Posted by: Chris Avery | February 18, 2010

Guidance of the Holy Spirit

I began reading the book of Acts today. I think I’m going to read a chapter a day and just type my thoughts about something I read. Some things may be my own ideas and others might be something I discovered after reading a commentary.

Acts 1

After Jesus’ ressurection, He said that the promised helper would come soon. This is the Holy Spirit. This is the Spirit that indwells all believers. At the end of the chapter they were trying to find a replacement for Judas who had killed himself. They sought God’s guidance in the matter and drew lots to decide between Joseph called Barsabbas (who was also called Justus) and Matthias. Matthias would become the 12th disciple. This is the last time that casting lots is mentioned in the Bible. Immediately following in the next chapter is the coming of the Holy Spirit.

As believers in the new covenant we no longer need to cast lots, flip a coin, or try to look for a hidden sign. We also don’t have to wait for “a message from God”. The method for Christians to make decisions today is to always be in the word, seek Godly council from other Christians, pray, and make a decision. This does not have to be hasty and may take time to work through. The Christian also does not need to delay it by worrying themselves to death if it is the right decision. If the previous steps are taken and it is the desire of the man to honor God with their actions, they can make a decision and trust that God will lead them in the right way.

What if it turns out really bad?

Despite what the prosperity preachers say about everything going great if you have enough faith, life won’t always be easy. The Bible promises that the believer will experience trials, tribulations, and temptations. In fact, it’s hard to find any time in the Bible when people following God had it easy. God may allow “bad” things into our lives but it is all part of his sovereign will. From Romans 8:28, “we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” A big desire of God’s is for us to be like Christ. We grow in character when we experience hardships and we are better for it. If everything were perfect all the time, would there be a need for faith? Would there be a dependence upon God? God opposes the proud and gives grace to the humble. He has chosen the foolish things of this world to shame the wise and the weak things to shame the strong. God isn’t seeking for the self sufficient. It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick. God takes those who humble themselves before Him. Those who come like little children who have nothing to offer. They have no achievements, no money, and no great worth. He takes those who are willing to leave their selfishness and sins behind and follow Him with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength. God, as our Father, wants to help us. He wants to hear our prayers. He wants our ultimate good. The ultimate good is for us to be forgiven for our sins by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Then for us to be conformed into His image day by day. Today, may we seek His kingdom and His righteousness as we are led by His Spirit for His glory.

I apologize that I actually started to cover several topics. They might all ramble on like this, but I hope you have found some value within.


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