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Who is your 'unclean' Cornelius?

Why is it so difficult for believers to be faithful to Jesus' commission? One of the most significant reasons is a lack of authentic relationships with those who are not yet believers. Peter believed that God was a God Who shows 'partiality' (Acts 10:34) and was 'amazed' (10:45) that God would impart His Holy Spirit to these Gentiles.

His struggle was also one of association with an uncircumcised Gentile (10:28)...a similar struggle believers have today. It took multiple visions to force the situation. Yet, in the passage, Cornelius is described as devout, a God-fearer, someone who regularly prays, righteous, and well-spoken of by the Jews. Of all the unclean Gentiles, this man would have been the 'cleanest of the unclean'!

Today, we fail to associate with unbelievers who we perceive to be unclean and, as a consequence, do not pursue cultivating authentic relationships. What if the Lord asked you to develop a relationship with someone not righteous, not spoken well of, not a God-fearer, and not devout? He has!

Who is your 'Cornelius'? With whom will you cultivate an authentic relationship? How will you plant truth in that relationship? Ask the Lord to direct you to that relationship and then stand back and be amazed!

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The Biggest Problem of Distraction

Four time in 1 Kings 11 the text states that '...(Solomon's) heart was turned away from the Lord and to other gods.'  Solomon's 1000 sexual partners caused him to forsake following closely after the Lord and to participate in the worship of those gods his wives and concubines followed.  God warned the King that this could happen and the King ignored His counsel...not wise, Solomon!

I am continually astounded that the Lord desires an intimate relationship with His people (with ME!)...even when He knows they will betray Him in the future...as did King Solomon!  Jesus also prayed, "I desire that (those) whom You have given Me be with Me where I am..." (Jn 17:24). 

While the Lord wants to be with us, sin causes an interruption in my relationship with the Lord....it distracts me from WHO he is and what He has asked of me. Last night, Golden State won the NBA Playoffs and they did it at home.  There was a strength and a focus they seemed to gain from being on their home court that they did not posses in Game 4 while in Cleveland and it brought them victory.

The Lord is eager to walk with us, to reveal Himself to us, give us His strength and victory.  Our task is to remain un-distracted and focused....but this requires we remain obediently 'at home' with Him.

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