Tag: Psalm 26:8

Gentiles receive the Holy Spirit

Scripture reading for February 6th: Acts 10, Psalm 26, Proverbs 26

Acts 10: 44-48 “While Peter was still saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the Word. And the believers from among the circumcised who had come with Peter were amazed, because the Gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out even on the Gentiles. For they were hearing them speaking in other tongues and extolling God. Then Peter declared, “Can anyone withhold water for baptizing these people, who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” And he commanded them to be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to remain for some days.”

Peter was a devout Jew, trained in the Old Testament Scriptures and the traditions of Judaism. He was also a man of prayer, and while praying God gave him a vision that challenged his understanding of Old Testament laws. In a vision, God called Peter first to eat what was lowered from heaven–foods the law declared unclean. But this was to prepare Peter to go to the home of a Gentile, Cornelius, without hesitation. Cornelius was a God-fearing man who loved God and gave alms to the poor. His heart of love got God’s attention and God sent Peter to share the Gospel. While sharing, the Holy Spirit was poured out from Heaven and Cornelius and his household spoke in tongues and glorified God. Peter then understood that God wanted the Gentiles to enjoy salvation and baptized them.

Psalm 26:8 “O Lord, I love the habitation of Your house, and the place where Your glory dwells.”

Prayer: Father God, thank You for showing no partiality between Jew and Gentile! Thank You for freely pouring out the Holy Spirit and the gifts on all people. Help me, as You helped Peter, to understand Your ways when my own prejudices and past religious training blocks me from knowing or doing Your will. Pour out Your Spirit as I share the Word of God with those who are hungry for truth.

Proverbs 26:28 “A lying tongue hates its victims, and a flattering mouth works ruin.”

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Willing hearts giving to the Lord

Scripture reading for February 14th:  Exodus 35-37, Psalm 26, Philippians 4

Key Scriptures:  Exodus 35:20-22  “Then all the congregation of the people of Israel departed from the presence of Moses.  And they came, everyone whose heart stirred him, and everyone whose spirit moved him, and brought the Lord’s contribution to be used for the tent of meeting, and for all its service, and for the holy garments.  So they came, both men and women.  All who were of a willing heart brought brooches and earrings and signet rings and armlets, all sorts of gold objects, every man dedicated an offering of gold to the Lord.”

God had commanded Moses to build the tabernacle and tent of meeting and had given an exact pattern to him on the mountain.  Moses shared the need for materials and skilled labor with the people of God.  All who were willing came to give freely and to offer their skills, given by God, to do the work.  And they freely gave their offering of gold in faith.  There was more than enough!

Faith Confession and prayer:  Lord, I believe that my response to Your call is to give my body and heart and mind willingly to You, as well as tithes and offerings.  Help me to accomplish Your assigned tasks as You build Your house!

Philippians 4;18-20 “I have received full payment, and more.  I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God.  And my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.  To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.

Psalm 26:8  “O Lord, I love the habitation of Your house, and the place where Your glory dwells.”  

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