Open Heavens Daily Devotional
Theme: INSTANT OBEDIENCE
Date: Tuesday, June 6th, 2017
Memorise: Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work. Titus 3: 1
Read: Acts: 8:26-38(NIV)
Philip and the Ethiopian
26 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” 27 So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian[a] 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, 28 and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the Book of Isaiah the prophet. 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.
31 “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.
32 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.
33 In his humiliation he was deprived of justice.
Who can speak of his descendants?
For his life was taken from the earth.”[b]
34 The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” 35 Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.
36 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?”  [c] 38 And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him.
Bible in One year: Joshua 6-7, Jeremiah 43:8-44:10 Hymm: sing Hymm 14
Philip was a man of good report and full of the Holy Spirit (Act 6:3-5). Beyond this, he was also a man of instant obedience. In today’s Bible reading, just after concluding an extremely successful crusade in Samaria, the word of the Lord came to him saying, “Philip, leave this city and go to the desert.” What was his response? “Yes, Lord!”, and he off he went. He did not even ask what he was going to do there. He did not ask what was going to happen to his converts in the city; he just moved. When he got to the desert, he saw a man in a chariot and the Holy Spirit spoke again: “Get into the chariot.”Without hesitation he said, “Yes Lord”, and he complied. He was indeed a man of instant obedience! Once he received an instruction and recognized the voice of the Holy Spirit, He immediately swung into action. How soon do you comply with divine directive? Some people hear God and they pretend it is not God speaking. When it comes to giving away something precious or something of great sacrifice: a treasured car, a mansion, large sums of money or a choice piece of land in a prime area, some people begin to pretend it is the devil speaking to them. They would begin to rebuke Satan where Satan is not even present.
Do you have this character of instant obedience? When some people receive an instruction from God, the will say they want to pray about it. Are you praying about it so that God will change His mind? some will say they want some time to think about. Some others will say, “Lord, I have heard You, but let me first discuss it with my spouse.”How fast do you respond to divine instructions? inn the early days when I was a worker in the Redeemed Christian Church of God, being in possession of a car was a big challange. Why? you could get to the headquarters of the church t ebute-Metta, Lagos, in the morning, and after ebing greeted, you would be told, “Brother, please go to Ondo State (about 5 hours drive away) and pray with a particular brother who is sick.”Getting to Ondo, you may be told, “sorry, he moved to his home town over the weekend”, and you would have to go there and trace his location. Nobody will give you money for fuel. When you got to church in the morning, you could not say when you would get back home. All you were expected to say is, “Yes Sir”. God is looking for those who can say “Yes Lord”, and He will use them for signs and wonders. If you can obey God promptly, you will go very far with Him.
Father, give me grace for instant obedience.