Monday, Dec. 5th The Promise of Peace
Good morning and welcome to Daily Destiny with Jessie B. I am Jessie Christensen and this morning I am going to continue on The Promise of Christmas series, but this is the start of the second week of Advent and we will be going over The Promise of Peace.
Again, my goal of putting together this series, is to RECONNECT and PREPARE our hearts to the reason of Christmas, which is miracle of Christ, and understand the WHY and the HOW of Christmas-
HOW is Jesus the reason for the season and WHY do we celebrate Jesus?
Last week we shared that we are all born with a sin nature in need of a Savior and God came down in the form of an infant to save the world of our sin-
Christmas is a time that we remember the day and the way God saved us from ourselves.
With that, this morning I want to share some encouragement for you to find peace this holiday season.
Christ came to bring peace on earth and goodwill to all, but have you ever realized that Christmas is a season of interruptions? Some we welcome and others we don’t.
We welcome the interrupting diets for gingerbread and work for parties, but we can probably do without the interruptions of delayed flights and endless traffic.
As much as we can accept that interruptions are a part of life, they also can steal our peace.
If this season is been hard for you, let me share a story with you that hopefully will give you some encouragement- It is a story about birth story of Jesus.
- Under any normal circumstances, any women would be thrilled to tell her family about having a baby, but Mary, being pregnant before a wedding and carrying a child that wasn’t her fiancés? What would her family think?
- Taking a three-day trip to Bethlehem by donkey while she was pregnant? Not ideal.
- Giving birth at home or at an INN? Not happening, but how about in a stable?
- Having her family around for the birth? I don’t think so- but there was Joseph and some barn animals.
Through a scandalous pregnancy, an imposed census, which led to an untimely trip to Bethlehem, and an overcrowded Inn- God still showed up.
In spite of chaos, peace came.
I am not a mom, but I have been told, that holding your new born baby, is the greatest feeling in the world- even if you had hours of labor- peace from the chaos finally arrives and you can hold your miracle.
Was the first Christmas different from what Mary had planned? Of course it was, but it turned out greater than she could have dreamed.
If you need a reminder this season, if you need peace in the midst of your stress, hard work, and endless lists- be encouraged today that Jesus holds it all together and He will hold it together for you.
Rest in this verse in Philippians- “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank Him for His answers. If you do this you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus.”
Put into Practice
When you find the interruptions of the season stealing your peace, say to yourself, “Jesus, you are MY peace.” Say it over and over again, and allow the Prince of Peace come in and cause your heart to rest.
Wednesday, Dec. 7th The Promise of Peace
Good morning and welcome to Daily Destiny with Jessie B. I am Jessie Christensen and this morning I will continue on The Promise of Christmas Series, with more encouragement for The Promise of Peace.
On Monday, I shared how through a scandalous pregnancy, an imposed census, which led to an untimely trip to Bethlehem, and an overcrowded Inn- God still showed up.
Jesus, the Prince of Peace as it says in Isaiah, still came in the midst of Christmas chaos.
I want to start by asking you a question, have you ever thought about genealogy of Christ? Where does He come from? His family history?
The gospel of Luke and Matthew have a genealogy of Jesus, and there are actually difference between the two, but I believe the one in Matthew is where you truly see God triumph!
Here is some encouragement for you that your family history or past does not stop Christ from working in your life.
The genealogy starts with Abraham was the Father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers- Yes, starts out with a BANG!- Lots of power and strength, but the list goes on and on for 16 verses.
Why does Matthew mention every single family between Abraham, Isaac, Jacob TO Joseph and Mary? Do we really need to know about people whose names we can barely pronounce?
Here is what I think; Matthew did not leave them out because he wanted to make a point– Chaos cannot keep Christ out of His world.
We do not have time to go though each person and their issues in the genealogy in Matthew, so let me give you the cliff note version–
There was abandonment and rejection
There was promiscuous women and cheating men
There was sin and scandal
There was sexism and racism
Oh yes, the family tree of Jesus was pretty corrupt, but in the midst of chaos, the Prince of Peace still came, because God had promised that Jesus would come.
