October 18, 2017: SOAP #2876: Job 3-4; Acts 8-9 Scripture:  Acts (NIV) 8:5 Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Christ there. 6 When the crowds heard Philip and saw the miraculous signs he did, they all paid close attention to what he said. 7 With shrieks, evil spirits came out [...]

October 18, 2017: SOAP #2876: Job 3-4; Acts 8-9

Scripture:  Acts (NIV) 8:5 Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Christ there. 6 When the crowds heard Philip and saw the miraculous signs he did, they all paid close attention to what he said. 7 With shrieks, evil spirits came out of many, and many paralytics and cripples were healed. 8 So there was great joy in that city.

Observation:   Yesterday, the Lord drew my attention to Stephen.   Like Stephen, Philip was not one of the apostles, yet God also used him to perform miracles like Jesus, and Peter, and Paul.   Like Stephen, Philip was a Jew with a Greek background, yet the Holy Spirit spoke mightily though him.

And when the Holy Spirit noted that the treasurer of Ethiopia was traveling back home from Jerusalem, it was not one of the apostles in Jerusalem that He sent, it was Philip!   God did not use the ones we would have expected Him to use.

Application:   Looking at Stephen's and Philip's lives shows me that one's background need not hinder them from being used by God and anointed by the Holy Spirit.   It is not so much about where we came from, but where we are going that is most important.   That in no way lessens the importance of a godly heritage, for which I am extremely thankful.   But when I became a new creation in Christ Jesus, my heritage goes back through the cross.

Prayer:     Holy Spirit, thank you for including the ministries of Stephen and Philip in the Holy Bible.   They may not have been the ones expected to be used, but they were available and willing.   Holy Spirit, use me too, I pray. Amen

Pastor Leon
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