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You Keep Him in Perfect Peace

Many of us long for days of peace and rest. This world around us is groaning and we know evil days are ahead. Sometimes we forget that we can still have peace and rest here. Not the peace and rest from the world’s perspective, but from a heavenly perspective.

Isaiah 26:3-4

3 You keep him in perfect peace

    whose mind is stayed on you,

    because he trusts in you.

4 Trust in the Lord forever,

    for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.

 

John 16:33

33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” 

It is so important for us to surrender our life, our ways, our desires to the Lord. As hard as that is, He tells us that when our mind and trust is put in/on Jesus Christ, we can have true peace and rest. This isn’t easy because we want control of the outcome, we want control over our desires and we often doubt God’s ability to handle the obstacles before us. The Lord has often reminded me that if I knew all the details that He knows, I would want the exact outcome and answer He gave me. That often gives me a huge sigh of relief.

I have experienced His peace and rest in some of the loneliest and darkest seasons of my life. He carried me and comforted me. Then there are seasons of life that seem easy and yet the smallest thing can cause me to fret. The answer to our peace is always Jesus Christ. No matter the season you are in, trust in His sovereignty, His power, His wisdom and His infinite love for you. Believer, He ALWAYS knows what is best for you and He is preparing you for your eternal home with Him. Find rest and comfort in the One who made you and knows you better than you know yourself. Don’t trust your feelings, your circumstances or this world system…trust the Truth that He has given you clearly in His word.  

Additional scripture references: Philippians 4:6-7, Matthew 11:28-29

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Fruit Bearing?

Psalm 1:1-3

1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 

2 but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. 

3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. 

As I sat in my back porch enjoying a cup of coffee, I marveled at the sight of the green grass and flowers that have overtaken my backyard. It was just a short time ago that the scene would have included snow. 

What brought my mind to Psalm 1, was the seasonal change itself. 

We see in verse 3 a tree, soaking up all the living water it needed, flourishing in the sun, and yet, only producing fruit in a certain season.  I’ve had seasons in my life where, while continuing to soak up His living water and basking in His presence, I have felt utterly discouraged from the lack of fruit being produced.  

Psalm 1 reminds us that even though we press into Christ, we will have times where we don't see fruit. And that’s okay. We need those off-seasons for pruning, for growth, and for rest, all culminating together for the fruit-producing season.  

We can be confident that no matter what season we are in with the Lord, we can have peace in the fact that He who began a good work in us, will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.

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