“One more thing,” Stan began, “about Barnabas and Saul going out from the early church at Antioch.”
“Let me see if I remember what we have talked about with that.” I replied.
Continuing, I said, “In the first place, the voice of the Holy Spirit was heard because they were focused on the Lord.”
“Secondly, the Holy Spirit told them that He had particular work for them to do.”
“That’s right,” Stan replied, and then said with a smile, “You were paying attention!”
Continuing, he then said, “And the third part, and maybe the most important part, is that they went.”
“That,” he added, “is an essential lesson for me.”
He then said, “If I hear the voice of the Holy Spirit and do not respond in obedience, what is the point of hearing His voice?”
“I have to always remember that the Holy Spirit speaks to me for a reason,” Stan continued, “and He really does not like to waste His breath.”
“When He speaks, I am to hear and to listen. Then I am to obey.”
So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia and from there they sailed to Cyprus. Acts of the Apostles 13:4.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, that you have work for me to do for you. And thank you that you use your Holy Spirit to speak to me. Please forgive me all of the times I have failed to listen to His voice by following in obedience. I want only to be who and what you intend for me on this side of eternity by being obedient to what you have for me. Please lead and help me to follow you in every aspect of my being. Thank you I can and do bring all of these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.