The Peace Giving Power of Christ

The Peace Giving Power of Christ
(written December 2017)
by Katie Souza

 

 “And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
Luke 2:10-14 (KJV)

Many of you know about my past – that years ago I was out on the streets wreaking havoc. But even in my mess, Holy Spirit pursued and drew me.

New Mexico 1998 - I had been driving around for almost 24 hours desperately looking for a place to cook my dope. It was Christmas, it was cold, and I had no place to go. Finally, a woman told me to come out to her place because she had an old single-wide trailer I could use. Her place just happened to be set up in the barn of an abandoned insane asylum! Talk about creepy… There was a devil with horns depicted on the gate as you entered the property. Later, we even found abandoned records that told gruesome tales of the things done to patients that were unfortunate enough to have been housed there!

So, I went to work to get the trailer cleaned up so I could cook up my next batch. As my small batch of meth crystalized, I thought, “It looks clean and icy just like snow”. I found an abandoned string of Christmas lights, so I hung them up on the windows and I threw a clean blanket on the old couch. Then, I laid down to rest while watching those lights twinkle. They brought back all the wonderful holidays I had experienced when I was growing up in Illinois, before I moved to Hawaii with my dad and things began to go south for me. Even in the horrible state I was in, I sensed a sweet presence surrounding me. Little did I know that in just over a month, I would be arrested by the Federal Marshals and God would change my world forever!

Perhaps you are in a dark place this year. You might be struggling with addiction, going through a divorce, or missing your kid that is out on the streets, like I was. Whatever you are going through, Holy Spirit is going through it with you. He is calling your name, pursuing you, and drawing you to Himself. No matter how dark you feel your current existence is, He wants to heal you and your family deep in your souls, just as He has healed me. He is no respecter of persons; He loves you the same as He loves me.

At this time of year, I always thank God for sending his only Son, Jesus Christ, as a fully human, dependent infant. I am in awe of the price Jesus paid to bring me back into right relationship with God, the Father. Every twinkling Christmas light reminds me of the debt I will never be able to repay.

When I think of how my Christmas will be this year with my hubby, the puppies, friends, and family gathered around my beautiful Christmas tree, eating wonderful organic turkey and fixings, I know how good God has been to me and how truly blessed I am! I want that same thing for all of you. So, don’t be afraid to reach out and trust God with your future. Give Him control of your soul, your addiction, your spouse, and your children. He won’t let you down…I promise!

Say this prayer:

Lord, I thank you that even in the midst of challenges and in the midst of my mess, you have my heart in your hands. Comfort me and keep me through the things I am facing.  Lord, cover my heart and the heart of my loved ones with the blood that You, Jesus, shed on the cross when you took my pain, suffering, and sickness and nailed them to the cross.  God, I release your dunamis healing power over my life, home, family, and situation.

I decree and declare, that according to your word in Romans 12:2, that I am being transformed by the renewing of my mind, that I may prove what is the good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God for my life and the lives of my loved ones. Even through struggles, I choose to wait on, depend on, and trust you Lord, because I know that you are faithful. If you did it for Katie, you will do it for me. Lord I receive your peace here on earth, according to Luke 2:14, and Lord I praise you for it.

Glory to God in the highest! Have a wonderfully blessed Christmas!

If this week’s devotional blessed you, please share below. It blesses us to hear how God is moving in your life, and could bless others.

Comments (9)
Lynne
Posted at 21:18h, 04 January Reply

What a timely devotional for me! My son was on his way to have dinner with me on New Year's Day, but he never showed up. I kept putting him in God's hands. It turns out that he got arrested (an Uber driver was taking him all over Abbotsford, and when he complained the driver took him to the police station, where my son proceeded to lose his temper and yell threats. He got pepper sprayed and spent the night in jail). Now he's determined to stop drinking again and let God make needed changes in his life. We've been here many times before since 2012 when he joined Islam but this time I brought up the Cross and Resurrection and the Son of Man. He didn't scream and yell and I was able to read Peter's eyewitness accounts of Jesus in Matthew 17 where Jesus was transfigured, and ! Peter 1 &2 on the precious blood that cleansed and redeemed us. I'm trusting the seed of the word to grow in his heart and for him to encounter Jesus as HE truly is.

Tammy Moloi
Posted at 15:46h, 28 December Reply

The was about me it moved me in many ways I'm going through a tough moment my brother hates me he even want me out of our parents house I'm so afraid because I'm a pensioner not working were will I go but I'm trusting God in all of this mess and I pray everyday for my brother as the word says love your enemies and pray for them.

Tainari
Posted at 13:48h, 28 December Reply

Thank you Katie For allowing God to use you and minister to u and through you!!!!! God has given you the grace to persevere through much pain and suffering, and I’m so grateful you do not withhold the revelations that He gives to u so we also and thousands may be Set Free!!!!! Love u thank you again

James
Posted at 20:04h, 25 December Reply

Merry Christmas, Amen for the devotional. It is God sent and at the right Time. The Spirit of the Lord is really at work. Blessed be the Name of Jesus Christ.

Doris Ford
Posted at 09:56h, 25 December Reply

Bless you sister Katie and your family!! You are indeed an awesome sweet fragrance of God's unfathnable., sweet Unfailing Love

casey robertson
Posted at 00:15h, 25 December Reply

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Bill Looney
Posted at 00:09h, 25 December Reply

Christmas Eve... as I sit here alone at my computer screen, reading the notes shared by Katie, I cannot help but think of the woman who was my wife for over twelve years. She suffers from bipolar disorder, and was impossible to be with... though it was she who filed for divorce. She was very pretty, but very abusive and unfaithful. Even so, I pray for her welfare each morning in my prayers. I don't feel lonely... only a sense of great loss, as it's been over ten years since our divorce. People would ask me all the time back then why I didn't divorce her, to which I could only reply, "I spoke words before the LORD; I won't break my covenant." I wanted to tell what is on my heart, and to let anyone who is hurting from a similar betrayal to love and forgive the one who has wronged you. I can hear and see in my mind's eye, Katie praying - I love it when she attacks the gates of hell and the righteous anger and authority wells up in her voice suddenly! It gives me goosebumps to realize that there are Godly people out there who know Jesus and know how to use His Name in power! Thank you, Katie, for your comforting messages each week. Lord bless you and yours, and all of us who are in the Body of Christ.

Kari Jackson
Posted at 19:05h, 24 December Reply

Tears of joy as I read your story and reflect on Gods faithfulness.. Love you Katie, Merry Christmas 💜

REV DR GERALD OLSESKI,JR,CM,DD
Posted at 02:04h, 24 December Reply

God has really Blessed You Pastor Katie. I really mean that. Your a testament to,what others could have,if only they believed in The One True God.

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