Becoming a disciple: Knowing the Counselor’s voice

 

Scripture – Acts 21:12-14

When we heard this, we and the people there pleaded with Paul not to go up to Jerusalem. 13 Then Paul answered, “Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” 14 When he would not be dissuaded, we gave up and said, “The Lord’s will be done.”

Observation

So many voices. Voices of friends, family and trusted advisors. All very important.

Proverbs says that the plans of a man with many counselors shall succeed. However, it is of vital importance to know the voice of the great Counselor, the Holy Spirit.

It would have been incredibly easy for Paul to listen to all his friends and advisors and decide not to go down to Jerusalem. But he had been convinced and he was steadfast in his decision.

It’s not easy sometimes to distinguish between what God is saying and what the people around us are saying, especially when what they are saying seems to make so much sense.

Application

Are any of us trying to make a decision that will hugely impact our lives?

In these situations we are never lacking for friendly advice from the people in our lives. Have we spent time to hear the Holy Spirit? Maybe we have heard God clearly but now we’re scared because what he’s said will require hardship, persecution, maybe even death?

Paul was able to do many of the things he did because he had made a decision to trust and follow the voice of the Holy Spirit. In our world crammed full with technology, information and voices telling us to do a million different things, have we learned to listen for the voice of God?

Prayer

Holy Spirit, give me opportunities today to hear your voice more clearly. Help me turn down the volume of the other voices and give me discernment between what is you and what is not. Father, make me sensitive to your leading for the sake of your kingdom and your glory. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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