Acts of the Apostles, God's Power

The Right Place

Acts 8:12 – But when they believed Philip as he preached good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptised, both men and women.

Philip, like Stephen, had been one of the chosen seven. Following Stephen’s death, the disciples fled Jerusalem as Saul was on a mission to destroy this new ‘sect’ of Christ followers. Philip went north into Samaria preaching the gospel and the crowds with one accord paid attention to what was being said. Before Philip came, the people had been paying attention to another man, a magician called Simon. They were completely taken by all the things that Simon could do and they believed that his power came from God. Simon thrived on the attention and believed himself to be great. The people were being led down a dangerous path and they were totally unaware that it was happening.

Philip arrived right in the place he should be and at the time he was most needed. That’s how God works, directing us to places we never thought we would be. The people needed to see what the true power of God looked like and to be reminded of the work that Jesus had done and the truth of his kingdom. The people were truly hungry for something real and for something greater than themselves. There was only one thing that was going to fill that desire and God used Philip to open their eyes to what His power actually looked like; what His power felt like.

The people soon realised that although Simon’s power was something they could see and admire, God’s power was something they could feel and it brought a different kind of awe and wonder.

God has a way of leading us to people who are searching for something more than what this world has given them so far; people who need to see the reality of what God can do. We each have our own experience of God’s goodness and grace. Let him use your story to reach someone else.

In times of hearing mainly bad news, let us be God’s good news source.

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