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December 2015

THE MAN OF PEACE

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” – Luke 2:13-14
 
As we look around our old world today, we do not see a lot of peace. In its place, we see a great deal of unrest, distrust, disillusionment, hatred, anger and pessimism about the future.
 
All of this comes as a result of mankind turning away from the King of Peace, and we, the Church, are not blameless either.
 
Ellen White wrote years ago: “Why is it that Satan meets no more resistance than he does?  Answer: Because the soldiers of Christ have so little real connection with Christ. Sin is not repulsive to them, as it was to their Master. They do not go against it with determined resistance. They are blind to the character of the prince of darkness. So many do not know that their enemy is a mighty general, warring against Christ. Even ministers of the gospel overlook the evidences of Satan’s activity. They seem to ignore the fact that he even exists.” – The Great Hope, p.13 
 
So many today accept strange teachings from here and there without really searching to see if there is any truth in what they are hearing or seeing. It has always amazed me that so many people do not consider the consequences of their beliefs.
 
Take smoking for example. Millions still think it is okay, even though we have known for years now that it can and does cause millions of deaths (and horrible deaths) from lung cancer and emphysema.
 
Drunk driving kills thousands every year, but many still think it is okay to drink and drive.
 
When it comes to spirituality, the majority of the world thinks that it does not matter what “god” they worship, or whether they worship at all. They seem to forget, or deny, that our spiritual or religious (or non-religious) beliefs determine our behavior.
 
Oh, that all would believe that heavenly proclamation from so long ago that “Unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord…Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” – Luke 2:11, 14
 
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:6
 
The Bible tells us that God sent Jesus to be our peace, which He does by:
1. Taking our guilt on His shoulders.
2. And, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” – John 14:27
 
None of us can have peace until we accept the Prince of Peace into our hearts. The world will never have peace until it accepts the “good news” that the heavenly host sang about so long ago.
 
Some of you reading this will receive many gifts this Christmas; some of you will not, especially those of you living in war torn countries or where there is some kind of conflict. Whatever your situation, please remember this: the greatest and most important gift is FREE and AVAILABLE to ANYONE, ANYWHERE!  What an immeasurable GIFT is our Lord Jesus Christ!
 
You may be thinking, “What can I give in return?”
 
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” – Romans 12:1
 
Paul is instructing us to present ourselves to be used in His service, all our gifts and abilities. (And we all have the ability to speak for Him.)
 
When we give back to God what He has first given to us, we give Him the perfect gift: ourselves. 
Let all those that seek Thee rejoice and be glad in Thee; and let such as love Thy salvation, let God be magnified! – Psalm 70:4
 
My prayer for all my friends this Christmas time is: I am wishing you the comfort of His love, the joy of His salvation and the peace of His presence.
 
Blessings and love to you all,
 
Beverley Carter
 

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