PRINCE OF PEACE

Listen to the song, “Prince of Peace,” by Hillsong Worship as you read. Click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kc0DKzPdv44 to watch!

THREE THOUGHTS:

“your love surrounds me when my thoughts wage war.” 

Our minds should be like battlefields. We attempt to “take every thought captive” to “fight the schemes of the devil,” but it is not easy.

Fighting daily for Christ to rule in our hearts is hard.

But we are never fighting alone. The Lord is fighting for us, before us.

As for the devil, he is trying to take over our lives and bury explosive mines of temptations + lies +worldly ideas to distract and destroy us.

But the Prince of Peace is guiding our steps and showing us the way. And when we misstep and a mine explodes, creating chaos, and when we can see destruction on the horizon coming for us, He always steps before us. And before anything else can come near, His love surrounds us. He holds back the darkness because He is light. And His light is peace. He is the Prince of Peace.

“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.” {Ephesians 6:11}

“We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.” {2 Corinthians 10:5}

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“when night screams terror, there your voice will roar.” 

During the night or times of darkness in our lives, our thoughts often wander to lands of past sins + shames + guilt + fears. The evil one creeps in through many forms pulling us toward a lonely path. One thought leads to another and we quickly find ourselves standing in a jungle surrounded by our greatest fears and regrets and they are screaming our weaknesses at us.

But our God is the Lion. The King of this jungle. He hears our cries of helplessness and seeks us out and ROARS over every scream of terror. At that sound, anything that does not glorify Him runs in fear.  He drowns the now empty jungle in sounds of His peace.

The only place fear and terror can ever have a foothold is places where we have not chosen God first. He says over and over and over again, “do not fear.” There is no room for fear in a heart full of passion for His name. The night may scream, but His voice          r o a r s louder than fear.

The prince of peace is wilder and louder than anything of this earth. He is only good.

“…it is a time of distress for Jacob; yet he shall be saved out of it. And it shall come to pass in that day, declares the Lord of hosts, that I will break his yoke from your neck, and I will burst your bonds, and foreigners shall no more serve him. But they shall serve the Lord their God and David their king, whom I will raise up for them. Then fear not, O Jacob my servant declares the Lord, nor be dismayed, O Israel; for behold, I will save you from far away, and your offspring from the land of their captivity. Jacob shall return and have quiet and ease, and none shall make him afraid. For I am with you to save you, declares the Lord; I will make a full end of all the nations among whom I scattered you, but of you I will not make a full end…all who devour you shall be devoured, and all your foes, every one of them, shall go into captivity.” {Jeremiah 30, a passage of God’s power} [emphasis mine}

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“when fear comes knocking, there you’ll be my guard.” 

Fear knocks on my door a lot. It comes, asking “what if?” or it will come in the dark. Or it whispers into my mind that my future will not be good for me. Or sometimes, it just follows me as I step outside my mind’s door into this big world everyday.

When I know, without a doubt, that He stands as my guard. So why do I let fear even near, when Jesus wants to guard me from it? If I’ve let it take a hold on me, then I’ve pushed Jesus away because my heart + mind cannot have two guards.

Fear cannot dwell in my heart if Christ dwells first. Knock it may, but the One who took fear to the grave stands as my guard.

The prince of peace keeps me in perfect peace.

“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” {Isaiah 26:3}

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