“The Holy Spirit will rebuke you for little words or deeds or even feelings, or for wasting your time, which other Christians never seem to be concerned about, but you must make up your mind that God is an infinite Sovereign and He has a right to do whatever He pleases with His own. He may not explain to you a thousand things which puzzle your reason in the way He deals with you, but if you will just submit yourself to Him in all things, He will wrap you up in a jealous love and bestow upon you many blessings which come only to those who are very near to His heart.” G. D. Watson (1845-19240.
Paul, Luke or any of the other apostles could not explain for certain why they were led to some places and not to others. “And when they had come up to Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them” (Acts 16:7). There was no explanation for this divine ‘Stop Sign,’ except for the obvious fact that God was opening another door for effective ministry. Paul had a “right” as a minister of the gospel to “reap material things” from those he preached and labored to, but he refused to exercise that right since he considered his work as a “necessity…laid upon” him by the Lord (1 Corinthians 9:8-18).
Never make others the standard for what you do. In some cases, there may not be a biblical mandate for what you do, but if you are truly led by the Spirit, you will not be under law but under the power of His grace to accomplish what others may not be able to do. Be careful not to make what you do a law for others. Stand on biblical principles.
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