Acts 16 - Go where the Holy Spirit tells you to go

God has a plan for each person. He will lead you, as a Christian, to other people who needs to hear about Jesus. It is very important that we listen to and obey the voice of the Holy Spirit. God has people in mind that he wants us to speak to, and by following His voice, God will guide us to them.

In Acts chapter 16, we see the Holy Spirit guiding Paul and Silas both where to go but also where not to go. We see the first example of this in verse 6:

Acts 16:6 “Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia,”

For whatever reason (which is not explained here), the apostles were not allowed by the Holy Spirit to go into Asia. When the Holy Spirit tells you, “Don’t go there”, it is important to obey His voice. The Holy Spirit will work to protect us from harm.

The next example of the guidance by the Holy Ghost comes in the very next verse.

Acts 16:7 “After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not.”

When it says the Spriit suffered them not, it means that the Holy Spirit told them not to go to Bithynia.

Finally, the Spirit tells them where to go next.

Acts 16:9 “And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us.”

The Holy Spirit will not forbid you going somewhere to spread the gospel without opening a door elsewhere for you to go. In the verses above, the Spirit was guiding them exactly where to go. Not to Asia. Not to Bithynia. Where to, then? To Macedonia. There was someone in Macedonia that God wanted Paul and Silas to preach the gospel to. In this case, it was the jailer at Philippi, and his family. When you seek God’s face about what He wants you to do with your life, you’ll be surprised at how specific the direction of God is.

In verse 10, look at the reaction of Paul and Silas.

Acts 16:10 “And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavoured to go into Macedonia…”

Their reaction was immediate. They didn’t stop and wonder. When the Spirit told them to go to Macedonia, they immediately went. You may ask, “How am I supposed to know where to go if God doesn’t appear before me in a vision like He did with Paul?” The answer is simple. God’s Will is His Word. You read the Bible and let it lead you. For example, is God calling you to become a missionary? The Word of God says in Mark 16:15:

Mark 16:15 “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”

It seems to me that it is an emphatic “yes”. It is God’s Will for you to either support missionaries being sent or to go yourself. Search the Scripture, pray and God will close some doors and open others. It is then our responsibility to follow the Word of the Spirit and go through those opened doors.

To learn more about Acts chapter 16, follow this link.

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