Making great decisions: Do you have peace?
“…Let the peace of Christ [the inner calm of one who walks daily with Him] be the controlling factor in your hearts [deciding and settling questions that arise]…”
Colossians 3:15 (AMP)
As you seek God, you will find that you have more peace about something or less peace about something. I’m not saying you won’t have butterflies or be a bit nervous about making a decision, but as you focus on God you will have a deep-rooted peace in your heart. When we trust God and His Word this peace becomes more and more apparent in our lives.
The ESV Bible says “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.” Scripture encourages us to allow Christ’s peace in us to control our hearts (where we make our decisions) and let this peace rule, or be like an umpire who makes the final call on matters.
We would do well to take heed unto the peace or lack thereof. I have had opportunities that seem so irresistible because they seem so good, but I had absolutely no peace in my heart. When I followed the peace and declined opportunities I was glad I did. But then when I took the opportunities and ignored the peace, I did regret it. A while back I had the opportunity to be on radio once a week as a presenter and it would have increased my opportunities to minister the Gospel on air. It was a great opportunity, but I had no peace about it. After some prayer I decided not to accept the opportunity and then I realized the reasons why it would not have worked: I was taking on too much and between the late nights and travelling, it would have weighed heavily on my health. We can do all things through Christ, but that doesn’t mean that we should do all things.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 (ESV)
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