Summary: There is a story about Walter P. Chrysler. At the time he was a master mechanic on a railroad. He was 35 years old and he bought his first automobile with borrowed money. It was a $5,000.00, four-door Locomobile. The car was delivered to his hometown in I
THE EVIDENCE OF A SPIRIT LED LIFE
There is a story about Walter P. Chrysler. At the time he was a master mechanic on a railroad. He was 35 years old and he bought his first automobile with borrowed money. It was a $5,000.00, four-door Locomobile. The car was delivered to his hometown in Iowa and then towed to a barn at the Chrysler home.
The story said that Mr. Chrysler studied that car for three months before he ever attempted to drive it. Using the instruction manual, he took the vehicle apart, spread the pieces on newspapers and made sketches; then he put it back together.
His theory was, he had to understand it before he could drive it. (Sermon Central Illustrations)
Like Mr. Chrysler many people do not understand the move of the Lord in a Spirit filled person. And like Mr. Chrysler will never understand until they sit down with God’s manual called the bible and reassemble their own lives.
Last weeks we shared The Anatomy of a Counterfeit Believer coming from Acts 8:9-20.
In that text we discovered a man named Simon who was a sorcerer in Samaria. What struck our interest in this text is that Simon convinced the Samaritans that he was a great power, and some of them considered him to have the great power of God. But Philip who was one of those that left Jerusalem because of the havoc that Saul was starting, went down to Samaria to preach Christ. There he presented Jesus who is the Christ, and the people of Samaria believed and were baptized. It was Simon who witnessed this and realized that his lucrative hustle was coming to an end, so he to, with a different motive declared belief and was baptized. But we found out that what is in the heart would soon be revealed by the Spirit. And Simon would be revealed as an imposter. The apostles in Jerusalem heard that the good news was being preached and accepted in Samaria and they sent Peter and John down to Samaria to pray and to lay their hands upon those who were there, that they may receive the Holy Spirit. Simon seeing this, instead of him asking them to lay their hands on him, so that he to could receive, instead offered them money, so he could lay his hand on people as well. Thus revealing his motive to entice the people once more into thinking that he is great.
In this lesson our focus is again on the Holy Spirit’ use of Philip. We all have witnessed what can happen when a man of God is influenced by the Spirit of the God. We must understand that the Lord not only uses those He chooses to perform miracles of the physical kind, but He also use them to perform miracles of the spiritual kind.
Philip is now seen on a desert road just south of Jerusalem. The Holy Spirit had given him instructions to go there. He didn’t go there for rest and relaxation, the Spirit sent him there by reason of another person needing what he had to offer.
So, come with me now as we see how Philip’ life is led by the Spirit.
First of all verse 26 shows me that...
1. THE SPIRIT LED LIFE FINDS IT NOT ODD TO GO INTO STRANGE PLACES FOR MINISTRY.