Be encouraged this holiday season, as we gather with friends and YES, our family, that our past does not stop The Prince of Peace from working and coming into our life.
God will and can everything in our past to accomplish His Will.
Take heart this season that God is still in His temple, still on His throne, still in control. And He still makes princes out of prisoners, counselors out of captives, Sundays out of Fridays, and He still brings beauty out of Bethlehem. He did it then, for them. He does it still, for you and me.
– Max Lucado
Put into Practice
Set a specific time for reflection- write down the areas where you feel PEACE lacking in your life- Relationships, behavior, Circumstances, uncertain situations- THEN ASK God for strength to make things right,- whatever it may before you- then RECEIVE His forgiveness, and THANK Him for giving you PEACE.
Remember, Jesus is the Prince of Peace-
Isaiah 9:6- For a child is born to us, a son is given to us…And He will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Might God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace
His rule brings wholeness and well being to individuals and communities and a deep and lasting PEACE of mind and soul made possible only by the Savior.
Friday, Dec. 9th The Promise of Peace
Good morning and welcome to Daily Destiny with Jessie B. I am Jessie Christensen and this morning I am continuing on The Promise of Christmas Series, with one more encouragement for The Promise of Peace.
On Monday, I shared that Jesus, the Prince of Peace, still came in the midst of Christmas chaos, Wednesday we talked how no matter your past or family history God will still work in your life.
I want to start with a question this morning, have you ever been presented with an opportunity, declined it because it was too much of a hassle, then when it passed you kicked yourself for missing the opportunity completely?
Yup, I have been there, but I have good news for you this morning. It is never to late for Christ to come in your life.
While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son, she wrapped Him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the INN. Luke 2:6-7
There is much left unsaid in this scripture. We know nothing about the INN keeper, but we do know is he did not invite them in. He turned them away because there was no room.
Honestly, could he not find one more bed for a woman who was about to have a baby?
Like I said, we do know why the innkeeper turned them away, but we do know he missed the opportunity to open the door to Christ.
Let’s not be like the innkeeper and let the birth of Jesus pass us by this Christmas. Let’s not miss the opportunity to open the door to Christ.
Because, the miracle of Bethlehem still happens. God enters the hearts of our lives and speaks to us.
He speaks through scriptures, sunsets, kindness of a stranger, and grace from your boss.
He romances us through Christmas carols, the bright lights, and Christmas sermons.
He reaches down through the Story of Christmas.
So , what is your promise of peace through Christmas? It’s never too late. It is never too late for Christ to come into your life. You are never too old or messed up or worn out.
Want more proof?
Abraham was old. God still led him.
Moses was long retired. God still called him.
Jonah was on the run. God still used him.
Peter betrayed Christ
Saul persecuted Christ
Thomas doubted Christ
But each learned it was not too late for Christ- GOD still had a place for them.
Jesus is standing at the door and saying, “HERE I am.”
“Behold, I stand at the door and continually knock. If anyone hears My Voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, restore him, and he with me.” Rev. 3:20
It is one thing to miss a phone call or a text message, but let’s not miss the message from God- the miracle birth of Jesus.
He is there. All you have to do is open the door.
Do a PEACE review of this past week. Just like coaches and athletes sometimes watch game-day videos so they can analyze and improve their skills, I think it is important to do the same with our relationships.
As you reflect on the week, think about these two questions:
- In what ways did I experience peace with God and others?
- In what ways did I fail to experience peace with God and others?
Then pray and invite Jesus to show you on how to pursue and experience greater peace with Him and others this season.
Thanks for joining me this morning! After work, I am off to Tucson this afternoon to visit my uncle for a night.
Sunday starts the third week of Advent-The Promise of JOY.
Have a great weekend. I hope you experience the PEACE of Christmas.