One of the ways that God speaks to us is through other believers. And when He does this, He often does it with several people saying the same thing so that we can't miss it. Of course, He never leads anyone to give advice that is contrary to His word. Assuming that the advice we are getting is consistent with God's word, and we know the people giving us the advice to be godly people, then we would do well to heed what they say. That is the situation in Acts 21 with the Apostle Paul. Several godly disciples told him not to go to Jerusalem. "You will be bound and handed over to the Gentiles," they exclaimed. Paul would not listen to them and instead replied "I am ready to not only be bound but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus." We certainly admire Paul's courage and tenacity, but this may be one case where his zeal got the best of him. Paul did go on to Jerusalem, and even though he was careful in his dealings there, there was an uproar and he was arrested. In typical Paul fashion, however, he used even this occasion to share Christ. The bottom line is this: when we hear multiple godly people tell us the same thing, we need to pause, listen to them, and then earnestly seek God for confirmation.
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