Sometimes in life, the power of the Holy Spirit can be underestimated or perhaps not recognized in what can seem everyday occurrences. Our Father works in powerful and mysterious ways!!! I say that from personal experience and in reading the story of the Apostle Paul this new day, my Father reaffirms this to me!!!
Paul and his companions were headed to Phrygia and Galatia to preach, but it says in our Father’s Word that the Holy Spirit had kept them from preaching the word in the province of Asia. When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them there, either. So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas. While there, Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” This was such a powerful vision that the passion of Paul’s heart was powerfully moved and “they got ready at once to leave to Macedonia, concluding that God had called them to preach the gospel in Macedonia.” This is what took the gospel from Asia into Europe!!! The call to Paul was a call to the whole western world to bring them the good news of Jesus!!! Glory to Jesus!!! When you have an encounter with the Spirit of the Lord, it is powerful to move our hearts!!! There is nothing like it!!!
I have learned in my life that our Father can close doors that nobody can open and He can open doors that nobody can close!!! Yeah, family!!! Wooohooo!!! He will never lead us contrary to His written Word and a good example of that was seen by me personally as I stepped into life to intentionally minister amongst women the other day and to my surprise found myself around no women there and talking to a young father who struck up conversation with me that he was upset because a door had been closed on him moving out of state. It would have meant him moving away from his son. He and his wife were divorced, she was remarried and had a new baby with her new husband. She has custody of his son. He said he had trusted Christ as his personal Savior from sin already. YAY!!! GOOD NEWS!!! When I told him that it would be our Father’s heart for him to stay connected to his son as a father, he said someone else had told him the same thing. We talked about some options, I prayed with him for our Father’s guidance and encouraged the young father to trust in Jesus to guide his steps. It gave him new perspective and trust that our Father was able to guide his path as he sought him and that our Father would work things out in good ways as he trusted in Him. It turned his heart from one of anger that the door was closed to seeing the possibility that Father perhaps had something better for him in a place where he could also be the father his son needed him to be. As I went to leave, he thanked me and said that the prayer helped him. I am thankful that he is placing his trust in Jesus to guide his future, opening up doors of opportunity and closing doors that need to be shut to put him where he is suppose to be in life!!! He is committed to pray and read His Bible and lead himself and his son divinely well as we talked!!! Praise the Lord!!! You never know when opportunity will knock!!! Go Father!!!
We can all trust in the Holy Spirit to guide us in life, dear family!!! His promise to us is this:
“In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.”
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” …you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.”
I’m a gal following our Father as He leads moment by moment as this song says here. Know our Father is with you helping you as you trust in Him dear one!!! He is for us!!! All the time, God is good and God is good all the time!!! Oh our sweet Father, He just makes me smile!!! 🙂
Acts 16:6-10; Proverbs 16:9; Jeremiah 29:11-13; Proverbs 3:5-6; Romans 8:28-29 NIV