As a senior pastor of National Community Church and bestselling author, Mark Batterson has heard God's voice guiding him toward new opportunities and through disappointments and setbacks. In our January issue, Mark shares four tests he uses to understand what God is saying to him. Here, Mark shares how praying for peace is an integral tool to use in discerning God's will:
"The Peace Test is out of Colossians, "let the peace of Christ rule in your heart. If I'm considering something and trying to discern, 'Is this God's will?,' I'll pray about it until I get to a place of peace. It doesn't mean that I won't be scared or nervous or stressed about it, but this peace that passes understanding that Scripture talks about literally guards my heart and mind so I can either step or away from or step toward whatever it is I am trying to discern is the will of God. Whether that's a next step in a relationship, a new job or a move, if you allow that peace to be the guiding principle in your heart, you can take the next step in your life with serenity."
For more of Mark's tips for discovering what God is saying to you, pick up a copy of our January issue, available at Walmart, Barnes and Noble, in select grocery stores, and for immediate download on Kindle and Nook. Also, be sure to buy a copy of Mark's new book, Whisper today!