March 13, 2015

Read:  Acts 17:22-28

Our language and vocabulary are in a constant state of evolution.  Surfing the net, a phrase which would have past generations scratching their heads (No, I don’t mean they’ve got a rash or a mosquito bite on their actual head.), yields a plethora of new meanings for old words.  Old sayings and new slang keep us on our toes when attempting to communicate with one another.  I have witnessed family dinners where an outsider would need to be armed with an Old Farmer’s Almanac in one hand, while downloading an Urban Dictionary app on their iPhone with the other, and still need a family diary or two in order to understand the conversations occurring around them.  It is a wonder we connect at all.

In Paul’s sermon on Mars Hill in Acts 17, it is obvious he is aware of this.  He begins speaking by not only identifying their common ground and approaching his listeners with respect; but, Paul is quick to define who God is.  The Creator God of the universe has a plan that includes everything we are or know, and that plan requires a response from us.  He has proven His plan through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Anytime we engage in conversations about God, it is imperative that He is defined as this God, the one and only as identified in Scripture.  “I don’t believe God would blah, blah, blah. . . .” is a constant refrain to which we must respond in accordance with Scripture.  If we are worshipping or even discussing God in any manner other than as described by Scripture, we lack comprehension and are creating our own god, just as the Athenians.  Do not worship an “Unknown God” as they did in their ignorance, but worship the Known God as He has defined Himself through Scripture.

Pray:  

Adoration: God is holy, mighty, gracious, and merciful. Spend time declaring your love for Him and expressing your thoughts of praise and worship.  

Confession: Ask God to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness.  

Thanksgiving: Express your thankfulness to God for the blessings He has given you. When we consider that we deserve punishment because of our sinfulness, and instead God gives to us His love and mercy, our only response should be one of thankfulness.  

Supplication: Petition God for growth in your character and personal discipline, and for physical health and strength.  Ask for Him to empower you for spiritual warfare against the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil.  Ask for help regarding your activities of the day and other concerns you have.  Intercede for the poor and hungry, the oppressed and persecuted, and those in control of world resources.  Offer prayers for peace among the nations and current events and concerns.