The Spirit's Guidance
February 13, 2020: SOAP #3724: Leviticus 20-22; Acts 20
Scripture: Acts (NIV) 20:22 “And now, compelled bythe Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. 23I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison andhardships are facing me.
Observation: Twodifferent messages from the Holy Spirit to Paul. One that He should go to Jerusalem. The other that he would face prison andhardship. Two totally differentmessages, but both from the Holy Spirit and both important.
If Paul only had the leading that he was to go to Jerusalem and not theinformation about the hard times, Paul might have thought that surely God wouldnot have him suffering and that he must have missed what God was saying tohim. If Paul only had the message about thehardship ahead in Jerusalem, he might have determined that he was being warnedto stay away from Jerusalem.
But when Paul experienced prison and hardship in Jerusalem, he was certain thathe had not missed God!
Application: When finding one's location using a compass,one needs to find the angle to two recognizable points that can be located on amap. Drawing lines on the map throughthose two points (triangulation) allows one to identify their location wherethe lines intersect.
As I have continued to walk along the direction God gave me years ago, there havebeen times when God has given me additional insight, scriptures, propheticwords. In considering the old and newtogether, I was better able to understand God's ultimate direction and see howit all fit together. God isamazing!!!
Prayer: Lord,continue to lead me and I will continue to follow. Amen
Making friends for time and eternity!