Sunday, August 26, 2007


Col 3:15 NIV Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

Phil 4:6 NIV Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Look around you and you will see much turmoil, unrest, and a lack of peace in individuals. It is evidenced in the lifestyles, in the culture, and manifests itself in the form of many illnesses. There is one way to tell the difference between the voice of God and a counterfeit—it is the sense of peace. The voice which speaks peace is of God, the voice which speaks panic and urgency is either of Satan or comes from your own human nature. God leads! Satan pushes. When we come to know the abiding peace of God, deep within our spirit, we have reached a balance and stability that cannot be upset by circumstances or urgent voices speaking to our mind or emotions. Nor will we be fooled by counterfeit guidance, because we have learned to recognize the voice of God. Listen to the words of Jesus as he promised us His presence.

John 14:27 NIV Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

The peace of God is a function of the Holy Spirit in our lives. It is on an equal footing with the voice of God. Peace is a word that is thrown around as if those who are using it know what it means. It is used in banners and signs, carried in marches, put on bumper stickers. World leaders continually call for peace.

But the peace of God functions according to the principle outlined in Colossians 3:15:

“Let the peace of God rule in your hearts”.

The amplified version says it this way: “Let the peace of Christ rule (act as an umpire continually) in your hearts…deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds.”

We know better than to argue with the umpire. He has the last word. We are either safe or we are out!. If you argue with the umpire, you can be thrown out of the game. The peace of God is the umpire who calls the strikes and causes us to know whether we are on safe ground or not.

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