Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Peter’s Vision
…“What God has made clean, you must not consider ritually unclean!”  Acts 10:15

In Acts chapter 10, God brings Cornelius and Peter together using supernatural experiences such as visions and angels to communicate and prepare them for the will of God.   God’s will was to bring Cornelius who was a gentile to Jesus and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit through His servant Peter.   This passage and Peter’s vision is much more than dietary rules, but it expands our minds and hearts to teach us some basic truths.
Prayer is a two way communication between God and his people. Our prayers should not be empty petitions to God to fulfill our selfish desire, but humble ourselves in front of the Lord and ask His will for our lives.  Then God will communicate to us and answer our prayers.  God may be speaking to us by pointing to certain passages in scriptures at the right moment or a message or advice from a Godly person.  Yes, God can send angels even in these days as many believers have witnessed.
When we seek God and do what is pleasing to Him, we will find God. Although Cornelius was a righteous man that pleased God, he has not yet received the gift of the Holy Spirit until God prepares Peter to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to Cornelius.  He found God because he was earnestly seeking Him.  God will keep his promise and reveal Himself to those who seek Him.
Freedom in Christ : In Mathew 5:17 it states that Christ did not come to abolish the law but to fulfill the law.  Now that Jesus has fulfilled the law, we the believers have freedom.  We are no longer judged by the law as given in the Old testament, but what is in our hearts.  In Mathew 15:11 “What defiles a person is not what goes into the mouth; it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles a person.” In Mathew 15:17-18, “whatever goes into the mouth enters the stomach and then passes out into the sewer? But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these things defile a person.
The gospel shall be preached in all corners of the World so that salvation is not just limited to the Jews but freely given to all who accepts Christ as their personal savior.  When the Spirit moves us to speak to someone of another culture about Christ, they will be more receptive to the message when we can assimilate with their culture. 

 Prayer: Lord, create in us a clean heart to love and accept all your people.  Make us worthy to be your instrument to spread the gospel to all those who seek Him. Amen
Thought for the Day: We are all equal in the eyes of the Lord.  Salvation is free for all who accept the Lord as their personal Savior.

Thought for the Day:  Apostles who have their focus on Christ soon realize He is the answer.

Thought For the Day :  Fear of the Lord is the Beginning of wisdom”

Jothy S. Varughese, Christos MTC, Philadelphia