Pastor Lucy Paynter

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Divine Experience Day 11

by Lucy Paynter
September 15th 2021
There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the Italian Regiment, a devout man and one who feared God with all his household, who gave alms generously to the p... More
Yeah good morning and welcome. This is faster lucid enter with your daily insight, we continue with our service. Divine experience. Most religions and philosophies around the world are built on presidents of ethical considerations and to some people doing good is are keen to be religious. No, I have had people tell me you know I do good, I give to the poor, I give to charity so I'm good, I'll go to heaven. So you find that there are people who do not want to fully embrace Christianity but they live up to the good deeds that Christianity demands. And there are people in the bible and even today that we know to be noble, I'm sure you can counter few in your circles and maybe you consider yourself mobile too.

So people of unquestionable morality and religious zeal. But the question is and that is the question I want us to ponder today is doing good. Let me phrase it this way. Okay, I'm gonna take a step back and phrase the question the question is does doing good and ask Salvation, is it really enough? So think about that, will answer it not loudly. You can maybe give me a voice mail record right there or even in the comments section, let's have this discussion, let me know that's doing good on a salvation. Is it really enough? So they're opposed to look narrates in the Book of Acts chapter 10 you're going to read the first 1 to 8 that there was a certain man in thai syria called Cornelius a centurion of what was called the italian regiment.

He was a devote man and one who feared God with all his household, who gave arms generously to the people and prayed to God Hollows about the ninth hour of the day. He's so clearly in a vision, an angel of God coming in and saying to him, canaries and when he observed him he was afraid and said, what is it Lord? So he said to him, your prayers and your arms have come up for a memorial before God. Now send men to Joppa and sent for Simon whose surname is Peter, he is lodging with Simon attorney whose house is by the sea. He will tell you what you must do. And when the angel who spoke to him had departed Cornelius called two of his household servant and a devote soldier from among those who waited on him continually. So when he had explained all these things to them, he sent them to job, wow.

So today this is taking another time in our divine experience series. So look pain so well. The character of this man Cornell is a man who was a centering or rather a captain over 100 soldiers. This was a devote man, a man who feared God, a generous man, a man who impacted even his family with his devotion. He was a gentile who had fully embraced judaizing and lived up to it, he was an officer in the roman empire and that empire by Finn was a pressing Israel at that time. And this was a man who had realized the bankruptcy of park and religion and sought to worship God and lead a moral life. So look paints a man who had a light in him, A man who was close enough to the kingdom, but just outside the kingdom, none the rest.

We see a man who had a relationship with God, a man who was sympathetic and supportive to the jewish faith. Yet he was not part of the mainstream jewish faith. But the Bible says that about the 9th hour of the day, he saw clearly in a vision and danger of God coming in and saying to him, Cornelius, You see, Yeah, like we have seen in the previous episode, God is taking the initiative to reach out to open the door to an individual who might have been considered an unlikely candidate for that, you know? Well, with that background, you think, No, they are not the kind of people who receive vision who received divine experiences, who received divine visitations. No, but we find that God takes this initiative and reaches out.

He opens this door. He had sought God in his own ways, but his time this, this is the time for God to seek him to connect with him. And the bible says that what he saw, he saw clearly Canarias knew it couldn't have been a dream. In fact, it was so vivid that in accident that he says there are, man stood beside me in bright clothing, you know. This is something we have said time and again in previous episode and I'm sure right now you're almost saying it with me that when time is due for you to have a divine experience, the Lord makes it so clear that the moment it happens, you know, without a doubt that you are experiencing something beyond this world, it is something divine. The bible tells us that the angel of the Lord said to him, your prayers, your arms have come up for a memorial before God.

You know if you read uh leviticus to to you hear about the memorial portion that was burned on the altar before the Lord and about which the bible says an aroma pleasing to the Lord went up to God and so like the aroma of that sacrifice, the prayers and the good deeds of Cornelius had reached the Lord. The Lord had been pleased with him and it was time for God to reveal his salvation to him. And in preparation for this, the agent told Cornelius to send men to Joppa for Simon peter and he obeyed. And today I want us to focus on the condition in which Cornelius was in When he had this experience. 2nd Aliens had lived up to the light. He had, he had lived nobly, he had infest the people close to him with his good days yet as close as he was to walk in with christ, as good as his deeds work.

He still was lacking in something close as he was to the kingdom of God. He still remained at the house cut. He was a lost noble man, but God was about to change all this. He was about to give cornelia small light than he hated him. Sometimes we live under the illusion that our good deeds are good enough by themselves, that we are as good as safe because our morals are irreproachable. But I want to, I want to remind us today that we need more light than we have to be saved. Like, like jesus sake, you must be born again. It is absolutely necessary for us to experience a rebirth. I don't know if you realize that I'm like everyone we have covered so far in this divine experience. There was seemingly nothing wrong with Cornelius life as it was. He was under no distress.

He was right with God. He was an exemplar early individual in the society. His morals were unquestionable. Yet the Lord came to him. He extended an invitation to him like he extends to us an invitation to something better. An invitation to the inner circle, Cornelius was a gentle who worship the God of Israel. He followed the jewish moral teachings he attended and contributed to the synagogue. He observed the sabbath and practice the jewish apiary and yet the Lord sends an angel to him and tells him yes, I have heard your praise, yes, I have seen your deeds. But here is something more that I need from you. Send for Peter and he'll tell you what you must do. You see like canals. Some of us are still held back by our old billy's doing good deeds, like is all that counts.

Going to charge. Giving arms, helping the poor is as good as attaining salvation. But I pray that we may accept the invitation that the Lord is extending to us today. The invitation to a greater light. The invitation to real salvation through jesus christ. I pray that our eyes may be open, that our vision may be clear. May we continue to have these divine experiences not only when things are going well, but also when we think that everything as well at least we sit back. When we should be seeking something more. May we continue to seek the Lord by all means available to us, even as we wait for those special experiences. And like Cornelius said of his people to get peter at the command of the world. May we not hesitate when the Lord Sixes Amen and amen. This is Pastor lucy painter with your daily insights and this is divine experience.

Day 11 shalom

Divine Experience Day 11
Divine Experience Day 11
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