The Words of God – Understanding – 3 of 9

Verse for today:

Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. – 2Pet 1:20-21

Our family always used to go to the sea on holiday once a year. My dad being an engineer like to fix things himself. The car was normally the priority. My dad will take out the gearbox and replace the sync rings. Watching him work on the car help me even today to understand how to fix my own cars.

We all want to learn more and better ourselves. I did not tell my dad how to fix the car because he knows the inside workings of the car. The same with God; He created and knows the way for us to restore our relationship with Him and to go to heaven. I can be mr. fixit and try my own way, but will that work? Maybe with your car, but not with God.

So when Moses, David and Paul wrote the Bible they were inspired by God and wrote down what He said.

If I change it to what I want, you in essence become God in your own way.

So is interpreting (change it to what I want) right? Nooo!! You’ll be a fool who believes your own fairy tales.

The one time studying the bible I wanted to really understand what the kingdom of God / heaven was; if there is a difference. I wrote down all the verses about the kingdom I could find in the concordance. Then I looked for things that is similar and a sort of pattern that that emerges. After that study I really understood how God sees the kingdom. We will cover that later.

So in closing, if you really want to understand God and His kingdom, you need to study things out to get to know what God thinks.

Prayer:

God help me to understand You. Open my mind to understand what you want from me. Help me to obey; because that is love for you. Amen.

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Die Woorde van God – Tradisies – Deel 5 van 9

Verse vir Vandag

“Kort daarna het ’n groepie Fariseërs en skrifkenners uit Jerusalem hulle opwagting gemaak. Hulle vra toe vir Jesus: “Waarom steur jou dissipels hulle nie aan die godsdienstige tradisies van ons voorvaders nie? Hulle was nie hulle hande voor ete nie.” Jesus het dadelik gereageer: “En hoekom doen julle nie wat God van julle vra nie? Julle leef ver van Hom af met julle godsdienstige tradisies en al! “Kom Ek gee julle ’n voorbeeld,” het Hy bygevoeg. “Julle weet mos dat God in die Bybel sê: ‘Jy moet jou pa en ma respekteer.’ Hy sê ook: ‘Iemand wat lelike dinge oor sy pa of ma sê, moet doodgemaak word.’ Maar julle wikkel julle maklik uit hierdie voorskrif uit deur te sê: ek het al my geld aan die tempel bemaak. Net ek mag nou daarvan gebruik; niemand anders nie. Daarom kan ek nie langer vir my pa en ma sorg nie. “Weet julle, as julle julle so gou van julle verpligting teenoor julle ouers losmaak, het julle geen respek vir hulle nie. Dan stel julle julle eie godsdienstige tradisies bo God se Woord. Daardeur beroof julle God se Woord van sy krag. Julle is ’n klomp skynheiliges. Jesaja was reg toe hy oor julle geskryf het: ‘Hierdie mense sê al die regte dinge vir God, maar hulle dien Hom nie met hulle hart nie. Hulle gebruik mooi godsdienstige woorde terwyl hulle skewe leerstellings kwytraak.’”” – Matteus‬ ‭15:1-9‬ ‭DB‬‬

Wat is ‘n tradisie?

Die woorde boek sal se: “‘n Inirente patroon van gedagtes of aksies”

Wat is die goeters wat my pa, sy pa ensovoorts gedoen het wat oorgelewer is van geslagte tot geslagte.

Dit kan troues, kersfees, familie vakansie, ens. wees.

Maar wat van geestelike tradisies?

Glo jy wat jou pa geglo het? Waarop het hy sy geloof gebasseer? Tradisie of op die Bybel?

Die fariseers was bekommerd dat die dissipels nie hulle hande was nie.

Jesus wat bekommerd dat die fariseers eerder hulle geld vir die kerk gee ipv om vir hulle ouers te sorg.

Daar is geen fout om goeie geestelike tradisies te he nie, maar die wat in stryd is met God se woord is afskuwelik.

