“26 But an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip saying, “Get up and go south to the road that descends from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This is a desert road.) 27 So he got up and went; and there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure; and he had come to Jerusalem to worship, 28 and he was returning and sitting in his chariot, and was reading the prophet Isaiah. 29 Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go up and join this chariot.” 30 Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31 And he said, “Well, how could I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. 32 Now the passage of Scripture which he was reading was this:
“He was led as a sheep to slaughter;
And as a lamb before its shearer is silent,
So He does not open His mouth.
33 “In humiliation His judgment was taken away;
Who will relate His generation?
For His life is removed from the earth.”
34 The eunuch answered Philip and said, “Please tell me, of whom does the prophet say this? Of himself or of someone else?” 35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning from this Scripture he preached Jesus to him. 36 As they went along the road they came to some water; and the eunuch *said, “Look! Water! What prevents me from being baptized?” 37 [And Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”] 38 And he ordered the chariot to stop; and they both went down into the water, Philip as well as the eunuch, and he baptized him. 39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; and the eunuch no longer saw him, but went on his way rejoicing. 40 But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he passed through he kept preaching the gospel to all the cities until he came to Caesarea.” Acts 8:26-40 NASB
This passage of Scripture contains many supernatural occurrences in the ministry of Philip. Yet, what you observe is that he was able to flow with the supernatural. As he was walked in the supernatural he witnessed God doing some amazing things.
The supernatural should not be abnormal. In Galatians 3:1-5, Paul uses the normalcy of the supernatural to make a theological point. The provision of “the Spirit” and the working of “miracles” was so common, Paul asked why they happened so much.
For most believers, it is normal not to have anything supernatural happen. They expect nothing to happen. In fact, they are shocked it anything actually happens.
Let’s press to regain the supernatural as part of our Christian walk. There needs to be a reset in our mind of the supernatural activity of God. God wants to move some much in our lives, that it is a normal part of our experience.
With every step in the supernatural there was submission on the part of Philip. He did not resist when the angel told him what to do (v.26). Nor did he resist when the Spirit told him to risk his life and approach the powerful Ethiopian leader (v.29).
I know I have missed the supernatural because of resistance against God. Sometimes the resistance was just flat-out rebellion. Other times, the resistance was a fear of what would happen.
In faith, obedience, and accordance with the Bible, be willing to follow what God is directing you to do.
Be Willing To Face Adversity
His path was a hard path. In verse 26, we learn it was a “desert road”. One version said a deserted place. It was not pretty. It was not easy.
I have found that if someone wants to see the power of God, they have to go to the hard place. They have to be willing to do the hard thing. For it is in the place of the impossible, that the God of the impossible shows up.
In Luke 4, we find Jesus being led by the Spirit to go to the desert to be tempted by the devil. He obeys God and He gets a desert and a devil. Yet, the Bible makes a clear distinction of how Jesus came into the wilderness and how He left. He came into the desert full of the Spirit (v.1). He came out of the desert in “the power of the Spirit. . .” (v.14).
This Sunday we are going to explore this further. God wants to do amazing things in your life. Get ready, you are going to walk in another level of God’s Kingdom on this earth.
We look forward to seeing you Sunday 9AM & 11AM at Evangel North Church. We love you!
Pastors John & Erin Carmichael
Our Purpose Defined:
Experience God – through worship, prayer and fasting (Exodus 33:18 & Matthew 21:13)
Equip Believers- through teaching and impartation (Ephesians 4:11-16)
Evangelize the World – locally & globally by word & demonstration (Mark 16:15-20 & Romans 15:19)
Your Purpose Discovered (ABC)
Activate – your gifts, talents & interest for the Kingdom through various ministry opportunities
Belong – plug into small groups for discipleship & connections
Cultivate – your faith in teaching classes, prayer encounters and church services