Friday, November 27, 2009

The Holy Spirit blocked that route...


The Bible says clearly - "The Holy Spirit blocked that route."
What does that mean? Did they try to go and ran into an invisible wall? Did their planned transportation break down? Did the contacts they had lined up not show? Were they given strong and persistent internal guidance not to go?

I wish I knew...

Acts 16
A Dream Gave Paul His Map
1 -3Paul came first to Derbe, then Lystra. He found a disciple there by the name of Timothy, son of a devout Jewish mother and Greek father. Friends in Lystra and Iconium all said what a fine young man he was. Paul wanted to recruit him for their mission, but first took him aside and circumcised him so he wouldn't offend the Jews who lived in those parts. They all knew that his father was Greek.
4 -5As they traveled from town to town, they presented the simple guidelines the Jerusalem apostles and leaders had come up with. That turned out to be most helpful. Day after day the congregations became stronger in faith and larger in size.
6 -8They went to Phrygia, and then on through the region of Galatia. Their plan was to turn west into Asia province, but the Holy Spirit blocked that route."

So the route is blocked. How, we don't know. So they decided they must be supposed to go north instead...

"So they went to Mysia and tried to go north to Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus wouldn't let them go there either."

Blocked again!

"Proceeding on through Mysia, they went down to the seaport Troas. "

So they head south. How their way was UNBLOCKED is just as intriguing!

9 -10 "That night Paul had a dream: A Macedonian stood on the far shore and called across the sea, "Come over to Macedonia and help us!" The dream gave Paul his map. We went to work at once getting things ready to cross over to Macedonia. All the pieces had come together. We knew now for sure that God had called us to preach the good news to the Europeans."

So there you have it. Europe got the Gospel because of a dream.
(Things you never knew before...)

11 -12 "Putting out from the harbor at Troas, we made a straight run for Samothrace. The next day we tied up at New City and walked from there to Philippi, the main city in that part of Macedonia and, even more importantly, a Roman colony. We lingered there several days.
13 -14On the Sabbath, we left the city and went down along the river where we had heard there was to be a prayer meeting. We took our place with the women who had gathered there and talked with them. One woman, Lydia, was from Thyatira and a dealer in expensive textiles, known to be a God-fearing woman. As she listened with intensity to what was being said, the Master gave her a trusting heart—and she believed!
15After she was baptized, along with everyone in her household, she said in a surge of hospitality, "If you're confident that I'm in this with you and believe in the Master truly, come home with me and be my guests." We hesitated, but she wouldn't take no for an answer."

Was God doing overtime, or is this leading available to all of us all the time?

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