Moving With God (Acts 10)
In the Old Testament, after the Exodus, where Moses was the deliverer, the children of Israel followed a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. So if the cloud was in a place for a year, they stayed for a year. If for a week, they stayed for a week. We don’t have the cloud as they had it. We have the cloud on the inside of us if you are a born-again believer, known as the Holy Spirit.
“God is moving in the earth today. He’s not confined to church. God is at work in the earth today. We have to become sensitive to Him, so that we can move with Him.” – Apostle Bill
In Acts 10:1 God was moving… Cornelius was a devout, praying, generous man. However, just because a person is devout; just because a person is generous; just because a person prays doesn’t mean they are saved. We look to see if people are moral and ethical and then make assumptions about their salvation. The problem is, we only pay attention to the external, but God sees the heart.
People come to God for three reasons:
- They are hurting.
- They have been humbled.
- They are hungry.
Now the “man” Cornelius was ready to hear the gospel. And since this was post-resurrection, the gospel “message” was ready. The man was ready, the message was ready, but the messenger had the problem.
“I wonder how many people are ready….but we, the messengers, are not ready.” – Apostle Bill
Here’s what we need to do to move with God:
1) We must break tradition. (vs. 9-16, 28)
In Mark 7:13 (KJV) Jesus said that the Pharisees were “Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition.
2) You must break prejudice. (vs. 34)
God had to show Peter that He is no respecter of person. God loves everybody, everywhere. You may not like what they do, but it does not disqualify them from God’s love.
3) Cooperate with the Holy Spirit (vs. 44-48)
While Peter was still saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word. Acts 10:44 ESV
“When we break tradition, He breaks in.
When we break prejudice, we break out.
When we cooperate with the Holy Spirit, they break through.”
– Apostle Bill