Then Peter opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him. The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ He is Lord of all.
-Cornelius was a centurion of the Italian Regiment, a devout man who gave alms and prayed always with his family. His prayers were received and his alms came to the memorial of God. He was then sent to Peter the apostle who baptized him and revealed to him the truth about Jesus. Apostle Peter witnessed that God shows no partiality but receives both Jews and Gentiles who received; and continue to receive the gifts and fruit of the Holy Spirit. Jesus is the God of all and calls everyone to believe in Him for He is the only way, truth and life and no one comes to the Father but by Him (John 14:6). Jesus calls us to fear Him through reverential love for Him and love for our neighbors, as we pray for one another, give alms, respect, forgive and always seek His face.
The word fear comes from the Greek word phobos which means dread or fright. Phobia is derived from the word phobos which means an excessive and irrational fear reaction. Fear is an object of anxiety triggered by horrible past experiences, animals, places, situations or objects. Throughout scripture; God commands us not to fear for He is our God and will always be with us until the end of time. God has also promised to strengthen us and uphold us by His righteous right hand always (Isa 41:10). Fear causes a major limitation to ones purpose as it is an object of weakness; but God calls us to have courage and strength in Him. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus, we have been adopted as sons and daughters of God and have been given authority and victory over all things through His blood. God calls us to always walk in faith and be encouraged in Him for without faith we cannot please Him. Through faith in Christ then we have confidence of eternal life with Him and we can do all things through Him Who strengthens us.
We thank You Holy Spirit for journeying with us through the uncertainty of deep valleys, flames of trials, hardship, pain and losses. You have always strengthened us through many fears and tribulations and have given us victory through Your saving arm. All glory, power and strength belongs to You Jesus. Cover us with Your precious blood Jesus and deliver us from all forms of fear. Have mercy Lord on all those who are sick and suffering in our society that You have heal their wounds. Be with us all Father and help us overcome the challenges that face us through Your merciful love. Remember with mercy Jesus; all those who do not know You that You have bring them to Your salvation. We need Your grace everyday Jesus, take control of our lives, relationships, families, marriages, education, businesses, jobs, projects, future, nation and the entire world, we humbly beseech You. In Your strength Lord You have given us the joy of Your salvation; we will always rejoice in You. Amen
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