Peace On Earth

 

The armies of heaven
sing praises

the sky fills up
with song

glory to God
in the highest

here’s the Peace for which
you long.

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You establish Christmas.

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“The Savior – yes, Messiah, the Lord – has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize Him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”

“Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others – the armies of heaven – praising God and saying, “

‘Glory to God in highest heaven,
and peace on earth to those with whom God
is pleased.’ . . .

“(The shepherds) hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. After seeing Him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. All who heard the shepherd’s story were astonished, but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often.”

Luke 2:11-19

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Image from The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp, page 253.

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Limitless Love

 

All the places
inside

we’re busy
on that night

but Love came down
anyway

drawing us out
to His Holy light.

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You establish limitless love.

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“At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Riman empire. (This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.) All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for this census. And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. He took with him Mary, his fiancée , who was now obviously pregnant.”

“And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped Him snugly in strips of cloth and laid Him in a manger, because there was no lodging available to them.”

Luke 2:1-7

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Receive

 

Let it be to me
as You have said

I receive You
oh I receive

the gift of You
growing inside

I believe You
oh I believe.

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You establish the gifts of receiving and conceiving.

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“In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David. Gabriel appeared to her and said, ‘Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!’ “

“Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean. ‘Don’t be afraid, Mary,’ the angel told her, ‘for you have found favor with God! You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the throne of His ancestor David. And He will reign over Israel forever; His Kingdom will never end!'”

“Mary asked the angel, ‘But how can this happen? I am a virgin.’ “

“The angel replied, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and He will be called the Son of God. What’s more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she has conceived a son and is now in her sixth month. For the word of God will never fail.’ “

“Mary responded, ‘I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.’ And then the angel left her.”

Luke 1:26-38

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His Presence

 

The miracle
of Christmas

is birthed
again and again

when someone receives
the gift of God

His presence –
Jesus with him.

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You establish the miraculous.

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“Zecharia and Elizabeth were righteous in God’s eyes, careful to obey all of the LORD’s commandments and regulations. They had no children because Elizabeth was unable to conceive, and they were both very old.”

“One day Zecharia was serving God in the temple, for his order was on duty that week. As was the custom of the priests, he was chosen by lot to enter the sanctuary of the Lord and burn incense. While the incense was being burned, a great crowd stood outside, praying.”

“While Zecharia was in the sanctuary, an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the incense altar. Zecharia was shaken and overwhelmed with fear when he saw him. But the angel said, ‘Don’t be afraid, Zecharia! God has heard your prayer. Your wife, Elizabeth, will give you a son, and you are to name him John. You will have great joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, for he will be great in the eyes of the Lord. He must never touch wine or other alcoholic drinks. He will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even before his birth. And he will turn many Israelites to the Lord their God. He will be a man with the spirit and power of Elijah. He will prepare the people for the coming of the Lord. He will,turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and he will cause those who are rebellious to accept the wisdom of the godly.”

Luke 1:6-17

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Lay Siege

 

Sin will only
lay siege

and waste
to your soul

turn to Me
be redeemed

set free and
let go.

You establish the difference between a life of sin and a life of salvation.

“Moreover He said to me, ‘Son of man, surely I will cut off the supply of bread in Jerusalem; they shall eat bread by weight and with anxiety, and they shall drink water by measure and with dread, that they may lack bread and water, and be dismayed with one another, and waste away because of their iniquity’.”. Ezekiel 4:16. NKJV

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Receive

 

I will give you
all you need

to do what I call
you to

no matter how
it is received

remember I’m still
with you.

You establish the outcome.

“Moreover He said to me: ‘Son of man, receive into your heart all My words th at I spoke to you, and hear with your ears. And go, get to the captives, to the children of your people, and speak to them and tell them, ‘Thus says the Lord God,’ whether they hear or whether they refuse.’ ” Ezekiel 3:10,11 NKJV

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All Set

 

My Spirit
will enter into you

each time
I speak

opening
up your ears

setting you on
your feet.

You establish my feet beneath me.

“Then the Spirit entered me when He spoke to me, and set me on my feet; and I heard Him who spoke to me.” Ezekiel 2:2 NKJV

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Brightness

 

The brightness
of My Presence

will outshine
your darkest day

like a rainbow
above the firmament

My glory
will make a way.

Your brightness is established in my life.

“Like the appearance of a rainbow in a cloud on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the brightness all around it. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD.” Ezekiel 1:28. NKJV

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Remember

 

During
your darkest moments

you’ll remember
My words

and I’ll reveal
the meaning of

exactly what
you’ve heard.

You establish the meaning of Your word to me.

” ‘Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee. . .’ And they remembered His words. And He opened their understanding that they might comprehend the Scriptures.” Luke 24:6,8,45 NKJV

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Faulted

 

I was faulted
for stirring up people

for teaching throughout
the land

now it’s your turn
to take the Gospel

to whomever whenever
you can.

You establish my mission.

“Then Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowd, ‘I find no fault in this Man.’ But they were the more fierce, saying, ‘He stirs up the people, teaching throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee to this place.’ ” Luke 23:4,5 NKJV

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