Living Holy Lives Will Produce Holy Results

One of the odd things about this man Cornelius, is that although he was leader of a troop of men, yet he had a genuine heart for the Lord. Odd because in today’s environment, when we find men in leadership, they often show little regard for our Savior. There is little evidence shown – perhaps they are afraid of offending some of their unbelieving followers. However, this man Cornelius had some other attributes, for he was considered a ‘religious man’; a Christian family leader – as he and his family faithfully worshipped God; and he also gave freely to the poor. Friend, these are the characteristics we want to see in our Christian men today, because they are indications of what must go on behind closed doors. Indications, that he must have a good connection with the Master, that this is a man we can probably trust with our concerns and our prayer needs. The verses go on to show us that God was really pleased with this man, because He sent an angel with specific instructions for Cornelius. Friend, I believe that our desire should always be to please God in all that we do and say. I believe that our ultimate desire of God, is to accept us, hear our prayers, and respond to our pleas and requests in a manner pleasing, acceptable to Him, and in alignment with His ultimate plan for us. To have this type of relationship though, involves us doing our part. Let’s not just say that we are Christian, let’s show it in all that we are and let’s depend on God for all of our decisions and His ultimate direction for our lives. In other words, let’s totally surrender to Him, so that we may be totally used by Him to produce ‘fruit’ that will glorify Him. Cornelius was a great example for us today! Will you change anything?

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There was a man in Caesarea named Cornelius, who was a captain in the Roman regiment called “The Italian Regiment”. He was a religious man; he and his whole family worshipped God. He also did much to help the Jewish poor people and was constantly praying to God. It was about three o’clock one afternoon when he had a vision, in which he clearly saw an angel of God come in and say to him, “Cornelius!” He stared at the angel in fear and said, “What is it, sir?” The angel answered, “God is …

Author: Ed Algreen

One of God's kids expressing his understanding of God's Word and sharing how it is affecting his life! May those who read it be blessed, encouraged, and drawn closer to the Lord!

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