Acting Out: Day 33 — Irresistible?

Read Acts 20:1-24

Key Verse: Acts 20:22-23 “And now I am going to Jerusalem, drawn there irresistibly by the Holy Spirit, not knowing what awaits me, except that the Holy Spirit has told me in city after city that jail and suffering lie ahead.” (NLT)

Throughout this passage we read about the travels of Paul and his companions. They went from place to place doing a great work for God wherever God would allow them to go. Eventually Paul headed on to Jerusalem yet he knew that bad things awaited him there. But why did he go? Why walk right into danger?

In verse 22 Paul says that he is drawn irresistibly by the Holy Spirit to go into the city of Jerusalem. The Holy Spirit did not force Paul to go there, it merely drew him there. But Paul felt he could not resist God’s will and stay away from that city. The reason being that Paul, a man full of the Holy Spirit, had made it his greatest desire to follow God no matter where God might lead him. Paul was willing to obey God and trust Him even if that meant that danger or even death would come his way. Paul said it himself in verse 24 that he felt that his life had no value unless he obeyed God and did what God wanted.

As a Christian who desires to be full of the Holy Spirit so you can Act out for God, you need to have the same attitude as Paul. You need to desire to do God’s will for your life and follow Him wherever He leads you. You ought to have an attitude that says ‘my life is worth nothing if I don’t obey my God’. When you desire to obey God more than anything else, you too will come to experience the irresistible leading of the Holy Spirit in your life.

Prayer: “Lord, I want to desire to follow your will for my life so strongly that I will not be able to resist your plans for me.”

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