Jesus se mense wat tradisie voor die woord plaas is skynheiliges, hulle dien Hom nie met hulle harte nie en hulle raak skewe leerstellings kwyt.

Shoe!

So watse tradisies bestaan daar vandag?

  • Kleindoop – Die Roomskatieke kerk het dit in die 5de eeu begin. Hulle het geglo dat die doop jou red; en daarom omdat soveer kinders gesterf het, het hulle hulle gedoop net om seker te maak hulle word gered. Jesus se: “laat die kindertjies na my toe kom, … want die koningkryk van God is juis vir mense soos hulle” – Luk 18:16. Daar is nie een vers in die Bybel waar ‘n baba gedoop word nie, bewys my verkeerd.
  • Erf sonde – Ek is in sonde ontvang en gebore. Beteken dit dat ek verantwoordelik gehou kan word vir my pa se sonde? NEE. Esegiel 18:20
  • Grootdoop – Mense glo dat dit net ‘n teken is. 1 Pet 3:21 se die water by Noag se ark is die teken nie die doop nie. Dit se dat die doop jou red. Dit is ‘n bede tot n’n skoon gewete. Daar is sekere voorvereistes dat jy gedoop moet word: ‘n dissipel wees (Mat 28:18-20), bekeer (Hand 2:38) en geloof dat die doop jou red deur die werking vd Heilige Gees en die oostanding van Jesus (Kol 2:12). Maar ons kan later in detail daaroor praat.
    Jy hoef net te glo – Weet jy dat die duiwels ook in Jesus glo en hulle gaan sekerlik nie hemel toe nie. Jak 2:17 se dat die geloof wat jy het dood is as jy nie dade het om dit te bewys waarin jy glo nie. Ja as jy glo en gedoop word sal jy gered word (Mark 16:16).
  • Jesus in jou hart nooi – “Kyk, Ek staan by die deur en Ek klop. As iemand my stem hoor en die deur oopmaak, sal Ek by hom ingaan en saam met hom die feesmaal hou, en hy saam met My.” – OPENBARING‬ ‭3:20‬ . As jy gaan lees in vers 14 praat hy met ‘n kerk wat louwarm geword het, nie met ongeredde mense nie.

So hier is ‘n paar om oor te dink. Volg ma die “Blog” om verder uit te vind daaroor of stuur vir my ‘n epos ctccza@yahoo.com .

Gebed:

Here ek mag dalk swaar woorde gehoor het vandag maar ek glo U sal my help om die waarheid in die Bybel te vind. Plaas asb mense op my pad wat my die waarheid kan wys. Amen

The Words of God – Living and Active – 2 of 9

Living

Being alive; having life; active; lively; vigorous; producing life, action

Active

Having the power or quality of acting; causing change; communicating action or motion; given to action; constantly engaged in action; energetic; diligent; busy

Heb 4:12-13 : For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

It sounds energetic!!!

I picture a guys doing the ironman race.

Do we take it that it is the words of God?

When you go to speak to the president your whole posture and behavior changes due to your respect for the person who he is.

How much more do we value and respect what God says.

How alive and applicable is what God says in your life?

Well I think it starts with finding out, ie to read it consistently.

The next thing : It compares God’s words with a sword.

Sword : An instrument, instrumentality used in fighting or hunting.

It main function is to cut. Applying it here it has a spiritual, not physical implication.

It will cut your heart. It will expose your spiritual intestines, doing an operation on your heart.

It will cut out the cancer that is killing you.

Question : Are you allowing God’s word to cut you?

When the word cuts you it lays bare everything in your life. Someone says it is like you have a TV screen at the back of your head and everybody can see what you are thinking. Scary or not? 🙈

Doing your taxes is most probably one of the worst things you have to do in your life. That is for me.

Giving account forces you to be responsible with your life.

How are you making yourself accountable every day?

God’s word is powerful!

It will change your life for eternity!

May you be blessed by it.

Is 40 : 8 – The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.

