Monday, September 14, 2015

2015 September 14 - Morning Manna

Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
(Acts 2:37-42)

Today's Morsel:  From what we see in scripture, the life of Simon Peter is somewhat unique.  We can pick up on a lot of his character and attributes.  By all accounts, Peter is hard and callous until his encounter with Jesus.  And then we see his heart becoming softer and more mellow the more he sees what Jesus does and the more hears His teachings.  This hard and calloused man finds himself weeping and crying after he denies his Lord; which shows us that a relationship with Jesus will give you a heart of compassion.  We see that he is able to take corrective criticism from his coworker and fellow apostle Paul (Galatians 2:11-14).  He seems to be in tune with the Spirit after Pentecost when he is sent to the house of the first Gentile converts in Acts 10; to pray for the Samaritans to receive the Holy Ghost in Acts 8; and put Ananias, along with Sapphira his wife on the carpet for lying in Acts 5.  And He was not afraid to stand up for what he believed to be truth n (Acts 2:37-42 and 4:12.  If you are afraid to take a stand for truth, you may want to reread the first 10 chapters of the book of Acts, and the first and second epistle of Simon Peter.  Yes, Peter denied the Lord three times, but he also walked on the water, and unlocked God's salvation plan to the church on the Day of Pentecost.  Just because you make mistakes without the Holy Ghost in your life doesn't mean that you aren't still profitable to God after you receive full salvation.  Jesus desires to use us for His purpose and Kingdom.

Sing: There's just one, one, one; one way to God; There's just one, one, one; one way to God; There's just one, one, one; one way to God; Baptized in Jesus Name!

Thought for Today: "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved" (Acts 4:12). 

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