His hand behind my plans

THE STORY OF JESUS: Acts 16:6-10
“Kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia.” (Acts 16:6)
“The Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to.” (Acts 16:7)

Why would the Holy Spirit hold us back from sharing the message of Jesus?
It’s not that He silenced them; He directed them elsewhere, other than Asia.
He had plans for them in Macedonia, so that is where He leads them (Acts 16:10).
I have experienced the Lord stopping me, then leading me somewhere.
In seminary I wanted to do a summer in Charlottetown, but I was not selected.
At that point God had not called me to preach to them.
Little did I know that God’s plan was for me to go there after graduation.
I was kept by the Spirit, now allowed by the Spirit of Jesus, for that summer.
But in time, I was called to preach there.
The Lord has His ways, His timing, His plan behind my plans.
This is not church leaders; God directs our all our lives for a purpose.
He guides us places and circumstances where He can use us to share His love.
Where is the Spirit leading you, where has God called you?
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, I trust that I am where I am right now for a reason. I am here for Your purpose, to share You and Your love with this community. I will do so until You direct me elsewhere.

One Comment

  1. God at work through His Spirit showing His servants where to go.
    Last week we came home after serving nine weeks with World Renew DRS in Texas and Louisiana. I was looking forward of being at home for R and R. But the Lord had different thoughts. Thursday we leave to serve for four months in Malawi for World Renew – after the flooding there. God’s calling. I need to heed the Voice saying, this is the way. Walk in it. Help me Lord on my way.

    When we walk with the Lord
    In the light of His Word,
    What a glory He sheds on our way;
    While we do His good will,
    He abides with us still,
    And with all who will trust and obey.

    Trust and obey,
    For there’s no other way
    To be happy in Jesus,
    But to trust and obey.

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