Read it Backwards

First… read this scripture as it’s written.

Isaiah 26:3 “You will keep in perfect peace
all who trust in You,
all whose thoughts are fixed on You.”

This is written TO God. Now, let’s look at
this prayer backwards to see what it means.

My THOUGHTS are FIXED on YOU (God)

First, I must discipline my mind to focus on HIS Truth!
(Truth = God’s Word/Jesus). His Truth gives me the ability
to focus on Him. The more I fill my head & heart
with HIS Truth the more I can think about Him.
(It’s a lovely, live-giving cycle)

TRUST in YOU

Because I fix my thoughts on His Truth,
I then learn to trust Him more & more.
It starts to come more quickly
and becomes a part of my nature.

Perfect PEACE

Because I’ve fixed my gaze (concentration &
motivation) on Jesus so completely,
I am not shaken when craziness happens.

So, starting at the end of the verse & working our
way up we realize that if we
FIX OUR THOUGHTS it
produces
TRUST which
produces
PERFECT PEACE

It all starts with Training ourselves to trust
(having faith).
FAITH is certainly a gift from God, but just as the
Olympic athletes are talented & gifted, they have to
train and be very disciplined. They cannot rely only
on their gift.
God has given you faith, if you’ve dedicated yourself
to Him, but it takes daily time reading & studying
and applying His Word (The Bible) to grow our
faith. Then we’ll be joyfully surprised at our
ability to trust & have peace when the
hardships hit.

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