Happy Fall! I hope you are enjoying this month’s Embrace the Word theme as much as I am! The Name of Jesus is so powerful, and I know, from many experiences, that something happens when we call on that BEAUTIFUL, WONDERFUL, MATCHLESS NAME!
Each name and title of Jesus reveals His character. Knowing these names should lead us to trust Him and worship Him more and more!
Jesus is the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6)! Knowing this name and having this truth written on our hearts is essential.
Over the past few years, anxiety has been rising like never before. As an elementary teacher, I see many children diagnosed with anxiety disorders, some as young as five. Some therapists believe that the instance of anxiety can begin to develop as young as six months old!
He is our PEACE!
For some, anxiety is debilitating, mentally devitalizing, and exhausting. Many are so burdened with anxiety that they do not experience even a single anxiety-free day. Symptoms get in the way of daily functioning, hampering work, sleep, health, relationships, and emotional well-being.
Anxiety is real! But there is hope in Jesus. He is our peace!
Micah 5:5a And this One shall be our peace.
In John 14:27, Jesus said, “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.”
Jesus didn’t just leave us peace; He gave us HIS peace, A supernatural peace that transcends our understanding. Despite our circumstances, we can experience an inner calm and tranquility that only comes from our relationship with the Prince of Peace.
- The kind of peace that let Paul and Silas praise in a prison at midnight. Acts 16:25-34
- The kind of peace that had Peter sleep peacefully in chains. Acts 12:6
- The kind of peace that had Stephen pray for those stoning him to death. Acts 7:60
- The kind of peace that allowed Paul to write letters of encouragement to others when he was in prison.
- The kind of peace that will enable you to hold on when your situation tells you to give up.
Philippians 4:7 tells us we can take our anxious thoughts to God in prayer. Go to Him, taking all your worries and stress. Tell Him what you need and what you want. Thank Him for His presence in your life. Then “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
Jesus, the Prince of Peace, is our Peace. And we have the gift of His peace that keeps us in a chaotic world. When everything around us produces anxiety, His peace guards our hearts and mind. “Let His perfect peace calm you in every circumstance and give you courage and strength for every challenge (John 14:27b, AMP).
If you are suffering from debilitating anxiety, please seek the professional help you need. There are medical professionals trained to help you cope and manage the feelings you are experiencing. Medical professionals have a good God-given gift. God can manifest His healing power through them. God is a healer.
I love you all. I am praying for God’s peace in your lives!