Read Acts 8:5–8  “Philip went down to the city of Samaria and proclaimed to them the Christ. And the crowds with one accord paid attention to what was being said by Philip when they heard him and saw the signs that he did. For unclean spirits, crying out with a loud voice, came out of many who had them, and many who were paralyzed or lame were healed. So there was much joy in that city.”

Read Acts 8:26–27   “Now 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. And he rose and went.”

Philip was one of the believers who fled Jerusalem the day that Stephen was stoned to death. He relocated to Samaria and he had great success there in spreading the Good News. We are told that he performed amazing miracles there of ridding people of unclean spirits as well as healing those who were paralyzed or lame. As in the ministry of Jesus himself and of his apostles, so in the ministry of Philip these works of mercy and power were visible “signs” confirming the message that he proclaimed…Jesus was the Messiah. In Samaria, Philip was well received and doing good things for the Kingdom of God. 

Interestingly enough, by verse twenty-six in this chapter, we are told that Philip received a visit from “an angel of the Lord.” This was a divine message to Philip from the Lord. One would think the message may be, “Philip, you are doing such a good job in teaching about me in Samaria. Keep up the good work!” However, that is not what the divine message was. Philip was instructed to leave the abundance of what he was experiencing in Samaria and instead to go to a quiet place with fewer people. In fact the exact instructions were simply to go to a road. Scripture goes on to explain (because God wants us to understand) that this road that He was sending Philip on, was a desert place. Philip was immediately obedient. If there were any grumblings in his heart, we are not informed of them. However, his bravado in which he spread the gospel in Samaria leads us to believe that he went willingly and joyfully. Oh, that we can do the same!

“Great moves of God are usually preceded by simple acts of obedience.”  - Steven Furtick, Lead Pastor of Elevation Church in Charlotte, North Carolina

Is there something that you believe God has been asking you to do and you have not been obedient? Spend some time pondering on what could be holding you back.

Pray and ask God for the courage to follow where and to what He is calling you. 

Write down 3 action steps you can take in the next few days to act in obedience to what God is asking you to do.