Preaching, Teaching, and Notes

Isaiah 26:3 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee.”

Notice that this peace is not the result of our self-determination….but it is given by the Lord.

“Thou” wilt keep him.

Perfect peace is undisturbed peace. The word “mind” here is the imagination…and how many times it can run away with us.

But when our hearts and minds are occupied with Christ….His peace flows from Him to us….and sustains and holds us….no matter the situation.

One of the chief causes of worry is looking to the circumstances around us….

…(I preach on “leaning to our own understanding” often, because I have, and I know what it has cost me.)…seeing the storms and the winds.

But this robs us of peace.

What did Jesus say when He stilled the raging sea?

“Peace, be still”.

Mark 4:39 “And He arose, and rebuked the winds, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.”

God’s peace is more than absence of strife……it is a secure place, in mind and heart….a right place before God.

Mark 4:40 “And He said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? How is it that ye have not faith?”

And how many times could He say this to us? (For me, too many)

Why did He charge them with no faith? Because faith sees God, and estimates the situation from there…..

…..the disciples saw the power of the waves and wind….and estimated the situation…wrongly. (Though they finally came to Jesus for help)

“…because he trusteth in Thee.” This God wants from us:

Philippians 4:6-7 “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

As we trust (hang on to) our Heavenly Father, His peace will put up a guard around our hearts….emotions and affections…so that they will put Him first….

….and our minds….imaginations….will be kept from running away from the Light into speculation.

There is no truer place of peace than in doing God’s Will.

Isaiah 48:18 “O that thou hadst hearkened to My commandments! Then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea:”

God’s plan for HIs people in every age is:

…to bring them into peace with Him….by salvation

Romans 5:1 “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

…to bring them into peace with themselves….and how out of joint we often our with our bodies, our looks, our attitudes, our abilities….

Luke 21:19 “In your patience possess ye your souls.”

…to bring them into peace with the circumstances which come to them.

Philippians 4:11-12 “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.”

Peace should be our way of life. Not just absence of strife….but but that secure place in mind and heart…..our right place before God.

Peace like a river…..flowing out of God’s good heart into yours.

And your hand, taking hold on the Almighty, through trust….

…what a Rock we have!

Do we want it?

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