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by Bob and Debby Gass

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‘Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.’ Colossians 3:15 NIV

When God speaks to us He gives us a deep sense of inner peace to confirm that the message is truly from Him. Beware of false peace! When we have a strong desire to do something it can produce a false sense of peace that actually comes only from our excitement. As time passes this false peace disappears and God’s true will for our lives emerges. So we should never move too quickly on important decisions.

When the devil speaks to us he cannot give us peace. And when we try to solve things with our own reasoning, we cannot get peace. ‘But if the Holy Spirit controls your mind, there is…peace.’ (Romans 8:6 NLT) Lay your decision on the scales of peace. Don’t proceed if your inner peace cannot hold its weight against what you think or hear. You don’t have to explain to others why you don’t have peace about it; sometimes you won’t know why. Just say, ‘It’s not wise for me to do this because I don’t have peace about it.’ There’s power in having peace! And once you know you’ve clearly heard from God, you must do all you can to ‘keep your peace’ and not become anxious.

Peace is an inner ‘knowing’ that your actions are approved by God. ‘Let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which…you were also called [to live].’ (Colossians 3:15 AMP) God leads us by peace. His peace is like an umpire who decides what’s ‘safe’ or what’s ‘out’. No peace? It’s ‘out.’

SoulFood: Zech 12-14, John 21:15-25, Ps 47, Pr 31:6-9

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