The S. O. L. V. E. Principle

SERIES – God Often Does Less Than We Want, But God is Always Doing More Than We Realize (A Study in Acts 16)

Acts 16:6-15 CEV

6     Paul and his friends went through Phrygia and Galatia, but the Holy Spirit would not let them preach in Asia.

7     After they arrived in Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not let them.

8     So they went on through Mysia until they came to Troas.

9     During the night, Paul had a vision of someone from Macedonia who was standing there and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us!”

10   After Paul had seen the vision, we began looking for a way to go to Macedonia. We were sure that God had called us to preach the good news there.

11   We sailed straight from Troas to Samothrace, and the next day we arrived in Neapolis.

12   From there we went to Philippi, which is a Roman colony in the first district of Macedonia. We spent several days in Philippi.

13   Then on the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to a place by the river, where we thought there would be a Jewish meeting place for prayer. We sat down and talked with the women who came.

14   One of them was Lydia, who was from the city of Thyatira and sold expensive purple cloth. She was a worshiper of the Lord God, and he made her willing to accept what Paul was saying.

15   Then after she and her family were baptized, she kept on begging us, “If you think I really do have faith in the Lord, come stay in my home.” Finally, we accepted her invitation.

Isaiah 30:21 CEV – Whether you turn to the right or to the left, you will hear a voice saying, “This is the road! Now follow it.”

Shut door (vs. 6-7)

Open door (v. 8)

Layovers (v. 8)

Visions (v. 9)

Exposure (vs. 13-15)

When God is leading you, nothing is forced everything flows.

Isaiah 58:11 CEV – The Lord will always guide you and provide good things to eat when you are in the desert. He will make you healthy. You will be like a garden that has plenty of water or like a stream that never runs dry.

Exodus 16:11-15 CEV11 The Lord said to Moses, 12 “I have heard my people complain. Now tell them that each evening they will have meat and each morning they will have more than enough bread. Then they will know that I am the Lord their God.” 13 That evening a lot of quails came and landed everywhere in the camp, and the next morning dew covered the ground. 14 After the dew had gone, the desert was covered with thin flakes that looked like frost. 15 The people had never seen anything like this, and they started asking each other, “What is it?” Moses answered, “This is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat.

Genesis 22:7-8 CEV – Isaac said, “Father, we have the coals and the wood, but where is the lamb for the sacrifice?” “My son,” Abraham answered, “God will provide the lamb.” The two of them walked on, and


Acts 18:5-11 CEV5 But after Silas and Timothy came from Macedonia, he spent all his time preaching to the Jews about Jesus the Messiah. 6 Finally, they turned against him and insulted him. So he shook the dust from his clothes and told them, “Whatever happens to you will be your own fault! I am not to blame. From now on I am going to preach to the Gentiles.” 7 Paul then moved into the house of a man named Titius Justus, who worshiped God and lived next door to the Jewish meeting place. 8 Crispus was the leader of the meeting place. He and everyone in his family put their faith in the Lord. Many others in Corinth also heard the message, and all the people who had faith in the Lord were baptized. 9 One night, Paul had a vision, and in it the Lord said, ”Don’t be afraid to keep on preaching. Don’t stop! 10 I am with you, and you won’t be harmed. Many people in this city belong to me.” 11 Paul stayed on in Corinth for a year and a half, teaching God’s message to the people.

Acts 16:12 KJV – And from thence to Philippi, which is the chief city of that part of Macedonia, and a colony: and we were in that city abiding certain days.

Acts 17:1-2 CEV1 After Paul and his friends had traveled through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they went on to Thessalonica. A Jewish meeting place was in that city. 2 So as usual, Paul went there to worship, and on three Sabbaths he spoke to the people. He used the Scriptures

Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

  1. Paul opened his mouth

Matthew 5:1 CEV – When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on the side of a mountain and sat down. Jesus’ disciples gathered around him,

Luke 16:19 CEV – There was once a rich man who wore expensive clothes and every day ate the best food.

Mark 15:16-18 CEV16 The soldiers led Jesus inside the courtyard of the fortress and called together the rest of the troops. 17 They put a purple robe on him, and on his head they placed a crown that they had made out of thorn branches. 18 They made fun of Jesus and shouted, “Hey, you king of the Jews!”

Revelation 18:11-12 CEV11 Every merchant on earth will mourn, because there is no one to buy their goods. 12 There won’t be anyone to buy their gold, silver, jewels, pearls, fine linen, purple cloth, silk, scarlet cloth, sweet-smelling wood, fancy carvings of ivory and wood, as well as things made of bronze, iron, or marble.

II. God opened her heart

III. Lydia opened her house

Ecclesiastes 11:1-4 KJV1 Be generous, and someday you will be rewarded. 2 Share what you have with seven or eight others, because you never know when disaster may strike. 3 Rain clouds always bring rain; trees always stay wherever they fall. 4 If you worry about the weather and don’t plant seeds, you won’t harvest a crop.

Philippians 4:14-20 CEV14 It was good of you to help me when I was having such a hard time. 15 My friends at Philippi, you remember what it was like when I started preaching the good news in Macedonia. After I left there, you were the only church that became my partner by giving blessings and by receiving them in return. 16 Even when I was in Thessalonica, you helped me more than once. 17 I am not trying to get something from you, but I want you to receive the blessings that come from giving. 18 I have been paid back everything, and with interest. I am completely satisfied with the gifts that you had Epaphroditus bring me. They are like a sweet-smelling offering or like the right kind of sacrifice that pleases God. 19 I pray that God will take care of all your needs with the wonderful blessings that come from Christ Jesus! 20 May God our Father be praised forever and ever. Amen.

2 Corinthians 8:1-5 CEV1 My friends, we want you to know that the churches in Macedonia have shown others how kind God is. 2 Although they were going through hard times and were very poor, they were glad to give generously. 3 They gave as much as they could afford and even more, simply because they wanted to. 4 They even asked and begged us to let them have the joy of giving their money for God’s people. 5 And they did more than we had hoped. They gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us, just as God wanted them to do.

Zechariah 4:10 KJV – For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth.

Zechariah 4:10 CEV – Those who have made fun of this day of small beginnings will celebrate when they see Zerubbabel holding this important stone. Those seven lamps represent my eyes—the eyes of the Lord—and they see everything on this earth.

James 3:5 CEV – Our tongues are small too, and yet they brag about big things. It takes only a spark to start a forest fire!

Luke 20:43 KJV – Till I make thine enemies thy footstool.

Romans 8:28 KJVAnd we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:26 KJV – Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

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