The Door is Opened

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Welcome to week 4 of this series where we are going through the book of Acts and the events that transpired after Jesus rose from the dead.
40 days after, Jesus ascended into heaven.
10 after that the Holy Spirit descended on the day of Pentecost and the church grew to 3,000 in a single day
Over the next several months Peter and John see great miracles from God and trouble from the Pharisees
As months grew into years the church continued to grow and then started seeing persecution after Stephen was killed
This caused them to scatter and thus spread the good news beyond Jerusalem like they were told to do in the first place.
Last week we ended with the amazing conversion of the Christ Crusher Saul into the Jesus Freak Paul, who we will be talking more about next week.
After that dramatic story, Luke includes this nice transition in chapter 9 of Acts where we ended last week:
Acts 9:31 Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace and was strengthened. Living in the fear of the Lord and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it increased in numbers.
At this point we are about 7 years after the resurrection. The persecutions have pretty much calmed down, and the church is growing both in numbers and in area as the gospel is being spread to other towns. Luke now shifts back to a few of stories about Peter.
Acts 9
32 As Peter traveled about the country, he went to visit the Lord’s people who lived in Lydda. 33 There he found a man named Aeneas, who was paralyzed and had been bedridden for eight years. 34 “Aeneas,” Peter said to him, “Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and roll up your mat.” Immediately Aeneas got up. 35 All those who lived in Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord.
Lydda was a town about 20 miles northwest of Jerusalem. So, you can see how the word had spread. Peter visits and heals another paralyzed man in the name of Jesus, and because of that ALL who lived in the town of Lydda and the surrounding area called Sharon turned to the Lord. Amazing!
But wait, there’s more!
36 In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (in Greek her name is Dorcas); she was always doing good and helping the poor. 37 About that time she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room. 38 Lydda was near Joppa; so when the disciples heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men to him and urged him, “Please come at once!”
Joppa was about twelve miles from Lydda, so about a day’s walk one way. Some of the believers had heard that Peter was in Lydda, so not only did they go to get him, but instead of burying Dorcas, which would have been the normal thing to do, they placed her in a room to wait for Peter to come and heal her. This indicates what kind of expectancy the people of the early church had about God performing miracles through his chosen Apostles. They fully expected that Peter would come and raise her from the dead.
39 Peter went with them, and when he arrived he was taken upstairs to the room. All the widows stood around him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was still with them.
40 Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up. 41 He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. Then he called for the believers, especially the widows, and presented her to them alive. 42 This became known all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord. 43 Peter stayed in Joppa for some time with a tanner named Simon.
Another powerful display of God’s power that causes people all around to believe in the Lord. Peter again is listening to the Holy Spirit and going and doing what he told, and God does the rest. 
And while this was obviously an amazing miracle, what was about to happen next still has ripples today – even in this room.
As Luke ended the chapter, Peter stayed in Joppa for awhile at the home of a tanner – someone who dries the skin of animals so it can be used as leather for clothing and such – named Simon.
Acts 10
1 At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion in what was known as the Italian Regiment. He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly.
One day at about three in the afternoon he had a vision. He distinctly saw an angel of God, who came to him and said, “Cornelius!”
Cornelius stared at him in fear. “What is it, Lord?” he asked.
The angel answered, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God. Now send men to Joppa to bring back a man named Simon who is called Peter. He is staying with Simon the tanner, whose house is by the sea.”
When the angel who spoke to him had gone, Cornelius called two of his servants and a devout soldier who was one of his attendants. He told them everything that had happened and sent them to Joppa.
This is rather fascinating! Perhaps by this time in our series you are not surprised because we’ve already seen other angel appearances and miracles and such. But this one is different. Cornelius was a Gentile. Meaning, he was not Jewish.
Up until this point, everything happening in the book of Acts has only been happening among the Jews. And the Jews hated the Gentiles and were actually commanded by God in the law to not associate with them.
It was not a law of discrimination like what the Pharisees and such had turned it into by this time in history, but was God keeping his chosen people separate from the world so that they could be a shining light and thus attract the lost world to come and serve the true God. Instead the Jews turned it into a form of self-righteousness and racism. 
So, to a Jewish listener – this story is getting off to a very bad start. Why is an angel talking to a Gentile – and a Roman soldier at that?
But Cornelius is described as a devout believer in God and immediately obeys what the angel told him to do.
About noon the following day as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray. 10 He became hungry and wanted something to eat, and while the meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance. 11 He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners. 12 It contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles and birds. 13 Then a voice told him, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.”
14 “Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.”
