Let’s consider for a few moments how the Holy Spirit leads us. We’re going to look at some episodes in the life of the apostle Paul in the Book of Acts.
Lessons from Acts:
Acts 19:21, Acts 20:22-24
Four factors that help us discern and sort things out:
The Scriptures, the leadings of the Holy Spirit; the wise counsel of Christian friends and family; and the alignment of circumstances.
How do we know the difference between a leading from the Holy Spirit and just our own thoughts or our own ideas or maybe even our own preferences? Paul faced this confusion as we move on in this story (Acts 21:4-16)
So, what do we do when there seems to be contradictory guidance coming from different voices/or from the four factors?
Principle 1: Make sure that you’re clear on what Scripture says in any decision that you’re facing.
Principle 2: Circumstances are helpful in our deliberations, but as we’ve seen, sometimes we can read too much into circumstances or respond inappropriately to our circumstances.
Principle 3: The best counsel when the factors seem to contradict themselves is to slow down.
Sometimes there may not be a clear-cut answer because he’s just giving us the freedom to make a good choice. You make the call.
A key takeaway:
Move away from the mindset of: “God, would you bless what I’m already planning to do?” And move to the mindset of “God, please speak into what you want me to do?”)
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Join other Christian business owners & leaders who want their faith to impact their work. Imagine spending a day at College Park interacting with, praying with, and encouraging fellow business leaders from the community who want their faith to impact their work? The Work as Worship Retreat will be held on Friday, February 23rd from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. In addition, you will hear some great content with biblical teaching and practical advice from seasoned Christian leaders through simulcast. For more information, go to https://www.workasworshipretreat.org/local and contact Jeff Sherlock at email@example.com.
We’re excited about beginning regular times of prayer and praise to seek after God and bless one another. The first gathering is Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary for an Ash Wednesday service. You may want to join us after your Valentine dinner!
The Fellowship of the Holy Spirit 2 Corinthians 13:14
“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ…”
Grace (Grk: “charis”) = unmerited favor.
How has Jesus Christ demonstrated His grace to you?
“…and the love of God…”
Love (Grk: “agape”) = To regard with affection. Wanting and acting toward the ultimate good of those loved.
1 Corinthians 13, John 3:16
In what ways has God shown you His love?
“…and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”
Fellowship (Grk: “koinonia”) = communion, partnership, close association
Who is the Holy Spirit?
John 15:26-16:15, Isaiah 11:2, 2 Corinthians 3:17-18
• Romans 1:4 – Spirit of holiness
• Romans 8:2 – Spirit gives life (only God can bring life)
• Romans 8:15 – Spirit brought about your adoption as a son/daughter of God
• Ephesians 1:17 – Spirit of wisdom and revelation, which helps us to know God.
• Hebrews 10:29 – Spirit of grace
• 1 Peter 1:2 – Spirit does the sanctifying work in our lives.
• 2 Peter 1:21 – The Spirit carried or spoke through the prophets as they penned the Scriptures.
What are some of the most stunning things that the Holy Spirit brings into our lives? In what area of your life do you feel the most need for the Holy Spirit’s presence or help right now?