YLD (10/04) – You are set apart for God
You are set apart for God
While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” (Acts 13:2)
How can we set apart for God?
When Barnabas and Saul return to Antioch they join the other Christians in a time of prayer and fasting
1) Spending time with God is a crucial step to set apart for God
- What is fasting? Stop yourself from eating for a period of time
- Fasting is removing something from your life (food, TV, video games, phone, etc) for a time so you can focus more clearly on God and what He wants you to do. Basically, taking the distractions away and stay focus.
- Praying and Fasting: It’s telling God, I want to spend time with you because you are important to me
2) When you spend time with God, the HS spirit speaks to your heart for those who want to seek Him
- Just like you tune to the right radio channel, you pick up the right signal. Holy Spirit is the signal from God.
- As we read God’s Word, pray and worship with other believers, we learn to recognize the Holy Spirit’s voice speaking to us
- As you learn to take the other noises or distractions away, you can hear the voice of the Holy Spirit clearly
3) When the Holy Spirit speaks to you, you will find out what God wants you to do: Where to go and what to do?
- Where to go?
- As God had a work for Barnabas and Saul to do, He has prepared a work for each follower to do.
- The Bible doesn’t tell us what Barnabas and Saul packed to go but we know that they were going on this trip filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit would be the One who told them to go.
- What to do?
- When Paul and Barnabas visited Paphos, the capital of Cyprus, on their first missionary journey, there was a governor of the city named Sergius Paulus who wanted to learn more about God.
- When Bar-Jesus, his court magician, attempted to stop Sergius listening to the truth Paul and Barnabas would speak, Paul through a miracle struck him with blindness.
- The incident affected Sergius Paulus that he “believed, for he was amazed at the teaching about the Lord” (Acts.13.12).
- Holy Spirit gives us power and helps us to overcome our fears and do the work of God