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Dec 21 – WITH ALL HIS HOUSEHOLD!
“A devout man and one who feared God with all his household, who gave alms generously to the people and prayed to God always” (Acts 10:2).
The Scripture explains certain tremendous things related to the centurion, Cornelius. Despite being a gentile, He had four great unique characteristics in him. The first thing is that he was pious. Secondly, he and his entire household feared God. Thirdly, he was very generous in helping people. Fourthly, he had thirst and interest in praying. Dear children of God, can these characteristics be seen in you?
Since Cornelius possessed these unique characteristics, God sent His angel to him and said, “God has heard your prayers and has seen your gifts to the poor. He remembers you and all you have done.” It was in the home of Cornelius, The Holy Spirit descended for the first time, in the presence of the gentiles. God revealed His love upon them wonderfully.
God will honour you when your life remains with reverence, thus pleasing to God. He will answer all your prayers ‘yes and in Him Amen.’ The Scripture says, “But know that the Lord has set apart for Himself him who is godly; the Lord will hear when I call to Him” (Psalm 4:3).
Abraham was called “The friend of God” (James 2:23). Noah walked with God (Genesis 6:9). Though Enoch was with his family, the Scripture says that he dwelled with God for around three hundred years. What is the reason? It is the reverence in them which encouraged them to seek God more and more. That reverence in them made them pray, have thirst over God, and made them sit eagerly at the feet of God. If you have reverence in your heart, you will love God truly. You will seek Him early in the morning. You will rejoice, reading the Scripture.
Some people think that they should enjoy everything in the world during the youth stage and it should not be wasted by involving in reverence, church etc. But, the Scripture says, “Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth” (Ecclesiastes 12:1). One’s Godliness in youth days will help them maintain their holiness even in their old age. It will bring good conscience and joy.
Dear children, the time you spend for God will never be a waste. The reverence will bring great blessings not only to you but also to your family members.
To meditate: “For this cause everyone who is godly shall pray to you in a time when you may be found; surely in a flood of great waters they shall not come near him” (Psalm 32:6).