1. SEEK THE GUIDANCE OF GOD.
6 Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia
and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the
word in the province of Asia. 7 When they came to the border of
Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would
not allow them to. 8 So they passed by Mysia and went down to
9 During the night Paul had a VISION of a man of Macedonia
standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.”
2. SEEK THE COUNSEL OF OTHERS.
10 After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for
Macedonia, CONCLUDING that God had called us to preach the
gospel to them.
22 Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many
advisers they succeed.
15 The way of fools seems right to them, but the
wise listen to advice.
20 Get all the advice and instruction you can, and be
wise the rest of your life.
3. USE COMMON SENSE IN YOUR DECISIONS.
‘The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their
ways, but the folly of fools is deception.’
16 Wise people THINK before they act; fools don’t and
even brag about it!
12 A prudent person watches for problems ahead and prepares
to meet them. The foolish man goes blindly on and suffers the
4. TRUST GOD WITH THE OUTCOME OF YOUR DECISIONS.
10 After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready AT ONCE to leave for
Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to
11 From Troas we put out to sea and sailed straight for Samothrace,
and the next day we went on to Neapolis.
12 From there we traveled to Philippi, a Roman colony and the
leading city of that district of Macedonia. And we stayed there several
days. 13 On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to the river,
where we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began
to speak to the women who had gathered there.
14 One of those listening was a woman from the city of Thyatira
named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She was a God-fearing
woman. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message.
15 When she and the members of her household were baptized, she
invited us to her home. “If you consider me a believer in the Lord,”
she said, “come and stay at my house.” And she persuaded us.