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Seasons

Seasons

14 February 2009

Scripture:

8 Then we went on to Caesarea and stayed at the home of Philip the Evangelist, one of the seven men who had been chosen to distribute food. 9 He had four unmarried daughters who had the gift of prophecy. (Acts 21:8-9 NLT)

Observation and Application:

Paul and his team were on their way to Jerusalem, stopping to visit the Christ-followers in each port and town. This was Missionary Paul’s farewell tour. In each town, with each group of believers, prophecies were given to Paul that he would be imprisoned if he went to Jerusalem, but he was determined and would not be deterred. When they reached Caesarea, they stayed for a few days at the home of Philip the Evangelist.

About five years into the life of the church, rapid growth had required organizational change and a group of Holy Spirit-filled men had been chosen to be church administrators and pastors. One of them, Stephen, was soon martyred for his faith and another, Philip had to flee Jerusalem. Philip’s preaching and miracles started a revival in Samaria, then God used him to explain the Good News to an African government official on the Gaza Road. Philip the Deacon became Philip the Evangelist! Then God teleported him to Azotus and he preached his way to Caesarea.

Here we are twenty-two years later, and it looks as if he never left! Philip settled in Caesarea, prospered and raised a family there. He had daughters who were believers in Christ, filled with the Spirit, and gifted in prophecy. His home was a resting place for Paul and his team as they passed through. Way to go, Philip!

Seasons. Philip had a church administration and pastor season. Then he had an itinerant, miracle working evangelist season. Then he had a “settle down and raise a godly family and be a mature leader in the local community of faith season.” This little two verse glimpse of Philip’s life in his 50’s or 60’s means a lot to me.

Prayer:

Father, Thanks for the seasons of my life. Thanks for the business season, the raising kids season, the planting churches season, the overseas missions season, the caring for pastors and churches season. I thank you in advance for the next season of my life. The changing of the seasons is irresistible and I know the next season is in your hand. May it be unto me according to your word and your plan. Amen.

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