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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Be Ready for God's Appointment

            Have you had your JOY JUICE today?  Be sensitive to those who may need some extra joy.

            We’ve been talking this week about being aware of the “divine appointments’ that God sets up for us.  We find many examples of these kinds of meetings in the Bible.  In Acts, Chapter 8, Philip was in a place where things were “popping”!  There was a definite moving of the Holy Spirit….yet God called him to leave there and go to the desert!  (This is one of those times that it appears that God is not making sense!)

           Thankfully, Philip trusted God and was obedient. You see, there in the desert, he would encounter his “divine appointment” with an important Ethiopian man.  God was already preparing the man’s heart for this appointment. He was sitting in his chariot, reading Isaiah 53, which is the prophecy about the sufferings of the Messiah Jesus.

            God guided Philip to approach the chariot and begin a conversation with this man.  He began by asking, “Do you understand what you are reading?”  That opened the door for Philip to be invited into the chariot to share the “GOOD NEWS”!  The Ethiopian believed and was baptized! 

            Just as God used Philip, He can use you and me….if we are willing.  That “stranger”--- that just happens to come into your life today--- may be your “divine appointment”.  Be sensitive to God’s leading and share the JOY of the Lord with friends and strangers alike!

           Drink in your own personal serving so that you’ll be ready for any divine appointment God has scheduled for you.

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