Since the era of phones with caller ID, we no longer have to identify people by their voices when they call. Most of us can remember answering the phone, and recognize who was calling by the sound of their voices. Most caller couldn’t identify one of us four boys from another. We often carried on conversations pretending to be someone we were not. Then as a child of God, how do you know when God is the one speaking to your heart and not other influences trying to control your life? (Psalm 85:8 I will listen to what God the Lord says; he promises peace to his people, his faithful servants, but let them not turn to folly.) The way to know when God speaks is that He always gives us a deep sense of internal peace to confirm the message we are hearing is truly from Him. How many times have felt an emotion to do something and said, I just don’t feel good about that? God doesn’t leave us uncertain. God always gives us peace of mind to move forward in full assurance we are in His will. Romans 8 tells us that the mind of the flesh is death, but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace. Always use the scale of peace when you’re trying to determine if God is speaking to you. Peace is a confirmation that you are hearing from God and that timing is right for you to move ahead. Peace gives us confidence and faith, which enables us to be obedient to God’s instruction. Pastor Don [image: image.png]