Does God Have A Specific Plan For Your Life?
Acts 19 - 21
A Christian man who was overweight decided to go on a diet. One of his main problems with eating was that he would stop for donuts every morning on the way to work. So, he decided to make things easier for himself -- he would change his route to work to avoid the temptation of stopping. As the weeks went by he started losing a lot of weight and was receiving compliments from his friends and co-workers. Then one morning without thinking, he accidentally turned onto the road which would take him by the donut shop. At first he was going to turn around but then he thought to himself, "Maybe the Lord is rewarding me for my efforts". So, in thinking this he said a short prayer telling the Lord that if this was his true intention, let there be an open parking place directly in front of the shop. And, sure enough, on the fifth time around the block there was an open spot right up front.
Let's talk about how to know the will of God.
We're studying the life of Paul in the book of Acts and today I want to point out selected verses in chapters 19 -- 21.
Acts 19:21 "Paul purposed in the spirit to go to Jerusalem..." (NAS)
Acts 19:21 "Paul decided to go to Jerusalem..." (NIV)
Acts 20:22-23 "And now, behold, bound in spirit, I am on my way to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there, except that the Holy Spirit solemnly testifies to me in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions await me."
Acts 21:4 "And they (the disciples) kept telling Paul through the Spirit not to set foot in Jerusalem."
Acts 21:11-14 And coming to us, he (Agabus the prophet) took Paul's belt and bound his own feet and hands, and said "This is what the Holy Spirit says: ‘In this way the Jews at Jerusalem will bind the man who owns this belt and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.'" And when we had heard this, we as well as the local residents began begging him not to go up to Jerusalem. Th ...
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