Day 41 - Angel Visits Cornelius
God Shows No Partiality
For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. - Colossians 1:16 -17
A New Era - Angels Used to Gather the Harvest!
Remember, Jesus ushered in a ‘new era’, a new way, the way of the Spirit, where all men and women are welcome into His house, into His Kingdom.
Our passage today is Acts 10 several things stood out to me as I read. First, an angel visits a non believer (Jew), in a vision. Cornelius’ prayers and giving (alms) had gone up before the Lord - - - they moved the Lord.
Acts 10:3-4 About the ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God coming in and saying to him, “Cornelius!" And when he observed him, he was afraid, and said, "What is it, lord?" So he said to him, "Your prayers and your alms have come up for a memorial before God.
Angel Instruct Cornelius
Vs. 5-6 Now send men to Joppa, and send for Simon whose surname is Peter…He will tell you what you must do.
A New Era - Divine Explicit Instructions Given
Second, in verses 9-15 the Spirit visits Peter via a trance and instructs him to eat what he considers unclean - this was preparing him to go to a non Jews home. Peter refuses several times but the Spirit finally says, “don’t call common or unclean what God has cleansed”. The Spirit then says, “Behold, three men are seeking you. Arise, therefore, go down with them, doubting nothing; for I have sent them.
A New Era - Holy Expectation
The third thing that stood out was Cornelius holy expectation. And the following day they entered Caesarea. Now Cornelius was waiting for them, and had called together his relatives and close friends.(vs. 24)
Cornelius fully expected to something glorious to happen. He invited his family and friends to encounter the Lord with him. vs. 33 …we are all present before God, to hear all the things commanded you by God.
A New Era - God Shows No Partiality - Jesus is for Everyone!
vs. 35-38 Then Peter opened his mouth and said: "In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality.But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him. The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ—He is Lord of all—that word you know, which was proclaimed throughout all Judea, and began from Galilee after the baptism which John preached: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.
A New Era - Holy Spirit Falls
The Fourth thing that stood out to me in Acts 10 was…as Peter was still speaking, wait he didn’t get to finished his sermon - but it was so good too! …Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word. (vs. 44)
The Jewish believers present with Peter were astonished that the Holy Spirit came upon the Gentiles. vs. 45-47 And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also.For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God. Then Peter answered, "Can anyone forbid water, that these should not be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?"
Word of the Lord
As I was with Cornelius and Peter so I am with you, says the Lord. When a new era begins anything is possible, Jew and Gentile are welcomed to receive of the My Spirit. Whoever is hungry for the things of My Spirit can receive visions, dreams, prophetic utterances, divine instructions.As I used Peter to bring a message to unbelievers I can use you too but you must go at My leading - nothing doubting - just follow where the Spirit leads! You will encounter incredible things and be used to bring hope, grace, peace, an outpouring of My Spirit to all those you meet. It’s time! Don’t look at the former things, at the things which didn’t take place in last season. Look to today, see what I am doing TODAY! For I AM doing a NEW THING, will you perceive it? Will you say YES and MOVE into the NEW says the Spirit of God?
Open our eyes, Lord!
Open my eyes so I can examine the wonders of your Instruction!- Psalms 119:18 (CEB)
What does the Bible say?
Read Acts 10 - take your time and let Holy Spirit swept over you with fresh revelation
Action: Tarry in God’s presence, ponder Acts 10, position yourself to be an instrument of a Holy Spirit invasion everywhere you go. Cry out for boldness, empowerment, an apostolic spirit - fresh innovating ways to reach people, and holy angelic assistance.
Decree: Holy Spirit, release the angels who bring enlightenment and revelation. - Angel Armies pg. 195
Also decree, I choose to walk in the new things of God!