Bridge Family Devotion (08/13/13)
Acts 8:25 After testifying and preaching the word of the Lord in Samaria, Peter and John returned to Jerusalem. And they stopped in many Samaritan villages along the way to preach the Good News.We are all called to go and tell the good news of Jesus Christ. The gospel is good news but God needs vessels to tell the good news and always remember someone’s eternity is dependent on your obedience.
26 As for Philip, an angel of the Lord said to him, "Go south down the desert road that runs from Jerusalem to Gaza."
Many times the direction of the Lord never agrees with our human nature or our natural thinking. Philip is in a city wide revival with people being saved, healed and filled with the Holy Ghost and then gets his next kingdom assignment. The assignment? Go to the desert. A question for all of us, “Are we willing to complete our kingdom assignment even when it requires desert surroundings”? Many are willing to be on the stage but not as many willing to serve where they cannot be seen or in control.
27 So he started out, and he met the treasurer of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under the Kandake, the queen of Ethiopia. The eunuch had gone to Jerusalem to worship,
So he started out (first part of the verse) and I think everyone in the city wide revival discouraged him from going, probably questioning his ability to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit. Why would the Holy Spirit tell you to leave this revival and go to the desert? Why would God interrupt what you are doing here? But the good news is this; Philip was willing to listen and to obey the voice of the Lord so he started out not even knowing all of the assignment.
I must emphasize this point, sometimes God does not give you the whole assignment at first, but when you obey what He has told you then the rest of the assignment will become clear. Sometimes you just have to step out in faith as the Holy Spirit leads you. Abraham stepped out in faith, leaving the familiar for that which was promised and great was his reward becoming the father of many nations.
Philip started walking in the desert, pure obedience, and then we read that he met the treasurer of Ethiopia who had gone to Jerusalem to worship. A very prominent man of wealth, power and influence, a man Philip would have never met if he had not obeyed.
28 and he was now returning. Seated in his carriage, he was reading aloud from the book of the prophet Isaiah. 29 The Holy Spirit said to Philip, "Go over and walk along beside the carriage." 30 Philip ran over and heard the man reading from the prophet Isaiah. Philip asked, "Do you understand what you are reading?" 31 The man replied, "How can I, unless someone instructs me?" And he urged Philip to come up into the carriage and sit with him.
God knew this man’s heart and knew he was hungry for more of Him so Father God interrupted a city wide revival for Philip to minister to the treasurer to fill the hunger for more of God. Obedience will take you places and put you in front of people who have the platform to change nations.
32 The passage of Scripture he had been reading was this:
"He was led like a sheep to the slaughter. And as a lamb is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth.33 He was humiliated and received no justice. Who can speak of his descendants? For his life was taken from the earth." 34 The eunuch asked Philip, "Tell me, was the prophet talking about himself or someone else?" 35 So beginning with this same Scripture, Philip told him the Good News about Jesus. Friends that is so supernatural, it shows the will of God in action, bringing the lost into the kingdom. Obedience!
36 As they rode along, they came to some water, and the eunuch said, "Look! There's some water! Why can't I be baptized?" 38 He ordered the carriage to stop, and they went down into the water, and Philip baptized him. 39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away. The eunuch never saw him again but went on his way rejoicing. 40 Meanwhile, Philip found himself farther north at the town of Azotus. He preached the Good News there and in every town along the way until he came to Caesarea.
Obedience did not only allow a person to get saved who would influence a whole nation but it also allowed Philip to experience the supernatural. He was divinely transported from the desert to another town where he preached the good news. What a story to tell at the next family reunion or to your kids and grandkids but it would have never happened except for obedience. Remember the keys to Supernatural Kingdom Living: Prayer and Obedience.
Prayer Points: Father, forgive me for every time I’ve disobeyed you. Now I commit my life to a life of prayer and obedience so I can be that vessel to increase your Kingdom!
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