DCLM Higher Everyday 20 March 2023 — Philip made his mark 2

DCLM Higher Everyday 20 March 2023 Devotional by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi — Philip made his mark 2

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Topic: Phillip Made His Mark – Part 2.

26And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert.

27And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship,

28Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet.

29Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.

30And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?

Text — Acts 8:26-40

Key Verse: “And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest” (Acts 8:30)


In the words of Elisabeth Elliot, “God is God. Because He is God, He is worthy of my trust and obedience. I will find rest nowhere but in His holy will that is unspeakably beyond my largest notions of what He is up to.” Philip understood this very well, which was why he made obedience one of his major character traits as Christ’s disciple. Because of his obedience, he was part of the seven men chosen by God to distribute food in the Church in Jerusalem.

Philip’s obedience also made God use him to convert the Ethiopian eunuch to Christianity, as we can see in our text. One remarkable thing about the encounter of Philip with the Ethiopian Eunuch is that after Philip had baptized him in water, the Holy Spirit caught him away to Azotus, and the Eunuch saw him no more but went home rejoicing. Indeed, this evangelist made his mark as he always obeyed God. As you live holy and obey the Lord, you can also make your mark in the gospel work.

Quote: The Holy Spirit caught him away

Challenge: Make obedience your character trait.

Prayer for today: Dear Lord, help me to obey you always.

1. Admit that you are a sinner. "For all [humans] have sinned, and comes short of the glory of God....[and] the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 3:23)
2. Repent now. "Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out ...[for] if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness " (Acts 3:19, 1 John 1:9)
3. Believe that God loves you and Jesus died for you. "God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet Sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8)
4. Invite Jesus into your life through prayer of faith. Jesus says, "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me" (Revelation 3:20)