TODAY’S PROPHETIC WORD
God has given you a telescope of wisdom, knowledge, and discernment. He has a new lens for you to see His love for you.
GOD IN A BOX
The box of the universe gets bigger every day, outrunning our ability to discover the end of it. The design of the universe and all things created causes us to upgrade our telescope if we want to see farther.
Think about how intelligent that design is. If you want to see farther, you have to change to a bigger lens. In other words, if you want to move forward, you have to be willing to change to meet the demands of the next level.
Sometimes, in order to go to the next level, you have to be willing to change how you think about and do things. Sometimes, the change is to radical, it takes a special grace and word from God to be able to deal with it. Often, the problem is deeply rooted in your own identity and what you think you owe your allegiance to.
Take the example of Peter. Like Jesus and the other disciples, He was Jewish and Jews have very specific rules about food. God used that area of Peter’s life, unclean food, to teach him a lesson on whom God would love and allow into His Kingdom.
When Peter had a hard time inviting Gentiles, non-Jews, to be part of the body of Christ without adhering to Jewish customs (food, circumcision), the Lord spoke to him about progression through a dream.
In the dream located in Acts chapter 10, there was a tablecloth coming down from heaven for a feast. On the menu was “all kinds of four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, creeping things and birds of the air.” The voice of God told Peter to “kill and eat.”
Wanting to stay in “Egypt,” where he had been a slave to dead customs and fierce nationalism, Peter said “By no means, Lord!” You see, it had never entered Peter’s mind that God could call an “unclean” animal “clean,” much less an uncircumcised Roman or a common bacon-loving Texan, saved. As far as Peter knew, Israel was the only nation God was dealing with.
God, who loved Peter very much, was saying something very different from what he’d heard his entire life. Peter had to rethink his allegiance – Jewish customs or the Lord’s love for Gentiles?
Peter got it. He was able to step forward into the next level of thinking.
“You know how unlawful it is for a Jewish man to keep company with or go to one of another nation. But God has shown me that I should not call any man common or unclean.”
– Acts 10:15
In order for Gentile to be saved and accepted, Peter had to receive a life-changing switch. God wanted Peter to be a vital part of the next big step, and Peter had to change his way of thinking to be a part of it.