A GOOD THING IS NOT ALWAYS A GOD THING. Let me explain. Back in the day, my kids hated the chore of scooping the dog poop. They would do anything else I asked them, but scoop the poop. It was a real struggle, but it was what was needed. If I told my son to go pick up the dog poop, but instead he washed the dishes; then he had not done what I asked. Sure, the dishes are a good thing, but it’s not what I needed to be done. Acts 16:6-7, Paul and Timothy “were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the Word in Asia, after they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go to Bithynia: but the Spirit would not allow them.” Now, I imagine that preaching the gospel is always a good thing, but they were forbidden by the Spirit; therefore it was not a God thing. The Holy Spirit knows better than we do. For this very reason, you must allow yourself to be led by the Spirit; not by your emotions, not by your lusts, not by your flesh or even your desire to “do good”. Your emotions will deceive you every single time. You can get yourself into a lot of trouble when you go off doing your own thing and not listening to the Spirit’s guidance and direction. “But I want to do *this for God!” I get it. But perhaps *that is not what God wants you to do, *that is not in your giftings or worse leads down a destructive path. God knows. Then, when you go off and do your own thing and find out God was not in it and that path fails, you become angry, bitter and disillusioned with God; but He never told you to do that. Proverbs 16:9 “We make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.” Go ahead and make your plans, but seek God’s guidance. Let Him direct your steps. Listen when He says No. Listen when He says Go. He will lead you to some people and places and not to others. He opens doors no man can shut and He shuts doors no man can open. Don’t bang your head against a closed door. It’s futile. We are to be obedient children of the Most High led by the Holy Spirit. This is the only good path. As I have said before, this season requires you listen intently and obey His specific instructions. It is life or death. #runyourrace

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