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Summary: Without a full and complete trust, we cannot live a saving faith.

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Isaiah 26:3-4 - 3 You will keep him in perfect

peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because

he trusts in You.4 Trust in the Lord

forever, For in Yah, the Lord, is everlasting

strength.

The world that we live in, today, says anything but peace.

A. It is a scene of anxiety and turmoil all around us.

1. More people are on medicine to calm their

fears, than any generation before us.

B. Even in the Body of Christ, it is hard to escape the

fact that many are troubled.

1. It may be the natural thing to fear what the

world is doing.......but we have been born

again.

a. The old, natural man has been put to

death.

1.) We now place our hope and trust

in the God of heaven......not in the

so called, “reality” of this present

world.

Phil. 4:6-7 - 6Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by

prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your

requests be made known to God; 7and the peace of God,

which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts

and minds through Christ Jesus.

It’s hard to follow this admonition when the bills seem to

overwhelm us.

A. Utilities....gas, electric, water, phone.

B. Mortgage payment.

C. Car payment(s).

D. Doctor bills.

E. Car repairs.

and on the list could go..........How can we stare these

things in the face and remain calm....and have peace?

1. These things are enough to totally distract

us and capture our every conscious moment.

a. And yet......God’s Word tells us to keep

this monster under control.

II Cor. 10:5 - 5Casting down arguments and every high

thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God,

bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of

Christ.

I guess the question that goes begging in many of our minds

is this: “How do we free ourselves from this overwhelming

avalanche of worries, cares, concerns, problems, etc.?”

A. The answer has to be that we must look to God for

our peace......the victory over all... that seems to be

against our peace.

1. If we look for inner peace in any other place,

we will come away empty.

Another thing that we must understand is this.....There will

always be new problems, cares, and worries to take the

place of the ones that we have just overcome.

A. PROBLEMS WILL ALWAYS BE THERE!

Matt. 6:34 - 34“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow,

for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for

the day is its own trouble.

1. If we do not properly learn to deal with these

problems......they will kill us spiritually.

Matt. 13:22 - 22“Now he who received seed among the

thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world

and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he

becomes unfruitful.

a. I have often used this passage when

dealing with greed, covetousness, and

an overly competitive spirit.....and this

does address those problems.

1.) It also addresses the cares of this

world......WORRY AND FEAR.

Only God can really take care of the EVER RENEWING

cares of this life.

A. Going back to our text....The one whose mind

and trust is on God....will have perfect peace.

1. We all want this inner peace which passes

all understanding........but do we know how

to obtain it?

I. The blessing mentioned in Isaiah 26 comes from a right

heart.........a proper attitude.....some right thinking.

A. It very much agrees with the passage that I read

in II Corinthians.....we must keep our thoughts

captive.........Isaiah says, “Whose mind is stayed

on you (God).

1. Some are able to go through a whole day and

not really think about or communicate with

God.

a. Are these wicked people......no......they

are people who have focused on the

wrong plane.

1.) The earthly.....the physical....the

tangible....the here-and-now.....

has captured their attention.

** Understand that for the sake of keeping up impressions,

some here would make all the right facial expressions...

would make all the right “tsk, tsks”..........but I am

convinced that some....if not many....Christians go

through day after day of not entertaining a single

thought of God.

1. Some would say......”But this could never be...we

pray every day, don’t we?”

a. That’s the point.......the cares...the tug of the

world has tugged us away from even a

modicum of a prayer life.

2. Many who do pray.......only give God the smallest

bit of their time.........sort of “salving their

consciences”.

a. We all know what II Thess. 5:17 says....

“Pray without ceasing.”

1.) Even though we know what this verse

says.......we still only give God little

clumps of prayer, or.......worse yet......

no prayer at all.

** Why would those who follow this course of ignoring

God, the majority of the time, expect God to be with

them.......at their beck and call?

1. Remember this......God will keep, in perfect peace,

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