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No longer common but a man with uncommon favor

UncommonFavour

Cornelius was a man of prayer.

He gave generously to charity and to the poor and was a man who revered God.

One day while he was wide awake, he had a sudden vision. He saw an Angel coming toward him. Terrified, he listened with rapt attention as the Angel spoke. ‘Cornelius, your prayers and your help to the needy has not gone unnoticed and has come up as a memorial before God,’

The Angel then instructed Cornelius to send for Simon Peter and shared the address where to find him. The Holy Spirit knows the address where your blessing is waiting.

While all this was going on, Simon Peter went onto the roof of his house to pray. He was hungry after returning from a long journey and his partners were preparing food. Suddenly he went into a trance and had a vision.

In his vision, Peter saw different, forbidden things, animals, birds, snakes coming down from heaven on what appeared like a large canvas sheet. He heard a voice telling him to eat the things he saw. Peter protested. He has never eaten any unclean, forbidden and common thing before and was not about to start.

The voice spoke again ‘“What God has made clean, do not call common or unclean.”

This happened three times and then the sheet was lifted back into heaven.

While Peter was left perplexed, I believe that God was demonstrating to Peter the cleansing power of the Gospel.

If you are Filled with the Holy Spirit and Baptised you cannot be called unclean or sick or infected because now God has called you clean and has cleansed you by the blood of Jesus.

Later, Cornelius, as directed by the Angel met Peter and each shared the vision they saw.

Cornelius was eager and ready to hear what God had inspired Peter to say. So, Peter preached the Gospel and as Cornelius and all those listening heard the Word of God, the Gospel of Jesus Christ for the first time, there was a powerful outpouring of the Holy spirit. Peter then baptized all those who had received the Holy Spirit and there was a thorough cleansing for everyone present in that place.

God chooses even those who are called unclean or undeserving to Himself and generously pours out His Holy Spirit. In this case, Cornelius and his household and everyone present who were Gentiles.

How did this come about?

Cornelius’ lifestyle of prayer and generous giving had come up as a remembrance before God.

It is important to note here that maybe there are Angels recording each persons acts of generosity, charity, prayer life and present them before God.

So God decided it was time to bless Cornelius and cleanse every unclean thing around him, his family, his surroundings. God desired that Cornelius, the man of prayer, the man who was generous to the poor should no longer remain a common man but become a man with uncommon favor. A man on whom no unclean thing could have any  power.

A man who would be cleansed and delivered from every unclean spirit of sickness, misfortune, poverty, disappointment, or failure.

Are we sensitive towards those who are in need?

Do we take time to pray and honor God?

Because God is faithful and rewarding, He will hear our prayers, watch our generous acts and will surely bless us with uncommon favor.

 

Bible verse

And the voice came to him again a second time, “What God has made clean, do not call common.”

Acts 10:15

57 comments on “No longer common but a man with uncommon favor

  1. RJ Dawson
    July 1, 2020

    Thank you Sophia. Excellent take on Cornelius. This was obviously a watershed moment for the Early Church and it set off a Gentile Great Awakening. Blessings to you.

    Liked by 5 people

    • sophialorenabenjamin
      July 2, 2020

      I’m always thrilled with the power of the Gospel Mr. Dawson. God revealing His heart to save and to bless all those who are diligent in prayer and in being generous. Such powerful lessons.

      Liked by 2 people

  2. Eromonsele Emmanuel
    July 2, 2020

    I’ve always understood this part of the scriptures as God mandating that it’s okay to eat anything and everything but I like your spin on it.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Keri Elaine
    July 3, 2020

    This was right on time Sophia. Thank you for taking the time to break this down.

    https://kerielaine.com
    Keri

    Liked by 4 people

    • sophialorenabenjamin
      July 3, 2020

      You are welcome Keri. God’s word brings new joy and life just when it’s needed. i’m glad this ministered to you. I will visit your website soon. Thanks for sharing.
      Sophie

      Liked by 2 people

  4. arabonzakiyah
    July 3, 2020

    Thank you Sophia! I pray to be sensitive in this times and also extend the gift of God to everyone around me.

    Liked by 3 people

  5. Aaron G
    July 4, 2020

    I love this! Peter had to swallow his pride AGAIN, and learn that God’s arms embrace all who come to him.

    The very nature of the Son is shared with anyone who comes to him, regardless of what they are, or what they have done.

    He was forgiven for denying Christ three times and accepted. I feel he had to learn to see that God has ZERO prejudice against anyone. Seems like he learned it well.

    Liked by 4 people

    • sophialorenabenjamin
      July 4, 2020

      Thank you Aaron. If you wish you can also visit and subscribe to my youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fetuHjfsro
      Would love to have your comments on the video should you get time to see it. Just started this during Covid so please bear with any technical inefficiencies.

