Acts 10:24-48 portrays the story of one man, Cornelius who is responsible for salvation being extended to the Gentiles and Peter who obediently goes to meet Cornelius and preaches a simple message of the gospel. The holy spirit comes and the rest is history. God used these two men to bring salvation to the gentiles and ultimately us and does it unconventionally which is usually God’s way. Compare the world sense and spiritual sense, we see that:
The world says law and order, Jesus says love Matthew 22:37 & 1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.
The world says get, Jesus says give Luke 9:12-17
Think about these paradoxes of Jesus
*The way first is last, *The way of success is service, *The way of security is vulnerability *The way of protection is forgiveness, *The way of life is the way of death (death to self, society and family)
*Want to be free, give complete control to God, *Want to become great, become the least
*Want to discover yourself, forget yourself, *Want honour, honour yourself with humility
*Want to get revenge, bless and love your enemies Luke 6:27
Finally, as a Christian brother and sister, God shows through the bible that our perception should be that
I am accepted…
John 1:12 I am God’s child.
John 15:15 As a disciple, I am a friend of Jesus Christ.
Romans 5:1 I have been justified.
1 Corinthians 6:17 I am united with the Lord, and I am one with Him in spirit.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 I have been bought with a price and I belong to God.
1 Corinthians 12:27 I am a member of Christ’s body.
Ephesians 1:3-8 I have been chosen by God and adopted as His child.
Colossians 1:13-14 I have been redeemed and forgiven of all my sins.
Colossians 2:9-10 I am complete in Christ.
Hebrews 4:14-16 I have direct access to the throne of grace through Jesus Christ.
I am secure…
Romans 8:1-2 I am free from condemnation.
Romans 8:28 I am assured that God works for my good in all circumstances.
Romans 8:31-39 I am free from any condemnation brought against me and I cannot be separated from the love of God.
2 Corinthians 1:21-22 I have been established, anointed and sealed by God.
Colossians 3:1-4 I am hidden with Christ in God.
Philippians 1:6 I am confident that God will complete the good work He started in me. Philippians 3:20 I am a citizen of heaven.
2 Timothy 1:7 I have not been given a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind.
1 John 5:18 I am born of God and the evil one cannot touch me.
I am significant…
John 15:5 I am a branch of Jesus Christ, the true vine, and a channel of His life.
John 15:16 I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit.
1 Corinthians 3:16 I am God’s temple.
2 Corinthians 5:17-21 I am a minister of reconciliation for God.
Ephesians 2:6 I am seated with Jesus Christ in the heavenly realm.
Ephesians 2:10 I am God’s workmanship.
Ephesians 3:12 I may approach God with freedom and confidence.
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.
God bless you and let us bless him with our prayers this week.
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