MONDAY, OCTOBER 18
As for Philip, an angel of the Lord said to him, “Go south down the desert road that runs from Jerusalem to Gaza.”
The Holy Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and walk along beside the carriage.”
Acts 8:26, 29 (NLT)
GO SHARE: LISTEN TO THE SPIRIT OF GOD
John Kenneth Galbraith, in his autobiography, A Life in Our Times, illustrates the devotion of Emily Gloria Wilson, his family’s housekeeper: It had been a wearying day, and I asked Emily to hold all telephone calls while I had a nap. Shortly thereafter the phone rang. Lyndon Johnson was calling from the White House. “Get me Ken Galbraith. This is Lyndon Johnson.” “He is sleeping, Mr. President. He said not to disturb him.” “Well, wake him up. I want to talk to him.” “No, Mr. President. I work for him, not you.” When I called the President back, he could scarcely control his pleasure. “Tell that woman I want her here in the White House.” (Houghton Mifflin)
In Acts 8 God uses Philips’ loyalty to reach a man from Ethiopia. It is clear from the passage that Philip was not only listening to what God’s Spirit was telling him, but Philip also obeyed what God’s Spirit told him to do.
In the sermon Mike challenged us to consider how we could impact one person at a time for God. That all starts with our own personal relationship with God. In The Integrity Crisis by Warren W. Wiersbe, he writes, “Peter T. Forsythe was right when he said, ‘The first duty of every soul is to find not its freedom but its Master.’” Would you describe yourself as someone who listens to God and obeys God on a consistent basis?
Thank God for wanting to communicate with you through His Word, prayer, the church, others and circumstances. Praise God for always leading you in the best direction.