Prayer:

Dad, thank you for giving me your message that changes my life for the better. Help me see it is good for me. Help me to be accountable. Amen

Purity

18 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body.
1 Corinthians 6:18 | NIV
3 It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; 4 that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable, 5 not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God;
1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 | NIV
Sanctified (past tense) definition
  • Set apart as or declare holy; consecrate.
  • Make legitimate or binding by a religious ceremony.
  • Free from sin; purify.
The generic meaning of sanctification is “the state of proper functioning.” To sanctify someone or something is to set that person or thing apart for the use intended by its designer. A pen is “sanctified” when used to write. Eyeglasses are “sanctified” when used to improve sight. In the theological sense, things are sanctified when they are used for the purpose God intends. A human being is sanctified, therefore, when he or she lives according to God’s design and purpose.
Sanctification (living according to God’s plan) in marriage then is a healthy sexual relationship; initiated by both parties. We need to recognize it as a healthy, God created need that we have; to procreate and enjoy each others company and create intimacy. When we do not have a healthy sexual relationship, one or both partners suffer with sin.
What causes unhealthy sexual relationships?
  • Low libido on one or more of the partners.
  • A lack of understanding from one or more of the partners of the importance or a healthy sexual intimacy.
  • Our business in life neglecting intimacy.
  • Lack of leadership from the husband initiating a romantic dating life after getting married. A wife also initiating.
  • Laziness in just not making the effort to make it great.
  • Understanding a healthy intimacy relationship (The marriage bed kept pure) helps us go to heaven. An unhealthy intimacy relationship leads to divorce, murder, break in trust, sin like adultery, lust, sexual immorality & masturbation.
Tips for healthy sanctification
  • Go to bed the same time.
  • Praying together daily.
  • Make notes on your phone of ideas.
  • Kids go to bed earlier in the night for some alone time in their own room.
  • Closeness in the relationships helps with intimacy. Emotionally connected by spending fun times together.
  • Make notes on good point bad points on your phone.
Sexual immorality definition
From the Greek por·neiʹa, a general term for all unlawful sexual intercourse. It includes adultery, prostitution, sexual relations between unmarried individuals, homosexuality, and bestiality.
This word is also translated as “whoredom,” “fornication,” and “idolatry.” It means “a surrendering of sexual purity”, and it is primarily used of premarital sexual relations. From this Greek word we get the English word pornography, stemming from the concept of “selling off.” Sexual immorality is the “selling off” of sexual purity and involves any type of sexual expression outside the boundaries of a biblically defined marriage relationship
13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
1 Corinthians 10:13 | NIV
Having temptation and then sinning is no excuse. Temptation is common and we all have them pretty much the same. God always provide a way out, the question is; are we looking for the way out or use the temptation as an excuse to fall into sin.
4 Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.
Hebrews 13:4 | NIV
God wants even the marriage bed to be kept pure. Judgement for the adulterer & sexually immoral.
28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
Matthew 5:28 | NIV
Lust = Adultery in ur heart. Judgement for the adulterer Heb 13:4.
Lust definition
  • Longing desire; eagerness to possess or enjoy; – in a had sense; as, the lust of gain.
  • Licentious craving; a strong sexual appetite.
  • To have an eager, passionate, and especially an inordinate or sinful desire, as for the gratification of the sexual appetite or of covetousness; – often with after.
  • A strong sexual desire.
  • Self-indulgent sexual desire (personified as one of the deadly sins)
  • Have a craving, appetite, or great desire for sth.
Adultery definition
