The Spirit Guides

When they came to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them.—Acts 16:7

The Holy Spirit seeks to bring us around to accepting God’s guidance for our lives. “All those led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons” (Rm 8:14).

This is a stage in life which many Christians never attain—they are not Spirit-led Christians. They are led by self-interest, physical impulses, or by the opinions of others. They have not put themselves at the disposal of the Spirit to be led of Him in the details of their lives. Hence they lack direction and, therefore, a goal.

When Christians say to me, “The Spirit never seems to guide me,” I usually reply, “How well do you listen?” The problem we face over guidance is not because the Spirit fails to lead us, but because we are not listening. We must be prepared to stop talking and wait before Him so that He can talk to us.

In this frenzied age many Christians have lost the art of listening. They are willing to spend time in prayer talking to God, but are not willing to spend very much of the time listening to God. We must stop, wait, and tune ourselves in to the Holy Spirit’s wavelength if we are to hear His voice in our hearts and feel His gentle impressions.

A Quaker woman inquired of a young man, “Hast thou heard God speak lately?” “No,” said the young man. “Then thou hast forgotten to be still,” said the woman. “Stop … and know …” says the Scripture (Ps 46:10). Be restless and you will not know. God guides everyone who wants to be guided.


O Spirit of the living God, help me tune my heart so that I can hear Your voice, for without Your guidance my life lacks mission and direction. Take the reins of my life and guide me. For Jesus’ sake, I pray. Amen.

Further Study

Ac 16; 10:19-20; 13:2; Jn 16:13

How did the Holy Spirit guide Paul?

What was the result?

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