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Spirit Lead Us!

By personality alone, the Apostle Paul was a force to be reckoned with. Through shipwrecks, stonings, and public disgrace he seemed to be unstoppable. It appeared as if nothing could stand in the way of his mission to share the gospel with the known world. That is until the Holy Spirit stood in his way. What?!

In Acts 16:6-7 Paul gets completely redirected by the Holy Spirit. Was he walking in sin? I’m not sure. Was he being self-willed? It’s unclear. Whatever it was, the Holy Spirit made it apparent that He had different plans for Paul than the ones he currently had for himself. Check out the passage: “ And when they had come up to Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them.”

Now, it’s not often the case that I am being so ambitious for God that the Holy Spirit has to pull back on the reigns a bit. More often than not, I sense His leading to get up and go talk to my next door neighbor, or turn off the TV and go read to my kid, or to hop on my bike and do a little soul keeping. But in all honesty, there are so many times that I am so caught up in my fast paced self-life that I sense very little of God’s presence or the Spirit’s leading. And because of that, I often do life my way instead of God’s way, and it really shows.

On October 18th , we are beginning a Leadership University course called Spiritual Life. The goal of the class is to learn how to have our spiritual eyes and ears more alive and attuned to the Spirit of God for the purpose of allowing Him to better lead us into fruitful avenues for ministry. (This was Paul’s story. See the rest of Acts 16-17.)

Would you enjoy exploring with us how to sense the Holy Spirit’s loving leadership more fully? Would you like the experience of God that we read about in the Bible to become your experience of Him? If so, sign up for Leadership University today.

Equipping you for works of service,

Josh Howlett

Community Pastor