Operating by the Peace Rule
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
The Word for Today
Written by Bob and Debby Gass
'Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts...' Colossians 3:15 NIV
If you don't have peace about it, don't proceed! Often peace is all God will give you to let you know whether you're in or out of His will. So how can you operate by the peace rule? 'Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs and don't forget to thank Him for His answers. If you do this you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand...His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest...' (Philippians 4:6-7 TLB). Pay close attention to the words, 'Don't worry...instead, pray.' Prayer transfers the problem from you to Jesus. 'Let Him have all your worries and cares, for He is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you.
Be careful - watch out for attacks from Satan...Stand firm when he attacks...' (1 Peter 5:7-9 TLB). Don't give the devil a few days to work you over. The longer you wait to resist him, the stronger his hold over you becomes. The moment you find yourself worrying, stop and ask, 'What's the enemy trying to do here? If I give in to these thoughts and emotions, what will the result be?' 'Do not give the devil a foothold' (Ephesians 4:27 NIV).
Know your enemy, and each time he attacks put him to flight by saying what Jesus said to him in the wilderness: '...It is written...' (Matthew 4:4 NIV). When Jesus said for the third time, 'It is written,' we read, 'The devil left Him, and angels came and attended Him' (Matthew 4:11 NIV). So here's the question: How well do you know God's Word?