It can be difficult and scary to talk about God. And maybe for some of us, it always will be, as talking about God can feel very personal, or very easily offensive. But in this post, as we continue to follow Paul’s journey as told in Acts 17, Paul will demonstrate how to talk about God with graciousness. In the first post, Paul was in Thessalonica, and the in second post we learned about his visit to Berea. After his ministry was so well-received in Berea, trouble flared up, so Paul traveled to Athens.
In Paul’s day Athens was, as it is now, a historically famous city, featuring the famous Parthenon, depicted above. A couple hundred years before Paul’s time, Athens was home to some of history’s greatest philosophical minds: Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. Things had changed since those days when Athens was…
As a child of God do not be concerned with fairness because only God knows the motives of each saint to reward as He sees fit. There is no injustice in the Kingdom of Heaven. A sanctified Christian will rejoice in other people’s victories and spiritual rewards. This world is full of injustice and you will see it every day you live on this earth. The most unjust acts are against Christians because the world does not recognize who they are in Christ. Satan confuses the world, so they cannot comprehend God, therefore, hating Christians who live in the light. But do not think for one minute that your cries resulting from injustice are going unheard by you Father? In fact, God is gathering up a greater reward for those misjudged by the world and persecuted. This is best exemplified by Jesus who was a pure lamb, but the world judged Him and unjustly crucified Him, so now He is rewarded with the throne of God. Rest assured every one of your prayers offered with a pure motive will be answered. Since we live in a world limited by time and space, we do not understand the eternal reward system. God’s judgment is perfect and will prevail ultimately protecting His lambs. Jesus our Lord has risen from the altar of the cross to the throne of Heaven where He is preparing to return with fire to make all things right. Rest assured that the enemies who have persecuted the saints will face God’s precise destruction. We need to trust patiently in the face of injustice believing our Father will reclaim our justice with bountiful rewards. In fact, we can be thankful that we will not receive what we deserve for our sin at the Judgement Seat of God.
God is pouring out His richness upon you in the fresh soft flow of His Spirit to rest and soothe your soul. Hear the sweet name of Jesus in your heart as the opening blossom of truth. Into your heart God pours His love in an overflowing abundance. Now we can see the Kingdom of God is at hand and we love the King. Rejoice for today is the age of abounding grace. Remember we are encouraged to share this truth with those who are deaf and blind praying for a miracle. Healing miracles of the body are a sign of God’s work, but the real miracles are in salvation leading to eternal life. Speak into their heart with a cup of cold water from the river of grace.
This poem came to my mind recently. It’s a great one with powerful truths. If Jesus Came To Your House ~ Written 1956 If Jesus came to your house to spend a day or two – If He came unexpectedly, I wonder what you’d do. Oh, I know you’d give your nicest room to such an honored […]
I will be the first to admit that I am not always hungry for God. I am not always excited to pray and fellowship with others. In fact, it is not normal for humans to be hungry to know God. Unfortunately, some Christians are excited about fellowship, but not to get to know Jesus they just enjoy socializing. Just know this: Did God ever say that you would feel like loving Him and others? No, He told us to love him and others. You know we can pretend to love others, but people are not fooled in the long run they discern our motives. This is a life of faith where we die to self and let God do the work in us. Today I say that my life on this earth in all its woes is dead in Christ, so I submit to His will seeking what He has in store for me today. I continually ask God to reveal Himself through the Holy Spirit in such a way that is so inspiring it changes my life. But for this to happen I must do my part and wait upon the Lord listening to Him in prayer. Unfortunately, the most common prayer is simple and selfishly one sided. To hear from God takes patience listening to God’s words by the Holy Spirit which changes our life.
God is Judging Our Motives
Our Father will test your motives through suffering. I wish I could tell you that from now on as a Christian all trials and temptations will go away in this life. Your faith is revealed by your response to the trial because you are either become better or bitter. The test is this do we persevere to know God’s Kingdom or just numb our senses with the pleasures of this world. In fact, the scriptures tell us to take great joy in these trials of our faith if they are for Christ’s sake because they will bring eternal reward. Everyone’s motives will ultimately be revealed at the Judgement, but as a Christian we want to get these issues cleared up in our lifetime long before the judgment occurs.
