Letting the Holy Spirit Lead
Daily Bible Reading – Leviticus 10-12; Acts 16
Today’s Key Passage – Acts 16:6-15
Paul, Silas, Timothy, and Luke had set out on their missionary journey. They initially intended to go into Asia, but the Holy Spirit told them not to go there. Then they wanted to go into Bithynia, but once again, the Holy Spirit blocked their access. Finally, Paul had a vision telling him to go to Macedonia, and immediately they headed in that direction. Once in Macedonia, they preached the Gospel to Lydia and she believed. Then they drove out an evil spirit from a young girl and were imprisoned where they led the jailer to the Lord. The apostles were in the right place at the right time because they were following the leading of the Holy Spirit. God had a plan for them and wanted them in Macedonia. If they had not been listening to the Holy Spirit, they likely would have gone into Asia or Bithynia and would have missed these opportunities to bring people to Christ.
Sometimes we might find it difficult to let the Holy Spirit lead. As humans, most of us have a natural desire for freedom and tend to like to do things our own way. Most of us want to be the one driving the bus and deciding which direction we will take, but the Holy Spirit wants to lead us. He wants to show us which paths to follow and which ones to avoid. God has great plans for all of us – plans for good not only for us but also for the Kingdom. Our fulfillment of these plans is dependent on us being willing to follow His lead through the Holy Spirit. We can choose to ignore Him and set out in our own direction, but we do so at our own peril. If we fail to heed the leading of the Holy Spirit, we may find ourselves in bad situations or we might miss important opportunities that would advance the Kingdom of God. This is why it is so important that we learn to listen to the soft voice of God as he gently nudges us in the right directions in life. When we let the Holy Spirit lead us, we can be sure that the destination will be a good one.
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