"But when they believed Philip as he preached the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Simon himself believed and was baptized. And he followed Philip everywhere, astonished by the great signs and miracles he saw."
Thoughts for Today:
When I read our passage today I immediately thought of Hebrews 4:12, "For the Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart." The Samaritans for years had been following Simon, a sorcerer. They were convinced he had "divine power." But now Phillip arrives and preaches, "the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ" -- they then not only believed but were baptized!
Questions to Ponder:
Do you trust the power of God's Word? So often we are frustrated when friends or family members (who are under a spirit of deception, oppression, depression, etc) don't listen to our personal witness. Have you tried to simply read Scripture to them? Hebrews tells us that God's Word is "living and active." It has the power to change the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. My words alone don't have that kind of power. Maybe it's time we completely trusted the Word of God.