15 The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.”
16 This happened three times, and immediately the sheet was taken back to heaven.
17 While Peter was wondering about the meaning of the vision, the men sent by Cornelius found out where Simon’s house was and stopped at the gate. 18 They called out, asking if Simon who was known as Peter was staying there.
19 While Peter was still thinking about the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Simon, three men are looking for you. 20 So get up and go downstairs. Do not hesitate to go with them, for I have sent them.”
21 Peter went down and said to the men, “I’m the one you’re looking for. Why have you come?”
22 The men replied, “We have come from Cornelius the centurion. He is a righteous and God-fearing man, who is respected by all the Jewish people. A holy angel told him to ask you to come to his house so that he could hear what you have to say.” 23 Then Peter invited the men into the house to be his guests.
Wowzers!  Several very cool things happening here.
First, God’s timing is impeccable. While the men from the centurion are on their way to his house, Peter has a vision. A very confusing vision, no doubt. 
For a few thousand years God had made it very clear in His law that his chosen people were to only eat certain kinds of food, and specifically only certain kinds of animals. All the rest were forbidden and unclean. Jews that are serious about their faith today still follow those “Kosher” laws.  And here, Peter, a devout Jew was being shown in a vision from God to kill and eat all these unclean animals. Not only would the idea be revolting to a Jew, but also feel like sinning!  Which is why Peter objects so vehemently. But God sets him straight, saying that the rules have changed.
This was God doing away with all the dietary restrictions of the Old Law. Many wonder how much of the Old Law we are to follow after Christ. Well, the sacrificial and ceremonial laws were abolished when the veil was torn in the Temple when Jesus died. And this vision is where the food laws are abolished. We can now eat whatever we want. In fact God here commands Peter to KILL AND EAT.  So, anyone who tries to claim the Bible teaches vegetarianism for the protection of animals is clearly mistaken. 
So, pretty cool vision and message, but Peter doesn’t really get it at first. And while he’s sitting there trying to figure it out, these guys show up at his door. The Holy Spirit tells Peter to go downstairs and go with them.
So, Peter goes downstairs. While Luke doesn’t spell it out, it’s likely that when Peter first catches a glimpse of them, I imagine he had a moment of “what is going on here?”  He’d just had a bizarre dream, followed by the Holy Spirit telling him to hook up with these guys at his door, only to see that they are Gentiles and one a Roman soldier. Two kinds of people who shouldn’t even be there at this Jewish home.
By now, Peter has seen some pretty cool stuff since the Holy Spirit came. Healing, people being raised from the dead, miraculous jail escapes…but even with all that, I imagine that for a moment he was wondering, “What is God up to now?”
But he trusts God and after hearing what they have to say, he does the unthinkable. He invites them in to stay the night. Something no self-respecting Jew would ever do. Perhaps it was beginning to dawn on him that the vision about the sheet and the animals was about more than just food.
23 The next day Peter started out with them, and some of the believers from Joppa went along. 
Peter is smart and brings along some friends. Later we learn there are six of them.
24 The following day he arrived in Caesarea. Cornelius was expecting them and had called together his relatives and close friends. 
By now it’s been about three to five days for his men to make the round trip. No doubt Cornelius was probably very excited and nervous about what was going to happen.
25 As Peter entered the house, Cornelius met him and fell at his feet in reverence. 26 But Peter made him get up. “Stand up,” he said, “I am only a man myself.”
Again, Peter is doing what no self-respecting Jew would do. Entering the house of a Gentile. It was strictly forbidden. By this time, he’s probably just letting the Spirit move his feet because he’s in way over his head.
Cornelius sees this man he’s heard so much about and that an angel told him to fetch, and he does what any good Roman would do – he treats him like a god!  But Peter makes it clear that he is just a man and not deserving of worship.  Some modern preacher-types could take a lesson…
27 While talking with him, Peter went inside and found a large gathering of people (Gentiles). 28 He said to them: “You are well aware that it is against our law for a Jew to associate with or visit a Gentile.
In other words…“You have no idea how uncomfortable I and my six friends are right now…”
But God has shown me that I should not call anyone impure or unclean.
Aha! The vision was starting to become clearer!
29 So when I was sent for, I came without raising any objection. May I ask why you sent for me?”
Talk about some faith. Peter still has no idea why he is there other than the Spirit told him to go with these guys.
30 Cornelius answered: “Three days ago I was in my house praying at this hour, at three in the afternoon. Suddenly a man in shining clothes stood before me 31 and said, ‘Cornelius, God has heard your prayer and remembered your gifts to the poor. 32 Send to Joppa for Simon who is called Peter. He is a guest in the home of Simon the tanner, who lives by the sea.’ 33 So I sent for you immediately, and it was good of you to come. Now we are all here in the presence of God to listen to everything the Lord has commanded you to tell us.”
