Pastor Wrinkles: House On Fire Pt. 35

The Word of God is a bridge that connects Earth with Heaven and Heaven with Earth.- Joseph Elon Lillie

The Word of God is a bridge that connects Earth with Heaven and Heaven with Earth.- Joseph Elon Lillie

Today we continue our discussion through the Book of Acts. If you have missed any of our previous discussions they can be found at

Here is today’s discussion topic:

Next Paul and Silas traveled through the area of Phrygia and Galatia, because the Holy Spirit had prevented them from preaching the word in the province of Asia at that time. 7 Then coming to the borders of Mysia, they headed north for the province of Bithynia, but again the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them to go there. 8 So instead, they went on through Mysia to the seaport of Troas.

9 That night Paul had a vision: A man from Macedonia in northern Greece was standing there, pleading with him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us!” 10 So we decided to leave for Macedonia at once, having concluded that God was calling us to preach the Good News there. Acts 16:6-10

Why do you think the Spirit of God resisted Paul when his intention was to preach the gospel?

Have you ever felt like God was resisting you? Describe that.

before we close I want to highlight two faithful students here at Lillie-Put. Robin and Debby have been commenting just about every class and so I want to give both of them a shout out and a hearty thank you. Do me a favor and pop on over to Robin’s blog and check it out. She can be found at

Debby is just about to take the leap into devotional blogging. I will keep you updated!

2 thoughts on “Pastor Wrinkles: House On Fire Pt. 35

  1. Could it be that Paul resisted the Holy Spirit, kind of like when Balaam resisted the Angel of God that was blocking the road. Balaam’s donkey saw the Angel of God but Balaam was a bit stubborn I think so it wasn’t until the Spirit of God opened his eyes then he saw the God’s angel. I mean it is great that Paul wanted to preach the Gospel but God knew the peoples’ hearts in Asia and they must not have been ready to receive the Gospel yet. So in order to get Paul on God’s page a vision from God is just what was needed in order to change direction.
    I don’t know that I have felt when God has resisted me. For me it is more like I am aware of when I am resisting Him.
    Well, Pastor J I just took the leap into the blogging world, you will find me at Don’t be surprised if I ask your advice on this new journey I am undertaking. Thank you for all of your encouragement and the inspiration I get from Lillie-Put!

    • It is very exciting that you have taken the plunge into blogging Deb! I look forward to reading your thoughts!
      I think you are on to something here with the idea of Paul resisting the Spirit of God. Perhaps resisting is a bit to harsh a word but Paul I think was trying to go one way and God was wanting Paul to go another. If you look at the map, Paul’s desire was to cover ground he had already covered and apparently to revisit some of the places he had already been. God’s desire it seems was for Paul to break into new territory.
      Interestingly many theologians believe that what happened to Paul during this time was that he got terribly ill and could not make the rough journey into the mountains. This illness caused him to hire a doctor before going to Macedonia ( Luke) and may have actually caused him to become partially blind (a possibility of what was his thorn in the flesh).
      If this is true (and I think there is enough evidence to say it probably is) what does it say about God, sickness and healing?

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