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Acts 16:6-7 NIV
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Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to.
This passage I have stumbled over many times, how did the Holy Spirit block their way? How did they know that Jesus would not allow them to go this way? How did they know this was of God and not of Satan? Well, John 15:4 NIV tells us...
Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
So often our decisions, our choices are made by our own will, me, self; self centered. This is a normal pattern of thinking after all since childhood this has been our main concern, self. If we change our way of thinking by putting God first and asking Him to direct and guide us then He will for He promised us He would. Remain in me as I also remain in you.We need to make the choice of walking in the Spirit. When we choose to hand everything over to Jesus, then we can trust that what we hear, or the options opened up to us are from Him and not from Satan.
It is hard thinking in the spiritual realm for we live in the earthly realm. Our minds are earthly, our thinking is earthly, how then, do we think and live in the Spirit. First off, after committing our lives to Christ, we need to emerge ourselves in the Word and then live out what we read. Putting God first and loving our neighbour as ourselves. Do good works and trust that when we ask God to guide us that He is guiding us. When a door closes believe He closed this door and trust when the time is right He will either open that door or open a new door.
Tim Hughes, Everything
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