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ALL OUT - REVELATION BRINGS ACTIVATION
We remember that when the disciples were SPIRIT EMPOWERED and Peter began to operate as he never had before, he still had to adjust his mindset.
Let’s look at this Scripture:
Acts 10:1-7 NKJV
1 There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the Italian Regiment, 2 a devout man and one who feared God with ALL his household, who gave alms generously to the people, and prayed to God always. 3 About the ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God coming in and saying to him, "Cornelius!" 4 And when he observed him, he was afraid, and said, "What is it, lord?" So he said to him, "Your prayers and your alms have come up for a memorial before God. 5 Now send men to Joppa, and send for Simon whose surname is Peter. 6 He is lodging with Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the sea. He will tell you what you must do."
In the meantime, the SPIRIT would need to give Peter instructions.
Acts 10:9-10 NKJV
9 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…
Peter needed to bypass his natural mind, and the SPIRIT took over so that he could do just that!
Acts 10:11-13 NKJV
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."
Of course, this was totally opposite of the Old Testament commandments regarding eating anything unclean. Peter argued with God, even while in a trance. (Ha!)
Acts 10:14 NKJV
14 But Peter said, "Not so, Lord! For I have never eaten anything common or unclean."
Again, the SPIRIT spoke:
Acts 10:15-16 NKJV
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.
That was the end of the vision, but Peter was still wondering what this was ALL about.
Acts 10:17 NKJV
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.
Peter, still trying to figure it out, was informed that men were there asking to see him. The SPIRIT told him what to do about that also. Go ALL OUT!
Acts 10:19-20 NKJV
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."
When he got to Cornelius’ house, there were hungry people waiting to hear the truth. There are many people being readied by the SPIRIT to desire truth, and the SPIRIT is calling us to go!
Acts 10:34 NKJV
34 Then Peter opened his mouth and said: "In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality.”
I believe the vision he had was now being interpreted for him as he began to speak truth, released by SPIRIT EMPOWERMENT.
Acts 10:35-38 NKJV
35 “But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him. 36 The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ — He is Lord of ALL 37 that word you know, which was proclaimed throughout all Judea, and began from Galilee after the baptism which John preached: 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy SPIRIT and with POWER, who went about doing good and healing ALL who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.”
Now Peter told of how they were affected as they witnessed, first hand, ALL that Jesus provided.
Acts 10:39-43 NKJV
39 “And we are witnesses of ALL things which He did both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem, whom they killed by hanging on a tree. 40 Him God raised up on the third day, and showed Him openly, 41 not to ALL the people, but to witnesses chosen before by God, even to us who ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead. 42 And He commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that it is He who was ordained by God to be Judge of the living and the dead. 43 To Him ALL the prophets witness that, through His Name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins."
The Gospel was released under the EMPOWERMENT OF THE SPIRIT. What happened next was probably a surprise to Peter, but the SPIRIT had prepared him to expect it and not to forbid it.
Acts 10:44-45 NKJV
44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy SPIRIT fell upon ALL those who heard the word. 45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.
And what happened?
Acts 10:46 NKJV
46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God.
It was the same experience as the initial outpouring! They were filled with the fire necessary for them to be EMPOWERED as the first recipients, and they spoke in tongues and magnified God.
The same atmosphere that activated the disciples and affected all those in Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost happened to activate the Gentiles! It was a new season, with new revelation!
No one would be left out of the EMPOWERMENT of the SPIRIT. Hallelujah! He is available to ALL! His POWER is available to ALL! His love is available to ALL! His revelation is available to ALL! Jesus called His disciples but He didn’t stop at calling them; He sent the Holy Ghost to activate the Kingdom of Heaven. He kept activating the Kingdom to release and EMPOWER ALL who were hungry.
This is what God is releasing to those who are willing to move past old mindsets. God is raising up the Body of Christ with a new awareness and a burden of responsibility to help others receive what the SPIRIT is releasing right now! There is no greater joy we can give to the Lord than to guide, instruct and encourage others to pursue the King and ALL His Kingdom brings. Training is needed. SPIRIT EMPOWERMENT is essential.
Jesus spoke the way He needed to in order to get the proper response in each of His disciples. They always had a choice to align with His ways or to kick against His ways.
Now He is calling His Church to do the same. Speak to others in a way to get a proper response. Some will receive it and some won’t. Don’t ever let the ones that won’t receive stop you from GOING forward. The fact is, that you are the answer to a lost world!
Stay EMPOWERED and go into the world and activate truth! Change atmospheres and see what the SPIRIT will do.
What an exciting time!
Lord, let our knowledge of You always be the foremost thing in our minds. Let us be willing to obey You in every situation and know that our obedience will change the lives of others. Let us live for Your glory in the earth. Let us be aware of our purpose and of Holy SPIRIT guidance. Help us to let go of anything that keeps us from moving forward with You. We want You more than anything in this whole world.
We want to rescue those You love throughout the whole world. Give us the green light to GO where You want us to go, and give us the when, the who, and the how. Fulfill Your will in us, oh Lord, we pray.
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