Unstoppable! 'God Opened the Door for Breaking Down Barriers!' — Acts 10:27-29

Monday, June 7, 2021

So [Peter and Cornelius] talked together and went inside, where many others were assembled.

Peter told them, "You know it is against our laws for a Jewish man to enter a Gentile home like this or to associate with you. But God has shown me that I should no longer think of anyone as impure or unclean. So I came without objection as soon as I was sent for. Now tell me why you sent for me."

— Acts 10:27-29 NLT

Key Thought

Breaking down barriers between Jews and Gentiles was an enormous task in Peter's day. However, breaking down barriers had been revealed as God's plan since he first called Abraham centuries earlier (Genesis 12:1-3). Cornelius was the perfect initial case of a Gentile coming to Christ. So, through Peter's vision, angels, the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and Cornelius' messengers, God opened the door for Peter to go to Cornelius. Let's commit to pray for open doors — open for us to go and for hearts to be ready to hear — so we can better share the Good News of Jesus, today.

Today's Prayer

Dear Father, please open my heart and my eyes to the people around me who are seeking to know Jesus. Open the doors of their hearts to receive the message I long to share with them. Please, dear Father, send your Spirit afresh in my time so that I can be your instrument to take Jesus' grace to those who do not know him. I ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Acts 14:26-28; 1 Corinthians 16:5-9; Revelation 3:8
  • 2 Corinthians 2:12-17; Colossians 4:2-6

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Illustration of Acts 10:27-29 NLT — So [Peter and Cornelius] talked together and went inside, where many others were assembled.

Peter told them, "You know it is against our laws for a Jewish man to enter a Gentile home like this or to associate with you. But God has shown me that I should no longer think of anyone as impure or unclean. So I came without objection as soon as I was sent for. Now tell me why you sent for me."

About This Devotional

Unstoppable! is a one-year devotional guide through the book of Acts. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage, a reflection and a prayer. The reflection opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges one to live for Jesus.

Unstoppable! is written by Phil Ware.

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