Peter and Going Where God Wants You to Go… 18FEB – #817

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Peter and Going Where God Wants You to Go… 18FEB

A song by Michael Card speaks of going to where the Lord needs us to go … the lyrics (posted below) refer to the events in the book of Acts, the beginning of the church after Jesus ascended. Peter was called to the house of Cornelius, called to go against his upbringing and religion, called to talk to and eat with others that he would not customarily be allowed to socialize with… Peter was called to places he could not imagine, and given a vision that appears over and over again so that He knew that this WAS a calling from heaven and was not from earth… Peter was called to teach Gentiles and then go back to his own kind and tell them all he did and that God came NOT just for a select few, God came for all!

May we ourselves ALWAYS realize that we are in God’s Hands and wait for Him to place us, listen for Him to call us, and tell others what we have learned…

Peter was gifted this opportunity to teach in the early church – called to be different than the rest, Peter was sent… We too are sent in ways and places to serve Him. Are we to shy away? Likely not. Are we say we are not worthy to serve? The Lord goes with us and since He IS worthy, He will make us worthy. Yes, we are to tell of HIM – God wants us to share the same gifts He gave us, especially the gift of KNOWLEDGE to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. When God moves us to move, who are we to think that we “could stand in God’s way?”

He always finds us in His plan…

Michael Card’s song about Peter  in the book of Acts:

I’m Not Supposed to Be Here. 

https://youtu.be/pszAhSlWSGY

It was His final word as we walked beside the sea: “You will be led where you don’t want to go, “

I knew that He would test my faith and all that I believed

But just how far then I would never know

And He would send a vision then, once more beside the sea

To a rooftop where my ecstasy was seen

To ask what was unaskable, three times the vision came

And demanded I embrace what was unclean

You know I’m not supposed to be here

To cross the line no one has crossed before

To simply be one of the fools

That you’ve called to break the rules

And to go someplace I’m not supposed to be

My stumbling faith responded to what my mind said wasn’t right

So I left that place and followed in a dream

To find unfamiliar strangers who were hungry for the Light

Then I realized that no one is unclean

But I was born to be a winner

And not to serve some fallen conquered king

Who took up the cross and bled

When He broke Himself for bread

In a place that He was not supposed to be

You know I’m not supposed to be here

To cross the line no one has crossed before

To simply be one of the fools

That you’ve called to break the rules

And to go someplace I’m not supposed to be


Acts 11 New International Version (NIV)

Peter Explains His Actions

The apostles and the believers throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God.  So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him  and said, “You went into the house of uncircumcised men and ate with them.”

Starting from the beginning, Peter told them the whole story: “I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision. I saw something like a large sheet being let down from heaven by its four corners, and it came down to where I was.  I looked into it and saw four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, reptiles and birds.  Then I heard a voice telling me, ‘Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.’

“I replied, ‘Surely not, Lord! Nothing impure or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’

“The voice spoke from heaven a second time, ‘Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.’ This happened three times, and then it was all pulled up to heaven again.

“Right then three men who had been sent to me from Caesarea stopped at the house where I was staying. The Spirit told me to have no hesitation about going with them. These six brothers also went with me, and we entered the man’s house. He told us how he had seen an angel appear in his house and say, ‘Send to Joppa for Simon who is called Peter. He will bring you a message through which you and all your household will be saved.’

“As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit came on them as he had come on us at the beginning. Then I remembered what the Lord had said: ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ So if God gave them the same gift he gave us who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to think that I could stand in God’s way?”

When they heard this, they had no further objections and praised God, saying, “So then, even to Gentiles God has granted repentance that leads to life.”

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