Are you just joining the ACTivate adventure? Check it out here. Today we are on ACTS chapter 13, and the post is by Berna Holmes, pastoring our Stratford congregation with her husband Andrew.
Spiritual Living obeys…
“God testified concerning David, second King of Israel, ‘I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’” Acts 13:22
How often do we ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit when can’t figure things out through our own natural reason or understanding? Yet in many situations every day, we follow our natural inclinations in order to satisfy our own desires. Like a traveller hiring a guide to take him through the Amazon safely, trusting for
guidance as to which road to take. But as they stroll along some exotic fruit catches the traveller’s eye and he takes it and eats without stopping to ask the guide, because his own desire has convinced him that the fruit looks familiar and that it ‘makes sense’ to eat. But then a huge bout of diarrhoea strikes – hugely complicating the rest of the journey!
In verse 2 of this chapter we see the church worshipping and fasting. While doing that the Holy Spirit spoke and set Paul and Barnabas apart for the work to which He had called them. Fasting is a process of teaching the flesh to submit and yielding our spirits to the Holy Spirit so that we will do everything He directs us to do. The more we respond in obedience the more we will be filled with the Holy Spirit. Not because we did not receive all of the Holy Spirit when we put our faith in Jesus as Lord and Saviour, but because we surrender more of our own desires to the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
We see the result of being filled by the Holy Spirit in verse 51; ‘And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit’. Even though they met opposition and persecution at every turn and alongside every victory… they were filled with the joy of the Lord because they surrendered and chose to obey even when it did not make sense in the natural. They did everything the Holy Spirit wanted them to do.
Join us this Sunday 29th at all our London congregations focussing on “How to be led by the Spirit”