The Peace of God
Philippians 4:4-7, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
What great promises from God’s Word! And yet we all know that “not being anxious about anything” is a lot easier said than done. What a wonderful thing the gift of prayer is. We can take all of our requests and our needs to God and He hears us and He answers prayer. When we pray and take everything to God in supplication with thanksgiving, then the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard our hearts and minds.
Many times we think too much and our hearts ache and we don’t spend enough time letting our requests be made known to God. Let us cry out to the Lord in prayer this week and every day. May we realize even greater our dependence upon Him.
The prince of peace came to bring us peace. Not just the fact that Jesus was born. Not just the fact that Christ died for sinners and redeemed them by His blood. But also for the day in day out struggles in life that we all face. How peaceful are you today? If you are anxious, spend some more time in prayer this day and thank God for His peace which surpasses all understanding.
—Here is one more link to a great article you may enjoy from Gary DeMar on Christmas Trees: https://garydemar.com/are-christmas-trees-pagan-2/
Just to give you a taste of the article so you want to click on the link: “Should we stop using wood because some people seek out for themselves “a skillful craftsman to prepare an idol that will not totter” (Isa. 40:20)? Are all trees pagan because pagans have used trees to create idols? Of course not. The Bible tells us, even in a post-fall world, that “everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer” (1 Tim. 4:4-5; cf. Gen 1:31).”