Dream word – MOVE
----- “At that time a great persecution arose against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him. As for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering every house, and dragging off men and women, committing them to prison. Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word.” NKJV.
Scattered, covered and smothered
I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again. I love Waffle House! Started in 1955 in Georgia, those low-rent, yellow restaurants at the side of the road not only serve over half a million eggs per day but their daily offering of sausage patties alone, if stacked on top of one another would be higher than the Empire State building! In addition to this, waffle house waitresses are a breed apart, they are to be experienced rather than to be described, God bless their hearts! The fun part of their food order delivery to the ever-frying short order cook, is in turn a never to be forgotten short order diner dictation service! Hashed brown potatoes for example, are called in as “scattered” (spread on the grill), “smothered” (with onions), or “covered” (with cheese), and oh by the way, everything is covered in cheese in America! Now there’s a three-point Waffle House sermon if ever these was one! “The Church, scattered, smothered and covered!”
Our text for tonight us informs us that God allowed a religious Rottweiler to be let loose within the gentle flock of His the church and his name was Saul of Tarsus. As he ripped the flock apart like a rabid mastiff, not only were body parts and blood scattered all over the place, but the very people of God themselves were also scattered like speaking seeds across the face of the then known world, smothering it with the Good News about Jesus. Yes, even in the face of such terrible persecution, these early followers of The Way smothered the demographic landscape with the savoury knowledge of God’s goodness toward us in Jesus and covered the land with the spicy practice of the all gracious and all forgiving love of God. Indeed, it is obvious to me, that God even used this religious Rottweiler to harry his sheep into obeying His command to take the Gospel into the entire world.
So, if you are being “chunked”, “diced”, “peppered”, “capped”, and “topped”, all along your tired way today, then I tell you tonight, that God maybe also have a purpose for all the religious Rottweilers that are in your life at the moment, for though they may be destroying some stuff, they are also pushing you somewhere. Tell me, where are they driving you tonight? Maybe that’s where you should be going? After all, maybe you are part of the church which is scattered, smothered and covered.
Listen: “Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them. And the multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. For unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, came out of many who were possessed; and many who were paralyzed and lame were healed. And there was great joy in that city.” - (Acts 8:5-8 NKJV.)
Pray: Lord, use these religious Rottweilers in my life to make me a city cleaner, a sidewalk healer and a certain joy giver. Please put me where You want me, in Your great name I ask it, amen.
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