  • The unfaithfulness of a married person to the marriage bed; sexual intercourse by a married man with another than his wife, or voluntary sexual intercourse by a married woman with another than her husband.
  • Adulteration; corruption.
  • Less or unchastity of thought as well as act.
11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. 14 For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.
Romans 6:11-14 | NIV
  • Consider myself dead to sin.
  • Consider myself alive to God.
  • I need to not let sin reign in my body, to make me obey it’s passions.
  • Present my members to God as instruments of righteousness, because I have been been brought from death to life.
  • Under the law sin has dominion over me.
  • Under grace sin has no dominion over me.
19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and sensuality; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Galatians 5:19-21 | NIV
  • Works of the flesh is evident.
Impurity definition
  • Not pure; not clean; dirty; foul; filthy; containing something which is unclean or unwholesome; mixed or impregnated extraneous substances; adulterated; as, impure water or air; impure drugs, food, etc.
  • Defiled by sin or guilt; unholy; unhallowed; – said of persons or things.
  • Immoral or obscene; “impure thoughts”
Sensuality definition
The quality or state of being sensual; devotedness to the gratification of the bodily appetites; free indulgence in carnal or sensual pleasures; luxuriousness; voluptuousness; lewdness.
8 Even if I caused you sorrow by my letter, I do not regret it. Though I did regret it—I see that my letter hurt you, but only for a little while— 9 yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance. For you became sorrowful as God intended and so were not harmed in any way by us. 10 Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. 11 See what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done. At every point you have proved yourselves to be innocent in this matter. 
2 Corinthians 7:8-11 | NIV
  • Have you ever had a burglar in your house? All of a sudden you hear something in the house and you are awake (earnestness). You realize it is a burglar and just need to get this guy out of your house and your family safe (eagerness to clear yourself). You come around the corner and see you TV is gone and are pretty ticked off (indignation). Sitting quietly around the corner you hear footsteps and low and behold there is 3 guys in your house (alarm). How you wish you had that alarm installed last week (longing). Now you see them coming down the hall towards your kids bedrooms (concern). You quickly slip into your study, open the safe and get your guns (readyness to see justice done). 
  • Godly sorrow produces things in you not worldly sorrow. So if I feel sorry but do not change it is worldly sorrow.
  • So how will you know that you have Godly sorrow? Earnestness, eagerness clearing yourself, indignation, alarm, longing, concern, readiness to see justice done.
  • It is the Godly sorrow that made you repent. Not feeling sorry for yourself (worldly sorrow)
  • Worldly sorrow = End result is you go to Hell. Godly sorrow = End result you go to to Heaven.
Sorrow definition
  • To feel pain of mind in consequence of evil experienced, feared, or done; to grieve; to be sad; to be sorry.
  • An emotion of great sadness associated with loss or bereavement.
  • Emotions experienced when not in a state of well-being.
  • Intense sorrow caused by loss of a loved one.
  • A feeling of sorrow (often self-indulgent) over your own sufferings – self pity.
  • Sadness associated with some wrong done or some disappointment.
  • Something that causes great unhappiness.
  • The state of being sad.
Godly definition
  • Showing great reverence for God.
  • Pious; reverencing God, and his character and laws; obedient to the commands of God from love for, and reverence of, his character; conformed to God’s law; devout; righteous; as, a godly life.
Reverence definition
  • A feeling of profound respect for someone or something; “the fear of God”.
  • Profound respect and esteem mingled with fear and affection, as for a holy being or place
References:
  1. https://www.jw.org/en/publications/books/bible-glossary/sexual-immorality/
  2. https://www.google.co.za/amp/s/www.gotquestions.org/amp/sexual-immorality.html
  3. https://bit.ly/2vxtiz2

