Peace in Our Troubled World

Article by Dr. Les Hollon, Pastor, Trinity Baptist Church, Edited by Dee DeWitt

 

Christmas is God’s love story. Through God’s love we are never left alone. And from God’s love we can know how God gives us peace by which to live in our troubled world.

 

As the angel told the shepherds, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth – peace on all whom God’s favor rests.” (Luke 2:14). This Christmas peace can be ours year round as we trust God with our whole life.

 

God’s favor rests upon us as we align our will into God’s will.  Uniquely, as Christ was born in Bethlehem, He can also be born into our personal world. Therefore by yielding our desires into “God’s favor,” we find ourselves working for peace in four basic ways:

 

1) Spiritual peace with God – We must allow God to shape our will, daily & eternally;

2) Public peace with others – We must desire God’s best for every person;

3) Family peace with our relatives & friends – We must make a home in our heart for people;

4) Personal peace within ourselves, we must accept – Peace of mind is uniquely promised in the New Testament, and stems from Christ’s indwelling presence. 

 

This truth is embodied in the beautiful Annunciation story to Mary of how she will be involved in the Messiah’s coming. This story reveals how peace is produced by our will being formed by God’s will.  The key to unlocking the peaceful promise of Luke 1:26-38 is found in a word that appears 12 times in these 12 verses …

 

The word is WILL which was spoken with emphasis by the angel to Mary.  She willingly heard the message which required her willful participation. Feel the impact as you connect with what Mary heard:

 

You will…bear a son.  You will name Him Jesus.

He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.

The Lord God will give to Him the throne.

He will reign…of His kingdom there will be no end.

The Holy Spirit will come upon you.

The power of the most High will overshadow you.

The child to be born will be holy.

He will be called Son of God.

For nothing will be impossible with God.

 

Christmas’ power makes average but willing persons into faith heroes who go with God’s call to do what needs to be done, when it should be done, in the way that it should be done. “Where there is a will there is a way,” is one of our common sayings.  Meaning – the right effort applied the right way at the right time can accomplish a willful end.  History resounds with the truth that great accomplishments only occur through willfulness.

 

Obstacles are only overcome through a right use of willfulness.  But we also know there are ends we cannot will ourselves to meet.  That we can prolong our life but we cannot prevent physical death is a humble reality.  God provides that which we cannot provide for ourselves in order for us to do those things that only we can do … He grants us the internal peace but one must live by His peace terms.

Pastor Les Hollon

The Birth of Jesus Foretold

In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.  The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.”

“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called[a] the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God.”

“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her.

- Luke 1:26-38 (NIV)

 

This article was written by Les Hollon, Pastorof Trinity Baptist Church.  For more information about God and your place in His world, contact Dr. Hollon, click over to Trinity Baptist Church.

 

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Posted on 12 December, 2009 in Spirituality
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