“To be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace…. The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit.” –Romans 8:6, 16 (NKJV)
Sometimes the devil tries to steal our peace, and sometimes people do—but often, we are to blame! Making poor choices and failing to hear or heed God’s instructions can rob Christians of the peace we’re meant to enjoy every day.
How can we avoid this?
By listening to the inner witness. At one time or another, you may have found yourself caught in confusing circumstances and needing guidance— yet even after praying and reading the Word, you still weren’t sure what to do. Maybe it was something that isn’t addressed specifically in the Word of God, like whether to move to one city or another, for example.
When you find yourself in that situation, one thing is holding you back—your ability to know that you are doing the right thing. That’s where the inward witness comes in. God expected Israel, for example, to obey His written Word. But He also said to them, “Obey my voice” (Jeremiah 7:23, KJV) because He wanted them to know His will in specific situations.
An inner witness is not a feeling or your own thoughts. It is the ability to eliminate the voices in the world and only hear God, either through His written Word or the inward witness. These are two different things, but they never contradict each other. They’re both a vital part of our walk with God.
Tuning in to the Spirit of God as He talks to you will save you a whole lot of trouble in this life. If you don’t heed His voice, you may take a wrong turn, which could lead to unnecessary trouble. The inward witness will help you know what to do and what to avoid.
That is a function of peace. If you don’t have peace about something, don’t do it. If you have to wait, then wait until you do have peace.
So, let your peace be your umpire, commit and trust everything in your life to Him, and then your plans will succeed, and you will have peace (Colossians 3:15, AMPC, Proverbs 16:3).
Tune in to that inward witness, to that quiet knowing, that urging, prompting and leading arising within you. Then the peace of God that passes understanding will guard your heart and mind (Philippians 4:7, NKJV).