Acts 10:34-35 God Accepts Certain People Without Favoritism

Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.” Acts 10:34-35

All over the world there are many people who will show favoritism to certain people. They give extra special treatment to the wealthy, popular, or high position people.

Often this is done to gain favor with someone who can be of a great benefit. Those who show no possible benefit are often ignored or pushed aside.

The Israelites often ignored or looked down upon those who were not of Jewish descent. God shows Peter that He will accept those outside of the Jewish people as long as the fear Him and does what is right.

The world will often say that God will accept anyone and everyone, regardless of what the person does or does not do. While it is true that God will accept everyone and does not show special favoritism towards any certain group, it is not true that there are no requirements.

In order for a person to be accepted by God, forgiven and given salvation, he must fear God and do what is right. The fearing God is putting full trust in God for one’s salvation and provision. It is allowing God to be in absolute control. The ‘doing right’ is living as God calls a person to live.

There are some in the church that will not give people a chance to fear God or obey Him. They show favoritism to those who appear to be good, rather than giving everyone a chance to be saved. In thinking this way, many refuse to be a witness to certain people.

God wants to save all, so every person must be given the opportunity to believe in Him without favoritism.

As a believer there may be times when you have shied away from telling someone about Jesus. You may feel as if there is no way God wants that person because of who he is or what he has done. You show some favoritism towards certain people and prejudice against others.

Realize that Jesus came to die for all and save all. Be willing to give every person a chance to believe in and follow God. God did not show favoritism when He accepted you, do do it towards others.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s love for all people; that you will be a witness of Jesus to every person you meet; that God will draw all people to Him through you; and that you will not show favoritism towards certain people.

Isaiah 51:12 Don’t Fear People

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“I, even I, am he who comforts you. Who are you that you fear mere mortals, human beings who are but grass, Isaiah 51:12 

People often fear other people. They fear leaders, they fear neighbors, they fear others on the street, they fear nearly everyone. This fear comes from not being able to trust anyone.

There are many cases when a person has hurt another person. Very often this even occurs among those who are loved ones. Parents hurting children or children hurting parents. Brothers and sisters hurting each other.

With such hurt occurring everywhere, most people tend to fear others. In having this fear, they strive to live to please other people and lose the focus of reality in their lives.

In this passage, God points out that it is He, Himself, who comforts them. Then He asks why they fear other people who are just grass, not really anything.

Fear of people runs rampant in this world, including inside the church. People fear leaders, who make decisions that go against God. They fear the world and what the world is promoting and allowing.

In the process of allowing all of this fear, many are forgetting who God is and the comfort He can bring. God is eternal, while man is mortal. People are only here for a short time and then will pass on. Those in power can only work their power for a short time. It will not last for eternity.

Instead of fearing man, believers must take comfort in knowing that God is with them. God is always right there to comfort and strengthen His people in this world of sin. God’s love and comfort will not just last for a short time, but will be there for eternity. His salvation is permanent.

As you are going through your days on this earth, there will rise up people in your life who will seem to have absolute power. They don’t have that kind of power. They are just mere humans who will die some day.

Decisions and choices will be made that will go against you and against God. Do not fear those decisions. Look to God who is there to comfort you.

Do not forget that Jesus sent the comforter, the Holy Spirit, to be with you. He is there to hold you up and bring you through to eternal life some day. Trust in God alone and do not fear what man can do.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that you will know the comfort of the Holy Spirit; that God will remove all fear of man; and that your trust in God will only increase.

Isaiah 8:12-13 Don’t Fear The Fake

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Do not call conspiracy everything this people calls a conspiracy; do not fear what they fear, and do not dread it. The Lord Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy, he is the one you are to fear, he is the one you are to dread. Isaiah 8:12-13 

Rumors and conspiracy theories abound world wide about everything and anything. In a lot of these theories people are full of fear. Things that are small are made to be out to be large. False statements are made out to be true and people believe them

In today’s society the speed at which a thought can spread around the world is lightning quick with the internet. Within minutes, millions of people can hear about some false report, conspiracy theory or fake news and buy into it with fear.

During the time of Isaiah, this was also a problem. People would spread conspiracy theories and spread great fear. God tells the people not to believe those theories, but only to fear Him.

Events will occur in this world, but that does not mean a believer should fear them. Theories will abound, some will be true, some will be false, but the believer as no reason to fear them, God is the One who is in control.

When the believer is trusting in God and knows that He is in control, all he needs to be concerned about is pleasing God. Every believer is called to one thing–to love God with all of his heart, soul, mind and body. When he loves God he will obey God. This is what pleases God.

The things that man can do will no longer matter to the one who is trusting God. Man can only destroy the body, but not the soul. Man and the things he can do, do not need to be feared at all.

You will hear about things that the world will be scared about. Sometimes they will be false theories that are driven to scare people into a certain way of thinking. Other times they may be true. Either way you do not need to fear what is said or happening.

Put your trust in God and fear Him alone. Strive to love and obey God with all of your abilities. He is the one who gives you life for eternity, not just a temporary life.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will trust God in all things; that God will give you His peace in all things; and that God will help you remove all fear of this world.