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*DAILY MANNA THURSDAY 22 APRIL, 2021*  was created by FemiClef
  _It is advisable that you prayerfully and meditatively read the text first_  *"UNDERSTANDEST THOU WHAT THOU READEST?"* *TEXT:* ACTS 8:26-40_*KEY VERSE* "And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?" (ACTS 8:30)._  General Douglas MacArthur, in his book, _Reminiscences_, shared his experience as a student at US Military Academy, West Point. "The first session was studying the time-space relationship later formulated by Einstein as his Theory of Relativity. The text was complex and, being unable to comprehend it, I committed the pages to memory. When I was called upon to recite, I solemnly reeled off almost word for word what the book said. Our instructor, Colonel Fieberger, looked at me somewhat quizzically and asked, "Do you understand this theory?" It was a bad moment for me, but l did not hesitate in replying, "No, Sir". You could have heard a pin drop. I braced myself and waited. And then the slow words of the professor: "Neither do l, Mr MacArthur. Session dismissed." Like General MacArthur, the Ethiopian eunuch too did not understand what he read, but Philip did. The Ethiopian was reading a passage from the book of Isaiah about the sufferings of our Lord Jesus Christ. Philip did not leave him in the dark. He started from the passage he was reading to tell him about Jesus. Creating time to read the Scriptures is very important in these last days. True devotional life begins with the desire to read the Scriptures. But reading with comprehension is equally important. That is where attendance of regular fellowship can be handy and profitable. There are many "Philips" around who will always help when we make it clear enough that we need further explanations from the Bible. Many other Christian literatures and even daily devotionals like this volume in your hand can be good sources of illumination to difficult passages. With the help of the Holy Spirit and willing people like Philip, you can understand the Bible and make the best of your devotional time with God every day. *THOUGHT FOR THE DAY* With the Spirit's help, you can understand what you read.  *BIBLE IN ONE YEAR* ROMANS 4-6. *MEDITATION* Wisdom in soul winning 1. Nobody has the right to hear the gospel twice when some have not heard it at all. Phillip was commanded to leave the revival in Samaria to preach to someone who never heard the gospel, vv26,27. 2. While all souls are precious, some souls are more influential than others. Phillip preached only to the influential Ethiopian by the leading of God, while it was obvious that some others were with him, vv29,38.3. Religion is different from salvation while zeal and sacrifice for God are different from righteousness. The man was so religious that he travelled over 4000 km to Jerusalem (approx. 55hrs journey) to worship. He was also committed to the reading of the Bible; yet he was not saved, vv27,28. What was missing in his life was Christ. Religion+zeal+sacrifice - (minus) Christ = Zero righteousness or "filthy rags", Isaiah 64:6.4. Priority should be given to reaching out to sincere seekers of the truth before others. That was what the Spirit asked Phillip to do, vv28,29.5. Soul winning is easier when you are led by the Holy Spirit to the right person with the right message, vv29,30.6. The soul winner's message to sinners/seekers is Christ crucified; nothing else, nothing more and nothing less. Phillip could have been distracted by other interesting information from the man, v35.7. The message to a sinner should start from what is disturbing the person and wisely using it to point the sinners to Christ. This was the wisdom of Phillip that made him to catch the full attention of the man, vv30,31.8. Evangelism is not complete until the seeker is persuaded and given opportunity to make a decision without delay or procrastination, vv36-37. The birds of the air could easily pick up the seed of salvation in the heart and make it unfruitful if the sinner is not led to a definite decision.9. The message must be clear, simple and complete as a faithful soul winner. Obviously Phillip must have clearly preached to him of the need to have faith and be baptised as commanded by Christ, vv36,37. Mark 16:15,16.10. It is not the size of your audience that matters in the service of the Lord but rather doing the will of God to the people you are sent to. Phillip left a big congregation to minister to a single person by the will of God. 11. Is there any greater service than to be instrumental in put the joy of salvation in the heart a lost soul? v39.*Q* What other lessons on soul winning you can learn from the passage?*Q* Why didn't the angel preach directly to the man rather than asking Phillip to go and do it? What if the man asked the angel whether he himself has tried it and how salvation look like experientially? Will the angel be able to answer? Will the man not run away when, on close contact with the angel, he discovered that the angel is not a human being but a mysterious personality? *Prayer points*Praise God that you have experienced this heavenly gift of salvationPraise God for the privilege to preach to sinners for which the angels were not givenAsk God for wisdom and divine guidance to be a successful soul winnerPray that our soul winning fruits will abide in the grace of God and fellowship *HYMN* Win them one by one. (GHS 112)

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