Listening to the Word
Led by the Spirit
Job 11,12; Acts 15,16
“God, who knows the heart, showed that he accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as he did to us…It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us…having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. When…they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to.”
Acts 15:8, 28, 16:6, 7
The Holy Spirit was directing the efforts of the early churches in mission, church policy, and discernment process, as well as in the personal tactical decisions of their missionaries.
Is the Holy Spirit still involved to this extent in the life of our church and mission work today?
Or have we taken the leadership role away from the Holy Spirit by neglecting to listen to his voice and counsel?
When the Holy Spirit is leading, we are required to live in humility, purity, and dependence on his power and grace. When we are serving without submission to the Spirit, we make prayer-less decisions that result in very little lasting fruit for the kingdom. The Holy Spirit called Paul and Silas to Macedonia and directly into a prison cell and a beating. However, a new church was birthed and God was glorified. Following the leading of the Holy Spirit is not the easiest path, but it is a fruitful one.
“Jesus, lead me today, by your Spirit.”