; 19:16).

Before the death of Jesus, He told His followers, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid" (John 14:27). Following His resurrection, we read, "On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, 'Peace be with you'" (John 20:19).

The apostle Paul would develop the theme of peace at length in Romans. Romans 5:1 says, "Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." In Galatians 5:22, peace is noted as part of the fruit of the Spirit. In Ephesians 2:14, Paul identifies Jesus Himself as our peace. How did Jesus provide this peace? Colossians 1:20 shares that it was by "making peace by the blood of his cross."

Alongside other powerful names such as Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, and Eternal Father, the Messiah Jesus is given the title Prince of Peace, indicating one of His many roles—the One who is the leader of peace and offers it to others.

 

It is wonderful to know that we don't have to be perfect before God. But Christmas brings with it hectic schedules, tired loved ones, crowded malls, harried shoppers, and seasonal tasks that have absolutely nothing to do with Jesus' birth. A million details, people, events, and even crises pull us in as many different directions.

 

In all the hustle and bustle, where do you find silence and stillness? Where is your place of rest and tranquility in the midst of all the commotion?

Thankfully, the promise of a much-needed blessing appears throughout the Christmas story. Used more than four hundred times in Scripture, it is a word woven throughout the prophecies of Jesus' coming as a special gift to us from God. That wonderful word is peace.

 

In speaking about the Savior, the prophet Isaiah reported,

 A child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called…Prince of Peace.  Isaiah 9:6

Likewise, we read that, on the night Jesus was born, there appeared… a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased'.  Luke 2:13–14

 

Surely this promise of peace is a welcome one — especially at Christmas when there is so much that can steal our inner tranquility. As soon as we are able to settle down, get some rest, and quiet our spirit, it seems as if some other request, demand, burden, or emergency rushes in. As quick as lightning, we lose the calm we worked so hard to find.

 

His name will be called Prince of Peace.  Isaiah 9:6

 If you find Christmas a time of agitation and anxiety, you are certainly not alone. We tend to think that if we had enough money or the right connections, the holidays — all of life, in fact — would be much easier. Especially during the Christmas season, though, many look to wealth, and possessions as the pathway to inner peace. They think that if they could just have that latest gadget, they would be happy. If they could only buy their loved ones those special gifts, they could maintain harmony in their household. Sadly, plans like these never work. Worldly goods can never fill our emptiness, give us worth, or restore broken relationships.

This is the inherent problem with the world's definition of peace: it is based on our limited human resources and therefore offers only temporary results. A momentary solution cannot reach down to the root of the issues causing our stress and anxiety, much less provide lasting relief. As Christmas approaches, what can you do to maintain genuine tranquility despite the season's activities and pressures? What can you do to preserve harmony within yourself, with others, and, most importantly, with your heavenly Father?

Jesus shows us the way. He taught that we could have His profound inner peace in even the most chaotic situations. He told the disciples, Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.  John 14:27 Christ's tranquility is not based on circumstances; rather, it is a supernatural gift that we are blessed with when we walk with Jesus as our Lord and Savior.

The Good News is that Christ has made this kind of profound, abiding tranquility available to all of us who believe in Him. So how can you take hold of all He offers? How can you receive the "peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension" (Philippians 4:7)?

First, understand that the peace of God originates in our reconciliation with Him. Our entering into a relationship with Him marks the beginning of our ability to experience His true, heart-changing, supernatural tranquility. The Greek word for peace is eirene, and it means "to bind together." When you trust Jesus as your Savior, He binds you to Himself for all eternity. You never need to worry about losing your salvation because Jesus made you right with the Father through His death on the cross — and no one can ever take that away from you. No matter what occurs here on earth, you can be absolutely confident of your right relationship with God and assured that you have a home in heaven.

But, second, we must also realize that harmony with the Father leads to the calmness of soul that can only come from Him. In other words, our choice to obey God enables us to experience the supernatural peace that He gives. Of course, you may be wondering why you must submit to the Lord's plans in order to experience tranquility. You may feel you know what is best for your own life, so why listen to Him? Remember, God understands you better than you comprehend yourself. He sees your potential and all that is possible through you. So when you head in a direction that is contrary to what you were created for or that could conceivably hurt you, His Holy Spirit will always prod you to return to His path because He only wants the very best for you.

But when you obediently walk in God's will, His wisdom, power, and love protect you and preserve your peace. What happens to you is like what happens during a raging ocean storm. The driving winds and rain may stir up tumultuous waves that no ship could survive. But if you descend beneath the surface several hundred feet, you find that the water is quiet, still, and calm. You wouldn't even know a tempest was thundering on the surface.

