Who Can Forbid?

Who Can Forbid? by Kirk Hunt

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?”

Acts 10:46 – 47 NKJV
Please also read Acts 10

I am always stunned by those who forbid what God is doing.  They do not seem to care for the numbers, depth or level of impact of God’s move.  They always seem to have some man-made rule that counters the very Word of God.

Despite Jesus’ Great Commission, there were early Church leaders who insisted that only Jews could become Christians.  Despite Jesus’ healing of the Canaanite and the Centurion’s faith, some of the Disciples maintained a narrow, elitist, judgmental view of who could, or should, be accepted by God.  With the ongoing evidence of God’s choices before their very eyes, Peter still had to challenge the circumcised Christians to accept non-Jewish believers and disciples.

Too often we ask God to bless what we are doing.  Far more often, we should seek to do what God is commanding.  Our obedience to His Word and instruction cannot help but be blessed.

Human rules can sometimes be helpful, but we should never let them stand against what God commands or is doing.  God commands His people to reach into all the world and make disciples.  Anyone, or anything, that forbids the advancement God’s Word of Kingdom cannot be a good thing.  Do not, as a follower of Jesus Christ, try to forbid what God is busy doing.

Think:      Am I following God and His divine Word, or something else?

Pray:         “Lord, help me to not to forbid what You command.”

 

Copyright © March 2019, Kirk Hunt

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Not My Call

Not My Call by Kirk Hunt

Then he said to them, “You know how unlawful it is for a Jewish man to keep company with or go to one of another nation. But God has shown me that I should not call any man common or unclean.

Acts 10:28 NKJV
Please also read Acts 10

God repeated Apostle Peter’s vision in Acts 10 three times for clarity and understanding.  A man or woman, cleansed by God, is suitable to God.  It is not your or my call, even as a follower of Jesus Christ, to say otherwise.

It is too easy to sit in judgment and declare who is in and who is out.  The ability to dismiss others as “less than” is too frequently done in our day and age.  Like the ancient Pharisees, we add our own rules and expectations to God’s Word, as if we are always correct or have the authority.

As followers of Jesus Christ, we are called to make disciples of all men and women.  Scripture does not say this will be easy nor that unbelievers will be immediately friendly.  Still, we should follow Jesus’ commandments, if we are truly His disciples.

Do not think that this allows us to condone ungodly or unbiblical behavior.  We must first hold each other accountable to God’s Word.  After, we can approach all of God’s children with grace and humility, carefully showing them the way to our loving Father.

All men and women are God’s children.  Show His lovingkindness to all of them.  This opens the door of their hearts and the eyes of their mind to their heavenly-Father.

Think:      All people, even unbelievers, are still God’s children.

Pray:         “Lord, help me to love all Your children as You would.”

 

Copyright © March 2019, Kirk Hunt

This devotional is brought to you courtesy of CadreMen Press.  You can purchase a copy of Blessed and Blessing: Devotionals For Gospel Champions from your favorite bookseller or directly from CadreMen Press.

Foreigners Defended

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Foreigners Defended by Kirk Hunt

 

If therefore God gave them the same gift as He gave us when we believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could withstand God?”

Acts 11:17 NKJV

 

Peter stood before the leadership at Jerusalem and explained himself.  He had to mount a significant defense for his actions in Joppa.  Effectively, these men wanted to know who authorized the Holy Spirit to empower Gentiles.

 

Too little age, credentials or background are reasons to reject you.  Too much age, credentials or background are also reasons to reject you.   To the self-appointed correct people, there is always a reason to reject you.  Somebody, somewhere, thinks you should not be allowed.

 

Peter’s vision and direct Word from God would probably not satisfy the “old school” sitting around the table.  Thankfully, Peter did not have to rely on clear-headed reasoning alone.  The Holy Spirit chose these Gentiles and manifested Himself, the same way He did in the Upper Room.

 

Thankfully, God does not ask the “correct” people whether you should be empowered.  The Holy Spirit gives access to those who seek Him in sincerity and truth.  His power, active in your life, is its own defense for why you have access to Him.

 

If God gives you His power, He will also defend your access to Him.  Accept your calling, purpose and power through the Holy Spirit.  Let God defend you against the naysayers.

 

Think:            God defends His people, even when they are foreigners.

 

Pray:              “Lord, thank You for defending my access to You.

 

 

Copyright © July 2013, Kirk Hunt

This devotional is a ministry of https://devotionals.cadremenpress.com.

Foreigners Empowered

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Foreigners Empowered by Kirk Hunt

 

While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word.

Acts 10:44 NKJV

 

Except for the foreigners, Peter had lived through this scene before.  The sound was the same.  The reactions were the same.  For the first time in Scripture, the Holy Spirit inhabited Gentiles believers.

 

Cornelius and the other Gentiles believers sought God with sincerity and devotion.   Heaven heard and responded.  The Holy Spirit took up residence in men and women who sought God with their whole heart.

 

They were goyim.  Per the Jewish laws, these men and women were not worthy to receive empowerment from God.  Still, there they were, full of the Holy Spirit.

 

God did not check the credentials, papers or passports of these believers.  He did not ask about their parents or seek recommendations.  God stepped close and used His omniscience to examine their hearts and souls.  The rush of power followed immediately after.

 

God chooses whom He will empower.  He is far less concerned about your history than your future.  Your pedigree will not come up, but the sincerity of your heart certainly will.

 

Do you want to be empowered?  Seek Him, with your whole heart, mind and spirit.  You are not so foreign that you cannot not be accepted and empowered.

 

Think:            God’s empowers foreigners, just like me.

 

Pray:              “Lord, help me to seek your power and grace, despite my history and background.

 

 

Copyright © July 2013, Kirk Hunt

This devotional is a ministry of https://devotionals.cadremenpress.com.