Last night my husband and myself were talking about his upcoming Sunday school lesson. We began to talk about how Paul spoke to the Athens about the Unknown God. Boy, I love that verse! Acts 17:23,”For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions(gods that they worshiped), I found an alter with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, HIM DECLARE I unto you.” These people like ALL people needed a Savior, Christ had been to earth, His presence was amongst men, He died, He rose again, He ascended into Heaven, leaving with us The Comforter. But once His presence had filled the earth,the world would never be the same! Now, mankind had a hole in their hearts, an emptiness within, and they sought to fill it. But with what, they did not know Him, so they thought to be safe, they would serve all “gods,” but there is only ONE, and He will not have any others before Him! People are no different today, they seek all manner of “gods,” to fill the void, but nothing will do. Some religions try to incorporate thousands of gods, and maybe they will get the right one, some worship man’s laws and works, HE IS NOT IN THOSE, HE IS UNKNOWN TO THEM. Some choose to be blind while others are ignorant of Him, let us go now as Paul. You see, Paul passed them, he saw and recognized the need and he enlightened them with the Word and expounded that THIS, of Whom He spake, was the Unknown God! How many other Christians walked by never seeing, never knowing the need that these people had. But Paul noticed, and he wanted them to know Him! He wanted them to know that it is HE, that gives rest to the weary, it is He that forgives and saves the soul from an eternal fire! It is my GOD, Who is no longer Unknown to me, that heals the sick, fills with the Spirit, gives hope to the hopeless, can change a man from addictions to freedom in one healing touch! He IS GOD, KING OF KINGS, LORD OF LORDS, REDEEMER, SAVIOR, FATHER, FRIEND,EVERLASTING LIFE AND LOVE, ETERNAL,OMNIPOTENT, ALPHA AND OMEGA, BEGINNING AND THE END, and the SOON COMING KING, and He is known by me! Do you know Him, or is He still unknown to you? It does not have to be that way, accept His salvation, seek Him, pray, read your Bible, and He will no longer be THE UNKNOWN GOD to you, He will be your Savior, your God!
I was in a store the other day, and I came down one aisle and I noticed a mother, grandmother and a small little girl. I started talking to them and saying how cute she was, and the baby was trying to say what I was saying. It was so cute! We continued to talk and then the mother got her little girl out of the buggy and asked her if she would give me a hug. I’m going to tell you, she gave me the biggest hug that a 22 month old could give, and it blessed my heart! I’m telling you this for a reason, that family was African American and I am white, but there was no animosity, there was no bitterness, there was humanity. Racism is taught or learned because it is sure not born in us. That baby was precious and so were her mother and grandmother and I bet if I were to ask them, they would say that they are saved.
The love of God transcends race, or age, or wealth, when you are with a fellow brother or sister in Christ, you are family!
As I went on I ran into an 85 year old lady, and we started talking. She was precious too! We did get on the subject of church and her walk with the Lord, and as she talked of how He’s blessed her and her family, there was gratitude in her voice, never boasting. The love of God was shown through her and I hope me!
2 Corinthians 10:7,”Do ye look on things after the outward appearance? If any man trust to himself that he is Christ’s, let him of himself think this again, that, as he is Christ’s, even so are we Christ’s.” No matter the age, race, nationality, male or female, rich or poor, tall or short, the love of God reaches across to each and when you let your light shine and let Christ’s love exude from you, people will be touched!
I wanted to write this today, because there is always talk of such divisions. Nation against nation, people against people, but let the compassion start with you in your community, remembering that Christians are Christ’s, and those who do not know Christ, are just as precious to God, for He DIED FOR US ALL!
I hope this will encourage you today. Don’t look on the outward of people, look at what Christ sees in us all, a soul that He died for.
