February 03, 2020: SOAP #3714: Exodus 35-36; Acts 10 Scripture: Acts (NIV) 10:2 He [Cornelius the centurion] and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly. 3 One day at about three in the afternoon he had a vision. He distinctly saw an […]
February 03, 2020: SOAP #3714: Exodus 35-36; Acts 10
Scripture: Acts (NIV) 10:2 He [Cornelius the centurion]and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously tothose in need and prayed to God regularly.
3 One day at about three in the afternoon he had a vision. He distinctly saw anangel of God, who came to him and said, “Cornelius!” 4 Corneliusstared at him in fear. “What is it, Lord?” he asked. The angelanswered, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come upas a memorial offering before God.
30 Cornelius answered [Peter's question]: “Four days ago I was in my housepraying at this hour, at three in the afternoon. Suddenly a man in shiningclothes stood before me 31 and said, 'Cornelius, God has heard your prayerand remembered your gifts to the poor.
Observation: Corneliuswas not a Jew; he was a Roman centurion. He was over 100 Roman soldiers. Yet he had developed some personal practices that got God's attention"givinggenerously and praying regularly.
God is a giver and loves givers. Godcreated man for the purpose of fellowship; He loves it when we take time to bewith Him.
Application: Giving mirrors God's character. It is His nature to give. He likes to see His nature being developed inpeople"in me.
When God first created man, He would come to the garden to visit with His prizecreation. Later He would visit withAbraham and tell him what he was planning. He had the Israelites build a tabernacle so He could dwell in theircamp. He sent Jesus as an infant to growand live among people. God likes tointeract with people"with me.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, keep working to develop these twocharacteristics in me. Increase mygenerosity. Speak to my heart, callingme to times of prayer. Remind me of thisSOAP. Amen
Making friends for time and eternity!