Monday, June 20, 2016

Compelled by the Spirit

When new thoughts come to mind, God is great about answering prayer as to the right path. I have been tossing around some new ideas, lately, and wondering what I should pursue and what does not quite line up with His word. I always want to make sure I do things “by thee book”!

It is better to give than to receive.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle came up with a wonderful character the world loved. However, he always wanted to be a historical writer. So, he killed off the beloved Sherlock Holmes, much to the dismay of the public. To me, this says, “Stick with what works!”

I have been writing at this blog for ten years, now. Is it really what works? I don’t know for certain. It is NOT Sherlock Holmes, that is for sure. Should I abandon it or neglect it for another project that I think might be better? I have been going back and forth about it for a while. And, I remind myself of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Further, God has forewarned it is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35). To me, that means I should give my talents and not be so worried about receiving anything back from them. Would I like to “live by the pen”? Of course! Absolutely! Is that the path I am walking? God only knows!

Afflictions await me.
Acts 20:22-35 was the message at church, this Sunday, as God would have it. He encouraged me on a few topics using this scripture. One being what I have mentioned above. Another, is the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me (Acts 20:23). Jesus never said following Him would be easy. As I have said before on this blog, Jesus actually says the exact opposite. He said His followers will be hated by all for His name sake (Matthew 10:22). So, in situations where “afflictions await me” I guess I can have faith I am doing something right. Further, I have an all powerful God in my corner! Do certain people hate me? Yes, and not the ones I ever would have thought! They make things very difficult and highly unpleasant...especially when the name of God or Jesus is mentioned! However, God will deal with them. His word promises it and there are events in the bible that give me great encouragement and peace of mind...for which I am indescribably thankful!

22 And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, constrained by the Spirit, not knowing what will happen to me there, 23 except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me. 24 But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. 25 And now, behold, I know that none of you among whom I have gone about proclaiming the kingdom will see my face again. 26 Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all, 27 for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God. 28 Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood. 29 I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; 30 and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them. 31 Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears. 32 And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. 33 I coveted no one's silver or gold or apparel. 34 You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities and to those who were with me. 35 In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'" (Acts 20:22-35. ESV.)
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