God Speaks with Clarity
In Caesarea there lived a Roman army officer named Cornelius, who was a captain of the Italian Regiment. He was a devout, God-fearing man, as was everyone in his household. He gave generously to the poor and prayed regularly to God. One afternoon about three o’clock, he had a vision in which he saw an angel of God coming toward him. “Cornelius!” the angel said. Cornelius stared at him in terror. “What is it, sir?” he asked the angel. And the angel replied, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have been received by God as an offering! Now send some men to Joppa, and summon a man named Simon Peter. He is staying with Simon, a tanner who lives near the seashore.”
Acts of the Apostles 10:1-6 NLT
Meanwhile, as Peter was puzzling over the vision, the Holy Spirit said to him, “Three men have come looking for you. Get up, go downstairs, and go with them without hesitation. Don’t worry, for I have sent them.”
Acts of the Apostles 10:19-20 NLT
This chapter is the turning point of the spread of the gospel. For the first nine chapters of Acts, the gospel of salvation through the resurrected Jesus has mainly been limited to the Jewish world. We recognize in this passage God will need to give two supernatural dreams or visions to advance the gospel to the next level and include the Gentile world.
Cornelius was chosen to open the door for the Gentile world. Peter was the Jew God used to walk through the door with the gospel of salvation. Cornelius, a Gentile, obviously had a genuine hunger for God which was demonstrated by his praying and giving. He received clear direction giving him the city, house, and man’s name God had chosen to explain the gospel to him. What amazing details!
Peter was reluctant. God had to give him the same vision three times – a vision of a sheet full of animals and then the command to arise, kill, and eat the animals. The animals in the vision were unclean according to Jewish law. But God told Peter not to call something unclean that He called clean.
While Peter was confused about the vision, God told him there were three men downstairs who had come for him, and he was to go with them. The men came from Cornelius, the Gentile.
As I reflect on this passage, I am struck by the clarity with which God spoke to Peter and Cornelius. Does God speak this way today?
I believe God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. I believe He can and does speak with this type of clarity. But we often struggle with listening. Our busy lives pull us in so many different directions that we never pause long enough to have the dreams and visions God wants to give us.
I am praying for a fresh release of God’s direction in my life and ministry. I want to see God give dreams, visions, and prophetic words with greater clarity. I don’t want something man creates out of selfish desires for self-promotion or recognition.
Holy Spirit, please speak to me. Help me to be so in tune with You that I have clarity for Your will and work.
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