"PERFECT PEACE"
 
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:Isaiah 26:3  "You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You: because he trusts in You."


Fear presents itself to us suddenly and from many directions.  The enemy of our soul seeks to use this tool to draw our focus away from God and His promises and to cause us to dwell on our impossible situation.  Our enemy is like a wolf that cuts the small lamb away from the flock so that he can devour it.  If the devil can cause you to stray from God's Word and promises, he can cause doubt and confusion to come into your spirit in any given situation.  He will move in and begin to torment you during an illness, telling you that you will never be healed.  He will wage a major attack on your mind when financial obligations cannot be met.  He will tell you that your problems with relationships cannot be solved.  He will try to confuse you as you seek to make life-changing decisions.  And he will try to discourage the hope that you have in your heart for a better future. The devil is a thief that comes to take your peace and joy.  John 10:10 describes this thief as one that "comes to steal, kill, and destroy."

God, however, has a promise for those who resist the devil and who refuse to focus on his deception.  God says, "If you will just keep your mind on Me and what I can do, then you will have perfect peace regardless of the situation."  God sees your heart and emotions.  When you express fear, you are telling God that you 
do not think that He is able.  So when fear strikes, you must make a decision as to whom you will trust; your heavenly Father or the father of lies?  It is a simple choice, but it is your choice.  If you choose to focus on God and make Him your source of provision, you will have perfect peace.  If you focus on the problem, you will be in turmoil.

Fear opens the door for the thief.  God spoke many times throughout the scriptures and said, "Fear not."  God has an answer to every question and a solution for every dilemma.  
Fear is not of God. He does not want you to fear any thing at any time.  God wants you to have total confidence in Him.  Proverbs 3:5 & 8 says, "Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not upon your own understanding ... It shall be health to your nerves."  If you put your trust in God and keep your mind constantly upon Him, you will close the door to fear, and God will give you perfect peace that passes all understanding. +++



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