“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. After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them” (Acts 16:6-7).
Led by the Spirit in Ministry
The Apostle Paul was called and anointed by the Lord to preach the Gospel. Throughout his ministry, he was led by the Spirit. When he was out travelling and preaching in the region of Galatia, Paul had a team with him, and he said “they” wanted to go and preach the Word in Asia, but “they” were forbidden by the Holy Spirit.
The Majority Can Be Wrong
Notice that Paul had a group of people with him in the work. Paul said, “they” tried to go into Bithynia, but “the Spirit did not permit them.” The majority is not always right. Even a great team of people need to seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit. So what did they do? Did they go anyways?
No, they listened to the Holy Spirit and they stayed out of those areas and instead they went on to Troas. Based upon their own reasoning and judgment, Paul and his team would have gone to those areas. After all, they might have reasoned that there were people there who needed to hear the Gospel in those places.
A Wise Team Seeks and Yields to the Leadership of the Holy Spirit
What seemed right to them was over-ruled by the Holy Spirit. They sought out and yielded to the leadership of the Holy Spirit in their faith assignment. This is precisely how you are to be led in your ministry, whatever the assignment.
In the end, Paul and his team went on to Troas and that is where he had a supernatural vision in the night, of a man pleading with him to come to Macedonia. Paul knew then that the Lord wanted them to preach in Macedonia and he went. This was a divine assignment.