Week Four – Prince of Peace

This Weeks Touchpoint from Pastor Tony

This weeks application points

Monday

The first step to discovering Jesus as the “Prince of Peace” in your life is to accept His work of salvation and make Him Lord in your life. Ask yourself today.  “Am I in right standing with God? “Have I discovered the saving work of Christ through the cross?”. Take time to read through the Gospels and learn more about the ministry of Jesus. Or if you are new to faith, connect with us! We would love to help you as you discover who Jesus is!

Tuesday

Often times we try to solve our issues on our own and in our own power. We don’t turn to God first for solutions or rely on him for answers. Today’s reflection questions are: Do you recognize that He is YOUR Prince of Peace? What do you need to do daily to build the habit of going to God as your FIRST step towards finding peace in your situations?

Wednesday

Where in your life are you not experiencing peace? Today, begin to write out every worry and fear, and every struggle and temptation. Bring those to God in prayer. Continue to pray through that list daily.

Thursday

Jesus calls us to be agents of peace! Wow, what a calling. Today’s reflections questions are: Do you consider yourself a peace maker? If not, what is blocking you from being a peace maker in everyday life conflicts? How can you increase this calling on your life?

Friday

Take time today to listen to the music reflections below. Spend time in the presence of God letting His peace and love fill your heart. If you let this practice become a daily habit it will transform you and unlock your familiarity with the peace of God that passes all understanding.

Leadership Devotional

Prince of Peace

By Professor Ghia Townsend

The Christmas Season is approaching rapidly. At any moment, we expect to hear the joyous choruses we all know and love, as well as see the festive lights, décor and everything else we’ve come to associate with Christmas. More importantly, it is a season when we reflect on the birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ who was the ultimate gift to us from our Heavenly Father.

Jesus is not only our personal Lord and Saviour. He is also our Prince of Peace. However, the approaching Christmas season brings with it another reality. That is, the reality that there are many persons who walk among us; friends, acquaintances, and even family members who do not feel peaceful. Even worst… do not presently walk in the assurance of a relationship with Jesus that attests that, “Yes, Jesus truly is my Prince of Peace”.

I was recently asked by my Pastor to write this blog. As per his request, I am required to speak specifically to God’s nature as our Prince of Peace. I could not help but mutter under my breath to the Lord, “Father you have quite the sense of humour” after the Holy Spirit instructed me to say, “Yes”. Ordinarily, I would have jumped at any opportunity to talk about God. However, I was not feeling particularly ‘peaceful’ that day. In fact, I have had more reasons to worry over the past 12 months than I have ever had at any other time in my adult life.

I have repeatedly affirmed that I would trust God completely and radically over the past five years and would demonstrate childlike gratitude for everything, including the painful moments in my life. As if that were not enough, I have asked God for faith that has no limits and I have surrendered everything I have to Christ… my career, my children, my marriage, my will, my mind, my money, my sanity and my EVERYTHING. Well… I continually prayed and said those words to God, but I did not really expect that I would be challenged and tested beyond what I perceived to be a reasonable measure in all of these areas until that reality hit me beginning December 2016. So here I am today, three surgeries within three months, recent hospitalization of my child, debts beyond anything I could ever imagine, zero revenue from my business and even so, these examples are only the tip of the iceberg during what I have come to recognize as a “Job Season”.

Being asked to do this blog entry has had the effect of reinforcing in my mind that Jesus Christ truly is my Prince of Peace. After all, how else could I explain waking everyday, getting dressed up, taking care of my family, showing up for work although I do not see the return on my investment, completing my assignments when I feel depleted and continuing to teach my courses week after week, when I could justifiably choose to lament that everything in my life is going wrong and give up. It is easy to take God’s peace which surpasses understanding for granted especially when we have nothing to worry about. The truth is that it is only in our moments of despair, hardships and struggles that most of us can appreciate that we do serve a God who is, in truth, our Prince of Peace.

I remember when this season started. I felt overwhelmed. I was also uncertain whether I could continue to trust God’s plans concerning my daily experiences. After all, it was my faith that brought me to this place. Furthermore, “Father, you keep saying that you would restore everything I had lost but with each day… month… and almost a year that passes, I have continued to lose more.

