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II Peter 1:2 ” Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.”

Today, this Scripture would be my prayer for you…no matter where you are in your walk with the Lord.   I ask that God’s grace and peace…His unearned and unmerited favor,  would be lavished on you, and that you would come to realize  just how much He loves you.  Great word lavish!  It speaks of profusion, extravagance, and of showering down abundantly.  It’s used in I John 3:1, where it states, “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!”  I pray that you would experience that abundant love for yourself today.

Micah 7:7 ” But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.”

I don’t know about you, but patience has never been one of my greatest attributes.  I want something to happen now, not later…and I get antsy and anxious when I have to wait.  But if you look carefully at this Scripture, you’ll see Micah concluded there are two things we need to do…watch and wait.  So, what does it take to successfully watch and wait for the Lord?  In a word – it takes trust.   To trust in the Lord is not a one time, one size fits all event.  Trusting in God is an ongoing, ever-growing, process of waiting in hopeful expectation and increasing belief that He will do what He says.  Our job isn’t to manufacture the outcome…or job is to rest in Him, waiting and watching as He does the work in our life.

Romans 12:18 ” If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”

We can’t force others into peaceful co-existence with us…we can only control how we react and behave around angry people.  You know the ones…people with huge chips on their shoulders…always thinking the world is out to get them.  It takes a conscious  decision of the will on our part not to take the bait  when attacked.  It takes lots of deep breaths and determination not to lower ourselves down to that level…and sometimes, it takes just walking away for a few minutes to regain our composure and pray.   “Lord, help me look past the angry hostility and see rather the hurt, the fear, the frustration.  Allow me Lord to see this person through Your eyes and how I may show Your love to them.” Amen

Luke 2:8-11 ” And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.’ “

Why did God choose to proclaim the coming Messiah to the shepherds?  They were far from the politically elite…and at the other end of the spectrum from the powerful religious circle.  So what did God see in that rag-tag group of blue-collar workers in that field outside of Bethlehem to warrant such a grand and glorious display to announce the coming of His Son?  In a word, He saw us.  He didn’t wish to address the political or religious bigwigs…He chose rather to tell the working class…people like you and me the good news of Jesus Christ.  And this holds true today…the Lord Jesus Christ has come for you and me… common, ordinary people who need a Savior.

John 20: 22 ” And with that He breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.’ “

We find the disciples hunkered down, doors locked, fearing what might happen to them…when suddenly Jesus shows up!  And during this short interaction these frightened men went from  fainthearted to fearless.  So what was it?  It was the 3 “P”s.  First it  says that Jesus came and stood among them and showed them His hands and side.  His presence was undisputable to them now…the Resurrection beyond doubt.  Next was Jesus’s greeting, “Peace be with you!”  This type of peace supersedes  anything we can imagine…it is brought about by God’s infinite mercy, granting deliverance and freedom from all distresses.  Finally, Jesus breathed on them and they received the power of the Holy Spirit.  His presence, peace and power turned a rag-tag group of men into a force to be reckoned with.

John 7:37-38 ” On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, ‘If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. Whoever believes in Me, as the scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.’ “

The yearning we feel inside is a Jesus-shaped void.  Although we try to fill it with lots of things…the spiritual thirst is still there. And it’s not until we have that “Coming to Jesus” moment, that the void can be filled.  Matthew 5:5 tells us, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”  Quit trying to fill the hole inside you with junk, it’ll never work and only leave you more unhappy.  Jesus is the only answer to finding peace in your life today.

Colossians 3:10 ” …and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.”

Once you say “Yes” to Jesus, you begin the life long journey of putting on the new person.  It starts with the redemptive and restorative activity of God within.  But what is it exactly that  we need to be “putting on”?  As we gain wisdom and a new self-perception that’s rooted in the Gospel of who we are in Christ, we’ll put on love…we’ll put on peace…and we’ll put on a deepening faith of who we’re becoming.