Luke doesn’t include the long pause that probably happened here. Basically Peter had just been told he was the key note speaker and that all these people were here to listen to him.  No doubt the wheels in Peter’s head had been turning for the few days since the vision as he has been processing all that is going on.
First he sees this crazy vision where God tells him to do the unthinkable.
Then some Gentiles show up at his house and the Spirit tells him to go with them.
Now he is standing inside a Gentile Roman Soldier’s house who had sent for him after seeing an angel.
And they’re all waiting for him to speak.
Peter basically starts thinking out loud and relying on the Holy Spirit to do the talking…
34 Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism 35 but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.
We modern day American Christians probably cannot understand just how mind-blowing this conclusion must have been for Peter and his Jewish companions whose whole system of thought had been based on the fact that God does have favorites: the Jews.  But as Peter observes, they had been mistaken. He continues…
36 You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. 37 You know what has happened throughout the province of Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached— 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.
His audience had no doubt heard of these things.
39 “We are witnesses of everything he did in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They killed him by hanging him on a cross, 40 but God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen. 41 He was not seen by all the people, but by witnesses whom God had already chosen—by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42 He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. 43 All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”
Peter is basically giving his own testimony and telling them how to be saved. Then something amazing happens.
44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. 45 The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on Gentiles. 46 For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God.
The Jews with Peter are dumbfounded. Not because they’d never seen people speaking in tongues, but now Gentiles are doing it!!  As George Constanza would say “Worlds are colliding” (some of you will get that). God had opened the door for the rest of humanity to be saved, not just the Jews. This was a momentous occasion that you and I should be very thankful for. Because guess what?! As far as I know, most of us in here are not Jewish. I at least know that I am not. I am a dirty Gentile, but God loves me. And Jesus died for me. Praise God!

There is something else that I want to point out about what happened here.
Did you notice what didn’t happen? 
Peter did not end his talk by asking the band to the stage to play some soft music and asking everyone to bow their heads and close their eyes. He didn’t ask if anyone wanted to have a personal relationship with Jesus. And he didn’t lead them all through a prayer where they ask Jesus to forgive them and accept him into their heart.
In fact, you can’t find any of that anywhere in the Bible. Only at the end of modern day church services.
But while an “invitation” didn’t happen, something amazing did. In the middle of Peter talking and sharing the good news – suddenly the audience started receiving the Holy Spirit – meaning that they were saved.
So, what happened? Did they all say a prayer under their breath?  NO – they simply believed in their heart the message Peter was giving.
They believed when he said that Jesus was killed on a cross.
They believed him when he said that Jesus rose from the dead on the third day.
They believed him that he had witnessed all these things.
And they believed him when he said that “everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins though his name.”
I expect it was at that moment, as he uttered those words that each of them received the Holy Spirit because they were doing exactly what he just said – believing in the crucified and risen savior for their own salvation.
That’s what it takes to be saved. Not some contrived prayer that you repeat after someone. Not even asking Jesus into your heart. It’s a matter of believing. It’s the same thing that Paul tells us later in his letter to the Romans:
Romans 10:9-10
9 if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.
The confessing with the mouth is simply saying out loud to anyone who will listen what is true about yourself – that Jesus is indeed your Lord, your Master, your King. Because when you believe the truth about him in your heart, that he rose from the dead, then you really can’t think of him any other way than LORD. And that is how you are justified – forgiven of your sin – and saved – welcomed into the family of God.
And that is what Cornelius and his family did in an instant as they believed the word Peter was giving them. And that is how we are saved today.  In fact, if you are sitting  here right now and for the first time actually understood all of this and you believe it and put your trust in it – which is what “putting your faith in Jesus” means. Then you are saved!  You don’t have to wait until the prayer at the end.

So, Peter and his group of Jews are astonished at what is happening. The world is changing right before their eyes as Gentiles are now welcome into the family of God along with the Jews. Upon seeing all of this Peter does the same as he did on the day of Pentecost with all of those new believers. 
Then Peter said, 47 “Surely no one can stand in the way of their being baptized with water. They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.” 48 So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked Peter to stay with them for a few days.
Again we see baptism as the first and immediate act of obedience for a new believer in Christ.
Contrary to what some believe, baptism does not save anyone or seal the deal or anything like that. These people are clearly saved, filled with the Spirit, BEFORE being baptized.
