I've been reading in Acts these last few weeks, and a couple days ago I read in Chapter 13 how the church and leaders prayed and fasted for the leading of the Holy Spirit.
It says in verses 2, 3, and 4 "While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, 'Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.' So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off. The two of them, sent on their way by the Holy Spirit, went down to Seleucia..."
Then Paul and Barnabas went from place to place ministering and preaching the Gospel of Christ to the Jews and Gentiles and speaking with the power of the Holy Spirit...and even in verse 44 it says that in one city after hearing about the power in which Paul spoke, "...almost the whole city gathered to hear the Word of the Lord." Can you imagine the whole city of Florence or the whole city of Athens coming to hear the Word of God? They weren't coming to see some famous ball player or some famous singer or actor; they came to hear the Word of God. And the thing is...when this CITY came to hear what Paul had to say, they weren't coming for Paul. It all had to do with the leading of the Holy Spirit because they were in God's perfect timing and speaking God's perfect words. The pressure was off of Paul and Barnabas and it was put on God's shoulders where it is suppose to be. (Matthew 11:29-30 "Accept my teachings and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in spirit, and you will find rest for your lives. The burden that I ask you to accept is easy; the load I give you to carry is light." New Century Version of the Bible) God tells us here to give Him our lives and decisions and worries and accept, in exchange, His ways and His leading and His comfort. This is when we can truly be led by the Holy Spirit. I'm mean really...what were the people in the church and leaders and Paul and Barnabas doing before they even went to this specific city to preach the Gospel?...worshiping, fasting, and praying. And then what happened? An entire city came to hear the Word of God. Worshiping, fasting, and praying is all about God and all for God, so why wouldn't we then be able to understand the leading of the Holy Spirit? Now, if we are worried, distracted, and not praying, the opposite will happen because then we are focused on how WE feel. We will then worry too much to sense the Holy Spirit, be too distracted to fast or pray, and therefore make immature, human decisions that have little to no effect for the Kingdom of God. What a waste of energy and time. How much time and energy do I spend without the leading of the Holy Spirit? How much do you?
Today, worship the Lord (sing or listen to worship music, write about how awesome God is in a notebook or journal, tell God how thankful you are for what you have), fast for the Lord (sacrifice something you really like to do today and go do something that puts your focus on the Lord, give up chocolate or movies, or just plain fast for today and spend it in God's presence), and pray (write to God, talk to God, sing to God...but then be sure to listen).
God, I pray that you will teach us to walk daily in Your Spirit and be led by Your voice.
"So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives...the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!" Galatians 5:16, 22, 23 New Living Traslation
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