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Jesus talked about peace. He said, "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you" (John 14:27 KJV). He went on to say that we were not supposed to let our hearts (or our spirits) be troubled or concerned. Then He told us to not be afraid, which is the opposite of peace. Peace is from God. Peace is what God wants us to have in our hearts. Peace is one way that God leads us.

The Bible says "we're led forth with peace" (Isa. 55:12 KJV). It also says that, "He leads us beside still (or quiet) waters" (Ps. 23:2-3 KJV). These are all things to help us know when we're hearing from God, and when we are not. When we want to know if the Lord is leading us to do something, we can "look down in our spiritual hearts" and see if we have peace on the inside.

If we have peace in our spirits when we think about doing a certain thing, we can be fairly certain that the Lord is leading us to do it. But if there is turmoil in our hearts, or a struggle—anything other than peace—it's probably not God.

Peace is more of a feeling than it is a thought or words, isn't it? When we talk about the Holy Spirit leading us by peace, it's not words He's leading us with—it's the feeling of calmness down in our spiritual hearts

When God speaks to us He doesn't say "Now hear this! This is God speaking. This is what I want you to do." He's much more subtle than that. There may be times when a quick thought will come to you, or you will hear a couple of words in your spirit.

But most of the time, God's leading is a little more challenging to detect than that. That's why we say He has a "still small voice." It's not real obvious—like the bubbles that are so delicate. You have to be tuned in to what He's trying to say to you or you may miss it.

When you hear someone say, "I've really got a peace about that," you know that they have a good feeling in their hearts about a certain situation. They have a "green light" in their spirits. It's a feeling. They probably didn't hear God speak any words to them at all. It was just something they sensed inside.

When something happens and all of a sudden a person's heart is filled with confusion or fear, they say, "I lost my peace," or "I don't have any peace about that at all!" Right then, you can know the Lord is trying to get their attention. That's the red light going off in their spirit.

In order to learn to follow the voice of God, we have to really want to obey Him! We have to make a deliberate effort to learn to recognize His voice. Part of that effort comes in the form of spending time with Him in prayer, worship, and reading our Bibles.

Being "led by the Spirit" is what we call a "walk of faith." That's why the Lord isn't any more clear or obvious about what He says to us. If He was, following Him would be a "no-brainer" (we don't have to think about it).

But the way it is we have to have our ear tuned to Him all the time. Then when we hear Him say something to us, we have to step out in faith that we really did hear Him. Our whole Christian life is a walk of faith.

The Bible says, "The just shall live by faith," (Rom. 1:17) and "Without faith it's impossible to please Him," (Heb. 11:6). Being led by the Spirit is one of those areas where we live by faith.

Source: School of The Holy Spirit for Kids, pp. 55-56 by Becky Fischer.
Excerpt permission granted by Kids In Ministry International


Author Biography

Becky Fischer
Web site: Kids In Ministry International
 
Becky Fischer is the founder and director of Kids in Ministry International (KIMI), a multi-faceted ministry that trains children to walk in the supernatural power of God and equips adults to work with children in the same way. Becky, who served as a children's pastor for ten years prior to starting KIMI, received Jesus as her Savior and the infilling of the Holy Spirit at an early age. She knows first-hand that children can be touched and used by God and recognized early in her ministry career that children are hungry for a supernatural encounter with the Holy Spirit.
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