When God is with you

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Ever thought about why the Red Sea parted for the Israelites to pass through? Or why the River Jordan also parted for them? Let’s review these Biblical accounts.

Exodus 14:15-16:

“And the¬†Lord¬†said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward:¬†But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.”

Joshua 3:17:

“And the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of the¬†Lord¬†stood firm on dry ground in the midst of Jordan, and all the Israelites passed over on dry ground, until all the people were passed clean over Jordan.”

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How big is your picture? (2)

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  • Acts 11:1-18- Peter defends preaching to the Gentiles
  • Acts 15:1- Some preach circumcision as a prerequisite for Salvation.
  • Acts 15:2-4- Paul and Barnabas and others travel to Jerusalem to clear these things up with the Apostles and elders
  • Acts 15:7-11- Peter defends the salvation of Gentiles again

In summary, it just had to be Peter who first opened the door of salvation to the Gentiles. Peter was the spokesman. Peter was “the rock”. It couldn’t be Philip because it will be harder to defend. Even though Peter’s main ministry was to the Jews and Paul’s own to the Gentiles, if Peter had not been the one who received the vision, it will have been harder to accept among the believers then.

Food for thought:

Our picture of things are usually from an obscure point of view than God Who sees the big picture.

Life nugget:

Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

How big is your picture?

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In this post, I’d lay down some points and discuss the conclusion I arrived at.

  • Acts 6:5- Philip is chosen as one of the seven
  • Acts 8:5-13- Philip goes to Samaria and preaches the Gospel
  • Acts 8:26-39- Philip preaches to and baptizes the eunuch of Ethiopia
  • Acts 8:40- Philip settles in Caeserea.
  • Acts 10:1-8- Cornelius the centurion in Caeserea¬†receives a vision to send for Peter who is in Joppa.
  • Acts 10:9-48- Peter goes to Caeserea¬†with the people sent, preaches to the centurion and his household, they receive the Holy Spirit and they are baptized.

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Food for thought:

Philip was in¬†Caeserea; why didn’t God send Philip to pray for the Centurion? Why did He have to send for Peter who was 4 days away? Give it some thought…In the next article, I’d continue with my points and tell you what I think.

Life nugget:

Isaiah 55:8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.”

What do you really want?

When asked this question, what is your response? Money? Fame? Love? Happiness? Joy? Peace? Eternal life? I usually go for Love, Happiness and Eternal Life, but why not have them all…with persecutions too ūüôā

Food for thought:

Mark 10:29-30 “And Jesus answered and said,¬†Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s,¬†But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.”

Life nugget:

Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

Don’t be afraid to acknowledge

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In John chapter 9, the Bible records a story of Jesus healing a man born blind. It caused a lot of commotion with the Jews because Jesus had healed on a (yet another) Sabbath day. After the Jews queried the man, they still didn’t believe so they called in his parents and in verses 20-22, this is what the Bible says:

His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind: But by what means he now seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his eyes, we know not: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself. These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that he was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue.

They were scared to acknowledge Jesus because they didn’t want to be put out of the synagogue. But he who had nothing to lose Continue reading