”You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.” [Isaiah 26:3 NIV]

Robert C. McQuilkin, first president of Columbia Bible College, wrote that when plagued by undone tasks, misunderstanding, troubles, and apparent failure he stops and deliberately asks himself two questions:

“First, am I surrendered to the Lord; Do I want only his will so far as my choice is concerned…The second question is:  Is the Lord just now meeting all my need?

The answer must be to take Him at His word though there are fights without and fears within and though the circumstances of outward things and of inward life seem to say the needs are not being met.  His grace IS sufficient. So I go forward doing the next duty and resting in faith, not in feelings.”

Empowered faith is for ‘today’ ~ not in the past nor is it in the future ~ hope is for the future ~ faith is for today!  Empowered faith is rooted in trust and grows peace—Jesus said—“I’ve told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.  In this world you will have trouble, But take heart!  I have overcome the world” [John 16:33 NIV]

When faith is tried stress rises and all manner of natural responses occur.  Cry out for peace and trust will move in, they’re roommates, trust proves where faith is patiently living and waiting on God.

Further reading:  Isaiah 26 ~ Proverbs 21:1-3 ~ Colossians 3

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