When I look back at all the time I spent crying and or pulling the covers over my head while hoping that I would wake up from the nightmare, I am very grateful that God was with me even in the darkest moments of my life. The season hasn’t ended but my response has changed. My relationship with the Holy Spirit and my faith has deepened. I have become more compassionate to the personal needs and struggles of others. I have learned to live one day at a time depending on God for my daily supply of manna while; simultaneously acknowledging that His hands are not shortened concerning my needs, trusting that he has me in the centre of his will and believing that he has a purpose for every misfortune that has befallen me and everything I am currently going through.

With each new day that passes, I cope by asking God for the strength to continue to choose to give Him the best part of my day, to pray, fast and stay in the word daily even when I do not feel like it. I ask Him for the determination to continue to attend church and to minister even when I do not feel like it. I ask him for the courage to encourage those around me, even when I do not feel like it. I ask him to help me to smile and be at my absolute best for every moment that I do not feel like it. I ask Him for the wisdom to continue to spend time with close friends and family, who encourage and support me, even when I do not feel like it. Most importantly, I continue to pray, “Lord, I trust you now more than ever and I surrender EVERYTHING to you” although I definitely do not feel like it.

Like me, many of you reading this are also walking through the wilderness. You may be feeling alone and anxious, and you are uncertain whether God is there in the midst of the hardships you are experiencing. Rest in the assurance that when you speak, he hears. I know for a fact that he does, because through all that I am going through, He continues to speak. God is working all things for my good and for your good. Perhaps, like me, you cannot sidestep the process because this is God’s way of refining you and revealing His Glory in you. However, God will never leave you nor forsake you although trusting this promise will not always be easy for you. King David’s experience during one of the more difficult moments of his reign provides a powerful example of coping in impossible situations. Like David, you must learn to encourage yourself in the Lord your God.

Currently, I awaken each day and deliberately remind myself that the God that raised me from the time I was an orphan until now, has not changed his mind concerning his plans for my life. I now feel a deep sense of peace that goes beyond my understanding and I am grateful that this Peace comes from my God, who enables me to:

  1. Look beyond my problems
  2. Count my blessings daily
  3. Demonstrate childlike gratitude for all he continues to do
  4. Humble myself at his feet
  5. Embrace the lessons he chooses to teach me in his uncharacteristic ways that are “unlike our ways”
  6. Focus on his Word and his promise that when this season ends I will be restored twice that which I have lost having surrendered to his will for me life
  7. Live as a woman who has the Hope of an Eternal Future
  8. And declare daily that, “It is Well with my Soul”

I pray that God will bless and keep you through this season and for the rest of your life, and that he will do so above all that you could ever hope for or imagine.

Prince of Peace

By Professor Ghia Townsend

The Christmas Season is approaching rapidly. At any moment, we expect to hear the joyous choruses we all know and love, as well as see the festive lights, décor and everything else we’ve come to associate with Christmas. More importantly, it is a season when we reflect on the birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ who was the ultimate gift to us from our Heavenly Father.

Jesus is not only our personal Lord and Saviour. He is also our Prince of Peace. However, the approaching Christmas season brings with it another reality. That is, the reality that there are many persons who walk among us; friends, acquaintances, and even family members who do not feel peaceful. Even worst… do not presently walk in the assurance of a relationship with Jesus that attests that, “Yes, Jesus truly is my Prince of Peace”.

I was recently asked by my Pastor to write this blog. As per his request, I am required to speak specifically to God’s nature as our Prince of Peace. I could not help but mutter under my breath to the Lord, “Father you have quite the sense of humour” after the Holy Spirit instructed me to say, “Yes”. Ordinarily, I would have jumped at any opportunity to talk about God. However, I was not feeling particularly ‘peaceful’ that day. In fact, I have had more reasons to worry over the past 12 months than I have ever had at any other time in my adult life.

I have repeatedly affirmed that I would trust God completely and radically over the past five years and would demonstrate childlike gratitude for everything, including the painful moments in my life. As if that were not enough, I have asked God for faith that has no limits and I have surrendered everything I have to Christ… my career, my children, my marriage, my will, my mind, my money, my sanity and my EVERYTHING. Well… I continually prayed and said those words to God, but I did not really expect that I would be challenged and tested beyond what I perceived to be a reasonable measure in all of these areas until that reality hit me beginning December 2016. So here I am today, three surgeries within three months, recent hospitalization of my child, debts beyond anything I could ever imagine, zero revenue from my business and even so, these examples are only the tip of the iceberg during what I have come to recognize as a “Job Season”.

