Following Peace

Yesterday I began sharing on how to hear from God. Today I want to continue on that topic. My fellowship with God has brought such joy and peace into my life and I want so much to share that with others. There is nothing on this earth that can compare to a life lived walking and talking with God.

In yesterday’s post I shared how the more time you spend listening for and responding to God’s voice in His word, the more you come to recognize His voice when He speaks. Let’s take a look at a scripture that describes another way you will hear from God.

And 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 as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always]. – Colossians 3:15, Amplified

Let the peace which comes from Christ act as umpire in your hearts. That is called following peace. When you have a decision to make and want to hear from the Lord on it, ask Him, in faith, and then follow peace.

A friend of mine once had to make a very difficult decision and she was afraid of making the wrong choice. First I helped her deal with the fear. Remember perfected love casts out fear (1 John 4:18). I always tell people that fear is not a lack of peace, it is a lack of faith. You don’t want to be led around by fear.

So I ministered the love of God to my friend until the fear left and the faith in His desire to lead her and to help her came. Then I told her to look at all her options and without actually committing to one, to head in all three directions and then follow that path where she sensed the peace of God.

She was far behind on her mortgage. Her husband was out of work. They were trying to decide whether to refinance, borrow the money from a friend, or just walk away and rent another home. I told her to talk to the mortgage company about refinancing, but don’t agree to anything yet. Second, I told her to talk to the friend who had offered the money, but don’t take the money yet. Thirdly, I told her to begin looking at homes to rent.

She talked to the mortgage company and she said it didn’t go so well. She talked to the friend, but she felt no peace about borrowing the money. She also looked at several homes to rent in her price range and was very discouraged and disappointed. Then one day she walked in to a beautiful home and for the first time in months she felt peace. She knew in her heart this was their home. And it was in her price range.

That home and the landlord ended up being such a blessing to her and her family. At one time when her husband was out of work again and they had gotten behind on the rent, the landlord showed up at the door with a new one- year lease to sign. She thought he was going to kick them out. He told them he knew they would catch up again. How often does that happen?

The Lord knew exactly where they needed to be. I visited their home often and the house, the yard, the neighborhood felt like being in a park setting. It had the feel of a little oasis in the midst of a busy city. It was God’s style all around.

He wants to lead each one of us into a place of love, joy, peace and well-being. Begin to watch for His leading. Be quick to respond to His leading. Look for and follow after the Prince of Peace.

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