Acts 10:9-20 “The next day, as they went on their journey and drew near the city, Peter went up on the housetop to pray, about the sixth hour. 10 Then he became very hungry and wanted to eat; but while they made ready, he fell into a trance 11 and saw heaven opened and an object like a great sheet bound at the four corners, descending to him and let down to the earth. 12 In it were all kinds of four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, creeping things, and birds of the air. 13 And a voice came to him, ‘Rise, Peter; kill and eat.’ 14 But Peter said, ‘Not so, Lord! For I have never eaten anything common or unclean.’ 15 And a voice spoke to him again the second time, ‘What God has cleansed you must not call common.’ 16 This was done three times. And the object was taken up into heaven again. 17 Now while Peter wondered within himself what this vision which he had seen meant, behold, the men who had been sent from Cornelius had made inquiry for Simon’s house, and stood before the gate. 18 And they called and asked whether Simon, whose surname was Peter, was lodging there. 19 While Peter thought about the vision, the Spirit said to him, ‘Behold, three men are seeking you. 20 Arise therefore, go down and go with them, doubting nothing; for I have sent them.’”
Peter had been taught to not break God’s laws. He had never broken his kosher diet. A tradition and a belief stood in the way of what God was trying to do.
You have the ability to stop God from what He wants to do because of a way or pattern in your mind.
What patterns in your mind have kept God from what He wants to do in you and through you?
God had to tell Peter three times. God had cleansed these people. There was a mental block in Peter’s mind that had to do with people, not food. Peter was prejudiced. God addressed that through this vision, a distinction between clean and unclean food. This is very Jewish and Apostolic as well. There is a distinction between the holy and the unholy.
Common means ‘pertains to all’. This is opposed to ‘sacred’. The Lord ran against Peter’s previous training. Peter didn’t understand and didn’t want to eat that stuff. It was never really about food. It was about those souls, those people. Salvation came through the Jews, but God always wanted to reach everyone.
Peter had to do the preaching because angels don’t tell the gospel. They aren’t given that authority by God.
The salvation message must be brought by people. The message of salvation has been entrusted into human hands. Peter had something inside of him that God was dealing with.
Turn and shift whatever God is dealing with in you and see something amazing.
What shifts has God made in your mind and life? How has that changed the way you view yourself and everyone around you?
Lev 20:25-26 “You shall therefore distinguish between clean animals and unclean, between unclean birds and clean, and you shall not make yourselves abominable by beast or by bird, or by any kind of living thing that creeps on the ground, which I have separated from you as unclean. 26 And you shall be holy to Me, for I the Lord am holy, and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be Mine.”
Acts 10:28 “Then he said to them, ‘You know how unlawful it is for a Jewish man to keep company with or go to one of another nation. But God has shown me that I should not call any man common or unclean.’”
Jesus wanted to make sure that the Gentiles would be received by Peter. He wanted to get rid of that wall in Peter’s mind. Peter’s thought process could literally stop the flow of blessing on an entire family, an entire city, an entire nation.
Col 2:8 “Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.”
1 Cor 6:9-11 “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.”
If God has cleansed you, you are not common! You are precious. You belong to Him. God thinks you are worth dying for. You are worth saving!
2 Cor 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
Don’t call it common if God has done something in your life. If you have been baptized in His name, filled with His Spirit, you are cleansed by His blood, not common, no longer unclean, bought and loved and cherished.
How do you look at your own past sin? Do you recognize that God has, indeed, cleansed you and you are washed, sanctified and justified? How can you use this as a witness to others of the joy and freedom you now experience?
The Ark of the Covenant was revered, sacred. Uzzah had seen the Ark every day for a while because it was in his father’s house. He became a little too familiar with the Ark, no longer special. This was never meant to be touched. Instead, it was to be carried on special poles.
What God has called sacred, don’t call it common. You are sacred now, don’t YOU be touching things that are unclean.
To forget what God has done in your lives is wrong. Treat this as holy.
REMEMBER YOUR SINS…ARE UNDER THE BLOOD!
It’s wrong to take your thoughts and think evil of your brother or even yourself. If God has touched something, don’t you call it dirty.
Never come into the House of God with a common frown. You should look touched by God, because you have been, filled with the joy (calm delight) of salvation.
How is your attitude? Do you live in a way that shows the world that you’ve been touched by God? Are you displaying love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control?
Psalm 21:1 “The king shall have joy in Your strength, O Lord; And in Your salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!”
Rejoice means ‘to spin around under the influence of a violent emotion.’
Psalm 51:12 “Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.”
Isaiah 12:3 “Therefore with joy you will draw water From the wells of salvation.”
Hab 3:18 “Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.”
Psalm 9:14 “That I may tell of all Your praise In the gates of the daughter of Zion. I will rejoice in Your salvation.”
Rejoice—spin, sing, rescued, delivered.
If you want to see salvation (for someone else), stand still, but if you want to experience it, you’ve got to MOVE!
How is your daily ‘walk’ with Jesus? Do you lean on Him for your strength or try to do the ‘right thing’ in your own strength? Do you invite others to join you in your ‘walk’ with Jesus?
This Bible Study excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio.
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