Focus Moment – December 26th

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Silence and Centering

“Be still, and know that I am God!- Psalm 46:10

Confession:

Why, Lord, are we more interested in looking good to others than doing right by you? We go days without considering you, but we always are concerned about what others think of us. We pretend that appearing to have it all together makes it so.

We pretend that our own efforts can make our lives whole, but our sin-infection produces chaos and vanity; our well-crafted appearances show cracks. Lord, thank You for not leaving us to our own devices. Thank You for Christ who heals our infection and the Holy Spirit who turns our affections to you. Take all of us, Lord. We are yours. Amen.

Luke 2:13-14 (NLT)

13 Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”

Scripture Insight

This passage of scripture starts off with the word suddenly. The shepherds understood that they were sinners, and the Glory of God was the shining forth of His Holiness.

They were terrified, because God coming in this way may have meant that God was coming to kill them – they were literally afraid for their lives! However Luke 2:10 gives them confidence …. But the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people.

Christmas peace begins with peace with God, and that peace is the result of becoming a follower of Jesus. Jesus Himself said to His disciples: “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, do I give to you” (John 14:27).  With this in mind there are two points to meditate on based on this scripture.

  • Peace & reconciliation come through the cross of Jesus

The word reconcile means to ‘bring back a former state of harmony. The basis of our reconciliation is that peace was made through Christ’s bloodshed on the cross for us. Which means Jesus’ perfect blood was given as a sacrifice so we could be forgiven.

Not only did it cover sins, it obliterated them and anything that accuses us because of them. Whatever separation existed between God and mankind before Christ, has been removed and nailed to the very cross that brings us peace.

  • We obtain Inner peace through His life in us.

The world places a priority on inner peace, and it offers thousands of suggestions to those who seek “peace of mind and soul.” However Peace is a fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22). When the “God of all peace” comes to live inside a believing heart, He begins to produce His own characteristics in that life.

Inner peace comes from knowing that circumstances are temporary and that God is sovereign over all. Peace comes from exercising faith in the character of God and His Word. We can have peace in the midst of challenges when we remember that “all things work together for the good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).

We can choose peace rather than give way to fear and worry. Inner peace resulting from a relationship with God allows us to keep things in proper perspective. We can accept difficult situations on earth by remembering that our citizenship is in heaven.

Let us pray:

Almighty God, we thank you for revealing the Good News of Jesus to us. Thank You for causing us to understand and believe and for giving us the Reason to praise you. May we never forget or find ourselves embarrassed to confess you before others. For it is in Jesus’ Name we pray, Amen.

Devotional By Pastor Ryan Moore 

2 Minutes of SILENT PRAYER & REFLECTION.

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