New Season-New Decisions Decisions… Decisions… Follow Peace
What season are you in? What decisions do you need to make? God will give us wisdom when we ask. We enter a new year with new decisions to make. Each season of life we are challenged with new and sometimes old situations to deal with.
Decisions need to be made. The Lord will guide us in every season, and every decision when we let Him in to help. Ecclesiastes 3:1 “To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven; James 1:5 “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”; Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.”
Hebrews 12:14 “Pursue peace with all people, and
holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.” (NKJV)
Romans 8:14 “For all who are being led by the
Spirit of God, these are sons of God.”
Jesus is the Prince of Peace and the fruit of the Holy Spirit includes peace. (Gal 6:22) The Holy Spirit leads, therefore, we are to follow Him.
Almost every week of my life, I give someone this advice – follow peace.
Sometimes when you are at a crossroad, you think to do something sometimes, you have a feeling down in your stomach not to do it. Actually it’s down in your spirit in your innermost being. I call it “a check in your spirit.” You may think “Oh, that’s just me.” It’s not! It’s the Holy Ghost saying, “No, no don’t do it. There’s trouble ahead.” Now you can overlook “the check”, but it always comes back. Problem is, when it comes back, it may be AFTER you have married the wrong person, took the wrong job, made the wrong move, got the wrong business partner, bought the wrong property, made the wrong business deal, took the wrong trip, and so on. Learn to hear from God. Follow that “check”. What you are considering may look good, sound good, feel good. Everything says go for it, but you’ve got this check inside not to. You don’t have peace about it. Follow peace! It’s God trying to help you stay out of a mess.
On the other hand, it may look bad, sound bad and seem crazy. Everything and everybody says, “Don’t do it.” But you have peace about it, go for it. Be sure to pray and get the peace of God and the mind of God in it. Don’t try to talk yourself into peace with your mind, will and emotions. That is your soulish area. Know down in your spirit.
Proverbs 3:6 “In all your ways acknowledge Him (God) and He will direct your paths.” Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice and they follow Me…” He is talking – we best be listening. Remember, the Lord always has your best interests at heart. He is wanting to keep us out of a wreck and lead you to a place of blessing.
Now, you can go in the peace and direction of God and still have battles, but He will take you through them. Moses didn’t go over the Red Sea; he went through it with God. He saw a major miracle and experienced a wonderful victory for the nation of Israel. Paul, the apostle, was told by the Spirit of God to go to Rome. On the way there he had a shipwreck and was floating on a piece of wood to get to shore. However, he did make it to Rome.
Spend time in prayer. Spend time in the Word of God – the Bible. Be sensitive to the Holy Spirit. When you do what He says and go where He leads, it will always be in peace.
Jesus said in John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” and in John 16:23 He said, “These things have I spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” Another very important thing to remember is this. The Bible says wisdom is the principle thing, so get wisdom and with wisdom get understanding (see Proverbs 4) How are we to do this? There are practical ways to check something out. But there is a supernatural way as well. Ask God for it. James 1:5-6 “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach (without finding fault), and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith without doubting…verse 7 “For let not that man expect he will receive anything from the Lord.”
Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God…” Wait on the Lord, be still before Him, get wisdom, get counsel, then go in peace. Many decisions we think need to be made now are not so urgent that you must decide immediately; you will have time to consider it in prayer and reading the Word until you get peace about it. But sometimes life puts us in a situation that you must respond to immediately. That’s okay. God is very capable of giving you quick direction and peace as to how to handle any and everything. Be quick to follow the check or the leading to go ahead from the Holy Spirit for a life of blessings.
Keep following Him. Keep pursuing peace.
PEACE WITH GOD: The first thing Jesus said to His disciples after He arose from the grave was “Peace be with you.” (John 20:19) That is exactly what Jesus came to give us along with love, abundant life and life eternal. Colossians 1:20 “and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross;…” If you don’t have peace with God and know you are saved, pray this. “Lord, I am a sinner. I don’t have peace with you. But right now I ask You to forgive me and wash me clean by the blood of Jesus. Thank You, Jesus, for dying for me on the cross and giving me a home in Heaven, peace on earth and peace with God. Holy Spirit lead me in peace and help me to be the child of God you want me to be. (Read John 3:16, Romans 3:10, 3:23, 5:8-9, 6:23, 10:9-10, 1 John 5:11-13) Now, get baptized, read the Bible everyday, pray everyday, and meet with other believers often.
Hope you make wise decisions,
By Ronnie Christian
Note: Over the years we counsel many people about making decisions so I decided to reprint this article again.
What an encouraging word! Thank you for the blessing through the Word of God!