Pressed in the spirit.
Acts 18:5: And when Silas and Timotheus were come from Macedonia, Paul was pressed in the spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus was Christ. How did Paul Know what God wanted Him to do at that time in that place? Did he hear a voice or see a vision that told Him to Preach? How did the voice of God Came to Him? It came in the form of pressure “in the Spirit”.
“Paul was pressed in the spirit”; in chapter. 17:16 we read that Paul’s “spirit was stirred in him.” In both cases it was not a little transient excitement, it was agony. [Paul was pressed] Was urged; was borne away by an unusual impulse. It was deeply impressed on him as his duty. [In spirit] In his mind; in his feelings. His love to Christ was so great. His conviction of the truth so strong, that he labored to make known to them the truth. The Truth that Jesus Was the Messiah.
The burden of the spirit is relieved by earnest speech (Pressed in the spirit)
The burden of the spirit is relieved by earnest speech; and this secret, subtle power of soul is contagious. Rome felt it, as thousands of martyrs gave up their lives for the Lord Jesus. Mediaeval ages felt it, as Christian missionaries carried to savage tribes the gospel that became the seed of Christian commonwealths. Germany and England felt this intrepid and heroic enthusiasm of the Reformers. Puritan civilization, modern missionary enterprises — in short, all self-sacrifice founded on conviction of the truth of God, illustrate the abiding and triumphant power of this element of life.
Paul came to Corinth following his ministry to the philosophers in Greece; and he determined to magnify Jesus Christ and the Cross, to depend on the Holy Spirit and to present the Gospel in simplicity (1 Cor 2:1-5).
Then Paul was more than before pressed in spirit
He was yet more earnest in this matter when his fellow-laborer’s, his seconds, came up with him (v. 5): When Silas and Timothy had come from Macedonia, and had brought him good tidings from the churches there, and were ready to assist him here, and strengthened his hands, then Paul was more than before pressed in spirit, which made him more than ever pressing in his preaching.
He was grieved for the obstinacy and infidelity of his countrymen the Jews, was more intent than ever upon their conversion, and the love of Christ constrained him to it (2 Cor 5:14): It is the word that is used here, it pressed him in spirit to it. And, being thus pressed, he testified to the Jews with all possible solemnity and seriousness, as that which he was perfectly well assured of himself, and attested to them as a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah promised to the fathers and expected by them.
God Could by saying something to you by the pressure in your soul
Sometimes you might be about to embark on a journey, then you begin to feel a restlessness in your soul. Or you might be about to accept a deal or make a commitment and suddenly you are troubled, “pressed in the spirit,” it may be wise at such time to wait a while and doubled check. God Could be Saying something to you by the pressure in your soul.
It was not the crowd and not money that motivated Him. One Way Paul separated himself from the “religious hucksters” was by supporting himself as a tentmaker. By the providence of God, he met a Jewish couple, Aquila and Priscilla (“Prisca,” 2 Tim 4:19), who were workers in leather as was Paul. Jewish rabbis did not accept money from their students but earned their way by practicing a trade. An Jewish boys were expected to learn a trade, no matter what profession they might enter “He who does not teach his son to work, teaches him to steal!” said the rabbis; so Saul of Tarsus learned to make leather tents and to support himself in his ministry (see Acts 18:3; 1 Cor 9:6-15; 2 Cor 11:6-10).
You need friends of like passion
Everyone agrees that Paul was a great Christian and a great missionary evangelist, but how much would Paul have accomplished alone? Friends like Aquila and Priscilla, Silas and Timothy, and the generous believers in Macedonia, made it possible for Paul to serve the Lord effectively. His Christian friends, new and old, encouraged him at a time when he needed it the most.
Of course, this reminds us that we should encourage our friends in the work of the Lord. Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote; God evidently does not intend us all to be rich or powerful or great. He does intend us all to be friends. “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” is the way Paul expressed it (Gal 6:2). Humanly speaking, there would have been no church in Corinth were it not for the devotion and service of many different people.