Daily Devotion

November 11, 2016

Don’t proceed without peace

“To be controlled by the Spirit results in…peace.”    Ro 8:6 GNT

When your thoughts, actions, and plans are approved by God, He’ll confirm it by giving you an inner “knowing” (See 1Jn 2:20). The Bible says: “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]” (Col 3:15 AMP). When you’re being led by God, you’ll have a sense of peace even in the midst of difficult circumstances. His peace is like a baseball umpire who decides what’s “safe” and what’s “out of bounds” for you. But beware of false peace. Sometimes your desire to do a certain thing will be so strong that it will actually produce a false sense of peace that comes from your own excitement about the idea. As time passes this false peace will disappear and God’s true will, will emerge. So wait for it. As a rule you should never move too quickly on important decisions. The Bible says, “To be controlled by the Spirit results in…peace.” So don’t proceed if your inner peace can’t 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; indeed, sometimes you won’t know why. Just say, “I feel it’s not wise for me to do this at this time because I don’t have peace about it.” There’s power in having peace. And one more thing: Once you know that you’ve heard clearly from God, do all you can to keep your peace and don’t become anxious.