CORNELIUS, A MAN OF GOD

CORNELIUS, A MAN OF GOD

Acts 10:1-4 (NKJV) 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.

When you look at the life of this man Cornelius, there are four points that stand out.  The first one is that he was a devout man.  He was committed to the God of the Jews.  We have to remember that he was not a Jew, (he was Italian) but God saw that he was devoted to Him.

Second, we see that he was a man that feared God, and taught his family to have reverence for God also.  God is looking for people who will love Him and honor Him, and people who will raise their children to know and love Him.

Third, we see that he was a generous man.  God sees how we handle our money.  Is it all about us, or do we care for the poor?  Do we care for the work of the church?  The Bible says that Jesus was watching the widow who gave all that she had, which was two mites.  Here we see that God also watched Cornelius’ giving.  I want God to get excited when He sees my giving.  How about you?

Lastly, it says that he prayed always.  God notices a person of prayer, and He is there to reward him.  Remember, Jesus said when we pray in secret, our Heavenly Father sees us, and He rewards us openly.

So, because of these four things, God used this man to open the Gospel to the whole Gentile world.  Today, let us look at these four areas in our lives, and see where we can improve!

Confession: Today, I want to be a person like Cornelius.  I want to be a devout person who is committed to the cause.  I want to be a person that fears the Lord, and teaches my family to fear Him also.  I want to be a big giver.  And last of all, I want to be a person of prayer.

Today’s Bible Reading

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Malachi 1 – 2

Revelation 21

Psalms 149

Proverbs 31:10-24

Bible in a Year: 365-Day Reading Plan : English | King James Version (KJV)

Today’s Bible reading from Old Testament : Nehemiah 11:22-36, Nehemiah 12:1-47

Today’s Bible reading from New Testament : Revelation 21

Today’s Bible reading from Psalms and Proverbs: Proverbs 31:21-31

Bible in a Year: 365-Day Reading Plan : English | New Living Translation (NLT)

Today’s Bible reading from Old Testament : Nehemiah 11:22-36, Nehemiah 12:1-47

Today’s Bible reading from New Testament : Revelation 21

Today’s Bible reading from Psalms and Proverbs: Proverbs 31:21-31