Sacrificial Offerings 4 - The Guidance Principle
T he Guidance Principle
Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body, and be ye thankful.
Romans 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
Mark 4:39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
Psalm 85:10 Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
There are several aspects that become operational in discerning the will of God.
The chief, the major factor, is internal peace.
The peace of God is to rule in our hearts. It is possible to be engaged in a vicious storm and yet experience the peace of God. And contrawise, it is possible to be in a peaceful setting and have the internal peace of our spirits disturbed.
The word rule, means to referee. When things are not right, our peace is agitated. It is like in any game of sports where a referee is employed; when an infringement of the rules is made, the referee blows the whistle, and the penalty is made. The game is disturbed, the check is made and the games proceeds.
So it is in the game of life!
When we are offside, or commit an action worthy of penalty, our peace is disturbed. God, the Holy Ghost, blows the whistle.
Let this be your major consideration in discerning guidance.
In the Garden of Eden there were two trees: the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and the tree of life.
In guidance, choose the latter, life-level.
Obedience Brings Peace
Just as surely as the sin offering (the reconciliation of God and man), and the trespass offering (restitution to God and man), thereby effecting peace; so also the forgiveness of sins, and correct relational procedures with God and man result in peace and tranquillity of the human spirit.
This is God's method. It is not only the best way, it is the only way.
Obedience to God's will brings peace!