We are in week 3 of our Acts Experience. How did you all fair this week? We journeyed from Acts 10 through Acts 13. What a great week I thought. Being introduced to the opening of the gospel to the gentiles with the first gentile salvation, Cornelius. His conversion was a major stepping point for the spreading of the gospel.
Cornelius' outstanding gumption to know God set the course of history. A purposeful completion that God "is a rewarder of those who seek Him". Hebrews 11:6 The craving and tender heart of the man Cornelius opened the path for the heart of Peter to break down barriers, partiality, and tradition. With amazement and understanding the gentiles were too made clean by the blood of Jesus. The veil was rend in the hearts of the circumcised. A way was made for your heart.
What God has cleaned, no longer consider unholy
Peter found himself in the situation where he had to defend his actions that were ordered by the Holy Spirit. Not by arguing or debating did he answer. He simply took the accusers on a guided tour of understanding. He ended putting the situation to scripture and obedience.
The gentile believers were spreading through Antioch. Here we are called Christians. Acts 11:26. Christians meaning "Christ-ones" or "Anointed-ones"; as Christ is Greek for the Hebrew Messiah or anointed.
A bitter sweet time this was. James was killed by Hared and Peter thrown into prison awaiting his execution. But the impossible happens. Being sound asleep and in full peace the night before his execution, Peter is rescued by an angel out of prison. So sound a sleep in fact that the angel had to strike his side to awaken him. Wow! What faith and peace. The peace that surpasses all understanding. Philippians 4:7
Prayer moves mountains. Prayer is our direct communication before the thrown of God. Where petitions come to Him and He gives orders of action. Keep seeking, keep knocking, keep asking and the door will be opened. Matthew 7:7-8 The Lord will move! This is our powerful and only offensive weapon. The best there is.
As a linear action. We see Hared. In his pride, his self exaltation of thinking himself worthy of praise, god like, he is sentenced to death by the true God. Where Peter was rescued, Hared took his place before the reaper. Dying of a horrible and painful death, Hared is eaten alive from the inside out by intestinal worms. Yikes! What the enemy means for bad, the Lord works all those things for the good of the ones who love Him and are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28
You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done. The saving of many lives
Lastly, we began the first missionary journey of Paul. He and Barnabas are set apart, dedicated for a special purpose. Just as you are set apart for the special purpose only you can accomplish. "Speak boldly and Love openly". Have an amazing week ladies!