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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

What rules?

Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women"

by Nelson Roth
For several weeks we have been considering the topic of God's will.  Previous Relevant Ministry Blog articles have surfaced some principles that I hope you can use:


Here are the titles of the previous articles:
How can we know what God’s will is?
Getting and staying on track 
Wisdom for Decision Making
God's will is not something to be found but rather lived in

Today I'd like to share a list of five questions that have helped me.


Knowing God's ways, His will and making wise decisions. How can we do that?   My list of five questions includes a bottom line indicator that will help you to say yes or no.  You ask, "what rules?"  That ruling indicator is - peace. 
Colossians 3:15 says, "Let the peace of Christ rule." Like an umpire in a baseball game calls the balls and strikes. Let 'peace' be your umpire and make the call for you. 

Here are those five questions that have helped me over the years.  Peace ruling rounds off the list and helps in making final decisions:
  1. What does the Bible tell me to do?
    (I ask for knowledge and wisdom  as I read the Word with the help of the Holy Spirit in making the right choice)
  2. What does God show me as I pray?
    (I pray every morning for several days or weeks making a positive and negative balance sheet related to the issue)
  3. What input can I receive from knowledgeable and spiritual people?
    (I look to others who can give objectivity)
  4. What do circumstances tell me about God's purposes and timing?
    (Circumstances alone don't dictate, but they can help point the way)
  5. Is my mind and heart at peace about my decision? 
    “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.” (Colossians 3:15)
What decision do you face today and how can 'peace ruling' be a help?

Feel free to ask questions and comment below.  

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2 comments:

  1. I know this to be true. However, I also find it one hardest rules to follow. Peace for me is difficult to manage. But as I seek God's will for my life, I know I will find it.

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    1. Thanks for sharing Wendy, it's a journey for all of us. Let me possibly help you by sharing about two thoughts about peace from the bible. First as Christians we are taught that we've made PEACE WITH GOD. Romans 5:1 "Since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." We can stand on that! It's a solid rock! The other is the PEACE OF GOD. Here's where we deal with the nitty gritty of daily living. If you read Philippians 4:6-9, it speak of this. Prayers for you for a great day. -Nelson

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