that they (all mankind) would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.’ Acts 17:27-28 NASB
In whose hand is the life of every living thing, And the breath of all mankind? Job 12:10 NASB
For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as is the Lord our God whenever we call on Him? Deuteronomy 4:7 NASB
Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.” Acts 17:30-31 NASB
🌹 Call upon the Lord God with a repentant heart. Seek His face. In Him is life.
It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life. John 6:63 NASB
“For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?Matthew 6:25 NASB
Where is your focus?
The Spirit is life. Walking in God is life. Seeking God is life. Loving God is life. All the cares of this world will one day mean absolutely nothing. What will matter are the things eternal.
But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33 NASB
🌹 Again. Where is Your focus?
for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:21 NASB
He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood and has not sworn deceitfully. — Psalm 24:4
The answer to verse 3 question, who may . . . Without Jesus we are not able to have clean hands and a pure heart. Let us lift our souls to Jesus who is the truth. There is no falsehood in Him. He is the way. He is life.
Jesus, our example did not swear deceitfully. Jesus is the answer.
You shall not swear falsely by My name, so as to profane the name of your God; I am the Lord. — Leviticus 19:12
But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath; but your yes is to be yes, and your no, no, so that you may not fall under judgment. — James 5:12
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation. — Romans 5:8-11
Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. — Hebrews 7:25
Justified (to declare innocent or guiltless; absolve; acquit) by Jesus’ shed blood.
Saved from the wrath of God through Jesus. No one but Jesus.
Reconciled (to reconsecrate, to restore) by Jesus’ death.
Saved by Jesus’ resurrection.
Draw near to the One who made salvation, reconciliation and justification possible. He is the only way!
The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does notdwell in temples made with hands;nor is He served by human hands,as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things;and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation,that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us;for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.’ — Acts 17:24-28
The God who …
Made the world and all that is in it.
Is Lord of heaven and earth.
Is our life and breathe.
Knows our life.
Sets boundaries (giving security and direction)
Why? Because that is who God is. So seek Him now for in Him we live, move and exist as His children.
Now for several days he was with the disciples who were at Damascus,and immediately he began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues,saying, “He is the Son of God.”All those hearing him continued to be amazed, and were saying, “Is this not he who in Jerusalem destroyed those who called on this name, and who had come here for the purpose of bringing them bound before the chief priests?”But Saul kept increasing in strength and confounding the Jews who lived at Damascus by proving that this Jesus is the Christ. — Acts 9:19-22
The power of Christ in us. He can transform anyone. No one is beyond His power to transform. No sin is beyond His power or compassion to forgive. Simply by humbly confessing Jesus Christ as the Son of God and admitting that it is really only Him who can give forgiveness and life.
Won’t you allow Jesus into your life and let Him transform you? You’ll never regret it.
When they had been released, they went to their own companions and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them. — Acts 4:23
Peter and John had just been released after being arrested for speaking about Jesus. Where was their first stop? Immediately returning to other believers and telling them of the events that brought glory to God. Not only did this encounter cause those who witnessed it to praise the Lord, giving Him glory, but also brought glory to God in those who heard the testimony of Peter and John.
Testimonies bring about encouragement in the believer, salvation to nonbelievers, and glory to God. Are you sharing testimonies of Jesus’ work in your life? If not what is stopping you?
And when they had summoned them, they commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus.But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to give heed to you rather than to God, you be the judge;for we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.” — Acts 4:18-20
Do you ever think about what your response would be if confronted by the law and told not to share Jesus? Has Jesus made such an impression in your life that you are willing to risk imprisonment, ridicule, your very life? Is Jesus so alive in your life that you can’t stop speaking of what you have seen and heard?
If not, what needs to change about your walk with the Lord? Are you reading His Word, seeking Him through prayer, loving Him with ALL your heart, soul, mind, and strength and heeding His words in obedience?
Today is the day to make a change. Take time during worship to come face to face with where you are spiritually and humble yourself before the mighty God confessing, repenting and let the healing begin to bring you back into a right relationship with God so that you are effective for His glory.
Nebuchadnezzar responded and said, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, who has sent His angel and delivered His servants who put their trust in Him, violating the king’s command, and yielded up their bodies so as not to serve or worship any god except their own God. — Daniel 3:28
How much are you willing to give up to worship the One and Only True God?
Praying your worship today is a sacrificial one. Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. (Romans 12:1)
My Name is Yanira Vargas. I am a Senior at Washington State University. I love all things expression and creative. I was in a relationship with my childhood best friend of 4 years, who happens to have had passed away with stage 3 brain cancer. I still believe in God, and in the beauty of mircles. Join me and embark on this journey with me.