Reflections… a Scripture verse and inspiration for daily living [5/18/19]

“I replied, ‘… Nothing impure or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’  “The voice spoke from heaven a second time, ‘Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.’

“As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit came on them as he had come on us at the beginning.  Then I remembered what the Lord had said: ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’  So if God gave them the same gift he gave us who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to think that I could stand in God’s way?”

When they heard this, they had no further objections and praised God, saying, “So then, even to Gentiles God has granted repentance that leads to life.” Acts 11:8-9, 15-18 (NIV)

God can make people and things clean.  We need to guard against assuming something or someone to be impure or unclean… because God can change that state in an instant.  We also need to guard against thinking that anyone is more entitled to something from God than we or another person might be.  Who are we to think we know more than God?  Who are we to think we have a better plan?  This portion of Scripture shows us that the Holy Spirit is an equal opportunity giver of gifts if it be the will of God.  Praise the Lord that we have equal access, through repentance, to everlasting life.

Passage: Acts 11:1-18

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The River Run Church is affiliated with the International Church of the Nazarene. We are located in the North Central Mission Area of the Maine District.
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