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The Spirit of Christmas - Week 2

SPEAKER: Pastor Charlie Riley
December 11, 2021

December 11, 2021

Isaiah 9:6
For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Luke 2:14
“Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

John 14:27
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Real – Phony
Consistent – Fragile
Solid – Fickle
Unchanging – Changing
True – False

There Are Over 790 Verses In The Bible On Peace, But Only 3 Kinds of Peace
Spiritual – Eternal – Peace With God
Emotional – Internal – Peace of God
Relational – External – Peace With Men

Peace With God – An Eternal Peace

2 Corinthians 5:18 TLB
All these new things are from God who brought us back to himself through what Christ Jesus did. And God has given us the privilege of urging everyone to come into his favor and be reconciled to him.

Romans 5:1 TLB
So now, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith in his promises, we can have real peace with him because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. 2 For because of our faith, he has brought us into this place of highest privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to actually becoming all that God has had in mind for us to be.

Romans 5:10 TLB
And since, when we were his enemies, we were brought back to God by the death of his Son, what blessings he must have for us now that we are his friends and he is living within us!

Peace With Myself
Internal Peace
Emotional Peace
Feeling Peace

Col 3:15
15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

Peace With Others
Relational Peace
External, Visible Peace

Ephesians 2:16 MSG
Christ brought us together through his death on the cross. The Cross got us to embrace, and that was the end of the hostility. Christ came and preached peace to you outsiders and peace to us insiders. He treated us as equals, and so made us equals. Through him we both share the same Spirit and have equal access to the Father.

Galatians 3:28
28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

They Are Progressive
Peace With God – Eternal
Leads To
Peace of God – Internal
Leads To
Peace With Others – External

Matthew 11:28-29
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

1. Come to Jesus – “Come To Me”

I Must Have An EYE Opening Experience With Christ

Josephs – Had A Dream
Mary – An Angel
Wiseman – Nature Spoke To Them
Shepherds – Miracle Of Angels Singing

The Source of True Peace Is A Person

Ephesians 1:18
18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,

2. Connect To Jesus – “Take My Yoke”

Phil 4:6-7
Be anxious for nothing, 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 minds through Christ Jesus.

Isaiah 48:18 TLB
18 Oh, that you had listened to my laws! Then you would have had peace flowing like a gentle river, and great waves of righteousness.

Psalms 34:18 Message Bible
If your heart is broken, you’ll find God right there;
if you’re kicked in the gut, he’ll help you catch your breath.

With 790 Verses On Peace There Is A Peace For Every Problem
Broken Heart – Comforting Peace
Confused Heart – Guiding Peace
Ashamed Heart – Forgiving Peace
Worried Heart – Confident Peace

3. Commit By Submitting To Jesus

“For I Am Lowly and Gentle of Heart”

The Antidotes of Stress
Gentleness and Humility

Causes of Stress
Aggression – I Have To Get It For Me
Arrogance – I Am The God of My Universe

James 4:6-7
But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” 7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

IS 26:3
You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.

Come To Jesus
Connect To Jesus
Expect Jesus To Give You Peace