These two words will radically change your life if you learn how to consistently adhere to them. This little gem is how Jennifer and I have made most of the decisions in our life. When we’ve made decisions that crashed and burned it was because we deviated from “Follow Peace”.
The basic idea is this: If you don’t feel peace, don’t do it. Whatever “it” may be, whether it’s relationships, financial decisions, major purchases or what restaurant to go to this Friday night. This is hard because we like to follow our heart and our desires, but we weren’t designed from the factory to do that.
In Mark 8:34 Jesus said, “Follow me“. Have you ever been on the interstate following someone and got mixed up as to which car they were in. You find yourself twenty minutes later pulling in to Waffle House behind some random stranger. You didn’t mean to get lost and you definitely didn’t mean to go to Waffle House, you just starting following the wrong person somewhere along the road. This one little mistake destroys your day, your time and your plans.
When we stop following peace we can often end up following the loudest voice even when it leads us to a spiritual Waffle House.
You have to train your ear to hear the voice of God. He never screams at you. His voice is usually the softest one in the room. It’s not a loud voice but He’s always speaking. The question is: are you always listening.
Jesus always leads through peace. He said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
So how do I find this peace?
It’s in the process of seeking God’s will that God opens Himself up for us. I’ve never met someone truly seeking the will of God, who missed it. Most of the time we just want God to fit in our plans. We want God to “Give me peace whether I’m in Your will or not.” That’s not how God rolls. You have to FOLLOW peace, it doesn’t just appear in your situation. If you don’t have peace in your life right now you probably zigged when God zagged. You can probably name the situation where you started doing it your way.
Colossians 3:15 says, “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts“. Let peace be the judge in any situation. Let PEACE settle every issue that needs a decision. You may have to say no to something that makes perfect sense. Learn to listen and when peace isn’t in the decision, say no.
I challenge you to try this in all of your decisions. It will train your ear to hear the voice of God and filter out the God imitators that are attempting to destroy your destiny.