Genesis 1:3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 21, 24, 26, & 28 – And God said . . .
Again today, before going into today’s Second Miler, take a few moments to read Acts 8:4-40 and the account of Philip’s ministry in Samaria and to the Ethiopian eunuch. Here is a truly amazing event in the life of an evangelist. Allow me to set the stage. While Paul wrote to Timothy to “do the work of an evangelist,” only one New Testament character is actually called an evangelist. That was Philip (Acts 21”8-9). Gifts of healings and working of miracles flowed like water through his ministry as he preached in Samaria. The power of the Lord was being manifest mightily and daily. So many were being born again that Philip called for Peter and John to come and administer the baptism of Holy Ghost. Upon their coming, they encountered Simon the sorcerer who tried to buy their anointing.
Now imagine yourself being in such an outbreak of Holy Spirit and the power of God, especially when you are one of the key ministers, being told to leave that meeting and go into the desert. Having been in the five-fold ministry for more than 50-years, I can tell you that many, if not most, of the ministers I know, being told to leave a great revival in process, especially one they were leading, to go into a desert place, would have a major “You talking to me?” moment. It would be so hard for them to believe that the Lord would give such a command. Part of that may have to do with a heightened sense of self-importance that seems to be in so many ministers today. And part of it may simply be true doubt that the Lord would pull them from such a dynamic move of God where souls were being saved constantly, and miracles, healings, and signs and wonders were coming forth so regularly would be just the place where they were needed. Still, that is what confronted Philip. I can assure you that when that command came to him, it was a “You talking to me?” moment for him.
With the need for true men (and women) of God to go forth in the earth today, I am convinced in my heart that such things will happen again in the days to come. The coming of Jesus is closer than ever. I believe the end of this age is rapidly approaching, and Father has much to accomplish before Jesus can come for His Church. Will you be such a person as Philip? You may not be an evangelist, but you can be a might man of God, walking in the power of the Lord, in His might, with signs and wonders following you. You may be in the middle of a mighty move of God when He tells you to move. You may indeed have a “You talking to me?” moment, but regardless of that, choose to obey. This world desperately needs obedient sons of God.
Manna for Today – Genesis 1; Psalm 119:89; Proverbs 4:20-23; Mark 11:22-26; Romans 3:4