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In the 10th chapter of Acts we find a gentile soldier named Cornelius. The Bible says that he was an Italian soldier. We can sort of read between the lines as this story unfolds in Acts 10. You can almost feel the hunger in this man. He seems to be doing everything that he knows to do. He prays, he gives. He wants to get as close to God as he can.
It is during one of those times when he is praying that an Angel appears to Cornelius. The Angle informs him that his prayers had come up as a memorial before God. The Angel tells Cornelius that he is to call for Peter, and that Peter will tell him what he needs to do.
Now get this: Peter doesn’t even want to go preach to this gentile soldier. And even when he goes, he is not expecting a conversion. As a matter of fact it says that when the Holy Spirit fell on them that Peter and his team were amazed.
Isn’t it amazing what kind of walls can be broken down; how many things will be shifted, when someone simply begins to reach out to a God that can be touched?
There is something about the nature of God that compels Him to reach out to those who seek after Him.
Jesus makes this plain when speaking to the Samaritan woman at the well. “We worship in this mountain, you worship in Jerusalem.” But Jesus said: “You are missing the point. God is a Spirit, and they that worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and in truth. For the Father IS SEEKING such to worship Him.” Did you catch that? The Father is Seeking TRUE WORSHIPERS. God is Seeking those who are seeking Him!
Jesus wrote a check that heaven is legally bound to cash: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” (Matt 5:6) If we are hungry and thirsty for God, all of the forces of darkness cannot prevent God from reaching us!
II. Heaven comes to Earth
Jesus was planning an invasion. He was planning on invading earth with His heavenly Kingdom.
"This, then, is how you should pray: "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Matt 6:9-10 How does the Kingdom come? When His will is done on earth as it is in heaven.
Mark 9:1 And he said to them, "I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God come with power." In Acts 2 those who had gathered in an upper room for the feast of Pentecost witnessed as the lifeless vacuum of sinful humanity was filled with the live giving breath of the Holy Spirit. It rushed upon men so violently that is sounded like a rushing wind!
They had tarried for fifty days. They had been instructed by Christ to wait in Jerusalem until they were endued with power from on high. I believe the modern day Church of Jesus Christ would do well to seek such endowment. We must as that infant church of the New Testament wait expectantly for the promise of the Father!
III. Before we are endued, God must be pursued.
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jer
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