In my years of counselling people regarding matters of destiny, I have often come across statements like, “I have peace about it”, “I feel good about it”, “I don’t have any restrictions” and stuff like that. While some people turned out to be right, quite a lot others have got it wrong. So, I decided to find out how to be safely led by inward peace.

Friend, the peace of God has been given to us as an umpire in matters of life. An umpire, like a referee in a football match, decides with absolute finality what is right or wrong in a given situation. This is the work of peace in our walk with the Lord; it helps us to judge between right and wrong. Simply put, God often leads us by inward peace.

“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also you are called in one body; and be thankful” (Colossians 3:15). We must allow the peace of God to rule; it must be allowed to decide what is right and wrong for us as we pursue purpose and destiny. The Amplified Classic Version calls it an umpire (Please read Colossians 3:15 in AMPC).

The atmosphere of thanksgiving gives the peace of God permission to rule (as an umpire). This is why the Kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost (Romans 14:17). When you are faced with decisions at junctures of life, avoid agitations and fear, switch over to thanksgiving; give God praise knowing that He would guide you safely in His will (Isaiah 26:3, 48:17, Philippians 4:6-7).

“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7). Don’t just say that you have peace over a matter that you have not spent sufficient time praying about. This peace must stem from genuine prayers if it would be your umpire.

It must also be the “Peace of God that passes all understanding.” You won’t have any physical reason for being at peace; it is purely spiritual. As a young lady, it is easy to say that you have peace over a guy who is upwardly mobile and is driving the best of cars, but what if it is otherwise? Paul had peace in the midst of contradictory evidence (Acts 27:22-25).

“And the work of righteousness shall be peace…” (Isaiah 32:17). If you are not on the path of righteousness, it is a wrong peace; you cannot have peace in sin or evil. While God gives answers of peace, the devil also gives pseudo peace, so you have got to be sensitive (Genesis 41:16). Hear what God is saying, not what your mind, people, the devil or circumstances around you are saying (Psalms 85:8, Colossians 3:16). May the peace of God be your umpire always. Amen!

© ‘Demola Awoyele
Lead Pastor,
Destiny Impact Church
Akure, Nigeria