From: Rich Carlson
Date: October 16, 2020
Subject: It's October 16; Good Morning Union

“You will keep him in perfect peace…”          Isaiah 26: 3,4

“Perfect peace” is a great thing to possess in this time of unrest and uncertainty. If it’s important to God, it’s clear in His word. So—How does God “keep me in perfect peace?” It happens, according to God through Isaiah, when my mind is “steadfastly on Him,” and because I “trust in Him.” Two decisions focused on God give me the one solution to override the stresses of this life—steadfastness and trust—both directed to God and not myself.

Focus, focus, focus; I can’t get distracted. My thoughts are to be first directed to Him, steadfastly, every day, SO THAT I have an anchor point for all the rest of the decisions that will come my way today. Ellen says, “Commit your ways to God in the morning; make this your very first work.” I practice that discipline of deciding every day Who I want to guide my life and where I want to turn for the Anchor through the decisions that will come. I don’t always get it done perfectly, but God didn’t ask for perfection, He asked for faithfulness and steadfastness, so I still choose to faithfully and steadfastly focus on Him as my priority.

Steadfastness is coupled with trust in the spiritual equation for life’s peace. Solomon says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In ALL your ways acknowledge Him—and He WILL direct your path.” Trust, with all my heart; steadfast in my commitment to following Him; the result is an anchor in life that holds fast no matter the challenges. Isaiah ends his verse with his personal reference that validates his focus—“for the Lord, the Lord God, is a Rock eternal.” As the old hymn goes, “fastened to the Rock which cannot move; grounded firm and deep in the Savior’s love.” That’s my hope, my commitment, my focus, my all.

Have a great day anchoring yourself, steadfastly trusting SO THAT you too might find not just peace but perfect peace,

Pastor Rich

Quote for the day:      “You will find all true theology summed up in these two short sentences:

Salvation is all of the grace of God

Damnation is all of the will of man.”              Charles Spurgeon


PS        “You’re In”- CVC revival @ 7pm in the church with Pastor Kessia Reine Bennett. Her topic is, ”Victory in Christ.” Worship credit given.

PPS      Family Worship @ 7:30 in Woods Auditorium. It’s Mission Emphasis Week so come hear the stories and listen for the prompting of the Holy Spirit in case He is calling you to a year of service. Join us as we welcome another Sabbath and Alex shares his SM adventures on Pohnpei.

PPPS   Afterglo right after Family Worship.