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Never Alone – Advent Week 2: Peace

Dec 10, 2023
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Advent Week 2: Peace

Anxiety, stress, and isolation are rampant in the world today, but they are not new to the human condition. Isaiah 9 is a well-known prophetic word, but this poem begins in darkness, which most likely is a reference to the Assyrian invasion and deportation of Israel in 733 BC. For Isaiah’s original audience, the light was coming. “For unto 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.”

The word for peace is “shalom”, which means wholeness or being complete. This is peace that puts an end to famine, war, and corrupt governments and dictators. This is peace on earth. In due time, Jesus will bring peace to the planet. All of this will happen at Jesus’ second advent…when He returns!

In the meantime, we must remember the Word as we walk through this life. We must remember that if we are a follower of Jesus Christ, we have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit that will bring us a “peace that passes understanding”. (Phil 4:6-7)

Romans 5:1 says, “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 2:14 says, “For he himself is our peace”. John 16:33, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have trouble. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

Anxiety involves fear or worry about things that you can’t control. Remember, Jesus said in Matthew 28, “I will be with you always”.

If you feel anxious:

  1. Remember that Satan’s native tongue is lying, so LISTEN TO THE TRUTH.
  2. Satan isolates, so LIVE IN COMMUNITY
  4. TALK TO SOMEONE (Counseling is an amazing resource)


  1. Where do you find yourself trying to control and order your life? Is it your career, your kids, your stuff? All of it? How does this create anxiety in you?
  2. What do you need to let go of and allow the Holy Spirit to give you peace?
  3. Read your advent book this week as we walk through stories and encouragement regarding peace.