Can you discern the voice of the Holy Spirit? Do you know when Holy Spirit is saying “no” opposed to the devil. It is our “natural” response to “no situations” to presume that the devil is blocking us. What Holy Spirit revealed to me about Paul is that Paul knew the distinct difference between the Holy Spirit blocking him and the devil blocking him.
Did the devil say “no” to that man, job, relationship, promotion, raise, transfer, move, ministry, preaching engagement, prayer, or your next action or was that Holy Spirit? Sometimes God has other plans for you. Sometimes He just wants you to be still. Sometimes God wants you to listen. Where God leads you will be for the kingdom. So wait until you’re spiritually clear before you act.
Paul was so in tune with Holy Spirit that he got somewhere and sat down. He waited. God gave him a vision of exactly where He wanted Paul to go next. The problem with us is that our vision is sometimes spiritually impaired. We see what we want to see. My prayer is for God to help us know the difference between a God ordained block and a devil orchestrated delay. God is capable of telling us our next move. Get in tune with Holy Spirit so you can see. Dr.J.
Acts 16:6-10 NIV “Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas. During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us.’ After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.”