If there was a time when all could have gone wrong, it was now.The Christian church at that time was under persecution by the Jewish people like Saul. Stephen is killed, in fulfillment of prophecy, and the way is opened for the gospel to be preached to gentiles. In the midst of all this, Philip, one of the chosen Apostles, was called by the angel of God for a special encounter.
Saul was one of the witnesses, and he agreed completely with the killing of Stephen. A great wave of persecution began that day, sweeping over the church in Jerusalem; and all the believers except the apostles were scattered through the regions of Judea and Samaria.
In the midst of tragedies, persecution, hatred, and troubles, God still calls us. Philip was called to go to Samaria and preach Jesus to them, plus God had in store a special divine appointment. You have read that Simon from Samaria had all the Samarians brain washed (or possessed), yet through Philip they were liberated from the bonds of sorcery. Then Peter and John gave the Samarians the Holy Spirit. Simon sees that by touching the people a supernatural force was transferred! The supernatural force is the Holy Spirit, and he wanted it. The Bible explains that money could not buy this force because it is a gift from God. Later, the Holy Spirit gave Philip specific directions to meet with the Ethiopian Eunuch. This encounter has so much meaning! It teaches us to follow God’s voice, that we simply need to preach Jesus, that we are not alone when we share with others about Jesus, that people outside of your church are searching for explanations and looking for a Savior, that baptism is by submersion in water, and that God accepts any person disregarding your physical condition. May you listen to the soft voice calling you for a special encounter. There are supernatural forces working on your side, take advantage of this gift!
In Christ Alone, Alejandra Zepeda
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