Dear fellow disciple-maker,
In his book The Anointing, R.T. Kendall uses the acrostic – P.E.A.C.E. – to provide a general way of knowing God's will and whether or not you are truly hearing God’s voice. I have found this tool very helpful and have shared it with many people. I sincerely hope you find it useful in your own life. There are five simple questions.
P — Providence
Is it providential? Is God opening a door or are you knocking it down? When God is at work, doors open. His providence is a good hint that you are not being deceived. If you have to pry a door open, it is a fairly good hint that you are depending on human resources and wisdom. Providence refers to God's way of governing – His overruling, His going before you, His way of arranging circumstances. It isn't the only test, but if a door is open without your having to open it yourself – move on a bit and look for other tests.
E — Enemy
What would your enemy, the devil want you to do? When you are given an impression, impulse or feeling that you think could be of God, you should ask, "What would the devil want me to do?" If you can calmly figure out what the devil hopes you will do in a given situation and then do the opposite, you will almost certainly be safe from years of regret.
A — Authority
What does God's Word say? The Holy Spirit will never lead you to do anything contrary to God's revealed will – the Bible. If your "word" from the Lord goes against the teaching of God's Word, then you didn't hear from God after all.
C — Confidence
Does the impression you have received increase or diminish your confidence?
Does the thought of following this impression increase your confidence? If so,
that's a good sign. If not, that's a bad sign. This can be tricky. The fear of
man can cause you to miss a wonderful blessing. Therefore, you have to ask, "Why
am I afraid?" If you discover that your lack of confidence is based on what
other people might think, you must ask, "What does God think?" Confidence,
boldness, assurance and inner freedom were what enabled Peter to preach on the
Day of Pentecost. When confidence, boldness and courage come, you are usually
not being deceived. If all the above suggests a green light, there is one more
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E — Ease
Are you being yourself? Obeying God's voice will give you a sense of ease in your heart of hearts – your conscience. It's what you feel deep down inside when you are being true to yourself and God. It doesn't mean that there is no difficulty. It merely means that you know you are up to the challenge. There is a sense of ease when you function according to your unique gifts and abilities. You know you can do this. If you must continually do something that is outside God's calling or your gifting, it shows. But if the role is "you," you'll feel it and others will see it.
If all five don't fit, generally God is not speaking to you. If all five do fit, it is a good sign – not an infallible sign – that you are not being deceived. Peace is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. A lack of peace is like a flashing red light that says, "Stop!" Whether making big decisions or small, at the end of the day God's peace is a deep and powerful confirmation.
You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you (Isaiah 26:3).
Author:Paul Schlieker www.bible-study-lesson-plans.com
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