Pause

When roadblocks appear in your life, calm down and pray for God’s Spirit, the giver of hope and direction, to guide you.

Praise God that the Spirit is at work in your life.

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Listen

Step-by-step, Peter explained what had happened. “I was in the city of Joppa praying when I had a visionary experience. In my vision, I saw something like a large linen sheet being lowered from heaven by its four corners. It came all the way down to me. As I stared at it, wondering what it was, I saw four-legged animals—including wild beasts—as well as reptiles and wild birds. I heard a voice say, ‘Get up, Peter! Kill and eat!’ I responded, ‘Absolutely not, Lord! Nothing impure or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’ The voice from heaven spoke a second time, ‘Never consider unclean what God has made pure.’ This happened three times, then everything was pulled back into heaven.”

Acts 11:4-10

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Think

We all dream. Dreams are part of our sleep patterns and can be very important. A dream or vision was certainly very important for Peter. When criticized by the Jews for accepting the Gentiles as Christ-followers without circumcision, Peter explained what led him to that decision. God spoke to Peter through a dream or vision when he was praying!

In the vision, Peter saw a sheet with four corners and all animals, some that were considered unclean by the Jews, were contained in the sheet. Since the Jews also had rules from the Mosaic Law about what was acceptable to eat or not, food had become a barrier between Jews and non-Jews.

During the vision, however, God spoke to Peter three times and confirmed that the fulfillment of the Law by Jesus Christ is more powerful than cultural rules.

It may not be food or circumcision like it was back then, but what are the barriers that keep us from building a relationship with God, self, and others?

Ka’thy Gore Chappell

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Pray

Dear God, may I listen to you and learn from you in my waking and in my sleeping! In the name of Jesus the Christ, I pray. Amen.

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Go

Go with God courageously into the world to face life’s barriers.

Go with God confidently to overcome them.

Praise the Lord!

Ka'thy Gore Chappell

Ka’thy Gore Chappell is the Executive Director of Baptist Women in Ministry for NC. During her 40-year ministry experience, Ka’thy served in congregational ministry at First Baptist Church, Asheville, NC, First Baptist Church, Cary, NC, and Forest Hills Baptist Church, Raleigh, NC; worked at Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond as Associate Dean of Students; and coordinated leadership development at Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of NC. Ka’thy has a daughter, Ali, who is married to Harrison DeHay. The couple lives in Waco, Texas. Ka’thy enjoys walking in her neighborhood, listening to music, working in the yard, and sharing good food with friends.

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