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"And let the peace of God rule in your heart, unto which you are called in one body and be thankful" (Col. 3:15).

The operative word in Colossians 3:15 is "rule." Let the peace of God rule in your heart. Look at the Amplified translation: "And let the peace from Christ rule (act as the umpire) continually, in your hearts. Let that peace decide and settle with finality all questions that arise in your mind."

One way to stay pure is to follow peace. You may be dating the finest looking person you've ever seen in your life. You say, "They have money, honey. They have a job. They go to church. I know God must have sent this."

He or she may be all that, but it doesn't necessarily mean God sent them. You can have two godly people, filled with the Holy Ghost and in the Word of God. Both can belong to a Bible believing church. But they are not God's plan for each other.

Of course, you want to involve yourself with someone who is of similar background. There's no sense in you, a tongue talking, healing believing believer dating somebody not filled with the Holy Ghost; and doesn't believe in anything you believe in. That's crazy. They're not the right one for you. You're talking about your life. You need to be with somebody that you have strong commonality with for the rest of your life regarding the most important thing in your life - God.

Follow peace in your spirit. When a relationship is right for you, you'll have peace. Follow that peace. You'll have peace to go, or not to go to a certain place, because you've been praying. God leads children in their spirit. Romans 8:14 says, "As many as are lead by the spirit of God are the sons of God." It did not say, as many as are pushed, because God will not push you. He will not throw you down. He will not drag you. He will not kick you. He will gently lead you.

Someone may say, "God, if you don't want me in this relationship then pull me away." He won't. He told you to flee if trouble is lurking. And He told you to follow peace. If you don't have peace in your spirit - you have that not-so-good intuition on the inside in your spirit - then flee. Don't follow your feelings. Your feelings will lead you right to Hell.

Follow peace. It will lead you to everlasting life and prosperity.

Study reference: Romans 8:14; John 16:13

Author Biography

Keith Butler
Web site: Word of Faith International Christian Center
Bishop Keith A. Butler is the senior pastor of Word of Faith International Christian Center. Keith Butler is the founder and president of Keith Butler Ministries (KBM), an international organization established to take the life-changing message of the Gospel to "the uttermost parts of the earth." Through Live Your Faith Seminars and the establishment of our PISTIS School of Ministry in various locations, Keith Butler provides teaching of the Word of God on a variety of subjects such as how to live the life of faith, how to fulfill the call of God for your life, how to receive your healing, the importance of walking in love and many more topics. PISTIS is specifically designed to train ministers so that they are equipped to go out into their world and teach and preach Jesus effectively.

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