28 For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things: 29 that you abstain from things offered to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well. Farewell.
Acts 15:28–29 (NKJV)
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 16:10 (NKJV)
I found this passage to be a very simple example of listening to the Holy Spirit and responding. Often we make it so difficult to determine what God’s will is. Paul and company simply “concluded” after a vision/dream that God was opening up to them the area of Macedonia. Along the way there were a couple of places they tried to go, but also “concluded” that the Holy Spirit “prevented” them from going here or there.
I think it should be simple for us to determine the leading of the Holy Spirit. If we submit our plans prayerfully to the Lord and are willing to be “fluid” along the way (meaning plans can change in a moment), we should do well. I have found that when I “attach” an agenda to the plans that things begin to get cloudy and difficult to ascertain God’s direction. A wholly submitted life is really the only way.
Father, help me be submitted to you leading and direction. I surrender all to You and remind myself that I am Yours to do with me as You wish. So once again, I commit my ways to You and I’m still willing to have you lead and guide my life. I live for Your glory.