Following The Holy Spirit To Where You Don’t Want To Go

Who wants to go where you don’t want to go?  Jesus told His disciple Peter, that Peter would be led “where you do not want to go.” (John 21:18)  Are you willing to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit into circumstances, places, and behaviors where you don’t want to go?  Jesus put it another way:  “Deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow Me.”

Anybody can follow self and/or  follow the Lord down the path of personal preference.  That requires no courage, no faith.  But will you obediently follow the Lord when He leads you in the direction of discomfort, humility, loneliness, rejection by friends, brokenness?  Will you follow the Spirit into friendship with people you wouldn’t choose as friends?  Will you follow God into a church that makes you feel uncomfortable because it challenges the way you like church to be?

The past 4 1/2 years I have been privileged to meet on Sundays with a group of courageous people who are willing to be led where they don’t want to go.  They wait on the Lord and then (according to 1 Corinthians 14:26) do what He says, even if it makes them feel uncomfortable.  They pray out loud, even if they don’t want to.  They weep, even when it is embarrassing.  They speak out and share God-given wisdom with the group, even when they are scared.  They share testimonies when they feel timid.  They openly confess sin when they really want to keep it hidden.  They lovingly embrace people who they may not find appealing.

It is truly amazing what happens when people put obedience to the Spirit above their personal preferences and comfort zone.  God shows up with tangible power!

Come and see for yourself.  This group meets on Sunday mornings at 10:45 at The Salvation Army Berry Street, 225 Berry St., Nashville, 37207.  Come on, step out and follow the Spirit to where you don’t want to go.  (You’ll be glad that you did!)

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @
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7 Responses to Following The Holy Spirit To Where You Don’t Want To Go

  1. Phil says:

    Great thoughts, Steve. I feel as though my journey of the past 4 years has been me “kicking against the goads” so to speak and have only recently given in to where the Holy Spirit is leading me, even though it is not a place I naturally would have chosen or desired. Funny thing is, I have never been at more peace since giving in and I know God has a great deal of blessing in store — even more than the things and people and dreams I have left behind.

    Thanks for the reminder.

    • Steve Simms says:

      You have taken a courageous spiritual position, Phil, that only a few people are willing to do. No matter what you have walked away from, the place God is leading you will be a far better place for you.

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  3. David says:

    great post Steve! thanks for sharing this 🙂

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