cts 18:20–22 (NASB95)
When they asked him to stay for a longer time, he did not consent, but taking leave of them and saying, “I will return to you again if God wills,” he set sail from Ephesus. When he had landed at Caesarea, he went up and greeted the church, and went down to Antioch.
Paul knew when to stay and when to leave. He had submitted himself to God and God’s schedule. The word that keeps coming back to me is ‘alignment’. Paul was aligned with God. We need to align our spirit, soul and body to God. How do we get ‘aligned’? The Word of God is the tool God uses to align us. We can’t abide in Him unless we are aligned with Him spiritually. When we are born from above in spirit, we become aligned with the Kingdom of God. He transfers us from the kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of His marvelous light. Our soul, also, needs to catch up daily with what God is doing in our spirit. Our thoughts (mind), feelings (emotions) and choices (will) need to align with God. An example is when David said “bless the Lord, oh my soul”. He was commanding his soul to align with the truth that his soul should bless the Lord. Dying to self means that we choose to be aligned with God and not our own desires. When we are aligned with the Holy Spirit in our spirit, we will not fulfill the desires of the flesh. May we present our bodies to Him as a living sacrifice and not be conformed to the world but transformed…
-by Jim Ray