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One of the functions of the peace of God—the peace 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 how to hear from Him when making a decision.

Colossians 3:15 in The Amplified Bible says, “Let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from the Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds].” 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 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?”

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"But what do you think about this? A man with two sons told the older boy, ‘Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.’ The son answered, ‘No, I won’t go,’ but later he changed his mind and went anyway. Then the father told the other son, ‘You go,’ and he said, ‘Yes, sir, I will.’ But he didn’t go. “Which of the two obeyed his father?” They replied, “The first." (Matt. 21:28-31)
Jesus was driving home a point to everyone here, especially the “religious” people of His day. He used a story to let them come to the realization that hearing and talking alone is cheap. The one brother readily agreed to do what his father asked but didn’t follow through on obedience. The other son said he would not do as the father instructed but ultimately did (obeyed) his father. Jesus, wanted His listeners (and us) to realize that doing is better than just hearing and saying.

You can’t test or try the pudding without eating it. You can’t obey the Lord without actually doing what He tells us to do. I know I have been guilty of hearing His commands and talking the talk of obeying them and yet not following through. But oh how much better it is to actually walk the walk and do as He says! Deuteronomy 28:1 says, “And if you faithfully obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth.” How much more delight there is in obeying our Father God when He speaks to us!

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Anytime we talk about what the Word of God teaches, we make a decision about how we interact with God and what He says. That decision can be summed up with a simple question: do we want to feel good, or do we want to be good?

As an example of what I mean by that, take the subject of grace. If we believe God’s grace is only something that covers our weaknesses, we’ll feel good. But when we understand what the Bible actually teaches about grace—that it both forgives our sins and empowers us to walk in righteousness —we can begin to live in line with God and His good will. Paul writes about this in his second letter to Timothy:

…Be strong through the grace that God gives you in Christ Jesus. (2 Tim. 2:1)

“Being good” isn’t about works or legalism or operating in our own strength. It’s about relying on the power God gives us to live in a way that shows we belong to Him.

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