Baptism is simply a visible act of obedience to show the world that you truly do believe this and are identifying with Christ. When you are dunked under the water you are saying that you identify with his death and burial, and that you too have died to your old way of life, and then when you come back up, you are saying you identify with and are putting your trust in the resurrection of Jesus to also bring you back to life – both now as you become a new creation and in the next life. It’s a symbol and a public statement that I am now living for Christ.
And it’s not just a suggestion. It is a command. Jesus commanded it when he gave out the Great Commission before he went up to heaven. He told them to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
So, if you are a believer and have never been baptized – by your own choice and by immersion (not sprinkled as a baby where you had no choice) – then you need to be. If you don’t, you are disobeying the first command Jesus gave you when you made Him your Lord.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve been a Christian for years or for minutes, you need to do this, and do it publicly because that is the whole point. Jesus said that anyone who denies him before men, He will deny before his father. Refusing to be baptized, is both refusing to obey your Lord (which is something of an oxymoron since the definition of Lord is someone you OBEY)  and refusing to acknowledge your faith before people. I don’t recommend doing that.
So, if you would like to be baptized, then please mark that in your response card and turn it in at the end of service – or just come talk to me or send me an email. We will do it as early as next Sunday if enough people want to. Or we may wait until Father’s Day when we are at the KOA and use their pool. Either way. If you are a Christ Follower and have never been baptized or don’t remember being baptized, then I urge you to take that step of obedience ASAP!

Ok, moving on!  There’s so much good stuff in the book of Acts, isn’t there? Who knew??
So, Peter stays with this Gentile Christian family for a few days. Meanwhile, the news gets out.
Acts 11
1 The apostles and the believers throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers (Jews) criticized him and said, “You went into the house of uncircumcised men and ate with them.”
Again we see the astonishment and even disdain on the part of the Jews. They can’t believe he even went into a Gentile’s house.
Then Peter proceeds to tell them the whole story, which I will not repeat here. And he concludes with…
17 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?”
Basically, Peter is saying, “I was just as surprised as you, but clearly this is God’s doing, so who are we to get in His way?”
18 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.”
This response shows the change that the Holy Spirit had caused in all of them. Instead of being jealous or upset about this change, they praise God about it! They are sincerely overjoyed that God has offered this salvation to everyone!  Even dirty Gentiles like us.

After this, Luke gives kind of a summary about how the faith spread all over the place, even up to Antioch some 500 miles north of Jerusalem. Antioch was a great city, highly populated, and also very depraved. But the church grew there greatly! So much so that the Apostles sent Barnabas there. Later Barnabas needed help, so he went to Tarsus to find Saul and brought him back to Antioch, which began a long friendship that we’ll talk more about next week. 
Luke also adds that it was there in Antioch that the believers first came to be called Christians. Originally it was a derogatory name. Basically a name to make fun of the believers in a dead Messiah. Things haven’t changed much. But as we know, it came to be a badge of honor for those of us who know He is alive! Despite what the world around us thinks. 
Then in Acts 12 he tells the last story we have of Peter in the Bible. The rest of Acts is mostly about Paul.
Acts 12
1 It was about this time that King Herod arrested some who belonged to the church, intending to persecute them.
This is Herod Agrippa, the grandson of Herod the Great who was king when Jesus was born. Turns out he’s not much nicer.
He had James, the brother of John, put to death with the sword. When he saw that this met with approval among the Jews, he proceeded to seize Peter also. This happened during the Festival of Unleavened Bread. After arresting him, he put him in prison, handing him over to be guarded by four squads of four soldiers each. Herod intended to bring him out for public trial after the Passover.
So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.
The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries stood guard at the entrance. Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. “Quick, get up!” he said, and the chains fell off Peter’s wrists.
Then the angel said to him, “Put on your clothes and sandals.” And Peter did so. “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me,” the angel told him. Peter followed him out of the prison, but he had no idea that what the angel was doing was really happening; he thought he was seeing a vision. 10 They passed the first and second guards and came to the iron gate leading to the city. It opened for them by itself, and they went through it. When they had walked the length of one street, suddenly the angel left him.
11 Then Peter came to himself and said, “Now I know without a doubt that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued mefrom Herod’s clutches and from everything the Jewish people were hoping would happen.”
12 When this had dawned on him, he went to the house of Mary the mother of John, also called Mark, where many people had gathered and were praying. 13 Peter knocked at the outer entrance, and a servant named Rhoda came to answer the door. 14 When she recognized Peter’s voice, she was so overjoyed she ran back without opening it and exclaimed, “Peter is at the door!”
15 “You’re out of your mind,” they told her. When she kept insisting that it was so, they said, “It must be his angel.”
