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Relying On the Holy Spirit to Fulfill Your Call

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Sermon shared by Howard Strickland

January 2008
Summary: Godís plan is always the best plan. If men and women will allow the Holy Spirit to lead them He will bring perfect direction.
Denomination: Church of God
Audience: General adults
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Relying On the Holy Spirit to Fulfill Your Call Text: Acts 20:22-24

22And now, you see, I am going to Jerusalem, bound by the [Holy] Spirit and obligated and compelled by the [convictions of my own] spirit, not knowing what will befall me there- 23Except that the Holy Spirit clearly and emphatically affirms to me in city after city that imprisonment and suffering await me. 24But none of these things move me; neither do I esteem my life dear to myself, if only I may finish my course with joy and the ministry which I have obtained from [which was entrusted to me by] the Lord Jesus, faithfully to attest to the good news (Gospel) of Godís grace (His unmerited favor, spiritual blessing, and mercy).

Paul remembers that the greatest calling heíd ever receive is the calling to serve Jesus Christ! Just as Paulís ultimate calling kept him in tack, so should your ultimate calling into salvation keep you! The truth is unless we are doing something that is larger than we are we wonít last! Your vision can and will get blurry at times, but Jesus Christ and His love, power and grace wonít change! Paulís mission was to please Jesus Christ and be led by the Holy Spirit at any cost.

So whatís your mission in life?

Once a man asked a wealthy man how much money was enough? His answer is standard in todayís culture. He said, ďjust a little bit more!Ē

Paul writes in vs.23-24 I donít know what will befall me in Jerusalem 23Except that the Holy Spirit clearly and emphatically affirms to me in city after city that imprisonment and suffering await me. 24But none of these things move me; neither do I esteem my life dear to myself, if only I may finish my course with joy and the ministry which I have obtained from [which was entrusted to me by] the Lord Jesus, faithfully to attest to the good news (Gospel) of Godís grace (His unmerited favor, spiritual blessing, and mercy).

Paul has an inside connection that every one of us can have also, and that is the Holy Spirit! Vs.24b if only I may finish my course with joy and the ministry

Paul didnít know every detail of his journey, but he did have some insight! Paul followed the leading of the Holy Spirit, knowing his obedience to the Spiritís leading would enable him to finish his course with joy!

Luke 12:12 For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour and moment what [you] ought to say.

Itís important to follow the Holy Spiritís leading! John 14:26 But the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will cause you to recall (will remind you of, bring to your remembrance) everything I have told you.

The Holy Spirit shall teach you, comfort, counsel, help, pray through you, be your advocate or support, strengthen you, standby, He will be your teacher and bring all things to your remembrance!

John 16:13 But when
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