by Beverly Barnett

The Holy Spirit Guided the Apostles

Ephesians 3:1-5

“Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit,” Ephesians 3:5.

Throughout the New Testament we see examples of the Holy Spirit’s guidance of the apostles. Peter, for example, was instructed by the Holy Spirit that three men would seek him, and he would go with them without question (Acts 10:19, 20). There are many more examples of when the Holy Spirit guided them away from trouble or guided them to a particular person.

One early Sunday morning, my husband said that he was changing his sermon for that day. He said he did not know why, but the Holy Spirit would not give him peace about that particular message and prompted him to go with another sermon he had preached before. He rarely changes his sermon at such a late time, but he felt compelled to do so.

During his message, he explained to the congregation that he had changed his message as prompted by the Holy Spirit, and he did not know why the Lord would not let him preach the other message. Why the change in message?

As much as we would like to know all the answers, we do not have to know them. Our job is to follow the leadership of the Lord through the Holy Spirit.

REFLECTION: “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you”—Jesus (John 14:26).

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