The Words of God – Part 1 of 9


“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” – ‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭3:16-17‬ ‭NIV

Have you ever read a love letter? Or maybe nowadays it is a love text 😂? The Bible is God’s love letter to us.

It is about God and His desire to have a relationship with us. It is about connecting with the living God who loves us and wants the best for us. It changes our lives for eternity for the better.

All scripture is inspired by God, so that means it came from God and were written down by men.

It is to be applied to our lives, means it is still relevant in our lives in the 21st century.

Questions:

1. Am I using the bible for teaching, rebuking, correction and training in righteousness?

2. If I use the Bible in this way, will I be thoroughly equipped for every good work?

Prayer:

God thank you for sending us ur manuscript to get to heaven. I pray that we will thoroughly equip ourselves for every good work. I pray that we will treat the whole Bible as from you and not pick and choose just what we want because it says all scripture is from You. I love you God and I am looking forward to be equipped every day to have a closer relationship with You. Amen

Seeking God – Summary

Summary – Seeking God

1. Seeking happiness, peace, love, fulfillment,…. or Seeking God – Part 1 of 8 – Link

2. Do you worry … or do you Seek God? – Part 2 of 8 – Link

3. To an Unknown God …. start by Seeking God – Part 3 of 8 – Link

4. God seeks men … when men are Seeking God – Part 4 of 8 – Link

5. To be Noble you need to Seek God – Part 5 of 8 – Link

6. What is My Hope, Plans & Future? – Part 6 of 8 – Link

7. The Ethiopian’s Quest – Part 7 of 8 – Link

8. “Be an opener of doors” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson – Part 8 of 8 – Link

Do you live for God’s Glory?

Even Jesus submitted Himself to the Fathers will.

“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”

https://biblehub.com/luke/22-42.htm

“Be an opener of doors” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson – Part 8 of 8


“Look on every exit as being an entrance somewhere else.” ― Tom Stoppard

That sounds like an adventure. Or this one:

“She knocked and waited, because when the door was opened from within, it had the potential to lead someplace quite different.” ― Laini Taylor

What are the functions of doors?

  • They protect us for the better part. In the middle ages many a time it meant life or death.
  • They provide privacy to us.
  • The beautify the entrances to our homes.
  • They protect us from fires.
  • They are fitted with locks and keys to allow access to some and keep others out.
  • We store our valuables behind them.
  • They evoke emotions in us. Who hasn’t stood before a locked door and knocked, when the door was opened there was just happy and smiling faces. Or that first kiss goodnight with your heart racing.
  • It protects us from the weather, especially on a cold winters night when you are sitting in front of your fireplace with nice company under your fleece blanket drinking a nice red wine or whiskey.
  • To be given the key to a door can signify a change in status from outsider to insider.
  • Doors were once believed by the Egyptians to be the literal doorway to the afterlife, and some doors leading to important places included designs of the afterlife. (Wikipedia)
  • Doors are central to our everyday life.

The simbolism of doors:

  • Doorways and openings are symbolic structures that have great significance in our daily lives. Moving through difficulties or challenges, entering into new spaces and opportunities, leaving sadness, loss, a broken heart – doors and openings provide the transition point to change. 
  • An open door has been a long-time symbol of a new beginning. An open door shows that there’s a way out and can also provide a view of what lies ahead. A closed or locked door, on the other hand, can represent a dead end or create the feeling that there’s no way out. A door can be a symbol of opportunity or one of imprisonment.

So why talk about doors. They have a spirtual aspect to them as well. Let’s read the follow passage.

““Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” – ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭7:7-8‬ ‭NIV‬‬


So what do we learn here?

  • You have to ask before you receive. You have a need.
  • To find something of value you have to first look for it. It means you have lost something.
  • To enter someone elses house you first have to knock.

What is the spiritual application?

  • Before we ask we normally have a need that is unmet. The mere fact that we do not have it means that we could not attain it by ourselves. It takes humility to ask. Normally we will only ask when we are totally at our ropes end, so to speak. Or if you want a sweety in my daughters case. Who of us who have children will not give what is asked for. It soften our hearts and we feel good to provide for our children. How much more God? Do you believe God is good and wants to take care ofyou? He is our loving Father.
  • Seek and God guarantees you will find Him. We normally look for something when it is of value to us. How valuable is your relationship with God to you? It will be measured by time spent with God in bible study and prayer as well as being obedient to Him, just like a normal relationship with another person on a daily basis.
  • Ask God for help. Knocking means you want to build a relationship with the person who is on the other side of the door. How is the knocking going?

