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THE PLANS I HAVE FOR YOU

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ACTS 16:
Acts 16:6–15 NKJV
6 Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia. 7 After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them. 8 So passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas. 9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” 10 Now after he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them. 11 Therefore, sailing from Troas, we ran a straight course to Samothrace, and the next day came to Neapolis, 12 and from there to Philippi, which is the foremost city of that part of Macedonia, a colony. And we were staying in that city for some days. 13 And on the Sabbath day we went out of the city to the riverside, where prayer was customarily made; and we sat down and spoke to the women who met there. 14 Now a certain woman named Lydia heard us. She was a seller of purple from the city of Thyatira, who worshiped God. The Lord opened her heart to heed the things spoken by Paul. 15 And when she and her household were baptized, she begged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay.” So she persuaded us.

1- THE PLAN

A- PAUL AND SILAS PLANED TO GO THE NATURAL ROUT THAT THEY WERE ON.

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B-WHEN WE ARE GOING ABOUT DAY TO DAY, IT IS ONLY NORMAL TO LOOK AT THE NEXT OBVIOUS STEP.

2- THE HINDRANCE OF THE PLAN

A- THE HOLY SPIRIT DID NOT ALLOW THEM TO GO WHERE THEY HAD PLANNED.

Acts 16:6–8 NKJV
6 Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia. 7 After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them. 8 So passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas.
Acts 16:7–8 NKJV
7 After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them. 8 So passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas.
B-SOMETIMES GOD DOES NOT WANT US TO
ACTS 16:7-8
ACTS 16:

B- GOD HAS A WAY OF SHUTTING DOORS THAT HE DOES NOT WANT US TO GO THROUGH.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 NKJV
1 To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:
Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV
11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
GOD SHUTS DOORS BECAUSE OF SAFETY
GOD SHUTS DOORS BECAUSE OF SALVATION
GOD SHUTS DOORS BECAUSE HE SEES MORE THAN WE CAN
GOD SHUTS DOORS BECAUSE HE IS SOVEREIGN
GOD SHUTS DOORS BECAUSE HE LOVES US
GOD SHUTS DOORS BECAUSE HE KNOWS BEST
GOD SHUTS DOORS BECAUSE HE IS SENDING SOMEONE ELSE
GOD SHUTS DOORS BECAUSE WE ARE NOT READY
GOD SHUTS DOORS BECAUSE HE WANTS US TO COME BACK LATER

3- GOD’S PLAN

1- GOD INTENDED FOR PAUL TO WITNESS TO THE MACEDONIANS.

Acts 16:9–10 NKJV
9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” 10 Now after he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them.
Acts 16:14–15 NKJV
14 Now a certain woman named Lydia heard us. She was a seller of purple from the city of Thyatira, who worshiped God. The Lord opened her heart to heed the things spoken by Paul. 15 And when she and her household were baptized, she begged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay.” So she persuaded us.
ACTS 16:9-

2- WHEN GOD SHUTS A DOOR FOR YOU, IT IS BECAUSE HE HAS ANOTHER PATH FOR YOU TO TAKE.

Proverbs 16:9 NKJV
A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.
PROV.
Proverbs 19:21 NKJV
There are many plans in a man’s heart, Nevertheless the Lord’s counsel—that will stand.
PROV.
Galatians 5:16 NKJV
16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
GALATIONS 5:16
Proverbs 3:6 NKJV
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

3- SOMETIMES THE PATH THAT YOU THOUGHT WAS MEANT FOR YOU WAS MEANT FOR SOMEONE ELSE ALL ALONG.

1 Peter 1:1–2 NKJV
1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To the pilgrims of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, 2 elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace be multiplied.
Ephesians 2:9 NKJV
not of works, lest anyone should boast.
Ephesians 2:10 NKJV
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
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