Prince of Peace

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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. — Isaiah 9:6

Many of us find it hard to read those words without hearing Handel’s Messiah in our mind. That magnificent music beautifully captures the glorious promise and rich truth of these ancient words.

Israel hoped for, longed for, waited for a messiah who would prove victorious over her military oppressors. Israel anticipated a messiah who would bring peace on earth.

God’s Messiah — Jesus, His Son — would prove victorious over a greater enemy: sin. God’s Messiah would also bring a much greater peace: reconciliation between God and man.

Christ can indeed bring peace to any situation.

The most difficult circumstance, the most ruthless enemy, the deepest pain — none of these is beyond Christ’s reach. He can calm your heart and mind. No one brings peace like Jesus.

What do you need from the Messiah right now? A counselor? A mighty God? A Prince of peace? The Messiah will be all those in your life and much more. He is God’s answer to every need in your life.

Excerpted with permission from Being Still with God Every Day by Henry Blackaby, copyright Thomas Nelson.

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Your Turn

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

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom He is pleased! — Luke 2:14

Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift. — 2 Corinthians 9:15

When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. — Matthew 2:10

Joy to the World!

By Isaac Watts

Joy to the world, the Lord is come!

Let earth receive her King.

Let every heart prepare Him room,

And heaven and nature sing,

and heaven and nature sing,

And heaven, and heaven and nature sing.

He rules the world with truth and grace 

And makes the nations prove

The glories of His righteousness

And wonders of His love, and wonders of His love,

And wonders, and wonders of His love.

Merry Christmas from all of us at Devotionals Daily and FaithGateway! Today, we pray that you are filled with peace from our Prince of Peace, that you are rejoicing no matter what your circumstances that Christ has come and has not only justified and saved us, but loves us and wants to be with us. He is with you today — Emmanuel. Glory to God in the highest and and earth peace, good will to men! Join the conversation on our blog. We would love to hear from you! ~ Devotionals Daily

Henry Blackaby

Henry Blackabyis the author of over a dozen books, including the best-selling Experiencing God Bible studies. Dr. Blackaby is a graduate of the University of British Columbia. He has a Th.M. degree from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, has received four honorary doctorate degrees, and is the president of Henry Blackaby Ministries. Dr. Blackaby and his wife have five married children, all serving in Christian ministry. They are blessed with fourteen grandchildren. Norman Blackaby teaches at Dallas Baptist University. He holds a PhD in Biblical Backgrounds and Archeology. Previously he has served as a senior pastor at two churches and with his father for six years as Vice President of Blackaby Ministries International. In addition, Norman is the co-author of Called & Accountable: Discovering Your Place in God's Eternal Purpose, Experiencing Prayer with Jesus: The Power of His Presence and Example, and The Blackaby Study Bible. He and his family live near Dallas, Texas. Melvin Blackaby earned a B.A. from Hardin Simmons University, and an M.Div. and a Ph.D. in theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He co-authored with Henry Blackaby Experiencing God Together: God's Plan to Touch Your World and What's So Spiritual About Your Gifts? He is senior pastor of Bow Valley Baptist Church, Cochrane, Alberta, Canada.

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