Being asked to do this blog entry has had the effect of reinforcing in my mind that Jesus Christ truly is my Prince of Peace. After all, how else could I explain waking everyday, getting dressed up, taking care of my family, showing up for work although I do not see the return on my investment, completing my assignments when I feel depleted and continuing to teach my courses week after week, when I could justifiably choose to lament that everything in my life is going wrong and give up. It is easy to take God’s peace which surpasses understanding for granted especially when we have nothing to worry about. The truth is that it is only in our moments of despair, hardships and struggles that most of us can appreciate that we do serve a God who is, in truth, our Prince of Peace.

I remember when this season started. I felt overwhelmed. I was also uncertain whether I could continue to trust God’s plans concerning my daily experiences. After all, it was my faith that brought me to this place. Furthermore, “Father, you keep saying that you would restore everything I had lost but with each day… month… and almost a year that passes, I have continued to lose more.

When I look back at all the time I spent crying and or pulling the covers over my head while hoping that I would wake up from the nightmare, I am very grateful that God was with me even in the darkest moments of my life. The season hasn’t ended but my response has changed. My relationship with the Holy Spirit and my faith has deepened. I have become more compassionate to the personal needs and struggles of others. I have learned to live one day at a time depending on God for my daily supply of manna while; simultaneously acknowledging that His hands are not shortened concerning my needs, trusting that he has me in the centre of his will and believing that he has a purpose for every misfortune that has befallen me and everything I am currently going through.

With each new day that passes, I cope by asking God for the strength to continue to choose to give Him the best part of my day, to pray, fast and stay in the word daily even when I do not feel like it. I ask Him for the determination to continue to attend church and to minister even when I do not feel like it. I ask him for the courage to encourage those around me, even when I do not feel like it. I ask him to help me to smile and be at my absolute best for every moment that I do not feel like it. I ask Him for the wisdom to continue to spend time with close friends and family, who encourage and support me, even when I do not feel like it. Most importantly, I continue to pray, “Lord, I trust you now more than ever and I surrender EVERYTHING to you” although I definitely do not feel like it.

Like me, many of you reading this are also walking through the wilderness. You may be feeling alone and anxious, and you are uncertain whether God is there in the midst of the hardships you are experiencing. Rest in the assurance that when you speak, he hears. I know for a fact that he does, because through all that I am going through, He continues to speak. God is working all things for my good and for your good. Perhaps, like me, you cannot sidestep the process because this is God’s way of refining you and revealing His Glory in you. However, God will never leave you nor forsake you although trusting this promise will not always be easy for you. King David’s experience during one of the more difficult moments of his reign provides a powerful example of coping in impossible situations. Like David, you must learn to encourage yourself in the Lord your God.

Currently, I awaken each day and deliberately remind myself that the God that raised me from the time I was an orphan until now, has not changed his mind concerning his plans for my life. I now feel a deep sense of peace that goes beyond my understanding and I am grateful that this Peace comes from my God, who enables me to:

  1. Look beyond my problems
  2. Count my blessings daily
  3. Demonstrate childlike gratitude for all he continues to do
  4. Humble myself at his feet
  5. Embrace the lessons he chooses to teach me in his uncharacteristic ways that are “unlike our ways”
  6. Focus on his Word and his promise that when this season ends I will be restored twice that which I have lost having surrendered to his will for me life
  7. Live as a woman who has the Hope of an Eternal Future
  8. And declare daily that, “It is Well with my Soul”

I pray that God will bless and keep you through this season and for the rest of your life, and that he will do so above all that you could ever hope for or imagine.

Additional Resources

This weeks bible reading plan

Monday - 1 Peter 5:7

 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.

Tuesday - Philippians 4:7

Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Wednesday - Psalm 29:11

The Lord gives his people strength.
    The Lord blesses them with peace.

Thursday - Isaiah 26:3

You will keep in perfect peace
    all who trust in you,
    all whose thoughts are fixed on you!

Friday - 2 Timothy 2:22

Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.

Music Reflection

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