Day 1: God’s Peace
Scripture- John 14:27; Philippians 4:6-7
“27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27
“6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
When we are on the hunt to find peace, often we may expect to find peace in people, money and possessions. How many times have you thought, “If I just had a million dollars, I could truly be happy!” or “If I could just go to Disney world once, my life would be complete!” or maybe even “If mom and dad would buy me a phone, I would be so cool! That would make me happy, for real this time!” At some point we all have wanted for things that we might expect will make us happy, give us joy and even peace. But, unfortunately, when we look to the “world” to offer peace to us we will never find true peace. The only way to find true peace, a peace that the world cannot give to us, is in Jesus Christ.
How can you explain what true peace is? What does it look and feel like?
When we have true peace in Christ, we will know because we will have no need to fear the present or the future. When the Holy Spirit has entered our lives, our transformation will begin as we begin to feel Gods presence and experience true peace.
Some ways that we have personally found to experience Christ’s peace when facing a difficult situation is through prayer. While in prayer, we ask for God to help us with whatever we are facing and ultimately, we must surrender our problem to him. If you truly surrender your problem to God, you will feel that peace almost instantly. It will feel like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders, you may even get a warm and tingly feeling all over your body, this is a sign the Holy Spirit working in you.
When we reflect on the kind of peace that God gives to us it has no comparison over the sort of peace we might often look to in people, money and possessions.
Think about Christmas and peace, think what an invaluable gift God has given to us all. We want to share the gift of Christ’s peace to others as well. We can do this by telling everyone you know about Jesus and how he came to save us all! No other person, no toy, and certainly no amount of money could ever save us like Jesus!
Prayer– God, I pray that you can help me find peace in my life. I give the burdens of my heart to you, so that I may experience a peace like none other. In Jesus name, amen.
Activity– Parents, we encourage you to have an open discussion with your children about the Holy Spirit. Tell them about your own experiences of feeling Christ’s Peace. Often, children have questions about what the Holy Spirit feel like and may not be sure if they have experienced it. We can better help them understand that feeling by explaining it.
Challenge– Share Christ’s Peace with as many people that you can think of this week. A fun family activity may be to wrap boxes or fill bags with strips of paper. The purpose of the paper is for each person to write things that they want prayer for. Have them throw each one in the trash after it has been prayed over. This is a symbol of letting go and letting God. Talk as a family about the prayer and discuss more about experiencing Christ’s Peace.