“I am sending you north, and you want to go south,” the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart.
Caught in the act. I was getting directions to go hours south of where I was for a “quick trip” before heading north where God had made plain and clear He was sending me. It would just be a “little detour”. I would obey God ultimately. But go in the opposite direction first. I had my reason, and I believed it was a good one. Had I prayed? No. Had I considered God in this? No.
Praise God in His love and mercy His Holy Spirit stopped me before going any further than researching where I felt I might head. And I knew if I did head in that direction then or any time in the future, it would need to be to follow the Lord Jesus Christ not to follow my flesh. That it would be to love, obey, and glorify God not to love, obey, and satisfy self.
Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ are to no longer live for self. We are to live for Jesus. We are to deny self, take up our crosses, and follow Him. And there is no pleasure on this earth that can possibly compare to the joy and wondrousness and beauty and splendor and magnificence of Jesus and having a forever intimate relationship with Him.
Is the Holy Spirit speaking to your heart right now? Headed in the wrong direction? Turn, turn, turn to the Lord! Believe in Him! Follow Him! Live for Him! Glorify Him! Forever and ever, AMEN!
“and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.” 2 Corinthians 5:15 NKJV
“Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” Luke 9:23 NKJV