During Christmas (okay, all year), our minds can be wrapped up in so many things. Some scurry in search of gifts to give or foods to prepare. Some work to juggle all the celebrations, along with personal and business obligations for year end. Others battle thoughts of loneliness, dread, or financial fears. All of these things vie for your attention and can feel all-consuming. At times, the “Reason for the season” can feel so far away.
To top it all off, your mind is further assaulted by the enemy, who jumps at every opportunity to bombard you with accusations, of how you got caught up in the “wrong” things and forgot about Jesus. “What a lousy Christian (or parent or spouse or…) you are!” his voice ridicules.
Soon you may find the unrest in your mind bleeding into your body, perhaps in the form of insomnia, fatigue, depression, indigestion, back or neck pain. How ironic that in the season of blessings for peace, joy, health, and prosperity, many people find themselves drastically removed from each. This only fuels the fire for the flaming darts of condemnation from the enemy of your soul. All this guilt and shame pushes you even further from focus on Jesus. Your body and mind scream for PEACE!
“Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, said the LORD; and I will heal him.” Isaiah 57:19 AKJV
Peace and healing are intricately woven together. Isaiah prophesied these gifts of grace that came down from heaven wrapped in a manger over 2000 years ago. How is it that we have become so removed from the promise?
People hastened to come to Jesus at His birth and during His time of ministry. They heard that He came to save, rescue, and deliver. That He did and most certainly still does! His blood, sweat, and tears paid your ransom for peace. His body was broken in exchange for your healing. It starts when you, like those that thronged to Him then, drop everything and come to Him. Choose to put everything else aside and hasten to make time with the Lord your priority right now.
Trust Him to multiply your time and energy, as you make time to sit in His Presence. He came to rescue you from yourself!
Come to Him no matter how unworthy or unprepared you feel. He didn’t come to earth to be your Savior just on the day that you chose to believe in Him. Jesus is your Savior today, tomorrow, and forever. Because of His perfection, you don’t have to be perfect. It blesses the Father when you humbly accept that you still need Him and He enjoys giving you good things.
Don’t be discouraged today or led to a faux peace purchased in a bottle, a meal/desert, or even a workout. His Presence is what it’s all about. Immanuel means “God with us”. Jesus came to rescue you back to Himself. He endured the suffering of the cross for the joy set before Him (Heb 12:2). You are that joy! He died to win you back into fellowship with Him. Oh, how He loves you!
As you spend more time in His Presence, it becomes less about what He gives and more about who He is. It is in this place (where you meet the Healer) that you’ll find healing. It is face to face with the Prince of Peace, when you will find peace.
Salvation starts right now, so spend time with Daddy today. God left everything to come down to you. He is right there with you now, waiting for you to turn to face Him and freely receive grace upon grace.
“But the Lord answered and said to her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.’ ” Luke 10:41-42 NASB
Verses for Meditation:
“You will show me the path of life: in your presence is fullness of joy; at your right hand there are pleasures for ever more.” Psalm 16:11 AKJV
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given: and the government shall be on his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 AKJV
“For He Himself is our peace.” Ephesians 2:14 NASB
“But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5 ESV
“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 ESV
“These things I have spoken to you, that in me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 AKJV
“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” 1 Peter 5:7 NLT
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” 2 Corinthians 3:17 ESV
“How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.” Acts 10:38 AKJV
“News about him spread as far as Syria, and people soon began bringing to him all who were sick. And whatever their sickness or disease, or if they were demon possessed or epileptic or paralyzed–he healed them all.” Matthew 4:24 NLT
“For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” Romans 14:17 ESV
“I have wiped out your transgressions like a thick cloud And your sins like a heavy mist. Return to Me, for I have redeemed you.” Isaiah 44:22 NASB