• Heidi J. Smith

How to Have Perfect Peace

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When you are in-a-pinch what verse pops into your head? What verses refocus your eyes on the Lord or refresh your weary soul?

Since I am a natural worrier, two of my favorite verses are Isaiah 26:3-4 ESV.

"You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock."

God's Word challenges me to keep my thoughts focused on GOD rather than my circumstances. This is easier said than done because life throws us curve balls, and we have to constantly CHOOSE to glue our minds on God.

If we do, God promises to keep us in perfect peace! Imagine while life spins around us, the God of the universe holds us. He is eternal and constant, while our situations are temporary and changing. What a wonderful truth!

How can we have have perfect peace:

1. Glue our minds on God not circumstances. Just as a cow chews the cud, we need to chew on Scripture until it "sticks" to our minds. We need to memorize Scripture.

2. Gain strength from God. God promises to take care of us. He is big, and we are small. We need to trust in Him and not lean on our abilities.

3. Grow in the Lord. We must choose to live by God's rules. The world offers temporary happiness through alluring means, but only God's Word promises joy and peace during the trial.

Lord, please help us to keep our minds on you and flood us with perfect peace.

******Please share your favorite verse and why. I would love to hear how God's Word encourages you.

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