16 But Peter kept on knocking, and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished. 17 Peter motioned with his hand for them to be quiet and described how the Lord had brought him out of prison. “Tell James and the other brothers and sisters about this,” he said, and then he left for another place.
18 In the morning, there was no small commotion among the soldiers as to what had become of Peter. 19 After Herod had a thorough search made for him and did not find him, he cross-examined the guards and ordered that they be executed.
Then Herod went from Judea to Caesarea and stayed there. 20 He had been quarreling with the people of Tyre and Sidon;they now joined together and sought an audience with him. After securing the support of Blastus, a trusted personal servant of the king, they asked for peace, because they depended on the king’s country for their food supply.
21 On the appointed day Herod, wearing his royal robes, sat on his throne and delivered a public address to the people. 22 They shouted, “This is the voice of a god, not of a man.” 23 Immediately, because Herod did not give praise to God, an angel of the Lord struck him down, and he was eaten by worms and died.
24 But the word of God continued to spread and flourish.
What a story! Again Peter is rescued from prison by an angel. When God has a call on your life, you can be sure that He will see you through to completing it. So long as you simply rest and let Him do the work. Peter wasn’t worried about what Herod was going to do to him. He was sleeping like a baby. So deeply that the angle had to kick him to wake him up.   Then instead of hiding, he goes around telling people about it.
Then we see Herod, who was trying to kill Peter, ends up meeting his own demise instead. Herod made the fatal flaw of trying to rob God of His glory.  God will not share his glory with anyone. Not even a king. And Herod learned that the hard way.
Herod, an enemy of God, died.  But, as verse 34 says, the word of God continued to spread and flourish.
And the same story has been repeating over and over ever since.
God wins!

So what’s the lesson from all this?
As I’ve already covered, there’s quite a lot to take in with all these amazing stories. Good stuff, like no more food restrictions, and us Gentiles can go to heaven too.
But one thing I really want you to take away from all that we’ve covered so far – not just today, but the whole series so far.
Is that you can’t go wrong when you follow the Holy Spirit. 
Just look at Peter. He was a stinky fisherman when Jesus called him. And he wasn’t much more than that even after seeing Jesus come back to life. He was going to go back to fishing.  But then on the day of Pentecost, God himself, the Holy Spirit, moved into Peter and many others. And from that moment on, Peter was a totally changed man.
And through him, God did mighty things. He healed people, raised them from the dead, preached powerful messages, and was even used to open the door of salvation to the whole world. And through it all, Peter gave all credit to God. He never said “I heal you.” He said “Jesus Christ heals you.” And when a man tried to worship him, he wouldn’t allow it.  He knew that it wasn’t him, but the Holy Spirit doing all these things.  He was just an obedient slave of the Most High God!
And guess what?! God can and will do the same in you and me. He may not do all the big signs and wonders through us, because the purpose for those things ended with the Apostles. But God certainly can change your life and make you able to do things you could never do in your own power.
Not magic shows – those are too easy for God.
But He can heal you of that addiction that is enslaving you.
He can silence the voices in your head that remind you of how worthless you are.
He can heal your broken marriage.
He can change your whole perspective on life so that you have joy and peace despite your external circumstances.
But the greatest miracle that God can and will do in your life if you let him…he will make you able to love. And able to be loved. Because He will make you able to do the one thing no human can do on their own – forgive. 
And as he does all of that, He will also use you to bring the same miracles to others. Just like He used Peter. He will tell you where to go, and what to say, and how to act. If you will let Him.
The secret to following the guidance of the Holy Spirit is in waiting. 
Waiting on the Lord.
Isaiah 40
28 Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who wait on the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.
What that really means is to just trust Him. Wait on Him. Don’t get ahead of him. Don’t get worried about what’s going to happen. Don’t try to do your own thing your own way. Just wait on the Lord. Wait for the Holy Spirit’s guidance for what to do next. And in the meantime, just keep doing what his last instructions were. Like, maybe, get baptized if you haven’t yet.
God is not going to give you big instructions until you obey the little ones. Look at Peter. Look how far he’s come. God just used him to open the door of salvation to the whole world. But that wasn’t God’s first assignment for Peter. At first, all Jesus said was “Follow me.
Then little by little, the assignments got bigger, as he continued to obey. Yes, he failed at times, and so will you. I have, and I will continue to. But where I am weak, He is strong.
Wait on the Lord,
Trust Him
Obey Him
Put your HOPE in Him.
And He will give you strength you could never have without Him.
He will cause you to soar high on wings like eagles as if all the world’s troubles can’t touch you.
You will find that you can run and not grow weary. You will walk and not faint.
You will be capable of more than you ever dreamed.
As you choose to live in the Spirit.