      Liked by 2 people

      • Aaron G
        July 4, 2020

        I’ll put it like this. I used to edit church videos in the past. The format and presentation here is beautiful. You also have such a down to earth style. Well done. Was fighting tears to be honest.

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  6. herrychiccounsels
    July 4, 2020

    Thank you for sharing this message of hope ma’am. Prayer is key and giving to others is what He desires too. 💯

    Liked by 2 people

  7. parneetsachdev
    July 5, 2020

    This is wonderful Sophia. In every religion similar words are there. The dirt or sins are all our unwholesome thoughts. You’re so right in writing that the moment the holy spirit awakens, those ‘unholy’ beliefs cannot survive. A very good post. Thank you

    Liked by 2 people

  8. vercellonopace
    July 5, 2020

    I really like this post. It is a great reminder that when we as unto the Lord, He sees. Thanks so much for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

    • sophialorenabenjamin
      July 20, 2020

      Thanks a lot. I’m glad for your appreciation and for liking the post. Each of my writings are written with this intent at heart and i’m so glad the results are showing.

      Like

  9. nitinsingh
    July 8, 2020

    Lovely post

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Bible blogger
    July 8, 2020

    Wonderful post Sophia.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. vapevi
    July 8, 2020

    Only when God is TRULY present in your heart and in your life, can you go through all the hardships, trials, storms of this life! The presence of God in your life means that YOU ARE NOT ALONE, that SOMEONE PERMANENTLY HOLDS YOUR HAND, even when you are going through suffering! People in whose lives God is not present, live without hope and are in constant despair, deprived of the peace and tranquility that only God can give. I saw sick believers who had the strength to smile at me and encourage me who was melted because of their deplorable condition. I saw believers dying, passing into eternity, full of peace, slowly dying out quietly and with dignity! How wonderful it would be for each of us to invite God to enter and remain in our lives, to be permanently present in the depths of our beings!

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  12. Eric Saretsky
    July 9, 2020

    A wonderful devotional. The forces of darkness have been marshalling their numbers all over the world, especially with this pandemic time. God’s Elect need to show kindness, understanding, joy to others, showing them in the Word how God protects and rescues those without Hope.

    Liked by 1 person

    • sophialorenabenjamin
      July 20, 2020

      Thanks for your lovely share Eric. I do look forward to share more of God’s greatness, His Goodness and His Glory. So glad you said this and inspired me to continue.

      Liked by 1 person

  13. Anyaku Alicho
    July 11, 2020

    This writing is so beautiful and filled with the Holy Spirit. I felt God’s word pierce my heart in peace. Thank you Dear.

    Liked by 1 person

    • sophialorenabenjamin
      July 20, 2020

      Dear Anyaku: i’m so happy to read your comment. So glad the Holy Spirit ministered to you. I pray for increased joy that comes from the Lord to be your portion in the days ahead and that you will experience a new zeal and enthusiasm for all that God has in store for and through you. Be blessed Mightily.

      Liked by 1 person

  14. OIKOS™-Publishing
    July 11, 2020

    Thany you very much, for mentioning this amazing story. Wish at least one of our priests here in the local Roman-Catholic Church would spend a minute every day teaching the people the essentials of the faith. Instead they are collecting assets, money, and blame the beiievers. Best wishes, Michael

    Liked by 1 person

  15. Prior...
    July 12, 2020

    Refreshing

    Liked by 2 people

  16. Blessing Pius
    July 12, 2020

    Love this

    Liked by 2 people

  17. Connie V
    July 12, 2020

    Wow…. Great read! Thank you so much for this uplifting piece. Stay blessed, more grace.

    Like

  18. adebayooluwatimileyin
    July 16, 2020

    Wow it nice ..

    Liked by 1 person

  19. yellowdaisies3
    July 16, 2020

    This is very insightful, thank you for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

    • sophialorenabenjamin
      July 20, 2020

      I’m so glad you found it helpful. thank you so much for taking time to let me know. Love the feedback and would love to know more about you and other interests you may have.

      Liked by 1 person

  20. yellowdaisies3
    July 20, 2020

    No problem! I like reading books, listening to music, cooking and baking, and of course blogging! What about you? Be sure to check out my blog as well.

    Liked by 1 person

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  22. Marlene Baggs Hoenig
    July 24, 2020

    Love this!

    Liked by 1 person

    • sophialorenabenjamin
      July 24, 2020

      Thank you Marlene. I’m so thankful you visited the blog and read the Word. The Word has the power to transform, inspire, uplift and bless us and i’m amazed at how accessible the Lord has made it for us to receive His Word. Therefore it is my desire to present much of what the Holy Spirit instructs me to write and share with all of you.

      Liked by 1 person

  23. Nelson MCBS
    July 25, 2020

    Reblogged this on Nelson MCBS.

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