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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, July 5, 2017
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
Philip was having a successful preaching ministry to great crowds in Samaria, but he obediently left that ministry to travel on a desert road. Because Philip went where God sent him, Ethiopia was opened up to the Good News. Follow God’s leading, even if it seems like a demotion. At first you may not understand His plans, but the results will prove that His way is right. (NLT)
Acts 8:26-38 – As for Philip, an angel of the Lord said to him, “Go south down the desert road that runs from Jerusalem to Gaza.” So he did, and he met the treasurer of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under the queen of Ethiopia. The eunuch had gone to Jerusalem to worship, and he was now returning. Seated in his carriage, he was reading aloud from the book of the prophet Isaiah.
The Holy Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and walk along beside the carriage.”
Philip ran over and heard the man reading from the prophet Isaiah; so he asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?”
The man replied, “How can I, when there is no one to instruct me?” And he begged Philip to come up into the carriage and sit with him. The passage of Scripture he had been reading was this: “He was led as a sheep to the slaughter. And as a lamb is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth. He was humiliated and received no justice. Who can speak of his descendants? For his life was taken from the earth.”
The eunuch asked Philip, “Was Isaiah talking about himself or someone else?” So Philip began with this same Scripture and then used many others to tell him the Good News about Jesus.
As they rode along, they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “Look! There’s some water! Why can’t I be baptized?” He ordered the carriage to stop, and they went down into the water, and Philip baptized him.
An angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road – the desert road – that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch. –Acts 8:26-27 (NIV)
George T. Wilkerson (North Carolina) titled his story “ANSWER TO PRAYER;” here is a portion of George’s story:
“. . . as I knelt to pray, ‘Thank you, God, for inspiring me to do this piece. Now whom do you want me to give it to?’ God brought my sister to mind, but I said, ‘Lord, she’s an atheist.’ My sister would roll her eyes anytime someone spoke about religion. However, I obeyed God’s nudging, even enclosing a note explaining that God had told me to send the painting to her. Weeks later I received her response: ‘I was praying to God for a sign. Then I got this piece from you not even an hour later. When I read that God told you it was for me, I cried. I have opened my heart to God.’
“My sister may think I was the answer to her prayer, but really she was the answer to mine. God helped our prayers to intersect at a critical juncture that changed both our lives for the better.
“Being in prison on death row, I often question how and why God would possibly use me. I struggle with feelings of worthlessness despite being a sincere, repentant believer and despite the Bible’s saying God has a plan for each of us. My sister’s letter affirmed to me that God can work through every member of the body of Christ, including me and my sister.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Today I will pay attention to where God is leading me.
Prayer: Dear God, give us the faith to obey your Spirit, even when we don’t know or understand what you’re trying to accomplish. Amen.
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