Divine Guidance (20 of 33) by Jerry Vines

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Divine Guidance (20 of 33)
Series: PowerBook
Jerry Vines
Acts 15:36-Acts 16:10

We are looking at the book of Acts together and we begin this morning in the 15th chapter and we will move into the 16th chapter also.

I want to talk to you this morning about Divine Guidance and how the God leads us in our lives. We do believe that God guides us and we do believe it is important for those of us who live in a world like ours to be able to turn to someone who loves us and someone who has all knowledge who can lead us and guide us in our pilgrim journey. It's as if you were going on an imaginary journey. You are going to an unknown land where they speak an unintelligible language, there will be roads which will be unexplored. It would be extremely helpful for you on that journey if there was someone who understood the way who could serve as your guide and who could provide for you guidance.

The Bible teaches that God does guide His children. There are some wonderful promises in the Bible about guidance. One of them is over in Proverbs 3:5,6. ''Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths.''

I like the one in Psalms 73:24 where it says, ''Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel and afterward receive me to glory.''

In the Old Testament time, primarily God's guidance was outward. Over this Tabernacle there was a glory cloud that came down and when the cloud stayed there, the people stayed there. But when the cloud rose and began to move, the people would follow the cloud. God led them by an outward cloud.

In the New Testament there is a change. Now, God's guidance is not so much outward as it is inward. Listen to John 16:13, ''Howbeit when he, the spirit of truth is come, he will guide you into all truth.''

Then there is the statement in Romans 8:14, ''As many as are led by the Spirit of God they are the sons of God.''

Now, primarily God's guidance is provided for us in the person of the Holy Spirit on the inside. Of course, we have the Scriptures which the Holy Spirit has inspired to help guide us as He leads and directs us. But we have the promise as God's children that He will guide us in our lives.

I want to take this beginning of the second missionary journey of the Apostle Paul, and I want to use it as an example to you of how God guides His children along the way. Paul was a kind of pioneer. He blazed new trails for the Lord Jesus. He went places preaching Jesus where no one else had previously gone. The second missionary journey is a remarkable example of the things that God did in the life of this great apostle and this great missionary. But it is also a practical example to you and me about how God can lead us and direct us in our lives. I want to talk about it from that perspective this morning.

I want you to notice in the closing verses of Acts 15 that the Lord sometimes leads in

I. A PAINFUL CONTENTION.

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