My life, as of late, has been super busy. I have things going on that are mentally draining, and sometimes it is so hard to know what to do, and then that causes more worry. There’s just so many unknowns and what-ifs. Well, yesterday I got up very early, and I couldn’t go to sleep 😴 . I took our dogs 🐶 🐶 outside a few times, because they couldn’t make their minds up on what they wanted to do. This one time, I was sitting on our steps, and I had my phone 📱 and I was getting ready to check emails, to see if I had any news on one of my situations, and I don’t know 🤷♀️ why, but I stopped and looked in the sky 🌌 to the east, and the most beautiful sunrise 🌅 was appearing. The clouds ☁️ were so big and white and the sun ☀️ gave them a tremendous orange glow! It was beautiful! As I look, it’s almost like this was dropped in my heart ❤️, We should never get so busy that we can not stop and see the wonders of the Lord. We should never let life consume us to the point where we are like robots without any emotion or feelings towards the things of God. He has made beautiful things, your life is one of those, we should stop ✋, breath, and thank the Lord for all His wondrous works and ways. He’s got you, He’s got me, so what do we need to be so stressed 😩 about. Matthew 6:28, ” And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow, they toil not, neither do they spin:(29) And YET I say unto you, That Solomon in ALL his glory was not arrayed like one of these.”
Trust in the Lord with all your heart ❤️, He will help you and He will guide you!
As Christians, most desire to be used of God, and so as they pray, eventually a door 🚪 will open and then it is up to them to step in. Now, sometimes these opportunities will come quickly and at other times, they may be forthcoming. So when you are praying and seeking God for guidance, you must be ready Spiritually to accept the challenge when it comes. I say challenge because believe me, the devil will fight you on every side, but you mustn’t quit, because the call of God is a long term commitment, you are accepting a position with Him, and you must be a loyal, “employee”. God does not want us to be a “fair weather friend,” He desires for us to desire to work for Him.
When you are working for Him, not only are you helping others but in turn you are helping yourself. You will grow closer and closer to God, and because He is infinite, you can continue to grow closer everyday for a million years, and yet there would still be room for growth, because His ways are unattainable for us, His thoughts are so much more marvelous than what we can imagine, therefore His depths are unreachable.
In His infinite wisdom, He if He has laid upon your heart a work, then follow where He leads and grow not weary of good deeds. 2 Corinthians 8:11,”Now therefore perform the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to will, so there may be a performance also out of that which yet have.” If you are asking God to use you, then the readiness is there, so then whatever He has asks you to do, perform it. It may be some work in the church that you find not very appealing, but if He has asked you to do it, then let the readiness turn into performance, and allow Him to work through you. You will be a blessing and you will be blessed!
I was burning some things one day outside, and I had a solid branch in my hand that I was using to maneuver the fire 🔥 around. One would think 💭 that using wood in fire 🔥 would not work, but because I left it in there only briefly, it was fine, and it survived and served the purpose for which I needed it to. When a sinner asks God for forgiveness and salvation, that person is essentially asking for God to try them by fire 🔥 and consume all the worldly desires away. Sometimes the Christian seems to be tried with more intense fire 🔥, but through these trials, they come out stronger and purer. 1 Peter 1:7 “That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that persiheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:”
When a Christian, is tried on earth, the fire is a loving consuming fire. The fire is intended to make us pure and make us stronger in Christ. The Christian chooses to be set apart and though they may face ridicule by man, in God’s eyes, they shine as pure gold. Now on the flip side, those who choose not to have the Lord God be their savior will also be tried with fire, but this fire is a consuming fire 🔥 that will burn for all eternity. Forever they will know and bear their sins and it will consume them. Hebrews 12:29, “For our God is a consuming fire.”
Today as you read these words, think to yourself, would you rather be tried by God’s fire here on earth, or be tried by His consuming fire that is to come? I don’t know about you, but I’d rather face trials and fire here by the hands of a loving God, than the fire that is given with the Hands of judgement.
I pray that all people will turn their hearts to God, for He is the only One that saves and rescues.