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Shield Daily Devotional  

Day 128

In Acts 20:22, Luke writes: "And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there...." Paul was bound by the Spirit of God. The word "bound" means to be bound up or tied together. Paul is telling us that he was so connected to the Holy Spirit that he considered himself tied together with Him. What an incredible place to be. It is interesting to note that the verb is in the perfect passive; this means that there was a past action that was affecting the present and that Paul received the action as opposed to performing the action himself. Paul did not do the tying; the Holy Spirit was the one that did the tying.

The Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary says of this verse: "This internal pressure, unattended with any knowledge of 'what was to befall him there,' was the result of that higher guidance which shaped all his movements." May this be our constant desire and testimony! We are to desire to have the internal pressure of the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us. If we are about to enter danger, we want that inner leading to know what to do. If we are seeking to share the Gospel, we want that leading to speak the Word of God as He directs.

Earlier in Paul's life he was bound to a body of death. See Romans 7:24. Now Paul is bound to God; he has exchanged the body of death for the joy of the fullness of the Holy Spirit. Today, seek to be bound to the Holy Spirit. Go in prayer and tell Him that you want to be bound. And remember, if you ask, seek and knock, you will receive because this prayer is God's will for your life.

PS Don't quit until you find what you are looking for.
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