In closing; doors have a big role to play in our lives. God always have the “open door” policy although He wants us to knock.

References:

  1. https://bit.ly/2OZYFHB
  2. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Door
  3. http://www.psychologycentre.co.nz/the-symbolism-of-doors.html

Die Koningkryk

“Hy sal uitgelewer word aan die heidene; Hy sal bespot en beledig word; hulle sal op Hom spoeg, Hom gesel en Hom daarna doodmaak. En op die derde dag sal Hy uit die dood opstaan.”” – LUKAS‬ ‭18:32-33‬ ‭

Self Jesus het die goeie nuus verkondig.

As ons volgelinge van Jesus is mag ons dieselfde behandeling deur die wereld verwag. Ek dink dit is Petrus wat gese het ons moet nie ver baas wees as ons ly ter wille van Christus nie.

Jesus het sy eindoel in die oog gehou. Hy het aan ons gedink toe hy gely het. Jesus het ‘n doelwit groter gehad as homself, Hy het gedink aan die mensdom wat moes gered word. Net ook so moet ons, ons identiteit vind in Jesus.

Ek het onlangs ‘n begrafnis bygewoon van ‘n vriend wat selfmoord gepleeg het. Sy werk was sy alles. Sy sekuriteit, sy mense verhoudings, sy vervulling,… Toe hy nie meer werk kon kry nie het hy waardeloos gevoel asook dat almal teen hom was. Wat hartseer was, was dat hy gevoel het geen van sy vriende in sy “kerk” hom regtig wou help nie. Al het hy sy bybel gelees het hy nog steeds ver van God gevoel. Al het mens met hom oor God gepraat en hom aangespoor om sy hoop in God te sit het hy nie daarop gereageer nie.

Wat leer ons hieruit?

As jy nie jou identiteit in Jesus vind nie gaan jy dit in die wereld probeer vind en dit is net teleurstellend.

Soek God met jou hele hart en jy sal hom vind. Ps119:1-2

Amen

The Ethiopian’s Quest – Part 7 of 8

The Ethiopian eunuch mentioned was a high court official of Candace, the queen of Ethiopia. He was in Israel to worship the Lord at the temple, which means he was probably a Jewish proselyte. 

On his trip home to Ethiopia, he had a life-changing encounter with Philip the evangelist.

Q. Have you had a life changing experience that have changed your eternal destiny?

Q. Would you like to have one?

“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 the Kandake (which means “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.” 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. This is the passage of Scripture the eunuch was reading: “He was led like a sheep to the slaughter, and as a lamb before its shearer is silent, so he did not open his mouth. In his humiliation he was deprived of justice. Who can speak of his descendants? For his life was taken from the earth.” 

The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?”

And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing.” – ‭‭Acts‬ ‭8:26-36, 38-39‬ ‭NIV‬‬

There are many elements of God’s providence and intervention in the story of the Ethiopian eunuch. The account reveals the importance of these three things: the Word of God, the Holy Spirit’s leading, and a human evangelist. In order for a person to accept the truth, he must first hear the truth preached (Romans 10:14). 

It is God’s desire that the truth be preached everywhere (Acts 1:8). The Spirit of the Lord had been preparing the eunuch’s heart to receive the gospel. As the eunuch read Isaiah, he began to ask questions, and at just the right moment the Lord brought Philip across his path. The field was “ripe for harvest” (John 4:35), and Philip was God’s laborer in the field. This was no coincidence. It was God’s plan from the very beginning, and Philip was obedient to that plan.

Q. What do we learn from this scripture?

  • The angels and the Holy Spirit are helping to get you to God. How has He been working in your life?
  • Do not be afraid to ask questions about life or the Bible — be humble. Q. What questions do need answering?
  • You need someone to explain the Bible to you. Q. Who do you know that can teach you the Bible?
  • You will be “rejoicing” when you find God. Q. Have you found God yet?

Resources:

  1. https://bit.ly/2nSuSVq