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God’s Will for Your Life

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In Acts 21:1-16 Paul is en route to Jerusalem. He’s resolved in his heart after discerning through the Spirit this is where he’s supposed to go, even though he knows suffering and imprisonment likely await him there. In these sixteen verses we see people who love Paul try to discourage him from continuing his journey. They encourage him to abandon this trip, to not go to Jerusalem, and even claim they’ve heard from the Spirit, too. These people, who love Paul, demonstrate a belief many of us fall prey to – that if something involves suffering it can’t possibly be God’s will for us. And yet, just because our journey might involve suffering, it doesn’t mean it isn’t God’s will.