Posts Tagged ‘God gives directions to Paul’

1 Timothy 4:1-5 False Footholds

Even a little twist makes the truth a lie.

False doctrines will lead even some believers astray. Paul shares this sad but sobering fact with Timothy. He focuses on two specific areas prone to attack. Maybe because that was the trouble spots in the body being addressed.

Paul flat out calls those teaching things not found in the gospel liars and led by deceitful spirits. He says their teachings come from demons. That sounds like it would be a scary doctrine and people would easily recognize it. But the examples Paul uses aren’t scary at all. They are swallowed even today as gospel truths.

Satan is REALLY good as twisting the truth just a little bit to make it sound plausible and desirable. But, just like a true/false statement, if even ONE part is false the whole is false. That little twist makes a lot of difference. Read more »

Acts 16:6-10 Directions Given

Paul’s second missionary journey

We get to follow along with Paul again as he continues on his second missionary journey. Again it is a travel itinerary portion of scripture and doesn’t leave me a lot to dig into. It does bring up a couple questions and one observation I want to share.

The first thing spoken about is our passage is that the Holy Spirit forbade them “to speak the word in Asia” (verse 6). I wonder why and how it was that He communicated that to them. Was it through a vision? Did he keep closing doors in their way? Was there a prophecy given? Exactly how did they get this message?

The next thing we are told is that “the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them” to go into Bithynia either. Why? And how did they get this message? I have seen God close doors in my life and realized afterwards that it was His hand on me. But I’ve also had times where doors keep getting closed in my face and it makes me want to kick them down even harder or to find an opening somewhere. What was it about this message that made Paul, our headstrong missionary, to change his direction? Read more »