Sunday, January 6, 2013

From Acts to Revelation Part 58 – Tyre: Having Direction



From Acts to Revelation
Part 58 – Tyre: Having Direction
Pastor Bruce A. Shields
House of Faith Church | www.PS127.org | www.TruthDigest.org

INTRODUCTION
Two weeks ago, we talked about Paul traveling at the Holy Spirit's direction to Jerusalem.

Along the way he stopped thirty miles outside Ephesus and spoke with the Elders from the Church of Ephesus. Telling them they were capable of running the church now without his guidance, and that he had taught them everything he knew about Jesus and what they were to do as the Church.

He said goodbye, and told them they would never see him again (because the Holy Spirit had revealed to him his calling, and he knew he would not be returning).

From here, Paul and the disciples who traveled with him, left for Jerusalem, passing through many places, where he finds himself in Tyre, a short stop along the way.


SCRIPTURE REFERENCE
Acts 21:1-5
After we had torn ourselves away from them, we put out to sea and sailed straight to Cos. The next day we went to Rhodes and from there to Patara. We found a ship crossing over to Phoenicia, went on board and set sail. After sighting Cyprus and passing to the south of it, we sailed on to Syria. We landed at Tyre, where our ship was to unload its cargo. Finding the disciples there, we stayed with them seven days. Through the Spirit they urged Paul not to go on to Jerusalem. But when our time was up, we left and continued on our way. All the disciples and their wives and children accompanied us out of the city, and there on the beach we knelt to pray. After saying good-by to each other, we went aboard the ship, and they returned home.







I.       PAUL HEARD AND FOLLOWED THE HOLY SPIRIT
a.      Luke was still traveling with Paul, and recording the events in Acts.


b.     There are many examples of Paul hearing and obeying the Holy Spirit in Acts.
i.       Throughout the book of Acts we see Paul listening and obeying.

ii.    In fact: The Holy Spirit caused Paul to stay and teach for seven days here in Tyre where he met some Disciples.


c.      It was not always “easy” to obey.
i.       Obedience can challenge our thinking, our behavior, our habits, the way we handle things, but that is the point.


d.     It was not always “rewarding” to obey.
i.       Obedience is not a trick we perform for a cookie.

ii.    It is the “doing” part of our relationship with the Lord.

iii. Obedience is the “how” we Love the Lord!
a.      Jesus said, “If you love me, you will obey what I have commanded.”

b.     If you say you love Jesus, yet, do not obey His commands, then you do not truly love Him at all.


e.      Therefore, Obedience is not about easy, or rewards, rather, it is about loving the Lord in the only way we are told in scripture we can, through obedience to the Lord.



II.    THE PEOPLE WANTED PAUL TO AVOID JERUSALEM
a.      These were praying believer's who also heard from the Holy Spirit.
i.       Why did they hear something different than Paul?

ii.    They didn't.
a.      The Holy Spirit revealed to them the coming dangers and troubles in Jerusalem.

b.     Remember, the Holy Spirit had also revealed this to Paul in Acts 20:22, saying “...I go bound in the Holy Spirit to Jerusalem, not fully knowing the things that will befall me there...”

c.      This was why he told the Ephesian Elder's they would never see his face again.


b.     Both Paul, and these believer's heard from the Holy Spirit.
i.       The believer's knowing the troubles coming in Jerusalem, and Paul knowing the troubles coming in Jerusalem, but instructed by the Holy Spirit to go there.


c.      So the believer's voiced their opinions based on the information they had from the Holy Spirit.
i.       We know in part.

d.     Just as the Disciples did when Jesus told them He was going to die in Jerusalem, and Peter said, “No, you can't go there!”


e.      Sometimes others will not understand your calling by God, and though they too may be hearing from the Holy Spirit, unless directed by God, they need to take what God is giving them and apply it to their own lives.



III. WHAT ABOUT YOU?
a.      Do you “know” your direction and a purpose in life?

b.     If you read your bible, and pray, listen to the Holy Spirit.

c.      God will tell you your direction and purpose for your life.

d.     You should be able to say as Paul, “I know where I am to be, and I know what I am to do once I get there.”





CONCLUSION

Some lessons we learned from today's scriptures.
As we see it was with Paul in the book of Acts, sometimes God's plan for you in your life takes time. As in Paul's case, his entire life.

We need to be sure that we continue to listen to the Holy Spirit, and remain obedient in our life, constantly seeking God for direction, as well as purpose.

We all have a direction, and a purpose, we need to know what those are, and understand that sometimes, others who may also be hearing from God, may not fully understand what God is calling us to. However, other people's understanding has never been a requirement for us to be obedient to God.

If we love Jesus, we will obey what He has commanded us, find our direction, and fulfill our purpose in life, neither of which involves a self-centered existence, basing all you think say and do on yourself. That selfish lifestyle is based on the teachings of Satan, who loved himself over all others, not the Lord, who showed us through His sacrifice to pay our debts to God, that He loved us over Himself.

The scriptures make it clear, if you say you love God, yet hate your brother, the love of God is not in you.

Read I Corinthians 13 today when you get home, and make it a point to live that this week, and see what God reveals to you through your obedience to His command, which shows your love for Jesus, as you obey Him in loving others as you would love yourself.





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