When people learn to walk in a strong relationship with Jesus, the storms that assail their lives don't upset the calm assurance within them. Deep within, they remain at peace, dwelling in the Almighty's holy presence, grateful for His protection, and trusting in His plan. Knowing that God is sovereign, they are at peace because they understand that nothing touches their lives outside of His authority, wisdom, and love.

Third, we must also embrace the fact that Christ takes full responsibility for our needs when we obey Him. Earthly peace is often based on worldly resources that can — and ultimately will — fail. So when we face situations beyond our abilities, talents, skills, and wealth, no wonder we feel overwhelmed, anxious, and discouraged.

God understands you better than you comprehend yourself. But Jesus is called the Prince of Peace for an important reason. The Hebrew word for prince is sar, which means "commander, ruler, leader, or captain" — the one who overcomes all obstacles in order to accomplish his purpose. In other words, whatever your circumstances may be, God is always completely able and willing to help you. As a believer, you can calmly and joyfully trust Him, because you know that the One who is best able to give you victory in every situation will never leave you or forsake you.

Finally, understand that you will experience the Father's peace when you make your relationship with Him your top priority and nurture it every day. Only the Lord is able to calm your worries and drive out your fears. So whenever concerns creep up, consider it Jesus' call to spend time with Him.

Why? Because when you spend time with the Lord, you realize that He's got everything under control and that He will work everything out for your good. And when you walk in the center of His will and learn to see your circumstances from His perspective, you can enjoy that deep, wonderful, supernatural tranquility.

In addition to experiencing the peace that comes only through the Father, you'll also be a calming presence to those around you. You'll be able to handle the conflicts that arise with greater grace, wisdom, and composure.

Always remember, instead of fretting about Christmas presents you must purchase, people you must please, and parties you must plan, think of the One you need most: focus on the Prince of Peace through-out the year.

In faith, surrender yourself to His loving care. Rest in His ability to help you. Let the peace of the Lord Jesus give you unshakable calm through all seasons, and you will experience the rest, gladness, and hope He created you to enjoy.

Promises of God's Peace

These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.  John 16:33

In peace I will both lie down and sleep, For You alone, O Lord, make me to dwell in safety.  Psalm 4:8

The Lord will give strength to His people; The Lord will bless His people with peace. —Psalm 29:11

 Background Scripture:          John 14:27    

 "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."

 Scriptures References: Psalm 103:19; 119:165, Isaiah 57:20-21; 59:8, John 14:1, 6, 18; 25-27; 15:1-4; 16:33, Romans 5:1; 8:28; Ephesians 2:15; 3:16, Philippians 4:6-7, 2 Thessalonians 3:16, Hebrews 13:5

 

Questions:

1).        What do peace means in Hebrew language?

2).        We are restored to a relationship of peace with God  through who?

3).        Explain the Holy Spirit's work in us.

4).        This love, joy, and peace are result of who?

5).        What is the definition of peace?

6).        When we call on God what do He do?

7).        In the midst of this peace what are we to expect?

8).        What do Matthew 5:9 call peacemakers?

9).        In John 20:19 what did Jesus give to the disciples?

10).      What do peace means in Greek language?

11).      In all the hustle and bustle, where do you find silence and stillness?

12).      Where is your place of rest and tranquility in the midst of all the commotion?

13).      How can we lose our peace?

14).      What kind of peace can transcend the chaos and difficulties of life?

15).      Read Matthew 6:25, 32, now explain it.

 

Application Question:  What do you do when everything is going wrong?

 

Who Prophesied This? Week # 7                  

 "I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him." (Deuteronomy 18:18)

 

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Reading Assignment:             Week # 7         Isaiah 50-58    Monday through Sunday


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Silent night, Holy night All is calm, all is bright Round yon virgin, mother and child Holy infant, tender and mild Sleep in heavenly peace, Sleep in heavenly peace.3

Silent night, Holy night Son of God, love's pure light Radiant beams from thy holy face With the dawn of redeeming grace, Jesus, Lord at thy birth Jesus, Lord at thy birth.2

Silent night, Holy night Shepherds quake, at the sight Glories stream from heaven above
Heavenly, hosts sing Hallelujah. Christ the Savior is born, Christ the Savior is born.1

Bible Study: The Prayer Jesus Taught His Disciples Week # 1

Matthew 6:5-16 Beginning Prayer:   Father, we enter Your gates with thanksgiving in our hearts, and with...