THURSDAY, MARCH 4
Next Paul and Silas traveled through the area of Phrygia and Galatia, because the Holy Spirit had prevented them from preaching the word in the province of Asia at that time. Then coming to the borders of Mysia, they headed north for the province of Bithynia, but again the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them to go there.
Acts 16:6-7 (NLT)
THE SPIRIT HELPS ME AVOID WHAT IS WRONG
Pastor John Hagee made up a story of a driver that refused to stop at a STOP sign; he was then pulled over by a cop. The cop told him that the reason he pulled him over was because he refused to stop at a STOP sign. He replied that he slowed down, the cop then explained to him that the sign reads, “STOP” and not slow down. He then gave him a ticket. The second day, the same driver refused to stop at the same sign, the same cop pulled him over, the same accusation and the same defense, he was then given another ticket. The third day, the same driver refused to stop at the same STOP sign, he was pulled over by the same cop, and was accused of not stopping at the same STOP sign; again, he told the cop that he did slow down. The cop then took a big stick and started hitting him with it on his head very fast, he then asked the driver, “Since you are finding it difficult to understand the difference between STOP and SLOW DOWN, here I am, hitting you with this stick on the head very fast, now do you want me to slow down or stop?”
Thankfully, that’s not a true story. However, we learned from Mike on Sunday there are times when the Holy Spirit says, “Stop.” One of the roles of the Spirit is to help us avoid what’s wrong. In Acts 16, God opened and closed doors for Paul and Silas to preach the gospel. God’s Spirit knew where they needed to be, when they needed to be there and what they needed to say or not say. And there were times when the Spirit said, “Don’t go there!”
God doesn’t just direct our steps. God also directs our stops. We never want to get ahead of God and we never want to get behind God. Is there anything in your life you think the Spirit of God may be asking you to stop doing?
Praise God for His perfect protection and His perfect timing in your life. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you only go and do what He wants you to go and do.