"The next day we left and came to Caesarea; and we went into the house of Philip the evangelist, one of the seven, and stayed with him. He had four unmarried daughters who had the gift of prophecy" (Acts 21:8-9).
Philip was one of the seven, set apart for ministry, along with Stephen and the others, by Your first apostles (v. 6:5). They were "seven men of good standing, full of the Spirit and of wisdom" (v. 6:3). You gifted him as an evangelist and You gifted his daughters as prophets.
Thank You for the gifts and the calling You have for each of us in the Body of Christ. Help us discover them for ourselves and encourage them in our children. "To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.... All of these are activated by the one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses" (1 Corinthians 12:11).
Philip became known by his gifting and calling - "Philip the evangelist." No doubt, it was a consuming passion in his life. When we seek first You and Your Kingdom, Your Holy Spirit awakens us to our identity, empowers us with authority, and sends us forth into our destiny. Finding our own identity then frees us to recognize and affirm the distinct identity of our children and others, freeing them to be all You created them to be just as You've freed us to be all You've created us to be.
Lord, help me know the security of who I am in Christ and who You are in me. Reveal to me my gifting and calling; help me recognize it and affirm it in my children and others. May we be activated, equipped, anointed, and empowered, consumed with passion to live our lives for You. With great diversity, we are joined and fitted together as Your body to reveal Your heart in the ways You've chosen among the lives You touch through each of us. "As it is, there are many members, but one body" (1 Corinthians 12:20). In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
Be encouraged today! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays
Friends, we would love for you to join us for our Messiah Ministries' 4 Day School of Spiritual Ministry April 18-21, 2012 in Lexington, Kentucky focusing healing prayer and prophetic ministry ( www.messiah-ministries.org/events ). Please spread the word to your friends who may have a calling and passion to be equipped and empowered for this type of ministry. You can also order our Level 1 and Level 2 Schools, and other healing and equipping resources, recorded live on DVD and CD (www.messiah-ministries.org/resources).
Please keep us in prayer as Sylvia and I speak and minister this weekend, along with Margaret Therkelsen at St. Simons Island, Georgia at the Lay Witness Ministry Annual Retreat (http://aldersgaterenewal.org/ministry-events/local-church-renewal-events/lay-witness-mission).
These next two weeks, we'll be speaking and ministering in Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. Please come join us if you can and spread the word( www.messiah-ministries.org/events ).
We're very excited to be speaking and ministering on inner healing, deliverance, and prophetic ministry next Monday Night 3/19 in the Partner's Lounge at MorningStar in Fort Mill, SC. We'll be speaking and ministering Tuesday Night 3/20 in Lexington, SC hosted at Boiling Springs UMC. Please come if you can!