Scripture: Colossians 3:15

Paul described the phenomenon of the inner witness in a peculiar way. He called the peace of God “an umpire”. In other words, we have a special referee in our lives who guides us.

And let the PEACE of God RULE in your hearts…


The peace of God in our hearts is supposed to rule or guide us. The peace of God in our hearts is generated by the voice of the Holy Spirit speaking to our hearts. When you don’t have that peace, please be careful of danger. The Greek word translated “rule” is the word brabeuo. It means “to be an umpire”, “to arbitrate”, “to direct” and “to govern”.

God is using peace to direct and govern you. I say to you, “If you don’t have peace, don’t go! If you don’t have peace about him,

don’t marry him!” Peace is the umpire you have! When the umpire blows the whistle, you are supposed to stop.

It is the umpire who tells you to “play on”. He signals to you when something is wrong. If you learn to follow this peace in your heart, you will experience success in all decisions that you take.

Here is what Bishop Dag Heward-Mills says about finding peace. A friend of mine left church one evening and stopped a taxi on a motorway. He told me later of a terrible experience he had. He said, “I remember that as I was getting into the car, I felt very uneasy. I had no peace.” You see, peace the umpire was blowing the whistle and telling him, “No! Don’t go!”

He narrated, “There was one person in addition to the driver. I was sitting on the back seat.”

In the middle of the journey the driver began to drive very slowly. He turned off his lights and began to sing a hymn, “Lead kindly light” (a song that is often sung at funerals). The driver revealed himself to be a wizard who was operating from a town near the capital, Accra. As they drove along, the driver and the man in front said to my friend, “We are taking you somewhere.”

He was terrified. They turned off the motorway onto a dusty road and drove into a cemetery. When they arrived at the cemetery they told him, “Get out of the car. You are going to die.”

My friend said to me, “I knew that this was my last hour. They said that they were going to sacrifice me and use parts of my body for rituals.”

He continued, “Just before they were about to sacrifice me, I prayed, knowing that these were my last minutes on earth.”

The driver of the car then said, “If you join our witchcraft group, I will not kill you.”

My friend told me, “I agreed to join for the sake of my life.”

Thinking that they had got a convert they went back to the car and drove to the next town. My friend told me, “They dropped me off at the nearest junction in the town centre. When I got out of the car I told the man, “If you think I would ever join such an evil group, you must be out of your mind. The power of Jesus is greater than any power.”

And with that he ran off into the nearby crowd. The driver could not pursue him because there were too many people around. God had saved my friend from certain death at the hands of ritual murderers. But God had tried to direct him through the umpire called peace. The uneasiness my friend had felt when he was getting into the car was a warning from God not to proceed.

In the ministry, you need to have peace about many things that you engage in. Sometimes there is no reason for peace. Sometimes you don’t know why you are at peace. The Bible calls it “the peace that passes all understanding”.


Dear Lord! Help us find that peace that passes all understanding and rules our heart, amen.


Pastor Bob (Idamiebi Benson Bob-Manuel) is a husband and father of three. Born and raised in Nigeria he moved to Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada in 2019 to pursue a calling from the Lord to build an in-person and online ministry. After serving in various ministerial capacities for 18 years, Bob was ordained as a Pastor in January 2018. Since coming to Canada he has served at The Bridge Church, a ministry under the covering of the Foursquare Church of Canada and currently serves as an associate pastor with Wellsprings Victory Church in Regina, Saskatchewan. Bob has a passion for sharing the word of God through preaching, teaching, and worship. He believes in the power and righteousness of servant leadership and has devoted his life to walking the path that God has placed before him. Bob is also pursuing a Master’s degree in Christian Leadership through distance learning with Trinity Western University British Columbia, Canada.

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