Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, "Go south to the road --the desert road --that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza" (Acts 8:26).
Philip is conducting what we might today call a revival meeting. God is blessing the meeting and many are being healed and delivered from demonic influence. Here is the scene that Philip is in the midst.
Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed Christ there. When the crowds heard Philip and saw the miraculous signs he did, they all paid close attention to what he said. With shrieks, evil spirits came out of many, and many paralytics and cripples were healed. So there was great joy in that city. (Acts 8:5-8).
And yet, in the midst of this great event the Holy Spirit speaks to Philip and tells him to remove himself and go to a completely different area to speak to one individual. What I find interesting about this scene is that Philip was so sensitive to the directive of the Holy Spirit that he left what would be deemed a successful event to go speak to another an Ethiopian eunuch. The results of his obedience was that he led the eunuch to faith in Christ and was baptized. The Lord then took Philip away supernaturally to another region many miles away.
God's ways of determining where we invest our time and energy often has little to do with results. The danger for each of us is to determine that we are in the center of God's will simply by the success or failure of the events we are involved. Our plumbline for determining success can only be one thing: obedience. Philip responded in obedience to the direction of the Holy Spirit.
Are you listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit? Has God prompted you to speak, go, or come along side another? Ask God today to help you hear the voice of the Holy Spirit so that you might be used mightily in your marketplace.