Tuesday 31 March 2020
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
I guess most of us ask this the questions how can we can know God’s will and purpose for our life, how can I know which direction to take when faced with choices, where should I work? Who should I marry? What should I study? Where does God want me to live? Which church family should I be part of? Is the particular choice I’m making right? And a million other things as we journey through Life. So does God guide people today? Our bible studies this morning from Acts 16 will explore this very question, we will see that during this time the Holy Spirit did clearly guide Paul and Barnbus as they travelled and wanted to share the Gospel.
When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to, The Holy Spirit forbade them to go! Does that make sense that they wanted to go and share the Gospel in an area but Jesus said no! They simply had to trust and obey. It may have been good for them to do that but it wasn’t right or best at that time! In the same way we also must learn to trust and obey when God guides. What is amazing is their ability to hear clearly the Holy Spirit’s voice and leading. They could do that because they were already walking with Jesus, already with humble hearts to seek God’s will before their own.
You might be wondering at this point why is there an oil tanker on the picture above, the simply answer to that is, an oil tanker is one of the biggest ships on the sea. It is impossible to turn one when it’s not moving! To walk in the will and purpose of God we firstly must be filled with the Holy Spirit and already be moving. If our hearts are cold towards Jesus, our spiritual ears will be deaf and we will find it hard to hear his promptings and even harder to follow them.
Acts 16 v 1-18
Without the Spirit of God, we can do nothing. We are as ships without wind. We are useless.