They went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia and were prevented by the Holy Spirit from speaking the message in the province of Asia. – Acts 16:6


Is it possible that the Holy Spirit might ever prevent you from going somewhere or doing something for God? Isn’t that sort of like God shot-blocking Himself (reference to Jon Acuff)? While it may seem odd, it happened to Paul … at least twice.

The question such hindrances present for me is two-fold: 1) Why would the Holy Spirit do it? and 2) How did Paul know it WAS God at work? Certainly, my answer is not definitive, but if God says, “No” to something (like your project, plan, or program), then He most likely wants you to say, “Yes” to His. When the path is blocked, we must simply (or not so simply) look for another path that brings God greater glory (often achieved through our submission and surrender).

There is no harm in attempting great things for God, but sometimes the path to accomplishment is not the one we might have taken. Just be assured that if it is of God, it will be done. Press on.

Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence. – Hal Borland

Published by Dr. David Pope

Dr. David Pope is the Founder and CEO of Pope Initiatives. ARM Solutions is a division of Pope Initiatives that exists to activate collaborative efforts for sustainable impact among the global unreached.

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