Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go near and overtake this chariot.”
Acts 8:29 (NKJV)
Daily Reading Plan
Acts 8:29 (NIV)-29 The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.” 30 Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.
Acts 8:29N (NLT)-29 The Holy Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and walk along beside the carriage.” 30 Philip ran over and heard the man reading from the prophet Isaiah. Philip asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?”
Acts 8:29 (TLB)-29 The Holy Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and walk along beside the chariot.” 30 Philip ran over and heard what he was reading and asked, “Do you understand it?”
The guidance of the Holy Spirit is very important if we are going to become effective in the work of evangelism. His direction is so essential if we want to see people come to salvation. If we walk in the Holy Spirit and not in the flesh, He will surely lead us on the path we must take! Romans 8: 9 tells us, ” But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.”
We see that on this occasion, Philip was moved by the Holy Spirit to testify to an Ethiopian man about the gospel. It was the Holy Spirit who told Philip to come and help him understand what the Ethiopian man was reading. It was Philip’s obedience that caused the Ethiopian man not only to understand the Word of God; but the end result was, the man was saved and even baptized! This teaches us Acts 8: 36-38,” 36 Now as they went down the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?” 37 Then Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him.”
Today we have the assistance of the Holy Spirit within our reach. He wants to speak to us and direct us in every aspect of our lives, including the great task of evangelism we have! Acts 16: 6-7 tells us how Paul was continually led by the Holy Spirit on his missionary journeys, ” 6 Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia. 7 After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them.” Let us pray that we may have our heart and spiritual ear well attuned to the Holy Spirit. Only in this way can we become effective in the great task before us.
Acts 6:5 (NKJV)5 And the saying pleased the whole multitude. And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch.
Acts 8:39 (NKJV)-39 Now when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away, so that the eunuch saw him no more; and he went on his way rejoicing.
Acts 16:6 (NKJV)-6 Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia.
Acts 16:7 (NKJV)-7 After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit[a] did not permit them.
Acts 20:22-23 (NKJV)-22 And see, now I go bound in the spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that will happen to me there, 23 except that the Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me.
Hebrews 3:7-8New King James Version (NKJV)-7 Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you will hear His voice, 8
Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, In the day of trial in the wilderness.