Let is a command word when God says it. God said, “Let there be light: and there was light…” (Genesis 3:3).
Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
To rule is to have charge of something. The umpire rules a ball game. When he says, “you’re out” then you’re out. We have to let God be the umpire. We all have emotions and opinions, but we have to let the peace of God rule over our emotions and opinions so we can have peace in the body. If we don’t have the peace that salvation brings, we won let the peace of God rule.
Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
If we let the peace of God, we won’t let our heart be troubled. The disciples were saved but didn’t have the fullness of peace until they were filled with the Holy Spirit. We don’t have the fullness of peace until we receive the Holy Spirit. Anytime we don’t let the peace of God rule, it won’t help situations that upset or irritate us. There’ll be upset, bad attitudes, and division. Jesus let the peace of God rule when he was spit on, slapped, spoken evil of, and crucified.
John 14:27-28 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.
We have to make a choice that regardless of our feelings or opinions, we choose to let the peace of God rule. We have to reject ungodly fear and anxiety. Jesus asked the apostles why they were so fearful and why they had no faith.
Mark 4:35-41 And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?
Faith is the key to us letting the peace of God rule. Jesus laid down in the boat and slept peacefully because he was trusting God. We’ll have peace when we trust God and put things in his control. We have to be careful for nothing, not worry about anything. God wants us to learn to trust him, casting all our cares on him (I Peter 5:7).
Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
We have to let God have control or we’ll be fearful and not have peace. God is always on time and wants us to take our hands off our cares. If our mind is troubled, we need to go boldly to the throne of grace to give our troubles to God. It takes effort to cast down imaginations and thoughts, to bring them into subjection to God. If we’re agitated, there’s no patience, longsuffering, or forbearance. If we don’t cast down every thought that isn’t according to God’s will, we won’t bring them into captivity and won’t let the peace of God rule. It is our duty to cast down and bring every thought into subjection to obedience to Christ – to fight a good fight of faith. Don’t let the devil rob you of peace among yourselves.
II Corinthians 10:3-5 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
Jesus purchased the Church Of God with his own blood. Paul was concerned and warned that people would come among them to cause division by speaking perverse (contrary) things. If people value their opinion more than the unity of the body of Christ (his church), they will be causing division. If we lose the peace of God, we’ll get a contrary spirit that divides the body.
Acts 20:28-32 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Therefore watch, and remember…three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears. And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.
When the peace of God rules, we’ll have a prayerful attitude and be careful about what we say. If the enemy tries to disturb our peace, we let the peace of God rule by keeping our mind stayed (set) on him.
Isaiah 26:3-4 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength:
Some prophets were saying “Peace, peace” when there was no peace. They were putting untempered mortar in the wall. Things are tempered by heating with fire to make them strong. We have to submit our life to the examination by the word of God which has been tested and had its strength proven.
Ezekiel 13:8-10 Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Because ye have spoken vanity, and seen lies, therefore, behold, I am against you, saith the Lord God. And mine hand shall be upon the prophets that see vanity, and that divine lies: they shall not be in the assembly of my people, neither shall they be written in the writing of the house of Israel, neither shall they enter into the land of Israel; and ye shall know that I am the Lord God. Because, even because they have seduced my people, saying, Peace; and there was no peace; and one built up a wall, and, lo, others daubed it with untempered morter:
God says there’s no peace to the wicked, the sinner, or the one who has never forsaken their sins. We have to be on the rock or our wall will fall. Our wall has to be salvation based on the word of God.
Ezekiel 13:11-16 Say unto them which daub it with untempered morter, that it shall fall: there shall be an overflowing shower; and ye, O great hailstones, shall fall; and a stormy wind shall rend it. Lo, when the wall is fallen, shall it not be said unto you, Where is the daubing wherewith ye have daubed it? Therefore thus saith the Lord God; I will even rend it with a stormy wind in my fury; and there shall be an overflowing shower in mine anger, and great hailstones in my fury to consume it. So will I break down the wall that ye have daubed with untempered morter, and bring it down to the ground, so that the foundation thereof shall be discovered, and it shall fall, and ye shall be consumed in the midst thereof: and ye shall know that I am the Lord. Thus will I accomplish my wrath upon the wall, and upon them that have daubed it with untempered morter, and will say unto you, The wall is no more, neither they that daubed it; To wit, the prophets of Israel which prophesy concerning Jerusalem, and which see visions of peace for her, and there is no peace, saith the Lord God.
We need to be sure that every day we have peace with God. We’ll be casting up mire and dirt, if we’re gossiping, complaining, grumbling, and finding fault.
Isaiah 57:20-21 But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.
When there’s no peace to the wicked, it’s because they’re separated from him by sin.
Isaiah 59:1-2 Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
They made crooked paths and refused judgment so they don’t know peace. The peace of God will rule when we’re walking in peace with the body of Christ. If we can’t get along with Brother or Sister So-and-so, we’re fooling ourselves to say the peace of God is ruling. Not letting the peace of God rule means that self is ruling and it will cause division.
Isaiah 59:8 The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.
God wants us to be flexible and let his peace rule over our differences (not flexible about sin though). When a tree is dead and the storm comes, it breaks or falls. If we’re dead, we’ll fall. Peace must be allowed to work, practiced in our life.
(Notes from the Mature Class Bible Study, teacher Edith Tolbert)