Winter 2022 magazine

Daily Devotional: Wednesday, November 23 - The New Believer

“Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. ‘Do you understand what you are reading?’ Philip asked. ‘How can I,’ he said, ‘unless someone explains it to me?’ So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.” — Acts 8:30-31

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In the Book of Acts, as the Church was being persecuted and scattered, Philip was sent to Samaria to proclaim the Good News. While there, an angel of the Lord told him to go south to the desert road. There he saw an Ethiopian man riding in a chariot, and soon the Spirit came with another message: “Go to that chariot and stay near it” (Acts 8:29). So Philip ran over and listened as the man inside read from the prophet Isaiah.

“’Do you understand what you are reading?’ Philip asked. ‘How can I,’ he said, ‘unless someone explains it to me?’ So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. … The eunuch asked Philip, ‘Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?’ Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, ‘Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?’” — Acts 8:30-31, 34-36

God will position you so that you can position others. Like Philip and the Ethiopian, as soon as we turn our hearts to receive God’s truth, He sends someone to help us recognize it.

Are you following the signs to help others receive the truth they are seeking? I pray you are like Philip: walking in simple obedience, waiting as God uses you to lead others to Him.

— Fleceia Comeaux, Houston Dash chaplain

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