‘Paul and his companions travelled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia.’ Acts 16.6
This verse gives us a wonderful picture of the way in which Paul operated. It seems that rather than asking for specific guidance where he should go, he took it for granted that he should keep moving forward until he came across a barrier. For Paul, the need for people to be introduced to Jesus seemed to be all the permission he needed, so he kept on going.
We can be very reticent about stepping out in the name of the Lord, whether it be a matter of witnessing, praying for people or even simply being good. A specific nudge from God to do something would probably increase our boldness, but in the absence of such a nudge we feel (sometimes thankfully!) released from exercising whatever ministry we might otherwise have done. If Paul could say anything to us, it would probably be something along the lines of – just do it until God stops you!
Each of us carries the presence of God within us. The world is desperate for him, and he is desperate to touch his world. Rather than wait for a nudge, look for the need and ask yourself how you can bring something of God to it.
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