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Perfect Peace-Part II
3/31/2009

Perfect Peace-Part II
    
    You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV)
    
    We face so many pressures in our daily activities, and many times we dont even realize the effects upon our bodies. The world, in which we live, is changing continuously, and the things we have taken for granted are forever disappearing. These sometimes even subtle changes are causing internal changes within our bodies as well. Our spiritual walk is absolutely necessary to battle this, and in Part II of this devotional, we will see exactly how we can stop the adverse effects.
    
    In Part I, we saw the many physical effects we suffer due to stress and anxiety. Depression brought about so many ill-effects that virtually every person reading these devotionals would probably agree they are experiencing one or more of them.
    
    So, How do we deal with these effects upon our body? How do we deal with all the ailments we experience which are brought on by our fears and anxiety?
    
    
    The LORD is my light and my salvation so why should I be afraid? The LORD is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble? Psalms 27:1 (NLT)
    
    Well according to an article on CNNHealth.com Doctors are medicating Americans in record number. Dr. Dworkin a Maryland anesthesiologist and states it like this, Too many people take drugs when they really need to be making changes in their lives.
    Dr. Dworkin says the proof is in the statistics. According to a government study, antidepressants have become the most commonly prescribed drugs in the United States. Theyre prescribed more than drugs to treat high blood pressure, high cholesterol, asthma, or headaches.
    
    Is this what God wants for us? Do we go along with the Doctors orders or recommendations? I got to tell you, if we were to look over the list above, just about 9 out of ten of us could say that we might be suffering from one of these symptoms. Truth be told, possibly more than one. But is this really the answer God has for what ales us?
    
    NO!
    
    Lets take it from the top&Lets go up to the scripture and see what He tells us. And lets really think on this one, because it is our antidote to what heals us with respect to stress, anxiety, fear, worry, doubt, and depression along with all of their resulting symptoms.
    
    We are told that God will keep those in Perfect Peace, whose mind is stayed on Him, because they trust in Him. The New living Translation puts it this way:
    
    You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Isaiah 26:3 (NLT)
    
    Hey Christian, lets keep it simple. Lets trust in the Lord, and lean not on our own understanding; lets acknowledge Him in everything we do or have. Hes going to make our paths straight; Hell show us the perfect way (See Proverbs 3:5-6). Lets fix our thoughts on His Word, and His ways. Lets think on the things that He wants us to think upon (See Phil 4:6-8). Because if we do, He will guard and protect our mind and our heart. He will give us perfect peace. And when we have perfect peace, all these other physical ailments will fall to the wayside.
    
    Lets bring some balance back unto our life. Lets start to fuel our body with good food, both physical and spiritual. Lets exercise both physical and spiritual. Lets make a change for the betterit starts one choice at a time. If you blow it, start over again. Just dont stop.
    
    STUDY QUESTION: What does God guarantee us if we trust in Him, and keep our eyes fixed upon Him?
    
    PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to trust in God today and to keep your eyes fixed upon only Him?
    
    APPLICATION: Trust God with EVERYTHING! Fix your eyes upon Him, and His Word Daily.
    
    Father, Thank You for the antidote to all these things listed within this devotional that are attempting to hinder my walk with You. Help me to remember Your truth contained within this scripture in Isaiah. I trust You, and I love You. In Jesus precious name, amen&
    
    Be Blessed, Pastor Scott
    
    
    
    
    
    Resources:
    http://www.cnn.com/2007/HEALTH/07/09/antidepressants/index.html
    CNN's Elizabeth Cohen discusses the CDC study on antidepressants
    
    
    
    

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