SERIES – God Often Does Less Than We Want, But God is Always Doing More Than We Realize (A Study in Acts 16)
Acts 16:6-10 NCV
6 Paul and those with him went through the areas of Phrygia and Galatia since the Holy Spirit did not let them preach the Good News in the country of Asia.
7 When they came near the country of Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not let them.
8 So they passed by Mysia and went to Troas.
9 That night Paul saw in a vision a man from Macedonia. The man stood and begged, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.“
10 After Paul had seen the vision, we immediately prepared to leave for Macedonia, understanding that God had called us to tell the Good News to those people.
Progress is the great:
Discontentment with where you are
Anticipate where you want to be
Remove all distractions
Execute your plan in faith
Acts 16:1-5 NCV – 1 Paul came to Derbe and Lystra, where a follower named Timothy lived. Timothy’s mother was Jewish and a believer, but his father was a Greek. 2 The believers in Lystra and Iconium respected Timothy and said good things about him. 3 Paul wanted Timothy to travel with him, but all the Jews living in that area knew that Timothy’s father was Greek. So Paul circumcised Timothy to please the Jews. 4 Paul and those with him traveled from town to town and gave the decisions made by the apostles and elders in Jerusalem for the people to obey. 5 So the churches became stronger in the faith and grew larger every day.
Acts 3:7 NCV – Then Peter took the man’s right hand and lifted him up. Immediately the man’s feet and ankles became strong.
Luke 9:17 NCV – They all ate and were satisfied, and what was left over was gathered up, filling twelve baskets.
- More than a set of doctrines we affirm and endure
- More than a set of rituals we affirm and endorse
- A lifestyle to be lived out.
Psalm 23:3 NCV – He gives me new strength. He leads me on paths that are right for the good of his name.
Closed doors are one of the ways God leads us.
Psalm 37:23-24 KJV – When a person’s steps follow the Lord, God is pleased with his ways.
Closed doors are what God uses to guide you.
If God shuts a door, it’s either to:
- Protect you
Matthew 2:12 NCV – But God warned the wise men in a dream not to go back to Herod, so they returned to their own country by a different way.
- Prosper you
Isaiah 55:8-9 NCV – 8 The Lord says, “My thoughts are not like your thoughts. Your ways are not like my ways. 9 Just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.
Jeremiah 29:11 KJV – For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Galatians 4:12-15 NCV – 12 Brothers and sisters, I became like you, so I beg you to become like me. You were very good to me before. 13 You remember that it was because of an illness that I came to you the first time, preaching the Good News. 14 Though my sickness was a trouble for you, you did not hate me or make me leave. But you welcomed me as an angel from God, as if I were Jesus Christ himself! 15 You were very happy then, but where is that joy now? I am ready to testify that you would have taken out your eyes and given them to me if that were possible.
Colossians 4:14 MSG – Luke, good friend and physician, and Demas both send greetings.
2 Corinthians 4:8 KJV – We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;