As the Early Church grew, circumstances were constantly changing. While some who had been scattered began to return to Jerusalem, “an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is a desert place” (Acts 8:26). There is not one word of complaint from Philip! “And he rose and went” (8:27). That is the obedience of faith.
Before I write anything more, I ask you; is your heart willing to receive redirection from the Lord? I am currently going through a redirection in my own life, and at first my heart was not very willing. My preferred choice would be to travel overseas and be directly involved in our ministry in many countries. But in accepting God’s redirection, I am seeing new opportunities where God is already at work. Philip would have missed seeing God work in an Ethiopian court official if he had resisted.
Have you resisted God’s leading or redirection in your life? We will never know what we would have missed if we resist. On the contrary, through accepting God’s leading or redirection, we see that He has planned for encounters with others in view of their transformation, the spread of the gospel, and confirmation of the Spirit’s work in us. Stop making excuses and follow God’s leading.
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