The Samarian Assignment
This post is for men and women of God on assignment for the kingdom of God. It is for co-laborers in the Lord’s vineyard.
Do you remember the Samarian assignment in Acts 8? This is about the different assignments of Philip, Peter and John in the same region.
In Samaria, Philip preached about Jesus and deliverance took place. “Many evil spirits were cast out, screaming as they left their victims. And many who had been paralyzed or lame were healed” (Acts 8:7).
Even a wizard (Simon the sorcerer) believed, got baptized and followed Philip.
2. Baptism of the Holy Spirit
Then Peter and John were sent to Samaria when the apostles heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God.
“As soon as they arrived, they prayed for these new believers to receive the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit had not yet come upon any of them, for they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then Peter and John laid their hands upon these believers, and they received the Holy Spirit” (Acts 8:15-17).
Sometimes your task in a region is just to initiate the first step and for other co-laborers to finish the task. It doesn’t mean you lack “finisher’s anointing.”
Sometimes God will use different teams for different reasons to carry out His tasks in the same place. Each phase is actually completed based on the oil and mandate.
Whichever phase you are in your assignment, go forth and do it.
You may be sent to exhort the believers in a region, you may be sent to proclaim Christ so that unbelievers will believe.
You may be sent for baptism of the Holy Spirit to happen in a particular region. You may be sent to cast out evil spirits.
It isn’t unusual for some men and women of God to start in one place and for someone else to continue so that they can move on to the next place that requires the unique and ordained shift that can come through them.
Whichever one, do it unto the Lord. Carry out the assignment joyfully without forgetting the main reason for doing it. The Lord has sent you. He will back you up. The oil is not wasted.
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