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Acts Chapter Eight part 4, A study of Acts 8:24 & 25, Acts 8:26 - 29, and Acts 8:30 & 31 with our Common Man's Commentary

Acts 8:24 & 25

"Then Simon answered, 'Pray to the Lord for me so that nothing you have said may happen to me.' When they had testified and proclaimed the word of the Lord, Peter and John returned to Jerusalem, preaching the gospel in many Samaritan villages." NIV translation

This first verse should give us all hope. You see, after he was told of his sin and it's cost, he repented and asked them to pray for him. Forgiveness is always there and so there is always hope. In the second verse we see that Peter and John went back to Jerusalem. But, they did not just walk back to Jerusalem, they shared the gospel along the way. That is an example of what we are to do even today. As you are on your way here and there, don't forget that your main purpose in life is to tell others about Jesus.

Acts 8:26 - 29

"Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, 'Go south to the road- the desert road- that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.' So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians. This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the book of Isaiah the prophet. The Spirit told Philip, 'Go to that chariot and stay near it.'" NIV translation

This passage of scripture gives us an awesome example of being led by the Spirit. Philip was led by the Spirit to the exact place that God wanted him to be at just the right time. There Philip met a royal official from Ethiopia whom God had put there too.

Isn't it wonderful to know that the same Spirit that led Philip in this passage is the same Spirit that can lead us each day. For good things to happen we, like Philip, have to be obedient and follow wherever the Spirit tells us to go.

Acts 8:30 & 31

"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. NIV translation

So, Philip was obedient to the Holy Spirit and went to the place where God could use him. As soon as Philip met the man, he knew why God had sent him there and why it was at that time. God knew that the Ethiopian official needed someone to explain to him about the savior.

God is the same today as He was then. He can use anyone as long as they are obedient to His leading. You see, God is big enough to know where we should be and what we should do at any given time. When we are obedient to the leading of the Spirit, we get to see these little blessings just as Philip did. We at Enduring Freedom Ministries like to call situations like these our little "God moments".

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