A Powerful Compass
People who do things they do not have peace about have miserable lives and do not succeed at anything. If you are doing something, like watching television, and you suddenly lose your peace about what you are watching, you have heard from God. He is saying to you, “Turn it off. Go the other way.” If you lose your peace when you say something unkind, God is speaking to you. It will save you a lot of trouble if you will stop talking or apologize right away.
God leads His people through peace. Any time you lose your peace you are hearing from God. There is nothing more powerful than the compass of peace in your heart. Follow after it. Follow peace!
Pray for Blessing
A Common misconception is that all you have to do if you are wronged is make the decision to forgive and your job is finished. But God also says, “Bless those who persecute you [who are cruel in their attitude toward you]; bless and do not curse them” (Romans ).
In this context the word bless means “to speak well of.” It is extending mercy to people who do not deserve it. Not only are you to extend forgiveness to those who hurt you, you are to pray for them to be blessed spiritually. You are to ask God to bring truth and revelation so they will be willing to repent and be set free from their sins. Do not just forgive – complete the process by asking God to bless them. He will bless you greatly for your obedience.
The Unseen Foe
Ephesians …we are not wrestling with flesh and blood
This verse points out that you war not with other human beings, but against the devil and his demons. Your enemy, Satan, attempts to defeat you with strategy and deceit, through well-laid plans and deliberate deception.
The devil is a liar. Jesus called him “the father of lies and of all that is false” (John ). He tells you things about yourself, about other people, and about circumstances that are just not true. He begins by bombarding your mind with little nagging doubts and fears. He has studied you for a long time. But remember the greater One lives in you. You cannot be defeated if you trust God to keep you safe.
Chosen and Adopted
You understand adoption in the natural sense. You know some children without parents are adopted by people who purposely choose them and raise them as their own. In the same way, you have been chosen and brought into the family of God even though you were previously an outsider unrelated to God in any way. God in His great mercy redeemed you and purchased you with the blood of His own Son, and He has provided an inheritance that is wonderful beyond understanding. God has many good things in His plan for you so start expecting a blessing!