It’s not an audible voice, but it’s a way that we can feel if we are on the right track with what God wants of us.
Reference: v.1 I speak the truth in Christ—I am not lying, my conscience confirms it through the Holy Spirit (TNIV Bible)
Explore: The other night I was in a small group where we started talking about how we hear from God. Some people spoke of a thought that came to their mind that they knew could not have been their own, some explained times when a song seemed to speak right to their hearts, and others mentioned Bible passages that highlighted the situation they were dealing with. But then someone explained a saying of Joyce Meyer that can be used in an every day situation; Joyce tells people to be guided by peace. When you are having a conversation with someone, and it doesn’t feel right, it’s like the Holy Spirit is stirring within you to either say something or maybe not to say anything at all. It’s not an audible voice, but it’s a way that we can feel if we are on the right track with what God wants of us. We were all able to recollect a time when we had been talking to someone, and had that uneasy feeling, and we could see how God was guiding us toward peace.
Application: There are times in our lives when we are unsure of what God would have us do or which direction He would have us take. I often feel that there is not necessarily a black and white path that we should take. God will be with us no matter what we do. However, there is often a path that gives us more peace than others, and so in a sense that is our ‘conscience confirmed through the Holy Spirit’ leading us in a particular direction. If we start tuning in to that ‘conscience’, that ‘peace’, that prompting of the Holy Spirit, then we will find ourselves following God all throughout our day.
Prayer: Lord, you know how to best communicate with our boss, with our peers, with our children. Help us to tune into your promptings and to be guided by your peace. Amen.
When have you felt guided by peace?
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.