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One of the functions of the peace of God—the peace that Jesus left with us (John 14:27)—is to help us know the will of God and to help us make decisions.

Long before I had any instruction in walking in the Spirit, the Lord taught me from the Word one way to hear from Him when making a decision.

Colossians 3:15 in the Amplified 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.
You Have That Peace
That peace is in you, if you're born again. When you have to decide between two courses of action, let the peace of God—or the lack of peace in your heart—act as umpire and make a ruling on which way to go.

When you have peace, the deep peace that comes from your heart, you'll know what to do. But if you don't have peace, if there's unrest in your heart, you'll know you're making the wrong choice.

I use this method frequently. When someone suggests that I take a particular action, follow a certain direction, or do something in a specific way, I stop, examine my heart and say, "Do I have peace in my heart?"

Always Check Your Heart
Sometimes a course of action looks reasonable, sounds like the intelligent thing to do, and may even appeal to me. But, before I make a move, I endeavor to find out what's in my heart about the matter.

Always go with what's in your heart. If you do something just because it looks reasonable, or because someone else thinks it's the right thing to do, you will usually regret it.

It pays to go with your heart! The peace of God will act as an umpire, deciding and settling all questions that arise in your mind. Learn to listen to the peace—or lack of peace—in your heart before you decide on a course of action.

When peace is there—go for it! But, when it's not, wait until peace comes.

Let peace rule, and you'll always know what to do. Peace is your umpire. Let it make the call.

Excerpt permission granted by
Eagle Mountain International Church, Inc.
aka:  Kenneth Copeland Ministries

Author Biography

Gloria Copeland
Web site: Kenneth Copeland Ministries
For the last 50 years Kenneth and Gloria Copeland have been passionately teaching Christians all over the world how to apply the principles of faith found in God's WORD to their lives.

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