The Death of Adam and Eve
Have you ever wondered why when Adam and Eve sinned and partook of the Tree of Good and Evil, that they did not die immediately as God told them, but their earthly bodies lived on many years? This is because we are looking at life in a limited earthly term. In the garden of Eden, they walked and talked with God daily with His full protection they were never going to die. When they were expelled from the garden, they lost communication, protection and immortality, so even though their bodies lived on they were dead. True life is gone when you lose your relationship with God. When we are born again, we become alive again, but natural man cannot comprehend. Jesus restores our relationship pouring a river of life into our hearts through His Holy Spirit. Jesus said die to the flesh and live in the spirit, which is eternal reality. Most people think the world is reality, but that is because they have no insight into eternity.
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Our Father has spoken to us in such sweet and encouraging words of love, but in His love, He wants to perfect the bride for his Son’s wedding feast. Every Christian longs for the day they will see Jesus face to face, but first we need to humble ourselves in the presence of God so we can learn obedience. Even now as we bow our heads in prayer, we receive His sacrificial love into our spirit. For this wonderful inheritance we give everything to serve Him. Yet our motives are examined under the bright light of the Holy Spirit.
In this path of obedience God warns us of the danger of unbelief, which is a destroyer of our faith. As saints we cry out for help with our unbelief because we cannot comprehend God in the flesh. We too once said until God proves Himself, we will not believe. But Jesus clearly teaches that those who believe, though having never seen, are accounted with a greater blessing. Great is the faith of those who have not had a vision of God yet believe. By faith they give their life as a sacrifice for this newfound treasure. Pray that God will increase your faith, so that you will be rewarded for eternity. You may wonder what will we be doing with this reward for eternity? Eternity is when we will take this unbounded reward and cast crowns before the throne of Jesus Christ. Have you ever seen a group of children throwing coins into a fountain and seen the disappointment on that child’s face of a child with none left? As children of God we have eternal grace so that we will be able to give Jesus glory throughout eternity.
In this new walk with Jesus the Holy Spirit heals us from a lack of persistence. Ask God for strength so that you may be counted as faithful. Jesus call us daily from our lethargy to a ministry of service in these last days. Free us from our flesh, so we become new in Christ Jesus. May we be the bridesmaid who is prepared for Christ’s return. God knows our flesh is weak seeking the path of least resistance desiring pleasure. But as we pray, we are changed into the body of Christ and this as a miracle that we give God all the glory. Father please cleanse the lack of persistence from my soul, because I give up so quickly when I come against a challenge. Pray for faith to press on trusting God to open doors. The Holy Spirit fills us with God’s gift of faith, so we may bring a message of hope to a dying world. We praise God for any perseverance in our Christian walk giving Him all the glory.
Cleanse us of wrong motives and desires, so that we stop neglecting God and disobeying Him. Unfortunately, we neglect God thinking we can manage on our own when things were going smoothly. Its not until that day life comes to abrupt halt due to a death, addiction or failing relationships that we seek to restore our neglected relationship with God. But what happens when things go smooth again? Do we start to neglect God by forsaking fellowship, not meditating in the Bible and lack of prayer? This is the natural but pray that the Holy Spirit fills you full of love, joy and hope so that we value relationships. Look for a miracle every day for the rest of your life as God works in our lives and others. In obedience we are changed into the image of Christ who loved His Father and obeyed Him daily.
Even the scientist believe the universe will disintegrate per this video. We praise God that we are citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven, which is eternal.
“But you should never lose sight of this fact, dear friends, that time is not the same with the Lord as it is with us—to him a day may be a thousand years, and a thousand years only a day. It is not that he is dilatory about keeping his own promise as some men seem to think; the fact is that he is very patient towards you. He has no wish that any man should be destroyed. He wishes that all men should come to repent. Yet it remains true that the day of the Lord will come as suddenly and unexpectedly as a thief. In that day the heavens will disappear in a terrific tearing blast, the very elements will disintegrate in heat and the earth and all that is in it will be burnt up to nothing.” – 2 Peter 3:10 J.B. Phillips New Testament