There are those who read the Gospels and the Book of Acts and say, “It’s interesting that Jesus cast out demons and that the early church was involved in deliverance ministry. But we’re beyond that today.” Are we really? Or have we allowed psychology to simply shift the attention away from demonic activity with terms like “psychosis” and “syndrome,” “dysfunction” and “disorder”? Running from Saul and his posse, the early church fled, preaching the Word as they went. So even as Paul tried in vain to stomp out the flames of faith in Jerusalem, sparks were flying and igniting fires everywhere. Philip was another one of those dynamic deacons we read about in Acts 6. Like Stephen, he is a powerful reminder that if we are faithful in the little things, God will open up more and more for us to do. We usually think of miracles in terms of sight, but miracles can be heard as well—through a word of wisdom, a word of knowledge, a word of prophecy, and the teaching of the Word. The word “gospel” means “good news.” Wherever the gospel is preached and received, great joy replaces pseudo-spiritual heaviness. The people around us do not need our opinions or our psychological analyzations but they need Christ, share the good news and share great joy!

PRAYER – Jesus, even when I am scared and discouraged, even when it feels like the devil is knocking at the door, You do not change. Help me to continually rely on You and share the Good News of You. In Jesus Name, Amen.