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  • Alan Fong

The Holy Ghost Said

Today’s Verse:

As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. ~Acts 13:2

One of our greatest needs as Christians is to discern when the Holy Spirit speaks to us. Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would come as our Comforter and our Teacher (John 14:26). As our Teacher, He teaches us all things, is truth, and is no lie (1 John 2:27). In Acts 8:29, the Spirit told Philip to go near and join himself to the chariot. Here, the Spirit speaks through prompting. In 1 Timothy 4:1, the Spirit speaketh expressly that in the latter times, some shall depart from the faith. Here, the Spirit speaks through prophecy. This morning, we see how the Spirit speaks to us about the call to missions.

The Spirit speaks through His workers.

“Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.” God uses His preachers and teachers to instruct, inspire, and direct us through the Word of God. God’s men must be prayed up and studied up in order to proclaim the Word effectively. God activates and affirms His calling of men through His Word and His workers. “How shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent?”

The Spirit speaks through our willingness.

“As they ministered to the Lord….” The preacher-teachers and the men of the church at Antioch were fervently serving the Lord. The Greek word for ministered means