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When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to.
This happened during Paul’s second missionary journey when Silas and young Timothy were with him. They wanted to go into the territory of Mysia, which today is a Greek city within Turkey’s territory. While on the way to Mysia, the three men felt the Spirit of Jesus check them in their spirits and redirect them towards Bythinia. It certainly was the will of God because, by the end of the first century, Bythinia was a place filled with Christians. Sadly, today far less than 1% of the area is Christian.
A search of history tells us that the gospel would spread a little later through Mysia and beyond. But at that time in Paul’s life and mission, the three of them felt a check in their spirit from the Holy Spirit. I can’t tell you how many times in my life I had planned to go somewhere or do something but then felt, “The Check In My Spirit.” One night as a 17-year-old high school student, I was up talking to a spiritual hero of mine about my future. He said, “you can do one of two things,” and he laid it out. The path I felt the Lord lead me on meant a direction that kept me in my country, where I met my wife and consequently would have my four sons, who are all grown and in the work of the Lord today. After the meeting with my friend that night, I felt “The Check In My Spirit” to take the road I took, and the rest is history as “They” say. But it wasn’t “They” who were saying anything back then. It was “The Spirit” who made my future eventually become my history. I can never thank the Lord enough for “The Check In My Spirit.”
Thank You for leading me and guiding me these many years. I thank you for the Holy Spirit, who has always connected with my spirit to produce “The Check In My Spirit.” Amen